Thursday, 7 June 2018

'Portrait de Guillaume Apollinaire' by Jean Metzinger, 1910

"to permanent undermine the virtuous power" - Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire by Jean Metzinger - VMAN
“Guillaume Apollinaire” by Jean Metzinger (FR, 1883–1956) ooc - 55 x 46 cm

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Yayoi Kusama with 'Macaroni Girl' - 1964

 “I promised myself that one day I would conquer the world with my passion for Arts and mountains of creative energy stored in myself.” -  Yayoi Kusama (°1929)

Kusama with Macaroni Girl. Dressing Table and Infinity Net Painting, ca. 1964 © Yayoi Kusama Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, David Zwirner, New York

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Grey paint strokes - Gerhard Richter 1968

"My method or my expectation which, so to speak, drives my to painting, is opposition. I expect that something will emerge that is unknown to me, which I could not plan, which is better, cleverder than I am, something which is also more universal." - On the Monochrome and Abstract Paintings - Gerhard Richter from 'Interview with Benjamin Buchloh', 1988 - Gerhard Richter
‘Grauschlieren’ (Grey paint strokes), 1968 – OOC 200x200cm
Private collection Gerhard Richter Archiv, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

(opposition: active resistance against the ruling majority)

Friday, 19 January 2018

Marcel Broodthaers - 'Egg shells and pin' 1965

Marcel  Broodthaers  ‘Coquilles d'oeufs et épingle’ 1965
Collection Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles / photo : J. Geleyns / Ro scan

After the energy crisis of 1974, the flame extinguishes from the pipe. The second oil shock of 1979-1980 increases hopelessness. Mass unemployment, price increases and inflation lead to large-scale savings measures. Around 1976 the ‘punk rock’ and the ‘new wave’ stand out. The soft values of nature, peace and love make way for the hard aesthetics of the metropolis, chaos and provocation. 'Make love, not war' becomes 'No future', the long hair becomes short spines and the flower a safety pin.  Marcel Broodthaers appears to be ahead of his time!
(source: De Standaard Kunstbibliotheek; Van Marcel Broodthaers tot Guillaume Bijl)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Emilio Vedova "Image of Time" - 1951

“Your actual duty is that of saving your dream.”- quote Amedeo Modigliani
Artist Emilio Vedova at work in his studio in Venice, 2003

‘Image of Time’ (Barrier),1951 – Egg tempera on canvas 130 x 170 cm, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Emilio Vedova, Plurimo nr. 4 – Absurd Berliner Journal, 1964 Wood and iron, 206 x 360 cm. (Artist collection)