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Q: What Is Modern Art?
A: As a non-artist, when I think of modern art, I think of art that has recently been created, and trying to think in a larger scope of history, I think of recent as in the last 100 years. In many ways, this is correct, but not completely. In the art world, different art styles are referred to as -isms. This probably sounds familiar from an old college humanities class. You probably learned about Naturalism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and more. Well, some of these -isms are major category heads, with many sub-isms beneath them, and that is true with Modernism. The modern world was changing, so art needed to change as well. Modern art would explore the new modern world, and artists chose to do this in various ways. But regardless of the form of expression chosen, all forms are an exploration of each artist's own vision of life in their own way. Some of the sub-isms of Modernism, and what they explore, include: Expressionism which explores emotions and states of the mind, Constructivism which concentrates on social function, Surrealism tries to express the unconscious mind, and Cubism which explores the nature of representation.These are just a few of the trends encompassed by Modernism, some are quite different, and others overlap with each other, but to all these artists, art became a way to discover truth, whether it be a modern truth of Futurism, or a universal truth of Suprematism. They all tried, I their own way, to seek answers to fundamental questions about the nature of art and human experience. Modernism lasted about three quarters through the 20th century, and by the 1970's, modern artists were moving onto Post Modernism. Surprisingly, it was architects who took the lead in the development of Post Modernism, but much of the Post Modern visual art is a criticism of modern society.Understanding a bit about Modernism and Post Modernism is helpful when discussing modern art. Plus, it is good to be familiar with the lingo of the art world, to use it correctly, especially to avoid confusion when talking with experts.So back to the question of what is modern art? To the non-artist, all art created in the last 100 years is modern art, because modern refers to the present, or recent times. Modern art, in my mind, includes all of these -isms. Modern art does not directly resemble the subject, but is abstract. It is more difficult to understand but sometimes understanding is a mute point, the art is to be enjoyed.

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Q: The Concepts and the Beliefs of Modern Art
A: Art is a human creative skill, which is demonstrated through imaginative designs, sounds, or ideas. Art and artistic skills have been integral to our Histories. Events, life styles, and the other prevalent things, were all depicted through the various art forms of those times. Art has been evolving with thoughts, ideas, events, times, and technological developments, and is the father of today's Graphical Illusions. The Ancient History of Art dates back to as many as 2 million years ago, to the Stone Age. The first Stone Tools used to create impressions, can be said to be the initial ideas of Art. Ancient Art is actually a symbolic representation of information about the life styles and the representation of facts by the people of those times, who framed a strong ground for Art. Since then, Art has been transforming to accommodate the changes and the improvements of every era to suit connoisseurs' tastes and ideas. History of Art. Prior to taking up the Modern Art Concepts, lets take a look at the different art ages: o Pre Historic Art / Paleolithic (2million years ago - 13000B.C) o Ancient Art (from 3000 B.C - 331 B.C) o Medieval to Early Renaissance Art (373 B.C - 1453 A.D) o Renaissance to Early Modern Art (1453 - 1800 A.D) o Pre Modern Art (1800 - 1880 A.D) o Modern Art (1880 - 1945 A.D) o Contemporary Art (1945 - Present age) History of Modern Art started with Impressionism as its main frame and continued its revolution with the gradual additions and the deletions in the second half of 19th century. New art styles and movements disappeared at an increasingly fast pace, reflecting the growing rate of changes in our society. The Impressionist painters preferred to paint outdoors and studied the effect of light on the objects, creating wonderful arts such as, landscapes and scenes from daily life. This trend continued until 1905. Then the present day thinkers added impressive, vivid colors to the Modern Arts, thereby bringing pictures into life. They called it Fauvism. Expressionists followed Fauvism in 1979. Expressionism was a kind of German Modern Art version of Fauvism, conveying its expressions. Modern Art Movement III was another revolutionary movement of Modern Art, which was majorly restricted to paintings and sculptures. Nevertheless, it had vital influence on the development of Modern Art. Cubism came, where images were converted into cubes, or other geographical forms, followed by Surrealism, emphasizing the unconscious & the importance of dreams, and finally came the Abstract Art, which was creating art with several abstracts joining. Pop Art Movement and Optical Art Movement (OP Art) came into picture after debating with Abstract Artists, as these artists considered Abstract Arts as too sophisticated and elite for the general masses to understand. The Pop Art and the Optical Art Artists brought art back into the daily lives of people through Simple Sketches, Comics, and Picture Arts, as seen naturally in daily life. Optical Art was again a transformation of art into reduced geographical forms, sometimes in Black & White contrast and sometimes in brilliant, contrast colors.

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Q: Modern Art Paintings
A: Many collectors and investors choose modern art paintings because they are the cutting edge of art today. They reflect the energy of today's world and serve as barometers against the ever changing art scene. They can also become significant investments if they are created by an up and coming modern artist and bought early in their career.The reason modern art paintings become successful today is the same reason Picasso's paintings were successful in his day. The art scene is full of movements over time. These movements are usually reactions to previous contemporary art practices of the previous eras. For example the Impressionist artists the world over developed a completely revolutionary way of creating great works in their era. Instead of painting inside studios as had been the custom for hundreds of years, Impressionist painters from around the world such as Claude Monet, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne in France, and in Australia, Tom Roberts, Fredrick McCubbin, Jane Sutherland, Charles Conder, and Authur Streeton took their palettes outside and captured the light in "plein air" in completely new ways with colour. In the late nineteenth century, these were ground breaking modern art paintings at their best. Today these paintings are revered the world over for what they brought to the art world at the time. However if you put a Monet beside a Jackson Pollock, you will see the amazing differences in conceptual development, technique and practice in paintings. This is a reflection of the development of art over time. Modern art works are successful because they break new artistic ground and show us our world in new and fresh ways. Today, some think current practices are not a reaction to previous genres but a totally different attitude to making art.Many savvy collectors invest in modern art paintings. They choose to invest in these over traditional paintings for the reasons I outlined above. It is great to be part of an art movement, whether as an artist or someone who collects the art of the time. As a collector it is most exciting to invest in an artist's work when they are young in their career and emerging in the art world. The excitement lies in knowing you are onto something that will pay big dividends in the future. It is always a gamble, however there are usually some indications that these paintings will be a great investment. The other reason people invest in young and upcoming modern artists is they have an emotional resonance with the particular modern art paintings they purchase. Throughout time, artists have always relied on collectors following their work and investing in it. Back in the days of Michelangelo, it was the Catholic church who collected his modern art paintings. These days it can be wealthy collectors, celebrities, artists themselves, art lovers and just about anyone who collects art works of modern artists.

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Q: Modern Art: A Conspiracy - Part 1
A: I have been turned down several times by some ignorant gallery owners on both sides of the fence for their lack of interest in African Art. In their words African Art is primitive. The sad thing is that our so-called elites gallery owners do not get it too. In most cases they are worst and very ignorant and naïve about African art. How long are we going to allow these false monsters of the past run wild in our present time? I have realized that truth is usually a hard pill to swallow but we must confront our past for a better tomorrow.We have been forced to look down on ourselves. They held our minds captive with the television, print media, history books or documentaries of their explorers that were written supposedly for them, but ended up in our nation's schools bookshelves for mind alteration and economic exploitation. Maybe I am missing something; please tell me the expectation of an educator who thought the grand children of Amina in Nigeria, that River Niger was discovered by Mongo Park. The same River Niger, where their grand ma, Anina bath, swam, fetched water, they have known and played in the river all their lives and in fact the legend had it that their grandpa Obi was among the men that guided and guarded the strange White man from the wild beast of the jungle. Instead of a letter of appreciation, their great grand children are forced and feed lies of the incident in the name of education.They constantly used whatever they can to accomplish their vision. The invention of television became an effective tool for manipulation of generations with ease using Jacob's vision power of increase, Genesis 30: 31 - 43, for their negative agenda. There is power in what we hear and see. That is more reason they will never show you good side of Africa.During the era of European avant-garde artists, there were prolific African Artists such as 'Aina Onabolu' and many others whose works were never considered modern. Obviously including them in their modern era will mean making them equal with their counterparts in Europe. You know what that means to black man who was supposed to be picking cottons. "European modern art" was the biggest scam on African Art. They took the best of our forefathers and kicked us to the trash. They knew what they were doing and the effect of these centuries of bad seeds is what we see today in Africa and beyond. It is very common to see African professionals, highly educated but with no knowledge of self and very much whiter than the white, if you know what I mean. I have walked into a financial firm in Atlanta, owned and managed by some Nigerians and the issue of African Art came up, One of the owners was asked what type of art do have hanging on your wall. You need see him go off with pride and talked eloquently on modern art at the end he declared that he doesn't want to be associated with African Art.You can imagine how that made me feel, having studied art and taught art professionally to hear a Nigerian elite in the position of power and influence, to promote our arts and culture, out rightly rejected his inheritance. I didn't wait to ask why? He went off again to talk about crime and the world image of Nigeria. Who named the Primitive Art and Modern Art? Take a close look at their so-called primitive art and look at the modern art and decide for yourself. Who named the Tribal Art? These are the same people whose lists of names consist of Negro, Aborigines, Nigger, and Black, Gypsy, White, Red, Yellow, and People of Color to mention a few. What good has these names done to mankind other than division and control. Let us face the truth, because truth is the heart of freedom. There is more to names than we can imagine hence God had to change people's given names to accomplish his mission in their lives. It has been and will always be demonic and its time to reject such names for our true purpose and relationship with one another. Let's look into more facts in the part 2 coming soon.

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Q: Modern Art a Conspiracy Part 2
A: They have never been interested in others but for what they can get. The opportunity to study other cultures have presented it self severally but they were not up for it. They have written mind alteration books for their vision. It would have been ideal for them to introduce most of these books into their schools for knowledge, more researches and better appreciation of others. But hell no they were only interested in altering our mind set, artifacts and how much they can make from the unknown world. My gratitude goes to our men and women, most of whom have lost their lives in saying the truth. Truth must prevail; I have realized danger of the silence conspiracy to erase anything African in the face of the earth. The fact that civilization of man started in African has disappeared from the pages of history books, even pyramids of Egypt to some people were built by aliens, It is too good to be African; if given a chance to recreate the map of Africa, Egypt and some part of South African will definitely be carved out of the map to serve their purpose. There have been conflicting records of when Europeans came in contact with African Art. With due respect to our art historians who have made references to 1905 as the year of European first contact with African Art as widely documented. I beg to disagree. We should not forget the looting of Benin Art treasures. The Punitive Expedition of 1897 was a military excursion by a British force of 1,200 under Admiral Sir Harry Rawson that captured, burned, and looted the city of Benin, incidentally bringing to an end the highly sophisticated West African Kingdom of Benin. Secondly, the Scramble for Africa (or the Rat Race for Africa) was the proliferation of conflicting European claims to African territory during the New Imperialism period, between the 1880s and the start of World War I. This era was more of art and treasures than territories. You are free to disagree. You can as well tell me of any other continent; that has suffered massive global extortion and exploitation of arts and culture. A visit to museums around the world will shade more light on this. The earliest documented entry of a piece of African art into a European collection occurred around 1470, with a work that a Portuguese collector acquired from the kingdom of Kongo. Pablo was born to father, who was also an artist, known as José Ruiz y Blasco; his mother was Maria Picasso y Lopez. His earliest paintings were signed Pablo Ruiz after his father, but around 1901 he started using his mother's name, Picasso. He studied graphics in Spain and graduated in 1900. Pablo was among the long list of bored minds, whose art of imitation and copying couldn't sustain. He found himself in a nasty dance of poverty and isolation because no artist would want to risk their creations with a copy artist like Picasso. Shortly after graduation He moved to France 1901 where he quickly laid his hands on African art works. In his words I do not seek. I find. You can imagine the innocent creations of African masters in the hands of a man who had copied art most of youthful age. Pablo believed that Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Modern art is simply a conspiracy child of racism and imperialism. The so-called founder had these to say. Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when completely alone with myself, I haven't the nerve to consider myself an artist in the great and ancient sense of the word. There have been great painters like Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt and Goya. I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time. What was his time? It was said the confession is good for the soul. In the part 1 of this article I mentioned the conspiracy of European avant-garde artists, art collectors, art critics, art historians and imperialist to create away out of their creative drought using African Art as escape goat. The artistic elite was mainly concerned with the rejection of academic tradition. African art became a source of inspiration for these artists who were searching for systems of representation other than naturalism and illusionism. The critic front-runner of this group was the French art critic Louis Vauxcelles who coined the term Cubism after seeing the landscapes Braque had painted in 1908 at L'Estaque in emulation of Cézanne. Vauxcelles called the geometric forms in the highly abstracted works "cubes." Louis Vauxcelles (1870-?) was an influential French art critic. To him are attributed the terms Fauvism (1905), and cubism. Vauxcelles coined the phrase 'les fauves' (translated as 'wild beasts') to describe a circle of painters associated with Matisse as well as the audiences who criticised them (he couldn't decide which were more arrogant).But an artist can demonstrate zero proof of his artistic ability in the context of established representative visual art, yet he could end up as a master of modern art? Tell me you smell something funny about this too. In the words of Pablo the founder of your modern art; an artist must know how to convince others of the truth of his lies. The people who make art their business are mostly imposters. There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. How naïve can you be, the man who had over 100 African art in his collection, copied and made money of them do not believe in abstraction.
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Q: Modern Art Lighting
A: In all honesty, "modern art" is a term that was used a bit too much in the seventies and requires some reevaluation and redefinition if we are to use it intelligently in a professional dialogue. From an etymologically purist perspective, the term literally means art that represents the challenges, values, and responses of the soul to modern life. Keep in mind that everything modern usually becomes a fragment of history after a few short years pass, so to remain true to reality please keep in mind also that the only real modern art is art that both expresses change and can adapt itself to change enough to remain free from the traps of perception and time. Lighting modern art with a bit of philosophy built into the circuitry can go a long way toward making your modern art collection a light speed phenomenon that keeps in step with the times and remains true to its name. A properly designed and executed modern art lighting theme will consequently bring you a return on investment in value beyond the dollar.Modern art lighting accents and complements the viewer's awareness of the purpose of the genre, and it requires a technical skill set blended with a creative drive that pushes beyond convention just enough to avoid being over analyzed by the viewer. If you are going to decorate with modern art, light the art in such as way as to challenge its audience to take nothing but steps forward in thought. This keeps the piece from becoming dated because it facilitates forward motion in the mind and prevents the viewer from judging the piece and categorizing it according to fixed ideas from the past. Illuminations Lighting and Design will accomplish this task for you by providing you with the most contemporary model picture lights that modern art requires to express its true nature. If As contractors we have many years of experience working not just on homes themselves but the properties upon which they reside. Our specialists are experts in outdoor lighting techniques. We can showcase outdoor works of modern art by lighting them with inconspicuously positioned, high performance spotlights placed in trees. The aesthetic we create will amaze you. Light will appear to come out of the darkness and put your most valued pieces in a spotlight of mystery and awareness that will appear to your guests as both the essence of modernity and timeless beyond diminishment.ILD delivers key values through concrete tangibles and creative applications very hard to find elsewhere else in our industry. Call us today and experience modern art lighting as a phenomenon that gives accent and definition to your unique, progressive living experience.
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Q: How to Use Modern Art in Your Home
A: When creating a contemporary or modern home you may well be focused on the pieces of furniture you are going to bring in to create the perfect setting. But, it is important to realize that furniture alone will not create the perfect modern living space. Modern and contemporary decor is about art and function. While furniture will serve as the function in your home, something will be missing if you don't add a bit of art into the folds. Here is a look at five ways to use modern art in your home: Modern Paintings Since modern and contemporary decor makes many people think of being in an art gallery, why not give them what they expect. One of the easiest ways to really set the scene in a modern home is with a striking piece of contemporary art hanging for all to see. Contemporary Wall Tapestries Not only paintings are modern art that can be hung on the walls of a contemporary home, but also there are plenty of contemporary wall tapestries. These pieces, while modern in design, also add an air of softness to the room. This is a great thing to know while decorating in this scheme. While modern decor is supposed to be relatively stiff and crisp, this is also your home and should have a homey feel about it. A woven creation, like a contemporary wall tapestry can help you reach that balance. Modern Sculpture Whether geometric or abstract, you likely know the feeling of being drawn right up to a modern sculpture to study it. There is something about a three-dimensional object that pulls viewers in to see what it is and how it was constructed. While much of modern decor is minimalist, you can still choose a few pieces of modern sculpture to liven up this space in your home. Modern Furniture Who says furniture can't be artistic? When you are choosing furniture for your home, you should be open to new pieces that are as much a piece of furniture as they are a piece of art. Whether it's a contemporary sculpture that has been turned into a glass-top accent table or even a chair that is so unique in it's creation that it is a piece of art in itself, consider that furniture can also be art in your home. Modern Floral Arrangements While they may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering how to decorate your home in a modern or contemporary style, there are plenty of floral arrangements out there that are modern. They won't include your typical large bouquets of roses or carnations, but instead will use various flowers, stems and other foliage pieces to create works of art. The blooms on these pieces are usually simple - just a few flowers, often white or one or two with a burst of color. So there you go. After you have chosen the modern art you want to use in your home, remember, you can take a few extra steps to make it a focal point. As you install lighting in this room consider where the focal points are and allow your lighting to lead the way.

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Q: Buying Modern Art Paintings For Your House
A: Buying paintings for your home is the first step in adding your personal touch to an interior decoration. Decorating your personal living space is a vital need; we all want to live in a space that makes us feel good and relaxed. Our homes are small havens and sanctuaries; therefore displaying art in your home is a way to personalize and mark the space you live in. Modern art paintings are a great way to make your space breathe artistic creation and style.Modern art paintings have been the most popular art pieces the last few years, either displayed in art galleries for random visitors and enthusiasts, or as part of the decoration in our living or working space. There are thousands of avid collectors of Modern art paintings all over the world, who are willing to spend some serious amounts of money in order to buy the objects of their desire. Whether you see them as an investment or as art pieces for personal pleasure, original modern paintings are an absolute must have. Displaying modern art pieces and paintings on the walls of your living or working space, can be a significant move in order to completely change the tone in the room or enhance some of its features: a landscape painting can automatically create a more serene and peaceful atmosphere, a painting that depicts water and sea can add to your desire for travelling or help your mind escape; artworks featuring animals or trees can be the perfect complement of furniture in a rural house or help you create a more informal and lodging ambiance, always in a very sophisticated way.No matter what their subject might be, modern art pieces and paintings can have a quite soothing effect; they can also be perfect decorative pieces. Even if you have never been a savvy art person and lover you cannot help it but value their uniqueness.Modern art paintings are considered to be the most essential pieces of decoration since they can differentiate and enhance the atmosphere in your space, helping you personalize it according to your particular artistic orientation, style and taste.Oil, for example, compared to all other painting media, has the ability to add warmth and liveliness in any room: every modern art painting, no matter what the subject is, features a rather unique way of depicting reality, which is always eloquent and lucid, communicating their message in a rather life like and unique way.

