New York, New York
Photographer Deborah Turbeville, one of fashion’s lenswoman legends, has passed away at the age of 81. Known for her signature soft-focus and gauzy romanticism and painterly, textured melancholy, her photographic talents won her the admiration of art directors, editors, stylists, and designers worldwide. Read an interesting interview here with Deborah at Style.com about her career and reflections on 13 of her favorite images.
“Perhaps the most interesting thing about my photographs is that they are a little bit of an enigma; they’re hard to place… I’m working with fashion magazines; whereas in another era, I might have been an illustrator.”
New York, USA
I stumbled across work by the self-taught American artist Malcolm T. Liepke this week… remarkable figurative paintings using wet-in-wet oil techniques. Liepke is considered one of the finest figurative painters working today, with sold-out solo shows, numerous awards, and prominent collectors to his credit.
View more works here. Read a great article about Liepke here.
New York, New York
Banksy’s latest body of work takes the form of a “residency” in New York entitled Better Out than In, featuring a new graffiti work daily in one part of the metropolis or another. Some of the pieces have 1-800 telephone numbers stenciled beside them, allowing viewers to listen to an audio recording that compliments the visual work.
“The thrill is in the chase for many of the graffiti artist’s fans, as they rush to figure out the location of the next piece.” As might be expected, you can now trace NYC’s “Banksy Art Walk” via a live feed, here.
See more (with links to audio) here.
“Created between 1958-1963—when the U.S.S.R. was well ahead of the U.S. in the space race—these posters are wonderful examples of mid-century Soviet art.”
Rendered unflinchingly in the style that came to be known as Socialist Realism, the posters sport headlines such as, “We were born to make the fairy tale come true!,” “Socialism is our launching pad,” and “Glory to the workers of Soviet science and technology!” See more examples, including translations, here.
(Thanks to Chris Pointon for the link.)
Mexico City, Mexico
The iconic Jorge Alderete, aka Dr. Alderete, is a Patagonian-born artist, pop illustrator, designer, animator, record-label owner, entrepreneur, and publisher who “uses trash culture, 1950s science fiction films, wrestling, and surf music imagery in his psychotronic illustrations, animations, and comics.”
Jorge is a frequent judge at international award shows, a prolific lecturer in the Spanish-speaking world, and his work has been exhibited around the globe. View more of his “in your face” work at www.jorgealderete.com or www.vertigogaleria.com
Jorge wrote me last week to inform me that he hates my blog… apparently it distracts him from doing his work. This post is my reply. (-:
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. It has now been confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art — including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko — as a weapon in the Cold War, beginning in 1947.
“In the manner of a Renaissance prince (except that it acted secretly) the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionism around the world for more than 20 years.”
Why did the CIA support these artists? “Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.”
Read the full article, entitled “Modern art was CIA ‘weapon,’” from The Independent, here.
I’m always chuffed when I stumble across work by former students… nice wordplay and graphic iterations by Matt Hunsberger, who took part in a studio course I taught at the Hartford Art School (University of Hartford, Connecticut) back in 2006, when I was a recipient of the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts.
Rock on, Matt!