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post #16 of 30
I'm not sure exactly what the definition is of "modern art" but I own three pieces that might qualify as "modern":

http://www.larsonweb.com/art/merrell.htm

http://www.larsonweb.com/art/merrell2.htm

http://www.larsonweb.com/art/blaine.htm

Are these "modern art?" I don't know.

I have to say that most modern art doesn't appeal to me at all. Of the stuff posted here, I'd be inclined to sandblast the Neckface grafitti, and don't see much in the soccer ball either. I guess I don't "get it." I tend to gravitate more toward traditional aesthetics when it comes to art, and I don't find much "modern" art to be beautiful.
post #17 of 30
In the case of contemporary art, it's supposed to be the idea that's beautiful while modern art, it's the articulation of those ideas such as Pollock, et al.
post #18 of 30
My favorite 'modern' artist is Antoni Tapies:





Among contemporary artists:

Ed Kienholz, modern master of assemblage:





My former mentor in art school Ed Bereal is a huge inspiration to my own work:





My favorite contemporary photographic artist, Joel Peter Witkin:





and Dave McKean, my favorite Illustrator/artist, collaborated with writer Neil Gaiman on the best graphic novels ever including the Sandman series, Violent Cases, Mr Punch, Cages etc:

post #19 of 30
Regarding Witkin, I find him compelling exactly because of his Baroque grotesquness. He once went to some God forsaken town in Mexico to source out a medical autopsy office where he found body parts floating in drawers and fetuses in bottles.

Along that line, I like Pierre Molinier, who when he was in his 70s took self-portraits dressed in various BDSM costumes:

post #20 of 30
i am mystified by this: http://www.artnet.com/Galleries/Exhi...0613&cid=85673 i got a flyer in the mail from these guys. it would be interestingly dadaist if i knew they weren't serious, but as it is, it's just a little puzzling and naive. http://www.yunart.org/
post #21 of 30
But are they serious?
post #22 of 30
they're exhibiting at a new buddhist temple in san francisco. i don't know if they're serious, but i imagine they are.
post #23 of 30
Witkin is great. Came to talk at my undergrad school.
I really like his takes on Velasquez.
post #24 of 30
another of my favorite (post) modern artists is Barbara Kruger....I was lucky to have her as an instructor. I like the simplicity and black/white (literally and figuratively) nature of her work and intent



post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
another of my favorite (post) modern artists is Barbara Kruger....I was lucky to have her as an instructor. I like the simplicity and black/white (literally and figuratively) nature of her work and intent




I include her in alot of my lectures, how was she as a teacher?
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
I include her in alot of my lectures, how was she as a teacher?

She was a guest instructor and it was a 'theory' class so it wasn't as if she was teaching us "how to draw" (i doubt traditional art methods are her forte anyways, with her background), but I found her completely engaging and she inspires you to think about what you are doing beyond what you are currently thinking of. She came off as the typical "bitter woman artist" but getting past that, one could really learn a lot from her lectures, but I have a feeling that some people's reactions to *her* as a person wouldn't let them get that far.
post #27 of 30
Interesting. always strange when you see the work, then encounter the person. I visited a well known NY artist in his studio. I was expecting something completely different.
We got along, he was nice, but I left somewhat de -mystified. I thought it was going to be this whole huge production scene, it wasn't. Just him alone painting, pretty soon he's saying, "does this look right?" At that point I'm thinking, "hell I do could this...wait, I am doing this."
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
Interesting. always strange when you see the work, then encounter the person. I visited a well known NY artist in his studio. I was expecting something completely different. We got along, he was nice, but I left somewhat de -mystified. I thought it was going to be this whole huge production scene, it wasn't. Just him alone painting, pretty soon he's saying, "does this look right?" At that point I'm thinking, "hell I do could this...wait, I am doing this."
I spent and afternoon with Ellsworth Kelly at his house one time. It was the exact opposite of what you describe. Not only was he like a man from a past century (not age wise), but everything that he had around was interesting. I was particularly fascinated by a group of photographs of buildings that looked just like some of his most minimalist artwork.
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by iammatt
I spent and afternoon with Ellsworth Kelly at his house one time. It was the exact opposite of what you describe. Not only was he like a man from a past century (not age wise), but everything that he had around was interesting. I was particularly fascinated by a group of photographs of buildings that looked just like some of his most minimalist artwork.
Very cool. My situation was in a Tri Beca studio, perhaps his house would have been different. i'm envious of your experience with Mr. Kelly. did you happen to get a work of his? I'm around artists alot, and sometimes the collectors have more interesting surroundings.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
Very cool. My situation was in a Tri Beca studio, perhaps his house would have been different. i'm envious of your experience with Mr. Kelly. did you happen to get a work of his? I'm around artists alot, and sometimes the collectors have more interesting surroundings.

My parents have owned several of his pieces over the years, and have had contact with him forever. I was lucky to tag along this particular time as I happened to be around.
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