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Q: Philosophy and Modern Art Painting
A: Philosophy and modern art painting have some interesting similarities and differences. Before going on, it might be appropriate to ask: when is a modern art painting considered modern? It is generally accepted that modern art was produced during the approximate period between about the 1860's and the 1970's. Work since then is often referred to as contemporary art, and they are definitely not the same. Of particular interest to many is the way that modern art and philosophy share common goals, but get there through such different means. Whether a participant in a philosophic conversation, or an observer of art, make critical connections or not, depends largely on their individual ability to interpret and apply. Philosophic methods challenge us to ask questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be a self, what the ethics of a society should be, how we know what we say we know, and many other metaphysical and epistemological areas of life that people have been deeply interested in throughout the ages. Deliberate or not, modern art painting causes a similar introspection about many of the same things and challenges us to ask similar questions. Color, shape, form, and texture are simply other tools by which we are brought face to face with such concerns and questions.In terms of communicating ideas and emotions, modern art painting has limitations just as philosophy does. Both are inherently abstract, such that understanding and application can be rather elusive to all but the most committed participant. Since significance seems to be a relativistic quality, only to be gleaned by making meaningful interpretation for oneself after looking at a modern art painting, or thinking about a philosophic argument, it makes sense that one think and feel deeply about both.Thankfully, the goal is not to go through life without making any emotional or mental connections with the ideas and emotions that a painting, or a philosophic idea might provoke. Instead, those connections are encouraged and celebrated. We see a modern art painting - we feel deeply. We ponder a compelling philosophic argument - we are moved within. Both make us feel connected and glad to be alive.

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Q: The Revolution Of Modern Art In The Timeline Of Art History
A: "The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."- John Keats A true art is one which is centered on a timeline of events of the world. New art styles have appeared and vanished, with the beginning of the industrial revolution and have meanwhile reflected the gradual changes that have taken place in art in our society. The 19th century painters considered art to be a representation of images that reflects moral values, Christian sentiments, righteous conducts, virtuous behaviors and noble sacrifices. The history of modern art starts with impressionism in Paris - a movement against the rigid painting done inside academy. The usage of light and strong colors was paramount for the impressionist art movement. Different movements fauvism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism and many other paved the pathway of the artist and the modern artist belief in the freedom of expression. They brush their thoughts and ideas into strokes of their art. With the progress of the century this artistic freedom has become fundamental to progressive modernism. The artists seek freedom not just only from the rules of academic art, but from the demands of the public. And finally they have claimed that art should be produced not for the public's sake, but for art's sake. Art for art's sake is a release from the age old tyranny, rules and purpose; it is an excercise of freedom. 'Art for art's sake'- A phrase coined by Francis Schaeffer in his little treatise, Art and the Bible: "A work of art has value in itself." He said "Art is not something we merely analyze or value for its intellectual content. It is something to be enjoyed." But what about the works of art that are without beauty? Without the precious stone of beauty a piece of art whatever modern may be it is will become a pillar of caricature, without any innate value. We all know the famous poet Keats remark on art: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness."In the 19th century, art was discussed by critics and historians largely in formal terms which effectively removed the question of meaning and purpose from consideration.

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Q: Museum Ireland - Irish Museum of Modern Art
A: The Museum's mission is to foster within society an awareness, understanding and involvement in the visual arts through policies and programmes which are excellent, innovative and inclusive. One of the leading museums in Ireland, IMMA presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programmes. The current director is Enrique Juncosa, who was previously Deputy Director of the Reina Sofia National Museum Arts Centre (MNCARS) in Madrid. Museum Ireland: How was the Irish Museum of Modern Art established? The Irish Museum of Modern Art was established by the Government of Ireland in 1990 as Ireland's first national institution for the presentation and collection of modern and contemporary art. The Museum was officially opened on 25 May 1991 by the, then Taoiseach Charles J Haughey. Since its opening the Museum has rapidly established itself as a significant and dynamic presence in the Irish and international arts arena. It is widely admired by its peers throughout the world for the range and relevance of its exhibitions, for its innovative use of its growing Collection, for its award-winning education and community programme and for its visitor-centered ethos and facilities. The Irish Museum of Modern Art Today IMMA has proved to be a valuable and popular addition to the country's cultural infrastructure, attracting more than 400,000 Irish and overseas visitors from diverse social backgrounds each year, both to the Museum itself and to events organised throughout Ireland by our National Programme. Irish Museum of Modern Art's Exhibitions The Museum's temporary exhibition programme regularly juxtaposes the work of leading, well-established figures with that of younger-generation artists to create a debate about the nature and function of art and its connection with the future. Exhibitions presented at IMMA include - Francis Alÿs, Alexander Calder, James Coleman, Dorothy Cross, Lucian Freud, Ann Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Juan Miró, Hughie O'Donoghue and Elizabeth Peyton. IMMA originates many of its exhibitions but also works closely with a network of international galleries and museums. The Collection The Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, which comprises some 4,500 works, has been developed since 1990 through purchase, donations and long-term loans, as well as by the commissioning of new works. The Museum purchases contemporary art but accepts donations and loans of more historical art objects with a particular emphasis on work from the 1940s onwards. The permanent collection reflects some of the most exciting trends in Irish and international art with lens-based work by Gilbert and George, Marina Abramovic, Willie Doherty and Paul Seawright, installations by llya and Ameila Kabakov, Rebecca Horn and sculpture by Dorothy Cross, Kathy Prendergast, Damien Hirst and Stephan Balkenhol; also paintings by Francesco Clemente, Tony O'Malley, Peter Doig, and Peter Halley. Major donations include a wide variety of modern and contemporary art, including a number of 1930s works by Picasso, paintings by Sean Scully, a large sculpture by Barry Flanagan and a film by Neil Jordan. Education and Community Programmes An extensive range of programmes has been developed at the Museum with the intention of creating and increasing access to the visual arts, as well as engagement in their meaning and practice. The programme operates on many levels - with research projects, with community-based programmes within the local catchment area and with the general public in a gallery-based initiative through the provision of Explorer. A number of programmes have been developed for groups who wish to have contact with specific exhibitions or artists, including gallery discussions and practical studio work. The ongoing primary school programme creates access for individual teachers, staff groups and children. The Museum's Artists Work Programme, a studio/residency programme, is open to artists in all disciplines and of all nationalities. Artists participating in the Programme make themselves as available as possible to meet with visitors to the Museum, providing access to the process of making art and giving the public an additional layer of experience to that available in the Museum's galleries. A series of slide talks, studio visits, panel discussions and open days are organized around the residencies, all of which are free and open to the public. The National Programme is designed to make the Museum's assets, skills and resources available to centers outside Dublin. Through the lending of exhibitions and individual works, and the development of collaborative projects with other organizations, the National Programme establishes the Museum as inclusive, accessible and national. The presentation of such a wide range of activities offers a richly diverse experience to both general visitors and to those interacting with the Museum on a more long-term basis. Museum Ireland: The home of the Irish Museum of Modern Art As one of the leading museums in Ireland IMMA's activities are greatly enhanced by its magnificent building and grounds. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland, was built in 1684 as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years. Its style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and large elegant courtyard. The Museum site also includes a formal garden, meadow and medieval burial grounds. In addition to its striking setting, the Museum also has an excellent cafe and bookshop. .

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Q: Modern Art for Sale - Online Versus an Art Gallery
A: Where does a person go today to find modern art for sale? The two most obvious places are online and in an art gallery. Let's take a look at both of these options and the pros and cons of each.The big place to shop these days is online, and there are many good reasons to do so. First of all, if you live in a small town, the shopping possibilities are extremely magnified online. Second, the selection is a lot larger online than can be found locally, as a matter of fact, with the internet there is no limit to the art that can be found to be purchased. Third, you can easily price shop for the best deal. It is quick and easy to check the prices of multiple online stores, which can take an entire day plus more to drive all over town to check prices. The cons are, that price shopping for a book is one thing, for a piece of art it is entirely different. It may be difficult to even find the same piece of art on different web sites, unless of course, you are purchasing a mass produced print. But the biggest con is that selecting a piece of art should be a tactile experience, the internet can do no justice to a piece of modern art for sale.That moves us to the pros and cons of purchasing directly from an art gallery. The main con is that your selection is limited to what a gallery has on display. The second con is that there may be less price flexibility, and finding another gallery that even offers the same piece is difficult, never mind finding it for less. Of course, you could always look online to see if you could find the same piece of modern art for sale on a website for less, but this may also prove difficult. One of the pieces of sculpture that I really like is a limited edition of only seven pieces. Even online it may be difficult to find one available.The pros of shopping at a gallery is that you can actually see the piece of art in person. It is not unusual for a personal encounter with a piece of art to be quite moving, something that can be lacking from a picture of an art piece online. Second, the curator of an art gallery is very knowledgeable, they can answer your questions and give you additional information about an artist that may not be readily available or known, especially since most curators have met and spoken directly to the artists their gallery represents. I believe this to be one of the biggest advantages of purchasing directly from an art gallery.Of course, one of the great things today is that most galleries have an online presence. Perhaps you have previously visited a gallery while on vacation, and now that you are home, you just have to have one of the pieces of modern art for sale at that gallery. Go online, you can probably find them. Or perhaps you have some more questions before you commit to your purchase, the gallery curator will be happy to answer your questions. So, in today's world, you can easily enjoy the pros of both online and a personal visit to a gallery to purchase any piece of modern art for sale.

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Q: Yes, Anyone Can Visit a Modern Art Gallery
A: A modern art gallery can be an amazing thing, especially if you take the time to really look at the art that is on display. At one time I did not visit many art galleries, I found them intimidating. Why? Well, for a few reasons. First, I did not know much about art so going into one made me feel vulnerable. Second, the cost of the art seemed out of my reach, like it was something I would have to wait until I was older and more established in life to enjoy in my home. Third, because I was young and struggling in life, I felt out of place going into one, it felt awkward.But as I have become more familiar with art, and have visited numerous modern art galleries, I realize how wrong I was. Yes, many art galleries are very nice and upscale inside, an original piece of art is not cheap, and many patrons have a little bit of money burning a hole in their pocket. But, anyone can enjoy a modern art gallery. If you feel some of the same things I used to feel, here are some ways to begin enjoying art galleries. 1. Don't be intimidated. We live in a small town that draws a lot of wealthy tourists in both the summer and the winter. Most of these galleries cater to this demographic, but they also welcome the locals. Sure, the curator may be dressed quite nice and look very professional, and you may be dressed in old jeans, but the curator is there is help. 2. Ask questions. Since this is part of the curators job, take advantage of the curator. Talk to them! They don't care who you are, most are excited to have the chance to discuss the art in their gallery. Yes, they are there to sell the pieces in their gallery, but for most, art is a passion and they love the opportunity to discuss and share with anyone who shows interest. The more people they can teach about appreciating art, the better it is for the art world. 3. Realize that if you really like a piece of art, you can purchase it. A good curator will not snub you for how you are dressed or your social standing. As any good businessman knows, everybody's money is green. Most any modern art gallery offers payment plans or lay-a-way for their art. This is a great way for the every day person to start collecting art, or to just pick up a single piece that they really like. So, if you have any interest in art, or think you might, going to visit a modern art gallery is the perfect place to start pursuing this potential interest. Don't be intimidated, ask a lot of questions, and if you find a piece that you really like, feel free to purchase it. It may seem like a splurge that you don't really need, but the feeling you get every time you look at that piece of art, will make it worth the price you pay.

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Q: Emotion in Modern Art: Cause Or Effect?
A: One might justifiably wonder about emotion and its relationship to modern art. It's a natural thing to consider, given that experiencing art often provokes an emotional response in the viewer. In fact, many people have felt, and feel, that the real purpose of art is not to express emotion, but to give rise to emotion in others. On the other hand, there are those who argue that the real purpose of art is to act as a medium of expression for the artist, one that allows he or she to graphically portray their own emotions through a painting, sculpture, or other created piece. So, what is the role of emotion in modern art? Is it an effect or is it a cause?In asking whether emotion is a cause or effect of modern art, we might first consider our own experiences with emotion in general. First of all, it is something we can all relate to because we all have experience with it. There is clearly reason to believe that emotions are caused by things and events that are external to self. For example, think of the last time you remember seeing something in nature that made you feel an emotion. For me, it was the other night as I was driving into the small town where I live. As I crossed the two mile bridge crossing the lake going into town I was moved by the scene. The huge varied gray clouds were hovering menacingly over the turbulent water world below. The mountains looked resolute, almost somber in their dark majesty. The lake reflected the mood of the clouds. And the people driving past me on the road seemed insignificant and unnecessarily harried. I felt something. For me, it was melancholy and peace. I have always liked days like that. The point is that I had an emotional response to something outside myself. I looked at something, and I felt something inside.When I look at modern art, do I have an emotional experience? Yes, I do. So I could certainly say that emotion is an effect of art. But another aspect of our common experience with emotion is how it wells up from within, and gives rise to creative acts, like modern art and other manifestations. It wasn't that long ago when I experienced this phenomenon for myself when I found myself creating something in my wood shop, not because I needed that something, but because it was a way for me to express the emotions I felt. As I experienced the transformation of the wood I was aware of my own emotional need. I learned that indeed, emotion is a cause.Perhaps you might object to the way I phrased the original question.

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Q: The All-Encompassing Modern Art Movement
A: Modern Art is an all-encompassing classification for art created between the 1860s to the 1970s, and all of the major art movements during that same time period (Impressionism, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Expressionism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Photography as art, Pop Art, Minimalism, etc.) fall under its wide umbrella.Modern art is a rubric is that taught extensively in many creative institutions today, as it enables students some of the widest examples and inspiration of how to express their individual artistic impulses in a variety of applications and means.Various schools across the United States embrace the traditions, techniques and ethos of Modern art to inform their students of the historical context of modern art and how its pushed the boundaries of what is considered to be art.The practitioners of modern art were trailblazers and mavericks who discarded or called into question the traditions and aesthetics of the previous ages (Classical, Renaissance, etc.) and experimented with revolutionary and groundbreaking ways and means of seeing the world around them, expressing it painting, sculpture and new artistic forms (i.e. photography), utilizing new and never-before-used materials and techniques, and sought new meaning in the overall purpose and functionality of art. The so-called founding fathers of the modern movement include a pantheon of famous artists and their work -- Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne (impressionism) and Georges Seurat (pointillism) - to name a few, each brought a personal vision, aesthetic and style that is now considered the initial entries in the world of this art movement.From the late 1890s to the 1930s, there was a veritable explosion of schools of thought that informed the art scene throughout Europe and the United States that helped spawn new artistic movements and collectives. During this period, the world witnessed the emergence of such heavyweight giants as Picasso (first in Cubism and then his own impressive diversions), Dali, Man Ray and Bunuel (Surrealism), and Munch, El Greco, Kandinksy (Expressionists). These artists and their myriad of contemporaries were figureheads and defined numerous movements that explored new emotions in creative expression.After World War II "put culture on pause," the United States became the epicenter for most new artistic movements and a huge number of art styles and traditions emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. As the 1970s came to close, art critic Douglas Crimp proclaimed "The End of Painting" in a confrontational essay,and thus the period known as Modern Art came to close.

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Q: The Museum of Modern Art: New York's Premier Cultural Stop
A: The image of New York has always been one of America’s greatest exports. From Frank Sinatra to Sarah Jessica Parker, the city that never sleeps has at been the centre of the entertainment and art industry for the better part of the twentieth century. At the forefront of this cultural scene is The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), founded as the first New York gallery dedicated exclusively to modern art in 1929.Located in Midtown Manhattan, Abby Aldrich Rockerfeller was among the first patrons of MOMA, and her influential position as part of the Rockerfeller family helped to cement its exclusive status. Opening with only eight paintings and a drawing, MOMA’s first director, Alfred H. Barr Jr, was quick to see its potential as a sphere for exposing new forms of modern art, claiming: “This museum is a torpedo moving through time, its head the ever-advancing present, its tail the ever-receding past of 50 to 100 years ago.”What made MOMA so unique for much of the last century was its constant change of location: between 1929 it moved location three times in ten years, before its permanent home was opened to the public in May 1939. Between 2002 to 2004, MOMA was temporarily closed as its building was redesigned by the celebrated Japanese architect, Yoshio Taniguchi. While Taniguchi’s design was initially controversial, it has since been lauded as one of the city’s most exemplary features of contemporary architecture, making the museum itself, as well as its collection, a piece of modern art to behold. MOMA’s collection houses some of the most celebrated pieces in the art world, including ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ and Frida Kahlo’s ‘Self Portrait with Cropped Hair’. It is also home to the works of a multiplicity of celebrated American modern artists, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol included. While its paintings are highlights in the history of modern art, its art photography collection is also one of the most important in the world, with works by Cindy Sherman and Andreas Gursky.MOMA’s seminal position in any tour of New York makes it a clear stop in the itinerary of any fan of modern art, and its uniquely accessible nature means that even novices will be enthralled by the artistic delights it has to offer. A stone’s throw away from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel means that luxury accommodation is right at your doorstep. The hotel itself will please any modern art and architecture fans: its first home on 5th Avenue, on the site of what is now the Empire State Building, was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, also responsible for New York’s Plaza Hotel and The Dakota apartment building. Its current location dates from 1931, an Art Deco landmark designed by Shultz and Weaver. The hotel is ideally placed for modern art fans, located close to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as MOMA.

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Q: Modern Art - Canvas Print
A: Are you an artist or an admirer of good artworks? Do you wish to make your living rooms come alive with colorful paintings? Modern art canvas prints are wonderful options for enhancing the appearance of any room. With their elegance and variety, art canvas prints add value to the spaces they adorn. Modern art gives expression to various inner visions and real life themes and they have an innate appeal of their own. These artworks are usually expressed in an innovative style. Due to their novelty, more and more art lovers are showing an increasing preference for modern art canvas prints.Technology has made it possible for artists to preserve their creative work without damage. Computer generated digital prints can be produced on canvases and these are long lasting. You can get inspirational artworks from around the globe and get them printed easily with the help of digital printing companies. With these modern art prints, you can create your own art gallery in your working or living space. These art prints can be made on cotton canvas, artist's grade canvas, or matte canvas. You can get the images printed on quality canvases, and then have them mounted on solid wooden frames. Superchrome is a one of the leading digital printing companies dedicated in the service of modern art canvas prints. The modern art prints are designed exclusively for customers looking to print their favourite pictures to display in their homes as well as for professionals like artists, gallery owners or art shops.

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Q: Modern Art Vs Contemporary Art
A: The success of a piece of art depends on how deftly it connects with the audience. If an artwork successfully communicates its message, it is considered to be a masterpiece. Some of the most artistic works of art began flowering in the 19th century till 1970. The flowering of modern art thus began in this era consequently leading the artists to move away from the traditional practices and emphasize more on portrayal of emotion on canvas. Post 1970, modern art preferred being called contemporary art. This includes anything that has been created after 1970 till the present age.Modern art is not synonymous to contemporary art. The former encompasses only those works that have been created in the first half of the 20th century. Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism- they all form its part. Contemporary art, on the other hand, signifies those works done at the present time or in the very recent past. The best thing about today's art is that it is bound by no rigid tradition and has the liberty to experiment with various styles.Ever since the two world wars took place, there has been a surge of art movements- Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Post-modernism, Minimalism, and Feminist Art. The number of movements has grown in numbers in recent times. It's now common to come across avant-garde movements surfacing with new names every year. The one movement that created quite an uproar in recent times was that of Abstract Expressionism. The followers of this movement believed that art was created just to convey their own feelings and had no relation with the external world.However, there is a section of people who does not consider modern art as in the true sense of the term.

