A few comments:
~ Those are some fine examples of good work by very talented contemporary artists. I've seen some of their work shown in a variety of today's more popular art magazines. Jeremy Lipking (I love his Rachel
) and Jacob Collins are my favorite artists of the group you've posted, though Candace
is the painting that I like the least of Collins' work -- the figure's features and pose are a very odd combination of confused adult sensuality and infant-like pudginess. The head and neck are much too masculine and ugly for my tastes in the painting's genre. Rotate the image 180° to get a better idea of what I'm talking about. It's an uncomfortable cluster of sexuality, woman, infant and boy. Not that I'm opposed to an artist exploring gender identity issues in his art. I just don't think that this painting was intended to do so, or if it was, it hasn't been done well.
~ On an earlier thread
you said that you would be posting images by artists who you think are "worthy but unrecognized." As I mentioned above, I've seen some of these artists in popular art magazines that can be purchase in any bookstore in America. In the sources that I've found which reveal the prices that these artists' works are commanding, they seem to be doing quite well financially with their art. So, in what way do you think that they are "unrecognized"? I understand that their work isn't being displayed in museums that were not established for the purpose of showing their type of art, but is that your definition of "recognition" -- you expect curators who are passionate about other types of art to suddenly change their tastes and dedicate their lives and fortunes to displaying the art that you want them to? Or did you mean that people like you and other Objectivists haven't publicly recognized these artists until now? If so, I agree, and I'm happy to see you finally doing so.
~ I think it should be noted that one of the artists in the group that you posted is Melissa Hefferlin, who was a student of yours, if I remember correctly, and another, Daud Akhriev, is her husband.
~ The painting of the bridge by Akhriev that you posted above makes me think that it's the type of image that Kandinsky would have enjoyed. Turn it sideways or upsidedown, and it might be precisely the type of thing which inspired him to contemplate the power of pure abstraction.
~ Speaking of rotating the image, about a dozen years ago I took some photos of the underside of the I-35W bridge that recently collapsed. I studied them and was hoping to find time to return to the site and paint a few different views of it. They would have looked a lot like Akhriev's painting inverted. I don't think the new bridge will have quite the same abstract appeal.
~ I noticed that this thread is in the "Art Gallery," but your examples of Eeevil pomo art
is in the "Aesthetics" folder. Am I correct in assuming that was a conscious decision on your part? Works of art that you don't like don't count as "art," and discussions about them should be categorized under "aesthetics" because they are only theoretically alleged to be art? Heh.
~ Wasn't there a scene in Atlas Shrugged where Dagny had what could be called a deep sense of life response to a vase or something like that in Rearden's office? It's interesting that fictional Objectivists can react that way, but real life Objectivists are required to get their undies in a serious twist over pieces by artists like Minoru Ohira.
Anyway, thanks for sharing this group of artists.
Edited by Jonathan, 04 November 2007 - 05:07 PM.