Wednesday, April 25, 2012

back in time

jules olitski

There are so many reasons I get overly excited about art and the museums that house what I believe to be the most precious artifacts of history. Yesterday I visited the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and was pleasantly overwhelmed by the enormous collection of artists that I have only heard of and haven't had the opportunity to experience in person. One of the galleries I viewed was a retrospective of the abstract artist, Jules Olitski. He was a Ukranian born American that began painting with minimalist style and ended his career literally plastering paint on canvas that gave it a sculptural 3D effect. After viewing this collection, it was clear that I favored his earlier works, the stained paintings from 1960-1964 but respect the works he continued to create throughout his career.

Artists such as Lee Krasner, Frida Kahlo, and Modigliani were just a few that I was overjoyed to see in person.

Lee Krasner Blue and Black

 One of the final galleries I explored was one full of modern day contemporary artists. Beth Cavener-Stichter's Inquisitors was beyond amazing.

Beth Cavener-Stichter The Inquisitors

Off to another museum!!!

Have a wonderful day and don't forget about the 101010 Project that begins May 1st!


BouncyDragon said...

Yes! I've found that I can access the expertise of such artists by asking for thier assistance. If you do this, you will find that you look at things in new ways. For instance, today I'm seeing nature through the eyes of Henry David Thoreau - when I do this I see things I normally wouldn't, in ways that I wouldn't normally think of.

Amanda Makepeace said...

I think it's interesting how an artist's work changes through time. I'm always hearing how as an artist you need to focus on one thing, but that's not completely true. If you look at any famous artist they have a progression in the work. It's not static.

samos said...

I agree Amanda. I love looking at the progression of one's work. I think it says alot about their growth as an artist...