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Q: The When and How of Modern Art
A: Over and over again, there have been debates surrounding the origin of modern art. Some believe it to have originated in the initial years of the 20th century while others claim that modern art refers to contemporary art which has its roots in the recent past, i.e. around 1950. According to the Tate, modern art begins in 1900.It cannot be that one fine morning in 1900 gave way to modern art. The inception of modern art can be much ahead of 1900. In 1863, Édouard Manet painted Olympia- a portrait of a Paris prostitute. Many critics claim that Manet's style in the painting is queerly flat, displaying lack of emotion and even of desire. This off-the-track painting is regarded to be the pioneer of modern art by some critics. But if Manet bore a different style then how can one classify the radicalism of The Death of Sardanapalus (1827)- an orgy of sex and drugs floating free of pictorial gravity?On a rational level, there is one artist who can truly be called modern- the Spanish artist, Francesco Goya. Known for his depiction of madness and war, Goya continued to surprise his admirers till his death in 1828. However, Italy can take the entire debate even further back to the disturbing realism of Caravaggio, who died in 1610.If modern art is all about originality and novel experiments, then Michelangelo (1475-1564) stands unparalleled. It was he who pioneered the idea of artistic originality. If the current generation artists pride themselves on abstract art, then Michelangelo's Rondanini Pietà is none the less abstract than Brancusi.Herein rests the irony. Once you push modern art to Michelangelo, the term becomes meaningless. Every generation tries to break away from the past. When we admire art as modern, we do so because it appears to be urgent and meaningful in the current scenario. The same can be applied to a cave painting or a Frank Stella sculpture.

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Q: Contemporary Paintings, Modern Art, Abstract Paintings - What's the Difference?
A: This is a basic question, and a little confusing to answer because the terms "contemporary," "modern," and "abstract" can be used interchangeably at times. Let us start with "modern art." Modern art is a classification of an art period that started around 1870 by Impressionists like Claude Monet. It is understood that modern artists are those who experimented with new ways of seeing, expressing new ideas and methods. But technically the modern art movement ended around the 1960's and 70's when the term "postmodern" started to be used and pop art became the new thing. Abstract art is a style of painting a departure from reality and was definitely modern at the time. Abstraction in paintings started to make the scene right around the same time modern art became known because it is a painting style classified in the modern art movement. But full blown abstract paintings really started appearing early 1900's in Europe by the likes of Pablo Picasso and others in the cubism movement. Abstract art really was not created in America until the 1940's in the abstract expressionism movement with Jackson Pollock at the helm. Because abstract art is a style of painting and not a classification of an art period, abstract paintings are still being created today.And that brings us to right now. Right now we use the term "contemporary" to define artwork as being created in our lifetime or in the current present moment. So any paintings being created right now are contemporary paintings no matter what the style. What has happened is that people generally use "contemporary art" to describe artwork from the 1970's until now. It is hard, if not near impossible to define a period while we are living in it. One might wonder, will we always use the word "contemporary" to describe the artwork being created in the present moment? Or will there be an end to the use of the word "contemporary" signifying an end of another artwork period very similarly to how "modern" was used. I don't know. But in any case, I hope this information has helped and not confused you even more.

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Q: Modern Art Painting - What is it and Where Did it Originate?
A: Modern art painting is known as an art work designed from the eighteenth century to nineteenth century. It is called so because this work of art does not follow the traditional techniques or styles. Modern artist primarily creates with a kind of experimentation not common until this time. As long as modern artists do not stick to a particular style or way of designing their work of arts, what comes up this time was completely unique work of arts never seen before. Among the notable masterpieces from the twentieth and twenty first century are: *The scream by Edvard Munch in 1893 *Campbell's soup can by Andy Warhol in 1962(which is a large thirty two canvases that measures 20 in by 16 in each) *I and the village by Marc Chagall in 1911 This work of arts can be recognized as soon as you see them because they are uniquely different in style, texture and color usage. For those who want to give their home a face lift, to make them feel cozy and comfortable, they need to know the kind of style they want and paintings that make them feel good. You should not leave your wall looking ugly and bare. You can get paintings that would interest you and fit in into your style. Going for a modern art painting will do well and make your apartment look beautiful.You can put frames to a modern art painting as it makes it look fitted for your walls. If you want, you may leave it on the canvas with thick back that allow to be further from the wall. Whichever way you want, it is alright. The bottom line is that any work of art should be appealing to you. Also, it should fit in well with the whole room.The artist that does the painting together with other things would determine the price of such modern art painting. It can go as high as a thousand dollars for a beautiful painting. You can get affordable ones that do not cost more than a hundred dollars. Bear it in mind, that good quality original painting does not come cheap. For some, they invest in such paintings and have made good money from buying and selling these paintings.To buy a quality modern art painting, ensure you do a thorough research.

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Q: A Succinct Guide to Paris Modern Art Museums
A: A lot of Paris travelers take it for granted that there is only one existing contemporary art museum in the city. But as a matter of fact, there are a bunch of spots in Paris exhibiting modern artworks. There are two major museums you can visit which are known as modern museums.The Palace of Modern Art is but a portion of a large palace in 11 Avenue du President Wilson named after Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States during the First World War. It is the first of the two modern art museums found in Paris. You can reach to this Modern Art Museum using the metro system. Stop on either Alma Marceau or Iena and walk a few meters to the Palace of Modern Art.The Palace showcases artworks depicting every school of art in France in the 20th century. Among these are Cubism, Dada, Expressionism and Fauvism. Among the French modern artists highlighted in Palace museum are Duffy, Modigliani, Soutine, Braque and Picasso.This museum in Paris is working daily, excluding Monday, from 10am until 5.30pm. On weekends opening hours are extended an hour into the evening. This museum always conducts temporary exhibitions of modern paintings and sculpture, for which there is a separate entrance fee.Another museum exhibiting modern artwork is seated in Pompidou Center. It is a home of 3000 pieces of work by modern artists, both French and others. However, most of the time, their pieces are leased to other museums, so might as well contact the museum if you need to see a particular modern artwork.Like the city modern arts museum in Paris, this museum hosts many temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists from France. These are generally conducted in the southern wing of the museum. Entrance to this museum in Paris can be accessed from Rue Saint Merri. Paris modern art museums have a rare collection of modern artworks from various schools of art. If you don't want to miss some world class artworks, never forget to make a visit to Louvre museum Paris.

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Q: Why I Detest Fans of Modern Art
A: I have written a few articles about my dislike of modern art; however, I have come to realise that what I really loathe is the arrogance, evangelism, ignorance and intolerance of devotes of modernism.Now it would be very wrong of me to assume that all fans of modern art are the same, and I make no such claim.What I can say without scope for challenge or contradiction is; all fans of modern art I have personally interacted with have an identical rhetoric in support of their beliefs. Step 1 - You don't like it because you don't understand it The measure of modern art appears not to be the aesthetic quality of what you see, but what the painting means to you, and how it makes you feel.I guess this is what makes modern art an attractive genre for many. You don't need to be cerebral to talk about what a painting says to you. Your opinion is personal rather than factual, and so cannot be challenged. Modernism is very inclusive in this respect. Everyone can claim to see or feel something. No matter how bonkers your reasoning is - you will never look foolish.What annoys me about modernist is that not liking something, and feeling nothing is not a tolerated option. Time and time again, I am told that I don't like something because I don't understand it!Let's consider an analogy with reference to another sense. If I don't like the taste of Garlic, it isn't because I don't understand it. Knowing that Garlic is a member of the onion family (etc) does not make me like it.By contrast, an Old Master communicates eloquently with those who have appropriate knowledge. Understanding normally requires familiarity with the social, political and economic climate surrounding the period and subject matter of the painting, for the symbolism and messages in these works to be understood. A good example of is the language of flowers as a common allegorical device (e.g. White Lilly for purity, black Rose for death, etc).Modernists never appear to consider their inability to understand or appreciate a more traditional painting as an exposure of their educational inadequacy. But let's not forget or reject another option: the idea that one should be able to appreciate artwork merely for its spectacular beauty. I am personally delighted and satisfied by splendour and craftsmanship in a painting; I don't necessarily need to understand some paintings for them to evoke a response.The work of the Impressionist is a good example of pretty, meaningless art. They attempted to say absolutely nothing through their art, other than; here is my favourite bar, I like the ballet, I like boating, etc.Modernist seem to believe technical ability is not a worthy measure of art, and the giving pleasure is too a simplistic goal. 2. Attack is the best form of defence When I voice my disapproval of modern art, the usual response of modernists is not to offer a counter argument. Instead they launch an attack on my own portraits. They normally say, "All you do is copy".Copying from life has been practised from the dawn of art. Why is copying so derided?Vincent van Gogh didn't imagine Sunflowers: he copied from life.Damien Hirst doesn't even go to the effort of copying: he just takes life itself, cuts it in half and pickles it (well to be accurate he probably instructs someone else to do).The offensive frequently moves on to more technical details, and here the modernist often simply hand me the bullets to shoot down their viewpoint.For example, I was recent told (having remarked that I felt Cezanne is somewhat over rated) - "You have no understanding of the use of light and shade - like Cezanne did". For those unfamiliar with Cezanne's work, he did not use light and shade. All his colours were flat. So my answer to the accusation is actually - yes, I prefer to employ light and shade in my pictures.What saddens me about such attacks it they effectively say that all of my clients' loved ones; cherished pets and moments are worthless and pointless. Finally I would like to invite anyone who disagrees with my arguments to comment on this article - but without telling me that I don't understand modern art, or attacking my own efforts.

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Q: Picasso - Father of Modern Art
A: Modern art, incorporates canvas art, sculpture, print, and all the other new forms of twentieth century art. Scholars and historians rarely agree, as to the exact point when modern art began. Therefore, the term generally refers to all art, produced in America and Europe, during the nineteen hundreds. In addition to a hand full of other countries, which were primarily influenced by the West. This was a time when Artists were introducing new materials, new techniques and new concepts. It was the intention of those Artists to break free from the restraints of the 'establishment', and redefine the boundaries of art. Without doubt, one of the most important and innovative 'inventions' of twentieth century art was Cubism, and the concepts of abstraction. Pablo Picasso is considered to be, probably, the most important artist of the twentieth century. His work was highly influential, and he is regarded as the creator of Cubism.Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, mainland Spain. Pablo Picasso was a child prodigy, by the age of fourteen his technical skill was incredible. In 1895, his father became an art teacher at the Academy of Fine Art in La Coruña. Picasso was entered into the advanced classes quickly. He completed the entrance exam, which took most at least a month, in one day. Two years later, he began to study at the Madrid Academy. Picasso left soon after, dissatisfied, and returned home. Between 1900 and 1904, Picasso shifted between Paris and La Coruña. After four years of moving back and forth, Picasso finally made his home in Paris. This would be where he would live and work for most of his life.From 1904, Picasso encountered many different art forms, showing great interest in the style of Henri Toulouse and African Art. Since his first visit to Paris, Picasso loved to paint the Parisian nightlife and café scenes, which generally, included a menagerie of circus performers and social outcasts. Some feel that Picasso was displaying empathy with the entertainers and outcasts he portrayed, like the Clown. The Clown is recognized inside the Big Ring, yet falls into obscurity, the second he removes his Clown face. Society pays the Clown to be entertained. Nobody is particularly interested in his real face, or feelings. Before Artists broke free of those Artistic restrictions, which had previously bound them, there was little difference between the Clown, and the Artist.Towards the end of 1905, Picasso's work passed through many rapid changes in style. There was a notable withdraw from emotional content. The incongruities of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon proved too much for many of Picasso's contemporaries. Matisse is even believed to have accused Picasso of ridiculing the new, modern art movement. Curiously, today, many art historians and scholars regard this piece as the beginning of Cubism. The year of 1907 is also known to many as Picasso's African period. At first, Picasso rebuked the analogy of his work with African Art. However, later, he agreed that African Art had been greatly influential upon him, and his work. While some scholars believe that African Art was the primary catalyst for this rapid and drastic change in form and style, others believe it was Cézanne who provided this catalyst.From 1907, until around 1917, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed and experimented with their new art concept, dubbed by the critics as Cubism. Most art historians and scholars will usually split that development into two dynamic stages. The first stage is referred to as Analytical Cubism. This describes the method of dissecting three dimensional forms, depicting them as multiple geometric planes. Synthetic Cubism sought to achieve the opposite. Instead of dissecting the form, they would create it using geometric planes. Picasso worked much, throughout his life, with the human figure and still life. Even today, we continue to analyze and enjoy his work. Without doubt, he was one of the most influential and innovative artists, of twentieth century modern art.

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Q: The Psychology of Modern Art in a Nutshell
A: The era of modern art has been marked with an unprecedented pluralism in styles and movements. Beginning at the time of the French and American revolutions, this period has witnessed myriad attempts to create a new visual language in keeping with the complex political, technological and social changes that have taken place in the last hundred years.Modern art both reflects change and attempts to influence the speed and direction of change. Responding to a world in a state of perpetual flux, contemporary art renews itself by delving deeply into the most hidden and the most sublime aspects of life.The political changes wrought by the democratic revolutions in the second half of the nineteenth century resulted in a new class of citizens who could enjoy the luxuries of life which had been long reserved for the nobility. Art itself became more democratic as the bourgeoisie commissioned works which only royalty had been able to afford in earlier times. The age of the gallery soon followed and the opportunity for artists to pursue their own inclinations rather that those of their patrons infinitely expanded the realm of potential subjects. As this process unfolded, the definition of art was brought into question time and time again.Although various movements continued to serve as the theoretical and philosophical moorings for groups of artists, individual artists also experienced greater freedom to forge into uncharted territories as their imaginations and skills allowed. The advent of the machine was a further influence that shifted the perceptions of artists about life, artistic vision and man's place in the world and universe.The euphoria created by the power and potential of the machine was in stark contrast with the static, fixed and predictable world of the Renaissance. Reality was no longer finite and measurable. The single, rational perspective of the formerly earthbound artist was multiplied and altered forever by the views experienced in cars, trains, and airplanes. Even stationary towers and skyscrapers revealed vertical vistas of unprecedented vastness.Artists quickly endeavored to fully exploit the visual possibilities of this changing reality. Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism and Impressionism are just a few of the multitude of art movements beginning in the twentieth century.

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Q: 4 Steps to Buying Modern Art
A: Step1 First you have to familiarize yourself with the major modern art movements. The major art moments are Art Deco, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Art Deco , Art Nouveau, Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art and Op Art. Knowing these movements will help you decide what you're looking for and will direct you towards which artwork to purchase. A simple internet search will give you a vast amount of information for each of the movements and photo examples. Step2 The second step it to identify which art movements you like best. Each modern art movement has its famous or brand artists. For example, some of the big names and their movements are Dali in Surrealism, Fauvism includes Matisse, Art Nouveau has Picasso and Impressionism has Monet. Knowing which art movement most interest you will help you narrow your art buying selection. Step3 If you're looking for art that will have a return on investment its best to stick with a well known modern artist. Many of these artists have pieces that will come up for sale at auction. An internet search will give you a good baseline of how much the works of your favorite artists are currently going for. Step4 If you're on a limited budget its best to purchase original modern paintings from talented emerging artists. The selection is readily available and he price difference is enormous. A good source of original modern artwork is contempogallery.com. In conclusion, do your homework. A little legwork now will pay off big in the future. When it comes to researching your potential artists, the internet is your friend. Know what you like and know your artists.

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Q: Modern Art Painting
A: Modern art painting in and of itself is a fairly simple idea to understand and reflects the thoughts and ideas of an entire generation. Modern art painting generally refers to artwork created from around the late 1850's to around the late 1970s and is often coined for works that ignore traditionally accepted techniques or traditions. Modern artists essentially created their works with a side of experimentation not really seen until this period. Since modern artists were not tied down to one specific style or way of creating their masterpieces what evolved over this time period was essentially a completely new set of art rarely seen before. Some of the most recognizable pieces of art from the twentieth and twenty first century are from the modern art era and include such notable pieces as: • The Scream by Edvard Munch from 1893 Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol from 1962 (which actually spans a massive thirty two canvases which are 20 in x 16in each!) I and the Village by Marc Chagall from 1911 Most of these pieces are instantly recognizable and all of them are completely different in style, texture and color usage. These three pieces are perfect examples of the breadth and depth of these artists from a time that truly moved the barriers of ingenuity. By spending the time to really dig deep into what these different art periods are and how they shape society you can begin to have an understanding of the impact they have on us.Modern art painting came to us at a time of great change and upheaval such the industrial revolution, two world wars and civil rights changes that forever changed the course of the United States. Since this style of painting is also so varied don't you have a sense that perhaps the art was just imitating the world at the time?

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Q: Checking Out Top of the Rock and the Museum of Modern Art
A: Did you know that you can capture two unique sides of New York in one easy trip? There are at least two ways to view its splendor and magnificence. One way is by visiting the Top of the Rock tower. The other way is the Museum of Modern Art. Both of these places offer so much all in the name of New York.The Top of the Rock is a proud New York spot where you'll be able to behold the brilliant beauty of New York City high above the ground. Just imagine being on top, as high as seventy stories above and you see New York City. There is no limit to your view up there since the Top of the Rock has an observation deck that gives the 360 degrees view.This is about eight hundred fifty feet above the ground and you surely feel empowered at that height in New York City. It is simply amazing and stunning. This is the best place to view the magnificent Big Apple.Another way to behold New York's glory is through its art work found in the Museum of Modern Art. If you are afraid of heights and are in to arts, then you would perhaps choose the Museum of Modern Art over the Top of the Rock observation deck.The Museum of Modern Art houses works such as Van Gough's Starry Night or Claude Monet's Reflection on Clouds in the Water Lilies. These are two well-known artists you'll find at the museum. There are also other great artist's works offered at the Museum of Modern Art. So you can choose which one depending on your taste, or feel free to visit both. Or try this for example; you go to the Top of the Rock and have a 360 degrees view and when you're done there, you then drop to the Museum of Modern Art. Just in time when you feel like eating that this Museum also has fine cafes to serve you.Don't wait a minute more. See NYC at its best with these two spots!

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Q: The Legend Behind Modern Art Rugs Designs
A: Modern art rugs are the most admired interior design forms of rugs. The term modern is very broad thus it encompasses plenty of different art styles and techniques. One renowned description is called abstract expressionism. It uses materials and colors bringing profound impacts on interior designing. Modern art rugs could really bring out the artist in you.However, you must also learn that abstract expressionism describes the general attitude inspired by painting grandmasters. Most movement painters favored dramatic colors, loose brushwork, and large canvasses motivating the modern art rugs designs. The paintings consist of lines, forms, and shapes intended to separate the visual world from reality. It focuses more on the quality of the surface and texture using large canvasses. These art forms in rugs can be very expensive.People can have other options by considering exquisite rugs. Modern artistic rug designs are inspired by genre's main exponents of Marc Rothko, Pollock, Kline, Still, Guston, and Newman. It also carries circle designs of modern art rugs of Kandinsky. It is implying that circles synthesize greatest oppositions combining the eccentric and concentric into single forms to promote equilibrium. The painting of Jackson Pollock is an over-all pattern of linear detail similarly resembling rectangles incorporated with luminous colors. These colors are symmetrically placed above one another on a more solid vertical ground. Pollock's abstract compositions are created by dripping, splattering, and pouring paint on outstretched, large canvasses.Some people might be surprised if they see the replica of the designs in Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, and other reputable museum. The ranges of abstract designs are patterned on the paintings of many abstract painters including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Kadinski. Today, modern artistic rugs have become the choice of many designers and consumers.

