Jack Goldstein (1945 – 2003)’s career encompassed film, performance, sound, painting, and writing. Associated with the pictures generation, a group of artists whose works are rooted in appropriation and media theory of the late 1970s and ’80s, Goldstein painted from found images such as World War II photographs, and stills of astrological and natural phenomena.
Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) addresses the media and politics in their native tongue: tabloid, sensational, authoritative, and direct. Kruger’s words and images merge the commercial and art worlds; their critical resonance eviscerates cultural hierarchies — everyone and everything is for sale.
Elliott Hundley (American, b. 1975) produces visually mesmerizing worlds in his artwork, creating layered effects by pinning and collaging photographs, letters, sequins, and found materials to the surface. In The High House Low! (2011) Hundley focuses on Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Bacchae, which was first staged around 400BC.
Happy New Year, Everyone! I am still coping with minor jet lag after my two adventure-filled weeks enjoying the holidaze in Southern California, but tomorrow it’s back to the grind I must go! This photo of Robert Therrian’s monumental installation, Under The Table, was taken on my first full day in Los Angeles, at The Broad Museum in downtown LA. See more fun photos from that trip by following me on Instagram at @WorleyGigDotCom!
Chuck Close is known as much for his detailed representation of the human face as he is for his subsequent deconstruction of it. Close uses head-on portraits as his templates, exploring portraiture and his subjects through a variety of drawing and painterly techniques, as well as through printmaking, tapestry and photography. John (1971–72) one of Close’s earliest paintings, is described as photo-realist. Indeed, Close refers to photographs to create his artworks, employing their inconsistencies perspective as much as their verisimilitude.
Here, the sharp detail of the rim of the subject’s glasses contrasts with the blurred soft focus of his shoulders and the back of his hair, as it likely did in the original photograph. But instead of using mechanical means to transfer his images onto canvas, Close works entirely from sight to achieve the intensely animate detail, sectioning off the reference photographs into grids and transferring each piece by hand onto is monumental canvases,
Photographed at The Broad in Los Angeles, CA.