Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s works can cause psychological trauma. Or are they depictions of such trauma? There’s something bizarre about them, and said works show how art is not about the outward appearance of things, but their inner complexities. What hides behind a smile? What can you figure out about a person from their body language? What is it about colors? Continue reading Showcase: Edvard Munch
Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer. Continue reading Photography: Richard Avedon
As part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced, Jean-Michel Basquiat managed to get the attention of many of the days artists, including Andy Warhol. His mixed art made use of poetry, drawing, and painting. Continue reading Showcase: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jasper Johns is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker whose work is associated with abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, and pop art. He is well known for his depictions of the American flag and other US-related topics.
His works regularly receive millions of dollars at sale and auction, including a reported $110 million sale in 2010. Continue reading Showcase: Jasper Johns
Roy Lichtenstein. A leading figure in the pop art movement. Inspired by the comic strip, he produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”. Continue reading Showcase: Roy Lichtenstein
Peter Paul Rubens. Considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. His highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. Continue reading Showcase: Peter Paul Rubens