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Q: Discount Coupons For Museum of Modern Art - Your Tickets to the New Definition of Art
A: Finding new ways to save while visiting the Museum of Modern Art? Art has evolved through time just like the rest of the world and as different styles emerged, newer forms of artistic expression are born along with each type. Now at present time, we can see a lot of innovative interpretations of the art we all know. Modernized art takes a different perspective at the basic forms of art we've been used to seeing and surprises us with a newer and breath-taking take on emotion and expression.At the Museum of Modern Art, you can be satisfied with your search for fresher and younger works from talented artists all around the globe. Architectural outlines and prints will build your excitement with the proposals of the five finalist of the Young Architect's Program. Experience freedom with Lee Bontecou's gallery of sculptures, using the unusual welded steel, porcelain and wires, which encompasses all boundaries of creativity.Experience a cutting-edge take on Mythologies at the Modern Myth wherein the stories we come to know in school are given a redefinition. Learn about Typography and defy symmetry with its avant-garde harmonies. Take a look at Modern Photography and Alternative Abstractions at their other galleries. Geometrical figures never looked this good in the garden at From Line to Plane, a collection of minimalist sculptures made up of kinetic stainless and monochromatic steel.Tired of the same old paintings and sculptures of the places you've been to?

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Q: A Few Examples of Modern Art Paintings
A: The era of modern art paintings began during the 1890's. There were many artist that continued to work long after the rise of Postmodernism during the 1940's. The modern artist were able to express their own freedom where they were able to look into more newer techniques as they explored with their artistic talents.A part of this history of modernism came about from the change in the patronage of art. During a time of the renaissance, it was the middle class that began to rise and become increased within wealth while the churches started experience a loss of their power. It was then that the layman and guides began to purchase art. This continued on for a few centuries and as a result helped free so many artist that they were then able to work with any sector subject matters.There was a time frame for this modernism that helped to inspire many debates among so many scholars during that era. And even though many did agree that this type of art did rise in the 1890's, there were still many who disagreed with this and dated the end of that era to be somewhere during the 1940's until the 1970's.Sometimes the term modern art gets misunderstood. While so many abstract expressionism, cubism and fauvism, which were three of the art movements, gave the birth to some abstract art, it is known that not all of abstract art is considered to be modern. Contemporary is a more better way of naming the artwork. This modernism took its hold in both the United States and in Europe. Many artist from Spain, Austria, Hungary and Germany contributed some very significant art developments in art and as well as many in the state of New York too.This art era did include many different kinds of movements and among them were Symbolism, expressionism, fauvism, cubism and abstract expressionism. These several movements, even though they are varying in style, did share the same quest of seeking and discovering a bright new way of viewing reality.

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Q: Online Original and Modern Art Gallery
A: Perhaps as a child, your parents took you to an art gallery as an outing. You were amazed and a little bit awed by the range of the art depicted. So much of it seemed unintelligible to you and the parts that didn't delighted you, but the experience was overwhelming. As an adult with the option of buying a piece of art yourself, this awe of the artistic world will stand you in good stead. But now, since you reached adulthood, the responsibilities of adulthood are not those of a child.Now, you have to work and provide for your family and time spent as a child in reading or simply inviting your soul to enjoy art is extremely limited. That is where an online modern art gallery comes in. With the ease of the internet, a website is more than an art gallery: it is a design school, a chance to interact via email or comments with the artist himself, and a website changes the more onerous aspects of making a purchase of art, such as arranging for packing and shipping and actually paying for the purchase, a mere click away. How different than it seemed to you as a child!Nowadays, you can choose the painting you like, place it in a setting similar to your own living room or kitchen or bedroom, and see for yourself how the effect looks. Some people even like to go further, and choose not from a finished painting, but commission a piece of art themselves, perhaps sending a photograph of the setting that they want to enhance. The artist, using these guidelines, constructs a painting scheme and confers with you, you approve and the work begins. The artist considers your color scheme, the subject and the size of the desired painting and using all these criteria, within a week or two he has brought your idea to vivid life. What a marvelous way to do business!Should you be overwhelmed with the sheer variety of art, a search engine will prune your choices to a manageable list. Do you like nature art, those pieces bringing a bit of our natural world into your home or office? Then there are the subcategories of animal art, floral art, seascapes and the like. All you need do is cruise the internet, circle in on which subjects meet your fancy, and go from there. It could be that you enjoy the famous touches of a Picasso or the surreal quality of a Dali.Then what you need to do is start a list of your favorite artists, and a commissioned piece will be yours to hang in your environment sooner than you think. The online modern art gallery can fill your every artistic need, and the artist will be more than happy to guide you in the unfamiliar pathways of obtaining a piece of art of which you can be proud.The online modern art gallery has an extra added attraction: it is convenient!

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Q: The Evolution of Modern Art
A: Modern art opens up a broad spectrum of innovation and movements that cropped up in the mid-19th century. The Industrial Revolution ushered in a series of changes in the society, thereby forming the platform for a series of movements. These movements have left a huge impact on the art and culture of the contemporary period. For instance, the 20th century has witnessed a huge influx of new artistic techniques and materials, not to mention the modes of expression!The history of modern art can be traced to a group of French artists who broke from the formal, realistic art of their contemporaries thus introducing the movement of Impressionism. Notable among the Impressionist painters were Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir of France and Alfred Sisley of England. Impressionists, through the dramatic use of light and color, introduced a whole new approach to art. The tradition became highly popular and evolved to give rise to a number of Post-Impressionistic movements.Hailed as one of the prime Post-Impressionistic movements, Fauvism, believed in the use of simplified designs in combination with an "orgy of pure colors". The famous artists during this period were Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminch, Kees van Dongen and Raoul Dufy. The German form of Fauvism is known as Expressionism.In 1880, there emerged a new elaborate style of art called Art Nouveau. The painting of Gustave Klimpt, whose stunningly adorned, often mysterious women became the rage of the time. The Art Deco Movement can be regarded as a follow-up style of the Art Nouveau. The great artist, Pablo Picasso, heralded the tradition of Cubism- an art form favoring geometrical forms and fragmentations.The following period saw a number of artists revolting against the contemporary art forms, which they considered as obscure and sophisticated. Andy Warhol led the movement to Pop Art. His works featured the portraits of renowned personalities, which he reduced to almost cartoon-like simplicity. Amongst the other art movements of the 20th century, Surrealism, Abstract Movement, and Op Art Movement (Optical Art) are significant.The contemporary scenario of modern art still continues to be inspired by all the art styles, beginning with Impressionism. The dynamic nature of this creative genre is hopeful of evolving and reaching new heights in future.

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Q: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - A Visitor's Guide
A: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the western coast of the United States to show only 20th century art. The common acronym for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is SFMOMA. It did not move to its current location of 151 Third Street in San Francisco until 1995. By then the original name of San Francisco Museum of Art had been changed, it had occupied large portions of the War Memorial Veterans Building in the San Francisco Civic Center. The new structure is a 225,200 square foot paragon of modern art thanks to Swiss architect and designer Mario Botta. Natural light is preferred to illuminate the building's large open spaces, filling the structure with warm light streaming through thousands of carefully placed windows and skylights.For those not exactly familiar with the term, modern art refers to any new artwork made after the mid 17th century all the way to the present day in a style dissimilar from that of previous eras. There are dozens of such styles of art which fit into this category including: Fauvism, Cubism, Pop art, Op art, Expressionism, Futurism, Hard-edge painting, Minimal art, and many more. These many forms of art can take place on any imaginable medium. Anything which has a pigment could be used as paint, and anything imaginable could be the canvas. Sculpture could be made with steel, iron, marble, or even cheese if the artist has a mind to. Some of the newest Avant Garde works are composed with raw light and sound being bounced around various rooms to create new sensory experiences.The museum hosts over twenty exhibitions annually in addition to over 50,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection. Some of the more notable pieces in this collection include works by Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn, and thousands of others. Of these exhibitions, the most eagerly anticipated is the completion and grand opening of the Rooftop Garden. This 14,400 square foot structure is designed to be an outdoor exhibition featuring sculpture, photography, and other artwork which mirrors the mood and mutability of the outdoor world.The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art also has a department specifically designed for the education of its visitors.

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Q: Art Deco Movement - The Foundation Stone of Modern Art
A: 'Art Deco' was a mainstream international design movement, spreading over a span of fourteen years, from 1925 to 1939. It played a crucial role in the development and the progression of Modern Art. The Deco Movement embodied a blend of the different modern decorative art styles, largely from 1920s and 1930s. These styles were the derivatives of several state-of-the-art painting philosophies of the twentieth century, including 'Neoclassical,' 'Constructivism,' 'Cubism,' 'Modernism,' 'Art Nouveau,' and 'Futurism.' The Deco movement influenced various decorative arts, such as architecture, interior designing, industrial designing, and visual art forms like fashion, painting, graphic arts, and cinema.The term 'Art Deco' was coined in an exhibition, 'Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes,' held in Paris, in the year 1925. The exhibition was organized by some French artists to promote the creation of a new genre of art, adapted to the contemporary lifestyle, a distinct sense of individuality, and fine workmanship. The organizers of this exhibition were the members of the society, 'La Societe des artistes decorateurs,' including, Hector Guinmard, Eugene Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrene, and Emily Decour. The term 'Art Deco' however, gained widespread recognition only in the year 1968, when art historian Bevis Hiller, came out with his popular book, 'Art Deco of the 20s and 30s,' and organized an exhibition, 'Art Deco,' at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.This movement was distinguished for its abstraction, manipulation, and simplification of defined geometric shapes, and a vivid use of colors. The bold color schemes and blending curves were the focal points of the true 'Deco' creations. The so-called 'ancient arts' of Africa, Ancient Egypt, and Aztec Mexico, prominently inspired this movement. In the age of machines and streamline technology, the use of materials, such as plastics, enamels, harden concrete, and an unusual type of glass, 'vita-glass,' greatly affected the movement. There is sufficient evidence to indicate the employment of materials, like aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, along with exotic materials, like zebra and sharkskin.The Empire State Building, famous for its pyramid-like structure, and the Chrysler Building, known for its multi-arched dome, are the living examples of the 'Deco' style. The movement even outlined the fashion industry of Paris in the 1920s.

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Q: Visit the Museum of Modern Art and Other New York Attractions
A: When we speak about New York, we often think of a highly urbanized place full of sky scrappers, busy streets, and people walking fast talking on their cell phones. But New York can also be a great education opportunity for you and especially for kids. Locals of New York are proud of all their amazing attractions.Some of the most popular and famous New York attractions are tourist spots that can make your visit memorable. Such attractions are the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.These New York attractions have a lot to offer for any visitor with their breathtaking views that can make your New York visit memorable and at the same time a learning experience for you and for your kids. This is through New York's world famous museums that have all the facts and information about New York's history and cultural background.New York is also the home of four of the most amazing and greatest museums in the world. These are the American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. All four are highly acclaimed all over the world for their exhibits.These museums have all the facts and information that you and your kids need to understand the culture and history not just of New York but also the history of US as well. Also, these museums offer facilities that will make your visit more enjoyable.One of the most famous among the rest is the Museum of Modern Art. It has an unparalleled collection of art such as the Claude Monet's Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.This Museum of Modern Art is located in midtown Manhattan and is only walking distance from the Broadway theater district, shopping center, and dining places. With its very strategic location, the MoMA also holds exhibits on a scheduled basis. This means that going to the MoMA will not be monotone.

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Q: Paintings of Modern Art - "The Scream"
A: If any single painting exemplified the concepts of modernism, and how the philosophy influenced art, it's "The Scream" by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The painting, which depicts an agonized figure against a blood red sky. There are those that say that the painting depicts the hopelessness inherent in modernism. Others call "The Scream" a symbol of modern man overtaken by an attack of existential angst, the moment in which the existential crisis occurs.As a matter of fact, some people believe that the painting depicts some kind of mental illness, supported by the fact that Munch's own sister was hospitalized with what was probably manic depression at the time. Others insist that the painting depicts some kind of dissociative disorder, in which there's a feeling of distortion of the environment and one's self.There have been all kinds of attempts to explain different aspects of the painting. The red sky, for example, could've been inspired by the weather conditions in Oslo during the time that Munch created it. There was a powerful volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, and the ash that was ejected from the volcano left the sky tinted red in much of the eastern United States and most of Europe and Asia from the end of November 1883 to February 1884. Some scholars dispute this theory, however, stating that Munch wasn't a descriptive painter and tended to not depict things literally.Another theory that advances the depiction of mental illness in this painting is the setting of the painting itself. The landscape in the background of "The Scream" is Osloford, viewed from the hill of Ekeberg, near what's now Oslo, Norway. The bridge the subject is standing on happens to be nearby both a slaughterhouse and a mental institution. Munch very well could've gotten some existential vibes from both buildings.At any rate, "The Scream" seems to be one of those modernist paintings that have captured the public, to the point that by the late twentieth century, it held almost iconic stature. In 1983 and 1984, pop artist Andy Warhol created a series of silk prints of Munch's works, including "The Scream," making it into a mass-reproducible object. It's now one of the most recognizable pieces of art, and has been used in cartoons, movies, and advertisement.Munch created at least four versions of "The Scream," held by various individuals and museums all over the world. Two of them have been stolen. "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, is an important piece of modern art. Many believe that it has garnered so much attention because it depicts not only the spirit of modernism, both as a philosophy and an art movement, but the angst and detachment of the modern world.

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Q: Modern Art Paintings Will Work in Most Design Schemes
A: Many people are interested in decorating their homes the right way to achieve a space that makes them feel comfortable and cozy. One way to do that is by knowing what your style is and finding pieces that bring you a special feeling. Of course, leaving walls bare is something that must be avoided. Therefore, you should find artwork that interests you and works with your style. Modern art paintings will work in most design schemes and will give your room that boost it may need.When it comes to modern art paintings, you can frame them or you can leave them as is, on canvas with a thick back that brings them away from the wall. Either way, they make a great statement. What you should look for in the art is that it says something to you. But, at the same time, you want it to work with the rest of the room.Bold modern art also looks great in a room that is monochromatic or very subtle in color throughout. This gives the room some added punch that is necessary in decor.Depending on the artist and many other points, you can pay thousands of dollars for a beautiful painting. But, there are also very affordable ones that can cost less than $100. Obviously it depends on your financial status and your likes. A good quality original painting is expensive, but it is also an investment. Many people have made a good amount of money buying and selling pieces like this. If you love it and it speaks to you, then you are sure to find a place for it in your home. If you find one that you would love to use on a particular room in your home but it is too small for it, find a way to frame it so that it provides that impact that you were aiming for.The truth is that modern art paintings started in 1870. It was basically termed this to describe art made with new ideas or different ways of seeing things. Take for example, the very famous impressionist, Claude Monet. As his sight grew poorer, he painted as he saw: out of focus. But, in the art world, this movement came to an end in the early 1970's. From there on, post-modern began.

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Q: Modern Art Gallery - A Virtual Exhibition in Cyberspace
A: Almost all of us would have visited a traditional gallery or museum containing art exhibits at one time or another. But have you ever visited a modern art gallery? Now you might be wondering what that is! Different people might have different interpretations for it, but I wish to use that term to refer to a virtual museum or gallery. A traditional museum is where real, physical exhibits are displayed in physical space. On the other hand, a modern gallery is one in which virtual exhibits are displayed in a virtual world that exists in cyberspace. You cannot touch and feel the exhibits, but you can still get a pretty good feel of how they would look in the real world.The real convenience of a modern art gallery is the ease with which you can set it up. If you are an artist and would like to set up a display to showcase your art, you can just photograph your work and create a virtual gallery within a couple of minutes. What would probably cost you thousands of dollars to set up using traditional methods would hardly cost you a few dollars, using the virtual approach. You do not have to pay for expensive floor space, maintenance costs, electricity and other expenses normally associated with maintaining a real art museum.You might however want to keep a few things in mind while conceptualizing and designing your modern art gallery. Since the viewers cannot touch and feel the exhibits, you need to enhance the virtual experience using various methods.

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Q: Modern Art Appreciation
A: Art, regardless of the era that its in, is always reflective of the collective consciousness in that era. For instance, during the war-torn years, you'll see drawings of violent images. When the steam engine was invented, many artists were drawn to this great invention and they started drawing trains.Artists have a way of capturing what they see and think in their art. So appreciation of art is always two-fold: (1) on a competence level (the discipline) and (2) on a spiritual level (what is the artist thinking?)Appreciating art, modern or not, on the competence level can sometimes be problematic. That's because there are just too many artists in this world who are extremely skilled. After years of practice, many have hone their skills almost to perfection. To the point where there's very little between these highly skilled artists.So we turn to appreciating art on the spiritual level. That's where the differences start to show. From observations, almost all great artists are well-known for their way of thinking, and not their drawing skills.Great masters are admired and respected because they are thought leaders. They're able to lead the way on a spiritual level with their creations. Many others turn to their artwork for direction and inspiration. Pablo Picasso, Michael Angelo, Da Vinci, and many other great masters know this.So when they draw, their drawings always reflect what's within them. That's why we don't see them "photocopying" images, like what so many modern artists are doing.When appreciating modern art, it's wise to appreciate them on a spiritual level as well. Spiritual artwork may not make sense to those who are not seeking. For example, an artist can draw a three dimensional wire globe and call it "LIFE". But what has a globe got to do with life? The observer is left to draw his or her own conclusions.

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Q: Painting Big - Modern Art and the Large Scale Canvas
A: The large scale of modern art, including the American Color Field painters, was a major break with the historical convention of easel painting. The scale of these works allows the viewer to actually "walk into" the painting since the edges disappear from the viewer's line of vision. This dramatically challenges naturalistic perspective. The spatial experience is completely altered and the canvas becomes a type of sky with a new kind of space spreading outward rather than inward.This sense of spreading outward works equally well with the expansive, all-over paintings of Jackson Pollack as well the works of American Color Field Painters Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis and the centrally focused works of Kenneth Noland. With Frankenthaler and Louis, the works often seem to continue somewhere outside of the canvas.For example, the cloud-like shapes that fill the canvas in Frankenthaler's Tutti Frutti feel as though they are part of a larger mass that exists outside of the range of the canvas itself. Louis' stripes in Unfolding Light likewise may stretch off into infinity at the bottom of the canvas. Noland's centralized works, such as the exemplary circle painting Song, begin in the center of the canvas and reverberate off into the unseen distance equally in all directions.Frankenthaler, Louis and Noland also employed different shapes as formats while utilizing the characteristically large scale for their works. Frankenthaler and Louis generally used different sizes and forms of rectangles and squares. Noland's emphasis on geometric forms such as diamonds and chevrons as structure for the display of color in his works resulted in an even greater emphasis on the shape of the canvas as well. Noland ultimately gave added emphasis to the framing edge in his attempt to create a unified whole.For example, the importance of the canvas shape is clear in the interplay between the positive and negative spaces in Noland's chevron work 17th Stage. The sense of precarious balance would be destroyed if the tip were further from the bottom edge. The optical triangles that result from the empty canvas on each side of the chevron would also be destroyed if the frame were either wider or longer.With these modern artists, the framing edge itself had taken on a pictorial importance unprecedented in prior traditions.

