Oct 17

Elements of Art: Line

Students will learn about the history of 4 works of art by different artists from different time periods. Each work of art will demonstrate a different use of line. Students will then partake in a joint project, creating collaborative drawings that exemplify these different ways to use line.

Sep 17

Texas Contemporary Art Fair In Houston October 4th-7th, 2018

oin Masterworks Fine Art at  the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston from October 4th to October 7th,  2018. Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, brings top galleries to the area’s discerning collector base. Now going into its seventh edition, Texas Contemporary 2018 will feature 65 exhibitors and an innovative program of special projects and public installations.

Sep 11

Hand-Signed Frank Stella, Imola Five II, from Circuits, 1983 Woodcut

Frank Stella’s Circuits series is based on his interesting in different racetracks spanning the globe. Imola Five II is centered around the racetrack in the town of Imola, Italy. The track, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, used to host the Formula One San Marino Grand Prix – to those in the know, the track is called ‘Imola’. Green tracks weave around, overlapping and circling one another. The curves mimic the twists and turns of a racecourse, and the black used on the background mirrors the dark asphalt. If the bright greens did not draw the eye in to Imola Five II, surely the light blue lines that swirl around would. When two blue lines run parallel, they look like tire treads, and the circling nature enhances the effect.

Sep 11

Hand-Signed Frank Stella, Green Journal, 1985 Screen Print

Frank Stella Green Journal, 1985 is an intricate and expressive composition of graphic black shapes and letters racing across a yellow background. Bordered with a rich green color, the frenzied and bold dance of black, white, and yellow has no dull spots. No matter where the viewer’s eye falls on the large and lively piece, there is always an abundance of energetic lines and high color contrast. Peppered across the piece are the words “Cross your heart” printed backwards, capturing attention by forcing the viewer to pause for just a bit longer up close to read them. The black and white shape floating above the yellow is made up of the swelling waves of a French curve, showcasing Stella’s affinity for geometric shapes in his artwork. The piece is marvelous in its ability to maintain a high level of detail both at a distant and an up closing viewing, making it a rich visual experience that is always presenting something new to examine.

Sep 11

Hand-Signed Frank Stella, Swan Engraving Framed II, 1984 Etching

Frank Stella Swan Engraving Framed II, 1984, guides the viewer into a world of mystery that tempts one to touch and feel the surface of this beautifully made piece. Simply mesmerizing is the sheer magnitude of this work. It breathes strength in fortitude and grace in every area of the surface. Bordered by a thin blue line, the dark and dusty brown shades immediately pop upon first view. No matter where you look, all the irregular shapes and sizes shatter and re-shatter over and over again. The patterns swirl around each other, pulling us inwards, as the smaller fragmented pieces gape out at us. Stella’s placing of these shapes is lively, expressive, and wholly distinct. The swirls and sharp edges are almost witty—as Stella was consciously aware about his printmaking method.

Sep 11

Hand-Signed Sam Francis, Untitled, 1982 Monotype

First to stand out in this Sam Francis unique Monotype Untitled, 1982 is the reddish-iron color that makes up the central compositional element of the monotype. Contrasted against the creamy white paper, the warm red color of the woodcut pops out. Layered atop the red textured woodcut are swatches of blues, pinks, and yellows. They swipe across the monotype like bandages. Finally, stop these bands of color are swift flicks of paint that stripe and weave across the work in greens, teals, and reds. The directionality of the work confounds: the red woodcut brings the eyes horizontally from side to side, until we reach the most primary blue swatches which move the eyes in a more diagonal direction. The smaller paint swishes allow the eyes to dance across the canvas. Francis has created a wonderfully dynamic work that allows the viewer to traverse the monotype with their eyes.

Sep 11

Hand-Signed Sam Francis, Untitled, 1982 Monotype

Sam Francis Monotype Untitled, 1982 is amazingly rendered and full of poignant rich colors. This piece is vibrant and stretches out across the sheet with splatters of joyous colors. Mesmerizing is its colors where deep embossments are seen engraving the smooth edges of shapes. Francis here was concerned with large organic shapes: oblong circles and undulating arcs. These aesthetic elements are arranged varyingly, in such a way where they feel composed yet random. They are not bound to the limits of the paper; as if these forms have a life of their own, they cling onto the surface and create remarkable impressions. No matter where you look, you see the evidence of Francis’ creativity. Paint splatters, blocks of color, and sporadic web-like lines stimulate your field of vision. He manages to control the chaos as well as each aesthetic element. Full of action and ranges of differing shapes, this work is without restraint.

May 31

Exhibition on View: Warhol. Mechanical Art

Starting from today, the Warhol. Mechanical Art will be an exhibition open until September 16, 2018. Organized by and held at Museo Picasso Málaga in Spain, the show will be a comprehensive overview of all types of Warhol art.

May 16

Andy Warhol Mick Jagger Screenprint Portfolio,1975

Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger met in 1964 in New York when Jagger and the Rolling Stones were still relatively unknown in the United States. Warhol was fascinated by Jagger’s celebrity status and decided to create a portfolio of ten screenprints featuring Jagger titled Mick Jagger, 1975.

May 16

Andy Warhol The Reigning Queens Portfolio

Andy Warhol famously said “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” In 1985, he turned his attention to the monarchy by creating The Reigning Queens Series screenprints, a portfolio of sixteen works featuring female monarchs of the time. This iconic portfolio is considered Warhol’s largest portfolio of screenprints. The queens featured are Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland.

May 16

Andy Warhol Camouflage Series, 1987

In this series, Warhol wholly embraces a pattern that heavily associated with its utilitarian and military purpose. The prints are colored in psychedelic colors, completely altering the print’s original identity as a disguise.

May 16

Andy Warhol Electric Chairs Series, 1971

The Electric Chair Series is a manifestation of the mass public fascination with death and violence. Warhol employs the repetition in a powerful way as the multiplicity invariably desensitizes the viewer against the symbol of death and corporal punishment.

May 16

Andy Warhol Myths Series, 1981

The series of ten screenprints is a nostalgic representations of America’s enchanted past. From the vibrant coloring to the icons’ dramatic expressions, each screen print reflects American glamour and theatricality.

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May 16

Andy Warhol Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century Series, 1980

The ten screenprints feature a collection of writers, actresses and scientists who are incredibly recognizable around the world. The series received negative feedback given that Warhol was Catholic and that he himself did not invest any interest in the subjects.

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