Thursday, 17 January 2019

Antoni Tàpies - 'Matter in form of a food' 1965


"They are like metaphysical walls arising, from dust, ashes, earth, destruction, cataclysm, cosmic contemplation and inner meditation." - Art of our century by J.L. Ferrier, 1988 Longman, Essex UK 

‘Matèria en forma de peu’ – size: 132 cm x 162 cm, collection: Fundacioantonitàpies, Barcelona

Tàpies is sometimes associated with an artistic movement known as ‘Informalism’ which was opposed to all intellectual categories (form) and the dualism of western culture (heaven/hell, body/soul). Informe’s views on unnecessary waste inspired Tàpies to paint a calloused foot and other objects normally rejected by capitalist society. He called these works ‘Martéria en forma d’aixela’ (Matter in the shape of an armpit), because all organic life is constantly reshaping itself. His own materials did so as well, evolving naturally into the eponymous ‘wall paintings’ (tapia = wall/Tàpies), with associations of separations, enclosure, and the clandestine graffiti of a persecuted people.

- Helen Oppenheimer (Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture, E. Rodgers)


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Man Ray 'Unconcerned Photograph' series - 1959

Man Ray – ‘Unconcerned Photograph’ – 1959
From a series of 7 photographs (gelatin silver print on paper 42.5 x 30 each), whose ‘blurred images’ Grace Mayer noted, ‘were caused by swinging a Polaroid camera at random around his Paris Studio’.
Man Ray – ‘Unconcerned Photograph’ – 1959.

“There was no humor in it, but what we did was really ‘to upset things’, you know, but subconsciously ‘to clear the way’ as I said before, for something ‘new’ which we didn’t know yet what it might be!” - Man Ray interviewed in 1972 about Dada & Surrealist movements.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

'The Pond-Moonlight' photograph by Edward Steichen, 1904


"What the printing press did for the word, the camera did for the image" – quote by Prof. dr. J.M. Peters, ’From word to image’ 1980


‘The Pond-Moonlight’ by Edward Steichen, 1904 - Photograph, platinum print with applied color
Size: 39.7 x 48.2 cm (15 5/8 x 19 in.) - Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933



Sunday, 24 June 2018

Paul Cézanne's 'Bathers' - 1900/05

"... a feverish height rising desire for the new and the other, for a spiritualized world in contrast to the materialistic of the citizen, this call for sustainability and order, for security and freedom, for ideals and ideas, this opposition to bourgeois reality and at the same time escape from capitalist reality with its propriety of all living and its bonds, with its dehumanization of all humanitarian values, with its increasingly violent and extended problems, this opposition to an outer world and this flight to an inner world, is characteristic and stimulating at the same time." - Opposition of Abstract Art by K. Farner (1964 WB/ Cézanne 1904: father of the future painting, founder of a new platonic empire of the mind)


Paul Cézanne, ‘Bathers’ – 1900/05 - OOC 73 x 92cm – Private Collection

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