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Q: Blogs As Modern Art
A: "In order correctly to define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life. Viewing it in this way we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of intercourse between man and man." - Leo Tolstoy. What is art? Art cannot be described as a process which produces beauty as beauty itself cannot be defined objectively. You can only guess what the aim of art is. According to Tolstoy, the aim of art is to provide pleasure, enjoyment, entertainment as well as creating a relationship between the author and the "receiver". So is blogging - art? History of Blogs Blogs were first introduced as weblogs that refer to a "server's log file." It was created when web logging hit the virtual market. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, web logging gradually saturated the virtual community making the Internet a viable source of greater information. Origin of the term "weblog" is uncertain. Many point to John Barger in December 1997 when he coined the term on his own blog. 2 years later, Peter Merholz broke "weblog" into a phrase "we blog", thus giving birth to the word "blog". Fortuitously, this play on words eventually took off, and "blog" as a short form not only became a household noun, but also as a verb. With the growth of popularity of weblogs, grew the popularity of the word "blog". Indeed, in March 2003, the Oxford English Dictionary included the terms "weblog," "weblogging" and "weblogger" in its dictionary. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary astonishingly declared "blog" as the word of the year in 2004. (Wikinews,2005)Starting from the mid-1990 the number of blogs at an incredible pace, at the end of 1999, the total number of blogs was estimated to be around fifty; five years later, the estimates range from 2.4 million to 4.1 million. The site Open Diary, while not using the term blog only until recently, had only two thousand diaries by 1999; by, September 2005, it exploded to 400, 000. The Perseus Development Corporation, a consulting firm that studies internet trends, estimates that by 2007 more than 10 million blogs will have been created. (Drezner and Farrell, "Web of Influence." 2004). Blogs as a way of expressing yourself. People who are into blogging carefully choose their words to describe their feelings, emotions and experiences. Leo Tolstoy says in his essay "What is art?": "Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them."In a way, bloggers are artists. They create a relationship with their readers, as professional writers and painters do. Blog is own space, their canvas, their book, where they can share their thoughts, feeling, ideas with others, where they can give and receive information. As with art, you can write anything you want in a blog, but there are thing needed to be taken into account: " You should make your blog interesting, informative so that it gives rise to readers' thoughts and feelings. " Create something beneficial for the readers. Give your blogs some quality content. " "Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." Frederic Chopin. Avoid being complicated in your blog. The more complicated the blog is - the less it is art. Blogs as Modern Art. So what is a blog? Is blogging art? Blog is persons own space in the Internet, his orchestra where he conducts his symphonies, his paper where he writes his essays, his canvas where he paints his masterpieces, in a word - his space where he creates. What is the purpose of the Artist? To create, to communicate the concepts of morality. Unfortunately not every blog can be categorized as art. Blogs must be comprehensible and understandable. If any unintelligible blog or as any incomprehensible expression of though is to be called "art", then the meaning of "art" will be lost. Blogs must have the form and content which is are unity with the feeling and ideas which they represents. Blogs that shallow, unsophisticated, awkward, artificial, exaggerated, ostentatious, or banal are not art. Tolstoy suggests that professionalism kills art; it causes the art to become false and insincere. As long as blogs are kept original, personal and sincere they can be described as art, modern art. "Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas"(Wikipedia, 2008). Blog is a great way to implement this activity online. All in all, blogs are modern art, as long as you keep them personal, original, honest and smart. Blogs are your web space and you have all the tools and ideas to create your own masterpiece!

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Q: The Role of Color in Modern Art - The Work of Kenneth Noland
A: The work of Kenneth Noland is characterized by carefully planned geometric patterns and color dynamics. Noland's greatest desire was to find equilibrium between structure and color. This aim was alien to the complex, neurotic psychological issues of many other forms of modern art such as Surrealism.Kenneth Noland's paintings often featured a single central focus that contrasts with the complexity of compositions in the pre-modern period. Noland pushed the limits of traditional formatting even further in other works by combining a large scale with unusually shaped canvases. Some works were formatted symmetrically with shapes such as diamonds and others were irregularly shaped. The work of Kenneth Noland utilizes an approach to composition that shares the Fauvist energetic celebration of life and color. For Noland, color placement is akin to musical composition. Noland believes that each color possesses a pitch that resonates and affects other, adjacent colors, which in turn affect the overall composition. Colors can also be used in conjunction with each other like major and minor chords and repeated in varying ways to create visual counterpoint. The musical analogies include harmony, dissonance, tone and dynamics.Noland's outstanding painting entitled Song (1958) is the most obvious example of his attempt to translate musical sounds into color harmonies. The central pink circle, surrounded by a ring of red, then a concentric band of black, then red again, then deep blue and then a final band of gray with a hazy, irregular edge, is like a single brass note vibrating outwardly until the sound begins to disintegrate and fade.The horn is blaring and the message is carried forward clearly: life, pleasure and color are to be acclaimed boldly and without apology.

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Q: Why I Hate Modern Art (Part 2) - Tillie the Dog Artist
A: Some while ago I wrote an article that attempted to explain why I hate modern art. The thrust of my article was that modern art appreciation has shifted the emphasis from the finished artwork to the act of creation itself. Consequentially, a splattered mess of paint can be considered great art if it has a provenance to explain its purpose and meaning.To take an example, the first and possibly most famous piece of conceptual art was Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain". Fountain was a signed urinal, purchased, not made by the artist. Duchamp claimed it to be a work of art because; he chose the item, he gave it a name, placed it in a different context, and so created a new thought for that object.The Times newspaper recently ran a story on "Tillie", the ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier who paints (it also ran an item on a tree that draws, but let's not go there). Tillie was reported to have notched up her 20th solo exhibition, earned more than $100,000 from sales of her work, visited five countries and drawn comparisons with the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Tillie "works" by scratching and biting at overturned painted vellum; the pressure of her claws, paws and teeth transferring the coloured pigment on to paper below.Her "art" has been featured by CBS News, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Fox News, The National Geographic Network, Animal Planet, The New York Post, The Washington Times, Esquire Magazine, and many others worldwide. Time Out New York described it as "a masterpiece of conceptualism".Jane Hart, curator of the Hollywood Art and Culture Centre is quoted as saying, "if you put her work before someone without telling them that a dog did it, they wouldn't be able to tell it apart from a human artist's". The remark appears to be an indication of how "good" Tillie's painting is!So I know its all a bit of a joke, but there is a serious side to the story.In 2006, media mogul David Geffen sold Jackson Pollock's "No. 5 1948", for $140 million. This made Pollock's work the most expensive painting in modern history.Given the comparisons between Tillie's and Jackson Pollock's outputs, it's no surprise that society can willingly accept the scratchings of a dog as meritorious art!We have been taught not to question the merit of art: if someone tells us something is art (e.g. puts it in a gallery), we believe that to be true. We are afraid to express an opinion for fear of ridicule. And yet, it would be perfectly reasonable to look at "No. 5", and remark that it looked like a dog had made it.Tillie is doing what dogs do. She is scratching and biting. She is not composing, conceptualising, or expressing herself. It is utter madness to portray the outcome of her clawing at paint and paper as art. Placing value on a similar painting produced by a human is insanity. The only genius at work here is the seller's - not the artist's.

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Q: Modern Art Painting - How to Do It
Art paintings are almost everywhere nowadays, from living rooms, to hospitals and museums. They are practically beautiful to look at, and some might even make you wonder on how they were possible to be done. Artists have incorporated various techniques in painting and the art has been popular for hundreds of years, where some popular artists are Leonardo Da Vinci and Salvador Dali. Hence, if you're planning to start off with painting, where you think you have an eye for it, below are a number of steps that might help you get started.First of all plan out on what you are going to draw. All modern art paintings have to have planning or proper visuals on your idea before you actually start picking up the material to start. Without knowing what exactly you're going to do, there is no way your painting would become a success. Take time to analyze and think out what you want and the details you're about to put into the painting. Once you've done that, head on to getting the materials needed to start your modern art painting. If you have done paintings before you will most probably know what you'll need. Therefore, head on to make sketches on the main part of your painting to arrange the tonal values after you've got all your materials sorted out. Tonal values are important as they are core in starting off a painting and you'll know how large is a certain part you've decided to draw.

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Q: Reasons To Buy Modern Art Prints
A: Any good contemporary artist will have expended huge amounts of emotional energy and physical effort in the creation of their works of art and they all want as many people as possible to appreciate and get enjoyment out of seeing their work on display. One way for their art to be seen by as wide an audience as possible is by the production of prints. Art Prints are now widely available in a range of styles and colours and at various levels of quality. They make good art inexpensive and, therefore, available to a much wider group of art lovers than had previously been possible. Producing Prints has become a standard part of many artists' career plans for this very reason. Prints are produced of the works of, probably all, of the great artists of history and many renowned contemporary artists. Whilst a mass-produced print is no substitute for an original painting, or even a high-quality Limited Edition Art Print, they do provide a way to enjoy a piece of exceptional art in your own home when you are on a tight budget.Connoisseurs are very likely to sneer at mass-produced art prints but a print of a great work of art on the walls is preferable to having bare walls and could be just the start of a lifelong love of collecting art. A print of a masterpiece or a contemporary classic can still be appreciated to a certain extent and can certainly bring joy and beauty to a living space.Furthermore, current trends in art buying are becoming more and more associated with the decorative merit of a piece rather than collecting art for its own appeal. Many buyers simply want art to match their décor or soft furnishings. It is a shame that art can be reduced to a purely decorative home accessory to be replaced when the room décor changes. But an artist, obviously, benefits from the sale of prints as they help to establish or increase the artist's reputation as more of their works become known to the art-buying public. This, in turn, increases the value of their original work.And just because something is mass-produced that doesn't necessarily mean it is poor-quality. Advances in technology mean that many Contemporary Art Prints that are now produced digitally are far superior prints to the traditional lithographs used in the past. Up-to-date printing processes can result in an image that has richness and depth of colour so, even if the resolution is not the greatest and the lifespan of the print is relatively short, at least the image itself can be appreciated if only for a short while.

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Q: The Role of Color in Modern Art - The Work of Morris Louis
A: Morris Louis, one of the most prominent painters in the American color field tradition, worked with intense hues from the start of his career. Although these are subdued by his method of multiple layering in works such as Blue Veil, Louis's success with paintings consisting of swathes of intense colors is seen in the vast majority of his mature works, including the beautifully vivid While Series II.In this large piece, Louis has created a masterful effect with his combinations of color and shape. The bands of partially overlapping color are thinner at the bottom edge and expand in a leaf-like manner towards the top of the painting. The result is not only the distinct impression of organic shapes, but a sense of movement as well.The color-shapes are like fronds waving in the ocean. The visibility of golden yellows in between the darker shapes of brown, green, blue, orange and violet gives the viewer the feeling that the painting is illuminated from behind. Although some of the colors themselves are as vivid as those that appear in other modern art movements such as Fauvism, the combination of colors and shapes creates a more naturalistic outcome.In other series of works by Louis, especially in the Unfurleds and Stripes, color becomes virtually the entire subject. In paintings like Unfolding Light, the chromatic relationships are the sole focus. In contrast with the almost exclusively audacious colors of Fauvism, Louis's canvases also include black and earth tones-ochres, umbers, muted purples and olive greens-intermixed with the prismatic hues.In Unfolding Light (1961), Louis begins with intense bands of red, yellow, and green on the left edge of the series of stripes. As the stripes proceed further to the right, he utilizes additional reds, yellows and greens that have been dulled and muted. The intensity then picks up again with another stripe of vivid red and then green, followed by a space in which the canvas is left blank. Then Louis adds three more dulled stripes of brown, orange and blue, followed by a final yellow that begins with a golden tone near the top of the painting and emerges at the bottom with a bright, sunshine yellow.

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Q: Creating Modern Art Paintings in Minutes
A: Of course modern art is a broad term and what is art to one is someone Else's trash. So when you are satisfied and like what you have created then that is all that matters. I am going to tell you briefly how I have fun creating modern art on the computer. First of all, it is much faster and easier to do because you don't have to get any art supplies. So there is nothing to clean up after you are done.You only need two things to begin. Some software to run on your computer and some imagination. There are many software programs available. Some are free and others are expensive. The software I use is Photoshop which is expensive, but you can download a copy for a trial period.Photoshop is a very comprehensive and complete program that has a fairly steep learning curve to fully be able to understand all the things you can do with it. I am only going to mention a quick and easy way to create your modern art. So here we go. First start your Photoshop program. Then pick file new and choose the size of the picture you want.Then you choose the brush tool and start making any kind of design you want. There are controls to change the brush color, size and shape. Hopefully you can figure out how to make these changes to your brush or you can go to the help section of the menu to find out.Once you have created some kind of design or even just scribbles, then the fun part begins.There is an item in the menu bar that says filter. This is where all the magic happens.When you click on filter there are a number of different categories to choose from: Artistic, brush strokes, distort, sketch, stylize and texture.Each of these categories has a number of subcategories as well. For example in brush stokes there is accented edges, angle strokes and crosshatch.When you click on these different effects you can see how it affects your painting immediately. If you don't like it, then just choose another and then you can save the one you like.I think it is great fun to be able to see different effects instantly. Then after you save one filter effect then you can keep going and add other effects on top of it. Try everything you want and if you don't like it then you just don't save it.Of course it is really nice to have a good color printer and some photo paper to print your "masterpiece".

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Q: Olafur Eliasson - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
A: Until February 24, 2008, you can visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts to see premier Olafur Eliasson's exhibition, "Take Your Time". You should definitely take your time walking through Olafur's full-sized interactive art displays! Olafur has taken the fifth floor of the gallery and turned it into a virtual paradise of interactive art designed to enliven the senses and pique your emotions.Born in 1967, Olafur's entire career has been geared towards appealing to our senses of sight, sound, touch and mind. He actively engages his audience with his art. Many of his projects encompass entire rooms and walkways. His goal is to not only bring your senses to life, but also invoke emotions that bring you into the art itself.For "Take Your Time", Olafur has encased an entire walkway of the Museum into an array of dizzying kaleidoscopic silver, purple and blue. He has also enclosed an entire room in yellow, bringing to mind the yellow sunshine of the summer, or the suffocating glow of a single dominant color. However you feel about certain colors will surface when you step into Olafur's world.There's also no shortage of light displays in Olafur's collection. Olafur effectively uses light and shadow to create immense breathtaking works of art in a way never seen before. One of our favorites, "Beauty" (1993), brings a splendor to grey shadows that few can match. Olafur also uses water vapor throughout this exhibit, highlighting the gentle and artistic motion of light as its refracted. Another great use of water is Olafur's interactive wave-shadow piece. Huge shadows of waves gently sway over your head as you step on certain areas of the floor. We won't give away too many secrets of how he built this piece! And just when you think things can't become more unusual and refreshingly bold, you are suddenly in a room-sized freezer with a frozen car. The machine itself is encased in ice that makes you feel like you are looking at a spaceship from the frozen depths of space or cloud-high in the frozen atmosphere.Olafur also offers more traditional art media in "Take Your Time", such as photographs and sculptures. He gives us insight into the life cycle of a river with a photo montage. In his "Model Room" we see alien shapes and forms come alive, forcing your eyes to adjust and make sense of seemingly senseless matter. Small items with mathematically precise hexagons and decagons are laid next to smooth sheets of wood. Items that are solid and items that are hollow are neighbors. And the shelves in the rooms use no right angles, leaving the guest to wonder how they stay erect.

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Q: Symbolism of the Machine in Modern Art - Technology As a Destroyer
A: World War I brought mechanized death in a measure unimaginable to prior generations. The machine that had promised during the Industrial Revolution to relieve mankind's suffering had created chaos and crippled an entire generation. Obviously the machine's productive efficiency for man's benefit could just as easily become an extremely efficient means of death. An example of the interpretation of the machine as a destroyer is depicted in artist Raoul Hausmann's statue "The Spirit of Our Times" (1921), which condemns the dehumanizing effects of the machine in no uncertain terms.Hausmann's sculpture is akin to a death mask and reminiscent of the primitive African masks which interested him. The vacant stare of the wooden dummy is silent. Man has engaged in a tremendous battle with the help of his machines and everyone has lost. The sounds of machine guns, pistons, locomotives, power drills and mechanical looms are his new lullabies. Innocent, ecstatic, mystical man has been replaced with expressionless, manufactured man.Man no longer thinks for himself, but functions automatically.Like the mass-produced head which forms the basis for Hausmann's statue, man has been forced to relinquish his individuality and personal power. The jewel box on the right side of the dummy's head has actually replaced his right ear. Man has apparently become part human and part mechanical object. The image of the war cripple dependent on prosthetic devices was a recurrent theme in the work of Dadaist artists like Hausmann and one of it's strongest statements against the machine's brutality. Like the amoral machine, Hausmann's statue is indifferent. The figure lacks the capacity for either reflection or independent action. Man has degenerated into a stiff, robot-like creature whose human relationships and accomplishments are merely mechanical processes. Man's visionary childhood is over and he does not try to hide the fact that he has grown into a composite of assembled materials.Like the materials and subjects in the two-dimensional works of his fellow Dadaists, especially the photomontages, the objects which Hausmann utilizes for his artistic work are largely machine-made. Replicas of flowers, landscapes, and mountains have vanished. The eminence of the machine has resulted in an almost total loss of contact with nature. The future is no longer brilliantly colorful, but dark, metallic and foreboding. Man's life is not based on sunsets or seasons, but on the clock and the factory whistle.In addition, the artist himself has become an unabashed engineer. Creating art is a visible production and not a mysterious inner revelation. Hausmann's metaphors are concrete. The screws and rivets on "The Spirit of Our Time" are visible. The effect for the viewer is an uneasy sense of exposure and an involuntary recoil from the implied physical and psychological pain. The dummy, of course, does not react. Technology has succeeded not only in bringing about man's dislocation from nature, but also in distorting the rhythm of his life, his human relationships and finally in severing his relationship with himself. This dark view of the machine and technology has continued to today as a dominant theme in modern art, movies and science fiction writing.

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Q: Why I Hate Modern Art
A: A very brief history of art - the first 16,500 years. The history of art can be traced back to cave paintings of about 15000 BC.The nature of paintings changed little until around 1450 AD, when the Renaissance brought-about naturalistic styles and formal rules of composition, such as perspective and proportion.Following the Renaissance, new styles emerged every 50 to 100 years, but nothing significantly changed.Art in the late 18th and early 19th centuries - when everything changedIn 1874, Impressionism abandoned traditional formal compositions in favour of a more casual and less contrived arrangement of objects within a picture. By the turn of the century, the Impressionist movement had all but ceased, but its influence was enduring and significant.Impressionism spawned Post Impressionism. Post-Impressionism was simultaneously an extension and rejection of Impressionism. While Impressionism had remained faithful to nature, Post Impressionism favoured brighter and more unnatural colours, and an elimination of concern for the naturalistic depiction of light and colour in favour of an emphasis on abstract qualities or symbolic content. The Post-Impressionistic movement similarly lasted little beyond the turn of the century, but had a far-reaching impact on art.In the early part of the 19th century, various forms of Abstractionism emerged. Abstract artist departed further from realistic representations through techniques such as shifting the point of view, exaggeration, simplification, etc. The Dada movement was one form of Abstractionism. The Dada movementIn 1916, the Dada movement was formed amidst despair and revulsion arising from the horrors of World War I. Dada art was intentionally anti-aesthetic, and sought to reject all rules and conventions. Many Dada artists considered their work to be anti-art, and to have the purpose of enraging their audiences. The single most influential Dada artist was arguably Marcel Duchamp.Conceptual Art springs from Duchamp's "Fountain"As a young boy, Duchamp aspired to become a conventional artist, and took classes in academic drawing. He worked in the styles of the time (Post Impressionism, Cubism, etc), but failed to achieve recognition, until 1917, when his notorious 'Fountain' changed the face of art."Fountain" was a signed urinal. Duchamp claimed it to be a work of art that he had created, because; he chose it, he gave it a name, he placed it in a different context, and created a new thought for that object.At first "Fountain" was reviled: in time it became glorified Duchamp was an art anarchist, and his aim was to damage the art establishment. I believe his "fountain" was plainly taking the "p". Unfortunately the perception of art transformed to embrace Duchamp's hoax, and allowed him to achieve his goal: anti-art.We now reason that anything can be art, which is no different to saying that everything is everything. 90 years later, our art galleries, art awards, and media coverage are all full of "fountains", and the objective of our most notorious present day "artists" still appears to be enraging their audiences. Modern art has become a very weary joke.In December 2004, Duchamp's Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals. The Independent noted in a February 2008 article that with this single work, Duchamp invented conceptual art and "severed forever the traditional link between art and merit".Therein lies the problem; conceptual art should not render all other points of view invalid, but it appear be the yardstick by which all art is now measured. We are encouraged to think of art as coming from the imagination, being an expression of our inner-self, and a laudation of the supremacy of man. We are discouraged from thinking of art as simply pretty, a celebration of nature, and a product of physical skill.As a professional portrait artist, I aspire to keep alive the traditional standards of natural colours, perspective, proportion, etc. The act of creation is subordinate to the output. My purpose is to copy from life, paint something pretty (delight rather than shock), and make no political statement.On the Duchamp scale, my work has no merit; indeed, it probably doesn't even qualify as "art."

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Q: Post-Impressionism and Its Impact on Modern Art
A: 'Post-Impressionism' was the successor of the 'Impressionist' style of painting. Famous English art critic Roger Fry organized his first exhibition in London and coined the term 'Post-Impressionism' to classify the artwork of the late 19th Century painters. These artists were Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, regarded as the pioneers and frontrunner 'Post Impressionists.' Georges Seurat and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec were among other painters inspired by 'Impressionism.' They however, developed their own styles to enhance and emote through their art thereby, joining the club of 'Post Impressionists.''Impressionism,' as an art movement, started in France in the late 19th Century. This style of painting concentrated on capturing the immediate mood or the visual impression of a scene with live subjects, through the effects of color and light. The 'Post-Impressionist' painters defied the principle of the objective recording of nature. They concentrated on bringing about more structure, form, and expression to their work in their own distinctive styles. 'Post-Impressionists,' like 'Impressionists,' used swirling brush strokes, direct colors, and real life subjects, only to differ in capturing greater emotional depth. They therefore, added new dimensions to their significantly more expressive art. 'Post-Impressionists' often exhibited their art together in collaboration, but preferred to work alone. Paul Cézanne abandoned the initial 'Impressionism' movement, as he wanted, in his words, "to make of Impressionism something solid and durable like the art in the museum." He developed an innovative style of painting that involved breaking down objects into their fundamental shapes through the gradations of pure color. His abstract style inspired the great artist Pablo Picasso to come up with the concept of 'Cubism.'Paul Gauguin lived in Tahiti, and took inspiration from the rural communities & traditional living to present aesthetic art. Gauguin adapted a unique form of art created by bringing the flat exotic and sensuous color harmonies, along with heavy outline appearance of stained glass windows on the canvas. He also dealt with manuscript illuminations, where text in a manuscript is adorned by designs or by the use of gold or silver. This gave, almost, a poetic effect to his paintings.Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh was known as a model 'Expressionist' painter, whose tryst with blotchy brushwork and vivid colors, elaborately reflecting emotions, earned him worldwide acclaim. Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec was another famous 'Post-Impressionist,' who was known for his sinuous outlining with the color schemes contrasting with 'Impressionism.' Georges Seurat was an expert of color theories and linear structures. He applied a technique called 'Pointillism,' in which he used the tiny dots of contrasting color to create an elusive and illuminating impression in his paintings.'Post-Impressionists' began as 'Impressionists,' but drifted away from its naturalist approach. They ventured into uncharted domains, adding emotions and symbolic meaning to their art. With their peerless, independent styles and dedication to add new dimensions to artistic expressions, 'Post-Impressionists' dramatically influenced Modern Art of the 20th Century. Their evolved styles inspired various new concepts, like Cubism, Pointillism, Neo Impressionism, and Fauvism.

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Q: The Impeccable Transition Artist of Old and Modern Art - Francisco Goya
A: Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes or simply Francisco Goya was a Spanish artist of the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries. Many consider him the Father of Modern Art. Goya was born on March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain. In 1749, his family settled in Zaragoza. At the age of fourteen, the artist had the good fortune of having the painter, Jose Luzan Martinez as his tutor. Francisco later moved to Italy to further his interests in art. Here he met the great painters, Tiepolo and Antonio Raphael Mengs, who influenced Goya's style of painting to a great degree. The artist returned to Zaragoza in 1771 and got the opportunity to paint a part of the dome of the Basilica of the Pillar, and frescoes for the local cathedral. These paintings pushed him to the threshold of fame. Francisco Goya studied with artist, Francisco Bayeu, and later married Bayeu's sister, Josefa, on July 25, 1773. Bayeu was instrumental in helping the artist get work at the Royal Tapestery Workshop. Here he had the opportunity to work on tapestry cartoons and went on to paint sixty-three cartoons for two royal palaces. These cartoons depict the lifestyles of the rich & the poor, and the old & the young. "The Blind Guitarist" is a notable piece of work from this genre. Goya's proximity to royalty helped him achieve many projects. Between 1785 and 1788, he painted "The Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter," "Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuriga," and "a child's portrait." These paintings established Francisco as a portrait painter. He was appointed a painter to the king in 1786. In 1789, during the rule of Charles IV, he was promoted to the status of a court painter.In 1792, Francisco Goya became deaf after a prolonged illness. This affected him psychologically, which reflected in his series of aquatinted etchings, published under the title "Caprichos (1799)." "Out Hunting for Teeth" and "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" are a couple of etchings from this series. In 1799, he worked on the cupola of the "Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida." Notable of Francisco's works during this period are the portraits of the Prince of Peace and many other eminent personalities from the Spanish nobility. During the Peninsular War (1808-1814), the new Spanish court accorded the artist the same respect as before. In 1812, Francisco Goya painted "The Charge of the Mamelukes" and "The Third of May 1808." He was painting a series known as "The Disasters of War" when his wife, Josefa, died.Goya's some of the best projects are "The Nude Maja (1800)" and "The Clothed Maja (1803)," which were considered to be the first female nude portraits in Western Art. In 1816, he published "Tauromaquia," which were etchings on bullfighting. "The Black Paintings" and "Disparates" reflect his mood during his period of exile from 1819 to 1824. Goya died on April 16, 1828, painting until his 82nd year. The changes the world underwent are seen in his art, which spanned over a glorious period of sixty years. The potential artistry of Francisco Goya influenced the likes of Picasso and Manet.

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Q: Buying Modern Art - How to Get the Best Price/a>
A: Buying modern art (or indeed any category of art) will require some very careful consideration beforehand. There are a number of questions to be asked on this point of buying art and I have set out here some pointers that I (as an Artist) think will be of interest, if not of value to you as a would-be purchaser.Are you buying for yourself or, are you purchasing on behalf of somebody else, or is this to be a gift of art? Do you know if the proposed artwork will fit in with the decor of the interior? Will it blend in with the overall feel of the building and its surroundings?. Will the concept and colours harmonise or clash with the general ambiance of the room? Will the materials and/or frame used, lend themselves to the area in which the proposed work may reside? Do you know if you, or the recipient will always like the drawing or painting? People sometimes buy an artwork on the spur of the moment and then find they do not know where to place it and then dislike it.Where should you look for an original work? Today we are spoiled for choice as the internet has virtually brought the art world and the work of so many artists within our grasp at the click of a mouse. Galleries and exhibitions are still very popular venues for art buyers. Perhaps though you frequent a cafe or restaurant where local artists display their wares: or perhaps you could look on some of the internet selling sites?And lastly, is the proposed purchase an original work of art or a copy. It is sometimes difficult to judge the provenance of a work. This is where you must ask and if it purports to be an original, request a written authentication by the artist.


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Q: Symbolism of the Machine As a Savior in Modern Art
A: The transformation of society that began with the invention of the steam engine has been aptly called the industrial revolution. The colossal impact of technology on the formerly rural, agrarian culture of the western world can scarcely be imagined today. For some, the increasingly widespread use of the machine elicited messianic hope.This ecstatic view of technology is graphically revealed in the work of a number of modern artists. One of the prime examples of this view of technology and the machine as savior for the the human race is Robert Delaunay's "Homage to Blériot," painted in 1914.In the late 1800's, the machine was often heralded as the quintessential symbol of man's continued progress. Obedient and strong, the machine was a slave that necessitated little moral apprehension. The machine was an expression not only of man's rational nature, but also of his unlimited creative potential. In line with this thinking, Robert Delaunay's "Homage to Blériot" is virtually a hymn of praise to the genius and confidence of modern man in his machines.The painting is named after Louis Blériot, a French aviator who was the first to fly the English Channel. Blériot was Delaunay's prototype of the modern man. Man was now creating his own world through the use of benevolent and powerful machines. Likewise, the conventions of painting and the arts would have to give way to a new order.Traditional, naturalistic perspective was no longer appropriate. Instead, Delaunay and his fellow Cubists flattened and distorted space. In "Homage to Blériot," the representational images of flight (propellers, wheels, wings) project and recede based solely on the artist's will. Delaunay's combination of sharp edges and blended lines further indicates that air and matter are no longer clearly differentiated. This is no cause for concern, however, since man as the aviator is now the master of both. Through the victorious capabilities of the aircraft, man is no longer tied to the ground and can soar freely. Even Delaunay's image of the earthbound Eiffel Tower floats in amorphous space. The machine has given man a new sense of the infinite reaches of the universe available for exploration and conquest. Delaunay's colorful and energetic shapes do not completely fill the canvas, but fade into a blue-purple on the upper horizon like a deep night sky beckoning humanity onward.The new sense of speed and dynamism bestowed by machine transportation can be seen in Delaunay's multiple perspectives and the shifting complexity of "Homage to Blériot." Shapes are superimposed upon one another in a bright and almost flickering succession. Delaunay's prominent discs symbolize the raw energy now at man's disposal. The repeated discs of varying sizes as well as the use of multiple focal points keep the viewer's eye in almost constant motion. Life is no longer static, and the future heralded by the machine is full of constructive activity.Even the human-like figures depicted just below the Eiffel Tower are twisting and turning. Man himself is in full swing. Surely he will solve all of the problems of society with the aid of his trusty technological servants! No longer reliant only on hope and prayer, man is now a new type of Creator.Man's inventions and their promise inspire an almost religious awe. Delaunay's carefully placed shapes of geometric color are undoubtedly references to the stained glass windows proudly displayed for centuries in chapels and cathedrals to teach religious truth to the masses.For Delaunay and other artistic heralds of the modern world, mankind's salvation seems to lie not in the God-given bounty of agriculture and land, but in the wealth of industry sired by the machine. Other than Delaunay's possible stylized references to the sky and the earth, "Homage to Blériot" is almost devoid of natural objects. Like other modernist movements including Futurism, the Cubists saw the power of the machine as a means to attain freedom from the social injustices of history. The good, obedient machine would serve all equally and democratically. Nobility and title would be meaningless. Following the lead of art focused on internal interactions rather than on a hierarchy of subject and background, class lines in politics would soon be abolished. In this progressive restructuring of the natural order, speed was of the essence. The industrial revolution would complete what was begun in the French and American political revolutions.The energy and rapid pace of life bestowed by the machine is emphasized in "Homage to Blériot" through the strong color scheme based on red, yellow, green, blue and black. The extensive and labored shading that had long been utilized in more naturalistic renderings has been replaced with pure, almost unmixed hues. Although Delaunay is working in the traditional media of oil on canvas, the browns, tans, grays, and muted greens of earlier landscapes are replaced by the colors of the imagination and of the mind.These colors do not depict a peaceful meditation, however, but a deafening roar of motors. Delaunay's brassy color scheme is like that of an optimistic, cheerful child whose fairy godmother has finally arrived. She is beautiful and powerful, clothed in steel and flying with the aid of a propeller glinting in the sun. Welcome to the modern world where the machine is the new savior. .
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Q: Understanding Modern Art - The Target Paintings of Kenneth Noland
A: The optical effects of flat tints of contiguous colors were perhaps investigated more thoroughly by Kenneth Noland than by any other modern artist. Like many of the Impressionists, Claude Monet foremost among them, and Noland's close friend and fellow painter Morris Louis, Noland also painted in series.Noland's series include the Circles, the Chevrons and the Stripes. Noland's choice of the circle as the basic structure for a series of approximately 175 paintings is significant. Although some art historians claim that Noland's use of the circle is devoid of symbolic meaning, others disagree.Diane Waldeman, author of Kenneth Noland: A Retrospective, discusses the appropriateness of Noland's preference for the circle over the square or other geometric forms: "Clearly, the circle was a much more satisfying form than the square for Noland. The circle is related to the cosmos, while the square is most closely associated with man and man made forms like architecture. The circle stands for eternity.... Because it has neither beginning nor end, the circle as, since antiquity, been symbolic of natural phenomenon, organic growth, mysticism and divinity."The universality of the circle was particularly suitable for the abstract color language of Noland's art. Noland's selection of the circle is also related to his quest for a synthesis between meaning and method in art. Noland attempted to eliminate attention given to structure in order to focus on color resulted in his selection of this most basic geometric form-the circle. In this way, he could best achieve his objective of harmonizing the reality and the illusion inherent in art. In his circle paintings, Noland successfully uses a simple arrangement of concentric circles (sometimes referred to as "targets") to display his incredibly keen sense of color. These simple, geometric works pulsate with energy and movement. Noland's painting Whirl (1960) is a delightful example of this ability. The concentric circles- beginning with an innermost red, then white, then black, then blue-spin so quickly that the outermost color cannot be contained in a uniform band. Instead, the deep aquatic blue splashes out of its expected boundaries in humorous visual play.This visual play, based on the dual identity of art as reality and illusion, is a key component of Color Field painting that is another important point of congruency with late Impressionism. Like the Impressionists, the Color Field painters in general viewed the canvas itself and the materiality of the paint as part of the real identity of painting. In contrast with this, the form and movement created by color is seen as part of the illusion. The attempt to balance and synthesize these two elements was the driving force behind many of the innovations of Kenneth Noland's target paintings. .
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Q: Understanding Modern Art - American Color Field Painting
A: The extraordinary artistic movement known as American Color Field Painting both continued and challenged prior esthetic traditions. Beginning in the late 1950s and continuing through the 1960s, this movement influenced the entire world of art.American Color Field Painting was a combination of shared revolutionary techniques and unique individual solutions to the traditional problems and considerations of artistic expression. This new type of art reevaluated traditional pictorial elements including naturalistic perspective, color use, the function of line and shape, and the role of formatting.Although individual Color Field painters developed distinct modes of expression, they shared a common emphasis on color as a central aspect of painting. They also shared a rejection of the contemporary focus on the conscious social and political responsibilities of art. Their love of materials and their joyous and strenuous endeavors to redefine the boundaries of art are among their exceptional contributions to the ongoing evolution of modern aesthetic values.Four of the major legacies of the Color Field Painters were an emphasis on the infinite potential for variations in light and color; the practice of creating multiple interpretations, known as a series, on a single theme; the relentless pursuit of the dual identity of art as both illusion and reality; and the use of landscape elements. These legacies were an extension of the practices begun by the Impressionists almost a century before. The Impressionistic emphasis on distinct patches of solid color was carried to an extreme by Color Field painters like Kenneth Noland who created concentric rings of color in his "target" series. The scientific approach to color that was prominent in the 19th century asserted that a pure color placed next to another color will result in a more dramatic optical effect than colors that have been muted through traditional shading and rendering. Like many of the innovative Impressionists, the American Color Field painters sought to investigate the phenomenon of color contrasts in a deep and intuitive way. Their contributions helped to pave the way for a free-flowing approach to painting that focuses on a single aesthetic element rather than trying to duplicate the visual world around us.

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Q: Understanding Modern Art - Art Critics and American Color Field Painting
A: Art critics have searched for years to codify the definitive characteristics of American Color Field painting. Among other names, Color Field painting has been alternately known as Post-Painterly Abstraction, New Abstraction, and Abstract Imagism. The influential art critic Clement Greenberg, a friend of many of the most prominent Color Field painters, used the term post-Painterly Abstraction. By this he meant the "blurred, broken, loose definition of color and contour."Greenberg further differentiates the Color Field painters from the Abstract Expressionists by noting "the move towards a physical openness of design, or towards linear clarity, or both." Certainly artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland all exhibited an openness of design in many of their works. Prime examples of this quality can be seen in Frankenthaler's The Human Edge, Louis's Unfolding Light, and Noland's Sunshine.Linear clarity is also present The Human Edge and in virtually all of the works of Kenneth Noland. Linear clarity is less emphasized in the works of Morris Louis, whose overlapping, blended colors are one of the most distinctive aspects of his masterful mature works.The high-keyed, lucid color applied as pure hues rather than contrasts of light and dark also separates these painters from the typical Abstract Expressionist painting. The role of color, of course, is the most definitive aspect. The innovative techniques are not an end in themselves, but a means to get at color. Color is, indeed, the chief and universal language of the Color Field painters.The names New Abstraction and Abstract Imagism, which were applied to this genre of painting by various art critics for convenience, are less descriptive than Greenberg's term Post-Painterly Abstraction. Even these more generic names did, however, separate these works from Pop Art and other movements that combine color and optical effects with collage and other types of media. Color Field painting specifically continued the tradition of painting in its purist form.Color Field painting is further separated from Pop Art and a number of other contemporary movements in ideal and aim and can be viewed as conservative and apolitical in comparison with the cynical, immoral view of life put forth by Pop Art. The use of amorphous, simplified or geometric shapes and the overwhelming emphasis on color makes the works of Frankenthaler, Louis and Noland universal in their language and message.The sense of freedom and joy in the materials themselves and in the very act of creation are conveyed by the ever-new variations that each artist has mined from the rich vein of abstract color. These qualities grant to the works of Frankenthaler, Louis and Noland an ongoing freshness shared by only the best of the traditional masters. The works of Frankenthaler, Louis and Noland can best be described as lyrical, childlike, and unabashedly optimistic. Called by critics by any name, they are a refreshingly bold celebration of life.

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Q: Understanding Modern Art - Reality and Illusion in the Work of Morris Louis
A: Morris Louis' continuation of the Impressionist's exploration of light and color resulted in two major avenues of expression. First, he produced a series of works, known as the Veils, in which he utilized multiple layers of thinned paint to create translucent shapes. Like the Impressionist Claude Monet's groundbreaking series of paintings of haystacks, cathedrals and water lilies, Louis fully investigated the color possibilities in each group of paintings that he produced based on a single idea. In Louis' Blue Veil (1958), for example, the succession of layers of yellow, red, green and blue are directly imposed upon one another. Only along the edges of the piece are the individual colors visible. In contrast with this practice, many of Louis' subsequent series, especially the Stripes and Unfurleds, allowed the colors to stand independently in almost stark juxtaposition to one another.Other works, such as While Series II (1959-1960), are masterful combinations of these two approaches and include both overlapping colors and pure, unlayered hues. Interestingly enough, the work of Louis similarly reduced pictorial elements to a minimum while retaining this playful relationship between reality and illusion.In many of his Stripe paintings, Louis allowed the drips at the bottom of each stripe to be visible when the painting was cropped and hung. However, rather than having the drips at the bottom of the paintings according to an orientation based on gravity, the pieces were hung so that the stripes appeared to be running upward and the "drips" were close to the top of the paintings. Louis' beautiful work Unfolding Light (1961) is an example of this approach. Obviously contrary to natural laws, this light-hearted positioning was a different and unique solution in the ongoing exploration of the dual identity of art as both reality and illusion.

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Q: Understanding Modern Art - Helen Frankenthaler and American Color Field Painting
A: Foremost among the American Color Field painters is Helen Frankenthaler (1928- ). Frankenthaler's pivotal work Mountains and Sea (1952) is an appropriately fluid approach to both abstraction and color contrast. The aquatic blues and greens are sometimes distinct and sometimes partially overlapping. The irregular, organic shapes are often separated from each other by intervening canvas, and the colors are soft, muted and atmospheric. In Frankenthaler's later paintings, such as the intensely colorful Tutti Frutti (1966) and the more geometric piece entitled The Human Edge (1967), the shapes of color touch and overlap slightly but do not interpenetrate one another. The chromatic contrasts are certainly more vivid than in the earlier Mountains and Sea. Although the tints in all three works are flat in a physical sense, they contain a multitude of variations in opacity and tone. These variations are, in fact, hallmarks of Frankenthaler's works and one of the great strengths of her style.Frankenthaler's response to the problem of art's dual nature of reality and illusion often includes the unmistakable landscape elements that she shares with Impressionism. More than the works of other American color field painters, the works of Frankenthaler are likely to feature horizontal patches of color clearly reminiscent of oceans, islands, horizons, skies and even cityscapes.Frankenthaler's ties to the natural world are much more evident than those of other color filed painters. Suggestive titles such as Arcadia and Eden indicate her conscious indebtedness to landscape art. Furthermore, the ephemeral quality of many of Frankenthaler's images demonstrates her awareness of the fragility of both nature (the reality) and of artistic creativity (the illusion).

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Q: Color Symbolism in Modern Art - The Work of Helen Frankenthaler
A: The use of color in art has traditionally had a fairly codified set of meaning. For example, red has almost inevitably been related to fire, blood, and danger. Black has been indicative of death, emptiness and mourning. White has been the indisputable sign of purity. The use of color in contemporary works has often rejected these traditional meanings. Instead, color can be imbued with personal and unconventional meanings.The freedom from color-induced expectations has been eagerly explored by abstract painters. As Marcia Tucker has observed succinctly in her article The Structure of Color, "the possibilities of response to abstract works...are more varied, since we are not bound by the color 'expectations' we had in looking at figurative works; there is no area that should consist of a particular hue." The inherent power and strength of color can therefore be revealed in the viewer's emotional response to the color itself.For American color field painters including Helen Frankenthaler (1928- ), Morris Louis (1912-1962) and Kenneth Noland (1924- ), color became both form and subject. In Frankenthaler's abstract landscapes, including works as diverse as The Human Edge and Mountains and Sea, the locales aren't specific, but the colors and shapes reflect the rhythm and essential qualities of nature. In The Human Edge, the deep blue at the lower edge is an obvious reference to water. The thin, dark shape just above the blue horizontal is immediately reminiscent of a seashore or landmass. The large open space above the "land" is atmospheric. At the top of the painting, perhaps where clouds might be expected, Frankenthaler has painted three irregular, hard-edged rectangles in gray, orange and pink.The combination of colors and shapes is intriguing when considered with the evocative title. Is the edge of the seashore/landmass the "human edge" or are the oddly inverted rectangles in the "sky" the "human edge" in contrast with the more naturalistic edge created by the blue and brown horizontals?In contrast with the definitive shapes and colors that Frankenthaler utilized in The Human Edge, her well-acclaimed Mountains and Sea employs a very different approach. This work was painted after Frankenthaler had visited Nova Scotia. Not only has she utilized aquatic blues and greens as noted earlier, but elements of nature are also mimicked in the technique of spilling and splashing and in the results of that technique.There are "splashes" of color throughout the work and a sense of the organic process of water pooling and evaporating. The rhythm of constant movement encountered at the ocean's edge is also reflected in the shapes piled up in the center of the painting. These fleeting shapes appear ready to crash down onto the "sand" at any moment. As these two paintings demonstrate, the languages of color and shape are intrinsically related to each other and to natural themes in Frankenthaler's works. In fact, even in Frankenthaler's most abstract works, her shapes are fundamentally related to the colors themselves. Thus, the combination of colors and shapes in Frankenthaler's works operate on multiple levels. Not only are they perceptual, but the color-shape elements are also capable of functioning on the realistic and emotional levels as well.

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Q: Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) - The Undisputed Father of Modern Art
A: Paul Cezanne was a famous French, Post-Impressionist painter, born on January 19, 1839 at Aix-en-Province of France, to father, Louis-Auguste Cézanne, and mother, Anne-Elisabeth Honorine Aubert. Paul was the owner of a banking firm, which his father co-founded. This made him financially independent and therefore, he carried on his work without any financial concerns. The painter started his lessons on art from an early age of 10 under a Spanish monk, Joseph Gibert at St Joseph boarding school, Aix. In 1852, Paul Cézanne joined the College of Bourbon (College Mignet now) and made friends with the noted French writer, Emile Zola. In 1859-61, the artist studied at the law school of the University of Aix. He moved to Paris in 1861.Cézanne mastered the color composition & drafter ship in his work. His uniquely sensuous and repetitive brushstrokes, and the use of the different planes of colors, gave his work an eye-catching obsession. All time great painters, Henri Matisse & Pablo Picasso said that Paul Cézanne "is the father of us all." He was considered the bridge between the Impressionism of 19th century & the Cubism of 20th century, which Picasso pioneered later.Paul Cezanne believed, "For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations." These lines clearly depict the painter's passion for his work. He carried a very different and unique perception towards arts. He was interested in the naturally occurring forms of geometric figures. For example, he imagined the sun as a circle and mountains as triangles, and so on and so forth. He applied the art of visual perception in his paintings to provide them varying visual angles. We can classify Paul's works in to four broad art forms, standard oil paintings, still life paintings, watercolor paintings, and portraits. Cezanne displayed his works first time at Salon des Refusés in 1863. In 1882, he could exhibit his artworks, including the "Portrait of Louis-Auguste Cézanne (1866)," at Paris Salon. The painter held his first solo exhibition in 1895.Cézanne's way of working was highly motivated by the people and the environment around him. He used dark colors in his work, often called "The Dark Period," during 1861-70, to reflect various human expressions such as shyness, anger, and depressed social relations. "The Murder (1867-68)" and "The Black Marble Clock (1869-71)" are one of his key paintings of dark period. 1870-78 witnessed the "Impressionist" swing in Cezanne's works. He mainly painted landscapes in bright colors during this phase. Some of his work seemed influenced by another French painter & Impressionist, Camille Pissarro. 1878-90, also called as the "Mature" phase of Paul's paintings, were flooded with the images of Mont Sainte-Victoire, Estaque. "Montagne Sainte-Victoire (1882-85)," "Bather (1885-87)," and "Boy in a Red Vest (1888-90) are some key paintings of this phase. From 1890-1905, Paul's paintings reflected a touch of "Cubism." "Madame Cezanne in the Greenhouse (1891-92)," "The House with Burst Walls (1892-94)," "Road before the Mountains, Sainte-Victoire (1898-02)," and "Bathers (1898-05)" are some important paintings of this phase. Paul Cézanne died of pneumonia on October 22, 1906 at Aix-en-Province, France.

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Q: Modern Art Watercolour Paintings - Painting the Expressionist Landscape
A: I'd like to describe for you my own process of making an expressionist watercolour painting, starting with a drawing sketched from life.Drawings, sketches or mark-making often seems to show the artist's personality more than their paintings.The way the pencil or pen is used to describe the landscape are very revealing and show the kind of processes that are at work within the artist. Most of my drawings involve summing up my direct feelings about whatever it is I am going to paint.Visually summing up a view from an artist perspective for me, means drawing those lines essential to your understanding of what makes up the view.Establishing a composition, I draw those lines as they strike me, according to their visual importance, making some lines heavier than others and emphasizing certain lines.What I end up with is a guideline for a painting - an interpretation of the view, with important lines shown within a balanced structure.Normally, I am after only the essentials and will add more to a sketch if there are details I have seen which will add something to a painting.Very often, I will attempt to remember colours and textures of a view and use them later when it comes to painting, sometimes I will take a photo of the scene to remind me of all the details.Once I have a drawing I am excited by, represents my true feelings about what I have just seen, I will usually return to the studio, content that I have a drawing to go on for a watercolour painting.The sketch is put beside me on my table and I will select my paper, materials etc. I usually start by mentally reminding myself of the experience of being back at the scene, using the sketch to prompt me.Then I will start painting, working on whatever I have the most certainty about in the picture.The brush marks I make are personal responses to what I have seen and also take into account what is happening within the watercolour - to end up with a balanced picture.Colour, texture and varieties of marks then take the sketch much further to create a fuller statement about the subject.In essence, the watercolour painting has a life of its own and the foundations of the drawing are fleshed out by marks coming from personal memory, experience and knowledge of what I have seen in the view.All the qualities of painting are used to serve a subjective, personal response to reality, prompted by a drawing.I hope to make the watercolour painting as fresh, new and lively as possible, sometimes abandoning many attempts, working until what I am left with is strong enough to be left - where it feels right.

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Q: Modern Art - Bring the Gallery to Your Home With Modern Art
One of the latest in home improvement nowadays is the contemporary or modern setup. Some people think that in order to achieve such a setup, you would only need furniture that can be considered as modern. However, successfully creating a modern home is not limited to bringing in the right kind of furniture. To complete the modern theme of your abode, you might want to add in a splash of art - modern art to be exact. If you really want to create an authentic looking modern setup, here are some of the ways you can use modern art to spice up your home. Use Modern Paintings - Usually, decors that are considered as modern or contemporary give off the semblance of being in a museum or art gallery. You can further enhance such semblance by introducing different modern paintings. Modern art is not limited to paintings, but paintings are the easiest to find. Some of the major art movements in that era are the Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Cubism and many more. Hanging paintings is also one of the easiest ways to introduce a certain style in anyone's home. If you find that getting an original is way out of the budget, you might want to check out reprints or the works of upcoming artists. Furniture Play a Big Role - When creating a modern home, choose the proper furniture. In this aspect, you must have an open mind. There are many pieces of furniture in the market that are designed very much differently from what you are accustomed to. Each piece is a work of art in itself. You will find sculptures that have been turned to either chairs or tables. Choosing the right furniture contributes a lot in decorating your home in a modern style Introduce some Modern Sculptures - A sculpture has this property that draws people to examine it, no matter how small or large the sculpture is. This is further enhanced with the way modern sculptures are made. They are usually geometric or abstract in nature and its three-dimensional property piques the interest of your visitors. A modern sculpture set in the living room would definitely set the tone of the whole house. Soften the Tone with Modern Tapestries - Paintings aren't the only modern art that you can hang on your walls. There are a lot of available tapestries that are made with modern art in mind. Not only do they give forth modernity in style, they also soften the whole room. If you find sculptures to be too hard and rigid, throw in some tapestries to balance it out. And there you have it. These are just some of the ways you can use modern art in your home. Always remember, your home should reflect your personal taste, so always use that as your guide in arranging your own home.

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Q: Why I Like Modern Art
A: My Six Year Old Can Do That That is what I have heard many times from people who were indignant about some piece of abstract art that had confounded or offended them. When I hear this kind of invective against truly gifted artists, such as Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock, I get really frustrated.But then I hear about Martin Creed, a British conceptual artist who most famously won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his installation of an empty room with a light switching on and off. The truth is that the general public feels alienated from the world of modern art because they see pretentious, anti-art "expressions" such Creed's empty room get the praise, the prizes, and most importantly, the big bucks.Who pays for this bad art? A lot of commercially successful (but artistically moribund) artists are enabled by collectors, speculators, academics, and curators, who have too much money and not enough humility. Unfortunately, the wealthy arts organizations that pay for exhibits, catalogs, grants and stipends are increasingly favoring lame, pretentious, and anti-art artwork. Style and Substance Although I sometimes agree with people who rave against modern art as being much ado about nothing, I have love and respect for good modern painting and sculpture, both representational and abstract. The American masters of the recent past did not just decide one day to stop doing representational art in favor of throwing paint on canvas or making statues from found objects.Before Pollock became a star among the abstract expressionists, he developed a romantic Regionalist style, and then progressed to semi figurative pieces, using symbolism from Native American culture. That is the way most masters become masters, they study the masterpieces of the past, find a tradition that inspires them, then develop something new and beautiful--a style of their very own. Alas, the heyday of modern art has given way to contemporary art that is, more often than not, alienated from the very notion of craft, beauty, and real life.A few years ago, Philip Pearlstein, a modern artist renown in the fine art world as a figurative painter, had a disturbing experience while dealing with the art establishment. Pearlstein was on a National Endowment for the Arts panel, looking at slides from artists who had applied for a grant. Later as he was thinking over what he had seen, he realized that he had not seen one representational work. Furthermore, he had not even seen one work that was a four-sided canvas with paint on it.He was later told by to some NEA staffers, that the NEA had asked a few of the panelists to come in the previous day and cull out all of the applicants they felt were not competitive. So he spent some hours going through the works that had been culled out. And he found among the rejects far and away the best artists in the whole lot. Many were painters, and not all of them were representational. Post Modern Dilemma The moral of the Philip Perlstein-NEA story is that contemporary artists must turn away from the big institutions that are clearly biased against modern art. When you hear about an exhibit of Damian Hirst's sliced cows preserved in formaldehyde, do not be fooled. Hirst's work is not modern art nor is it post-modern; it is anti-art. Many artists like Hirst, Raymond Pettibone, and Jeff Koons have been challenged by the modern masters of the fifties and sixties and come up short.What the anti-art movement learned from the art establishment 's ultimate acceptance of Helen Frankenthaler, Warhol, and Basquiat was that criticizing society with one's art and leading an alienated (or counter-culture) lifestyle is good for business. What the anti-art crowd have failed to learn is that attitude and style is not enough to make good art.But I believe there is a post-modern movement still alive in 21st century. Starting with David Hockney, his "A Bigger Splash" (1967) and "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy" (1971) are as fresh and relevant now as they were when they were first painted.You can see the influence of the Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism of the mid-twentieth century in the work of up and coming contemporary artists such as Kevin Christison (an American painter and sculptor living in Saigon) and Alyssa Monks (a photo-realistic painter teaching at Montclair State University). And if you go into the small galleries, community colleges and local museums, you will see the lyrical, the ironic, and the beautiful yeoman work done by the unsung post-modern artists.

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Q: Modern Art - Doing What's New and Different
A: What exactly is modern art? Actually, it's really not all that "modern," at least not anymore. "Modern art" refers to art that's closely related to modernism, a philosophy of thought that describes a set of cultural tendencies and a wide range of cultural movements. Modernism, which became popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching cultural changes in Western society happening at the time. Artists and philosophers believed that the more "traditional" forms of art, architecture, religious faith, and social organization were outdated in light of the sweeping changes that were occurring in Europe and the U.S. during that time. Most scholars use the term "modern art" when describing artistic works produced roughly during the 1860s to the 1970s, and is associated with art in which the traditions of the past were replaced by works produced in a spirit of experimentation. Modern artist experimented with new ways of seeing and depicting the world around them, and with new ideas about the materials and functions of art. Artists, especially painters, experimented with abstract art in new and different ways.Self-consciousness is an important part of modernism, and of modern art, which often led to experimentations with form. Artists produced works that drew attention to the processes and materials used in them. Most experts believe that the era of modern art began in 1863, the year that Édouard Manet exhibited his painting The Luncheon on the Grass in Paris. This particular painting, with its juxtaposition of a female nude with fully dressed men, was quite controversial when it was exhibited in the Salon des Refusés, which was where all the nontraditional art was shown at the time.Manet is an important artist in the modernism movement because, as the great art critic Clement Greenberg said, up to that point art (i.e., realistic and naturalistic art) had used art to conceal art. Modern artists like Manet, on the other hand, used art to call attention to art. The limitations of painting-the two-dimensional nature of the canvas, for example-were opened up and made into advantages. Manet made obvious the materials he used, making his subject matter more honest and as a result, more "real." This is especially true of the impressionists.Cubism, an avant-garde art movement of the early twentieth century, was another important movement that came out of Modern Art. It revolutionized not only European painting, but sculpture as well, and inspired similar movements in music and literature. In cubist paintings, like those created by Picasso and Mattisse, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in abstract forms. Instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the subject is depicted from several vantage points to present the piece in a greater context. The surfaces often intersect at what seems like random angles with no coherent sense of depth.All aspects of modern art is about the creation of something different than what had been done before. Both impressionism and cubism do that, and very well. It makes for a very interesting era in art history.

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Q: How Much Do You Know About Modernism Art?
A: Modernism in art takes on a very broad area, but in general modernism is considered to deal with the implications of industrialization on mankind's soul. If we think of the advances of the 19th century, railroads and the telegraph, the recording of sound and the transmittal of sound through the telephone, this era spills over into the 20th century with the advances in flight and even flight away from our home planet to other orbs in space. How could this be compared to the struggle for mere existence that folks endured from time immemorial up until 1969, when man walked upon our moon? Art, ever reflective of real life, mimics the stresses and strains, joys and still moments of the artist's own life, in whatever era he lives in, so it comes as no surprise that modernism in the 21st century displays the world of the mostly-urban, mostly-civilized man. Rural scenes still exist, of course, but they are portrayed in vastly different styles than in previous ages.When we think of modern art, who springs to mind but Picasso, he of the jarring perspective and bright colors, shaking up the art world as he did in the early 20th century and throughout his long life? Not even impressionism charged the art world so and made it ready to expand its consciousness to consider new approaches. If we think of modernism's focus upon introspection, then what artists see inside themselves must be unique, because each individual is unique. It is the artist's responsibility to himself and to society to bring this out in such a way as to communicate his own uniqueness. How he does this varies from abstract expressionism to cubism to Dadaism to performance art, installation art and even self-art, for instance body piercing and tattooing.The rejection of traditional art practices alone does not make up modernism; the political spectrum must be considered as well. For example, Dadaism evolved in neutral Switzerland about the period of the First World War, with its nationalism and colonial entanglements breeding war and confusing the populace about the exact causes of why they were at war. Dadaism called itself anti-war, anti-intellectualism and anti-bourgeois; in fact, it was pro-chaos, and in perhaps an ironic way, since the birth of the movement began during wartime and did not last long after hostilities ceased. The proponents of the movement moved on to other pursuits in life after they had had their say. Dadaism may be said to have executed its purpose and then quit, a purely intellectual genre of modernism that must have proved gratifying to those who aspire to modernism's emphasis on speed.

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Q: The Cycle of Influence on Post-Modern Art
A: Art always changes with the movement of the wheel, with the different ages the stroke of the artist on the paper also changes. Since the romantic period we observe a kind of modern expression in the artist painting which even challenge the classical beauty of the universe. An explosion occurs in this type of art, the symbolist, expressionist, primitivist, realist, cubism and certain kinds of abstractions are noticed in modern paintings. New kind of expressive modes was invented in this modern art. The neoclassical foundations of the history of art and aesthetics found that this modern artist in their painting emphasized on ideal beauty and intrinsic hostility. This continue with the portrayal of aberrations, accidents, failures of the everyday world, hurdles and struggle for existence in this world etc which are beautifully displayed in realist imagery of this artists. Mannerism's has a great impact on modern paintings.Do you remember the images of Horace; they are totally ornamental in their look. The relationship of the comic with the ugly and the horror is portrayed brilliantly in the work of the eighteenth century artists. The new appellation "post modern" was finally adopted by Jenecks in 1976 to describe a new style of art whose main characteristic is heterogeneity. The changes that are associated with the post modern art are actually the result of the semiotization. In the post modern art, the narrative mode was abolished and a certain ritualistic quality is adopted by the artists. The goal of the artists in the post modern paradigm is no longer behavioral but it becomes cognitive in their approach. The post-modern is the art of the artificial environment.In the post modern era, aesthetic expression is conveyed more successfully by systematic destruction of traditional aesthetic practice. The conventional rules of paintings are broken and heterogeneity, faking especially aesthetic cheating becomes the desire of every artist which are committed in paintings intentionally. Post modern art is nothing else but a critical display of broken conventions and rules. However it is not known properly to what degree the sex images play the importance in modern paintings. Nowadays all type of art is available and you will be stunned to know that you can buy art online even.

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Q: Modern Art For Beginners
A: The term 'Modern Art' is one that has been heatedly debated. The exact time period that encompasses modern art is not something that can be clearly defined. It would seem that there were pioneers in the field of modern art as far back as the mid-1800s, or perhaps even further. It is an art form that seems to have developed over a hundred years. Perhaps it does not matter that much when it started. What matters is that modern art has its own unique identity, along with a shock value that separates it from other art forms. Much of modern art has an abstract quality to it. What doesn't have an abstract quality goes against past ideas of 'traditional' or 'acceptable' artwork. Many, many artists have contributed to the modern art movement, some of the first being impressionists and post-impressionists.Some of the best-known impressionists are Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Alfred Sisley. They had many well-known compatriots, but when people think of Impressionism, the work of these men usually comes to mind. The impressionists used vivid brush strokes, and put great emphasis on light and movement in their paintings. The work was supposed to capture a moment, and make it seem lifelike. Post- Impressionism was similar to Impressionism, except that it threw away some of the limitations Impressionism still held. They often would distort forms for effect, use geometric shapes, and to use unusual colors. One of the most famous Post-Impressionists must be Vincent Van Gogh. Expressionism is when an artist distorts reality for an emotional effect, often angst. Expressionism, unlike Impressionism and some other common types of art, is exhibited in many art forms, including painting, film, theatre, and music. It is mostly a twentieth century form of art, but the forefathers of it were such individuals as Edvard Munch, who is most famous for "The Scream."There are many other famous styles of art that have flourished in the 19th century and since. Cubism is showcased best by Pablo Picasso, but also used in architecture and literature. Symbolism in art and literature captured the darker, more 'gritty' side of life.Some of the very recent artistic wonders almost cannot be defined. So many styles of art seem to overlap to some degree, and many individual artists seem to take two or more styles and blend them, turning them into something all their own. A couple good examples of very new art are Mark Rothko and Tracy Emin. They are called Young British Artists or YBAs. Mark Rothco's paintings have been called 'iconic,' and are rectangles of varying shapes and sizes painted in a myriad of colors. Tracy Emin has incorporated a lot of sewing into her art. She even showcases her beds, rumpled covers and all.Modern art is a vibrant thing that is difficult to put parameters around. There are so many aspects and nuances to the works that are considered 'modern' that occasionally it seems futile to try to explain it. What is for certain is that modern art has brought us from a period when a lot of art looked the same, and there were exacting rules put on art, to a period where art is boundless and completely unrestrained.

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Q: Modern Art in India - Part 1
A: Art is a manifestation of the inner feelings and the thought process of an artist, and plays an important part in making our lives infinitely rich. Imagine a world without art. It invigorates our brain, fires our imagination and helps articulate our deepest thoughts. Society is a key influence and is also to a great extent, responsible for encouraging or discouraging an artist's creativity and expressions. Modern Indian artists have transformed traditional design elements into modernistic representations reflecting the angst of the present times. Human mind is forever searching for something original and different and is not satisfied with what is there. It insists on experimenting and exploring. India has been a center of art and architecture from ancient times. It is a country of very rich culture and heritage. The past gets expressed in different ways in the present with modern sensibility.An independent India allowed the creative mind of the artist to blossom again. The Indian artists embarked on a journey to figure out what was new, while retaining in their soul the richness of the country's heritage. With the passing of time, Indian artists have gently brought about a captivating metamorphosis in all forms of Indian art. The amazing results of this revolution are still not very well known in the west. The new work of the artists are beautiful color reproductions, which bond India's timeless tribal and folk art traditions with developments in 20th century. It retains the Indian spirit and is universal in its appeal.Modern Indian artists are influenced by the European modernism while preserving links to traditional art and iconography. Their compositions mirror the newfound freedom of expression in modern India. The artist seeks from the heritage but still feels free to create. The legendary Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci said, 'Painting is poetry that is seen.' Paintings and artwork interweave passion and spirit of the artist and times. Modern art is like taking a step towards interlacing thoughts, opinion, impression and also passion.In modern times the artist tries to communicate a lot of his feelings with brevity. Maybe that is the reason why the artist today uses forms and symbols in all the elements of art and shape. He is looking to invoke a logical, emotional and mental image and not just a faithful visual representation.Indian art has always derived inspiration from nature. If you study Indian sculptures and paintings, you are sure to find a number of unseen elements of nature in any composition. To give you an example, the eyes take their shape from the fish, the eyebrows can be compared to two leaves. Women's hair is like the clouds and there are many such similes in the world of Indian art. If analyzed carefully you will see numerous natural curves woven in an Indian art form.The caves of Ajanta are a very ancient relic of Indian art, but they highlight the character, spirituality and also the culture and living style of those times. Indian art has its fair share of romance which is expressed in a very pulchritudinous way in the various modern art forms also. Truly an artist in process of deliberation is capable of translating formlessness into form.

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Q: Modern Art in India - Part 2
A: Indian art has been greatly influenced by its rulers. This has led to the creation of abundant distinctive art styles - including the Mughal and Rajput styles. It is a fact that the the modern era of art in India was initiated by the revivalists. They rejuvenated India's glorious past by depicting Hinduism and other legends and stories in their alluring artwork. The work of many artists is comprised of illustrations of incidents and scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Sanskrit plays written by Kalidasa.There have been a number of painters who can be said to be the Revivalists of Indian art. Raja Ravi Verma is famous for bringing Indian mythological scenes and rural life representation alive on his canvas. Abanindranath Tagore showed the spiritual past of India through his work. Ananda Coomaraswamy re-energized the basic concepts of Indian art. All these artists have been instrumental in ushering in the new era of modern art in India. As remarked by some modern Artists "Art is uglier when you stand between two styles, not knowing depths of either". Abanindranath's art style can be described as "expression without a parallel" and is in a way a continuation of his Uncle Rabindra Nath Tagores' work which depicts inhuman, incredible shapes, elves and landscapes in amazing synchronization and balance.Amrita Sher-Gil has developed her own style as she has studied both Indian and Western art styles. She has managed to link Indian and European art through her oils which depict grave miens and some amount of grief. As she once said "On first glance many paintings may not seem Indian but in the true sense of the term, their heart is very much Indian".Modern art in India has been constantly transformed by renowned artists like Jamini Roy, Amrita SherGil, Sailoz Mukherjea and of course M.F. Hussain. Hussain's art has a quality which expresses the humane and expressive side of art. His work is like words which give you a message. There is a galaxy of modern artists who played an important role in revitalizing the modern Indian art scene. Some of them have been portrayed here.Raja Ravi Verma was born in 1848 in the state of Kerala in India and is one of the very well known and admired names amongst the first generation of artists with a western style of work. The impressive career of Raja Ravi Varma is an intriguing example in the study of academic art in India. After his death he was described as one of the most accomplished artists of modern India. He was a nation builder and also showed great moral courage as he was high born and took to the profession of painting which was considered to be degrading in those times. He was courted diligently by the British and also the Indian Maharajas for his exemplary work in the field of art. Even today his work is very sought after and you can see a number of replicas being made.Maqbool Fida Husain is perhaps India's most well-known and also the most controversial artist of modern times. He is known for his eye-catching portrayal of Indian women. He is a versatile person, who has made movies and also served a term in the Indian parliament. His has a passion for Indian music, movies, jewelry, photography and literature as well. Other than being a great Indian painter, he has created gorgeous designs in tapestry and jewelry.

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Q: Abstract and Modern Art
A: Art is a very broad concept and is used as a means to express thought of one and put it on the canvas. It also relates to arrangement of different pictures and symbols that relate to each other and together form a piece of art. Art has come a very long way from the ancient times. Earlier our ancestors used to draw with pieces of stones on mountains, trees and any kind of surfaces. They used it for various uses like storing of information or aiding others to find the desired info. Slowly with the change in centuries and various developments been given way to, art also took on its path of development and various aspects and sections were thus evolved. Today art is visible in various forms from the drawing the sketches done on children's drawing book, a highly impressive website with amazing graphics, a banner or a bill board on the road or simply decorating the tempting dishes with relevant garnishing.Art has its various forms like abstract art, contemporary art, modern art etc. Each country has their specific form of art pertaining to its culture. In the 19th century many individuals took up art as a hobby and tried to express themselves in the canvas. Soon the hobby was translated into work as they realized that the art forms created by them can be offered to the world. Of these forms abstract and modern art happens to be the depiction of the depiction of the works produced during the ancient times that is roughly from the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century.Through the man art one gets to see the revolutionary concepts which occurred in the ancient time period with regard to architecture, literature and art. Abstract art and modern art has been characterized with the freedom to express one politically, emotionally and ultimately artistically. The art which we today see as a definite subject has gone through many phases, and new directions. It gathered tempo after the Second World War and headed towards its goal.Today modern and abstract art paintings are the best way to decorate and complement ones house and apartments. Individuals have their full liberty to regard them as no return investments, valuable assets, priceless possessions or just regard it as a piece of decorative item, but possessing one modern art or abstract art painting is a must. Displaying art painting on the walls of your bedroom or living room will be a significant step to enhance the room features or completely translate the tone of the room.A painting has an inbuilt power and attribute to make the atmosphere more peaceful and serene. Art paintings can be brought by hunting through the galleries or reviewing varied artists works. But the other lucrative way is to make use of the internet as many renowned artists have started operating from the web as a platform.

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Q: The Modern Art
A: Modern sculpture rarely surprises us any more. The idea that modern art can only be seen in museums is mistaken. Even people who take no interest in art cannot have failed to notice examples of modern sculpture on display in public places. Strangers forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops. We have got quite used to them. Some so-called modern pieces which have on display for nearly eighty years.What's the modern art? This the answer that I will give you. Modern art is a general term used for most of the artistic work reckoned anywhere from the early 17th century until the present time. Modern art refers to the new approach to art which placed emphasis on representing emotions, themes, and various abstractions. Artists experimented with new ways of seeing, with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art, often moving further toward abstraction. We should know a lot about Modernism which is helpful when discussing with experts. If we are familiar with the art, we can avoid confusion when taking with professors. Recently, some people-including myself-were surprised by an exhibition of modern sculpture. The fires thing I saw when I entered the art gallery was a notice which said:'Do not touch the exhibition. Some of them are dangerous!'The objects on display were pieces of moving sculpture. Oddly shaped forms that are suspended from the ceiling and move in response to a gust of wind are quite familiar to everybody. These objects, however, were different. Lined up against the wall, there were long thin wires attached to metal spheres. The spheres had been magnetized and attracted or repelled each other all the time. These peculiar forms seemed designed to shock people emotionally.

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Q: Famous Modern Art Museums
A: There are two major art museums that the modern art enthusiast must visit. One is the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York. The other is located in Paris, France called Musee d'Orsay, which translates to the Museum of Orsay. These two museums feature abstract art in its best form. Abstract painting is a form that can be difficult to appreciate, but for those who love it, these museums are must-sees.Located in the heart of the city that never sleeps, the Museum of Modern Art, the MOMA, is praised all over the globe for its incredible collection of modern art. The museum has everything from projects made simply out of cardboard and a little bit or metal to the first set of moving pictures. Just recently, the MOMA had an exhibit titled "Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed and Folded" where the artist illustrated the different ways in which paper can be manipulated. The MOMA even shows films throughout the year. MOMA also has a part of the museum dedicated to modern photography. This famous museum also has a film component to it. Currently, MOMA is featuring a film called "Nollywood Babylon" which is a documentary about film in the African nation of Nigeria. The location of MOMA also makes it special. People come from around the world to view the collections housed in the MOMA.Musee d'Orsay, is located in Paris, France along the Seine River. This museum is home to all of the different forms of contemporary art like sculptures, painting, books and film. The museum also features different kinds of contemporary art such as furniture. Interestingly enough, the museum was originally built out of a railway station. Not only does the museum feature contemporary art, but also work from the mid 1800s until the mid 1900s. It has incredible collections of photographs and architectural drawings. The museum has one of the best collections of impressionist art, a form of contemporary art, in the world. Probably one of the most interesting things about the museum is it features an exhibit of how the museum was originally designed. Like the MOMA, this museum's location makes it even more spectacular. This is a museum that, if you are in Paris, you certainly do not want to miss. This museum has a type of artwork for everyone.These two museums are perfect for those wanting to find incredible collections of contemporary art. Each is located in a beautiful spot of their respective cities, which makes them even more incredible. These museums also feature different types of exhibits than regular art museums such as, film, photography, and architecture. Even, if you are not a connoisseur of contemporary art, these museums are sure to have something for everyone. Next time you are in New York City or Paris, you should certainly consider taking a walk through these museums.

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Q: The Confines of Toilets in Modern Art
A: Toilets in Modern Art Travelers tend to frequently take the cleanliness of toilets as indicative of how civilised a country might be. Modern artists pretty much do the same thing. Defining a "threshold of civilization" by means of a toilet pot is however by no means simple. Neither is it likely to lead to a conclusive, once and for all outcome. On the contrary. When we are faced with a toilet pot as the focal point for debate, arguments rich of historic content will likely emerge that we realise we've digested somehow only as and when we enter into it.The first toilet to make its way into the art world was pushed to its rightful place by means of a trick, which is, if you think about it, the only way to do it. Toilets are embarrassing, not shocking. If an artist manages to outshock the embarrassment he's likely succeeded in getting the specator to the point where he is transferring his emotions to the spectator's mind, not merely associations of excrement.The spectator would never make this adjustment if he wasn't somehow confronted however. So in 1917, Marcel Duchamp, stagemanaged a necessary coup both on the public and the art world itself when he, under the pseudonym "Richard Mutt", purchased a porcelyn urinal, scribbled, or rather splashed' the pseudonym on it, placed it on a pedestal and entered it as a sculpture in an exhibition organized by the New York Society of Independent Artists. The piece was rejected by the jury without discussion as 'no work of art by any definition'.It took a few decades, but this act was eventually confirmed as the birth of concept art, even though the artist might have never meant anything more than to show what art had become. He resigned himself to doing nothing. Many of his 'ready made' art objects have been stolen or destroyed and resistence in society to anything Duchamp was seizeably big. It was only until the 1960s -since the rise of the Concept Art movement- that the concept of ready made art became an accepted art form. In the magazine 'The Blind Man', Duchamp defended his toilet on the basis of him chosing an ordinary article of life, and placing it so that its useful significance disappeared under a new title and point of view. Creating a new thought for that object made it into art. "Whether Mr. Mutt with his own hands made the fountain or not has no importance. He chose," Duchamp argued. At this present day the debate has evolved some more and now there's regular debate about whether art is actually not so valid if it doesn't boast at least some degree of placid vulgarity. The Russians Ilya and Emilia Kabakov might offer some ideas. These two Russians are the undoubted king and queen of out-of-all-proportion installation art that deals with the bleak side of Russian everyday life. Many of their works are represented in the collections of many of the world's major museums. In 1992, they too created a toilet work. 'The Toilet in the Corner' is an exact replica of a Soviet toilet provincial style for an exhibition in Germany's Kassel, named Documenta. The massive installation was built outside the exhibition building in the German city just like they would have been in provincial Soviet Russia. The toilet marked an important point in the Kabakovs' careers, who had lived outside Russia for a number of years when they made the toilet installation. The work was inspired by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which to the artists minds demanded an embracing of the genre 'total installation'. This is the first work in which Ilya Kabakov encompassed an entire range of personal memories and reproduced them. His toilet shows shabby walls of white lime, covered by obscene graffiti in which toilets without any doors are placed. They epitomize the Russian idea of civilisation even more because they were communal, just like ordinary people's residences. People believe that in exile, Ilya Kabakov's work has become more unified and total. Kabakov and his wife created more than 200 installations in a number of different countries. They are concept artists closely associated with the Russian NOMA group and steer clear of producing pop art, a strong contemporary art movement in Russia. Kabakov does not want his work to look as if it could be included in an advertisement.He has chosen to focus on the ordinary everyday life in an old fashioned effort to chronicle its bleakness. "Too banal and insignificant to be recorded anywhere else, and made taboo not because of their potential political explosiveness, but because of their sheer ordinariness, their all-too-human scale", as one writer puts it. The Toilet in the Corner is now on permanent display in the State Hermitage. One Belgian, Jan de Pooter, also more or less a contemporary concept artist, is also driven by the urge to document. He has made an inventory of the collapsing public urinals of his home town Antwerp. He also made a portable urinal and christened it "pisse-partout". It is a portable device that allows one to have a pee at any place in complete serenity... In creating his 'urinal art', De Pooter isn't the first to draw public attention to the public conveniences in the city. They even derive their official name "Vespassiennes" from the Roman emperor Vespacianus who lived in 68 AD. On this ruler's list levying taxes on public toilets throughout his empire came after building the Colloseum, ending Nero's misgovernment and persecuting the Jews. When he got complaints about it he used the famous words: (pecunia) non olet! Money does not smell. Which has stood the test of time.

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Q: Western Paintings - Neo-Minimalism - A Meditative Post-Modern Art
A: Neo-Minimalism - The Definition Neo-Minimalism is an art movement of the late 20th and 21st century. As a part of Post Modern Art, Neo-minimalism brought Minimalist Art closer to Meditative Art by paving way to contemplation for the viewer. In removing the excesses, as Meditative Art form, Neo-minimalism tries to help the viewer analyze the subject and transcend to a higher plane of consciousness. Besides an artist's genius in painting, it also tries to express the greater will through its concept and creation. Neo-Minimalism was a reaction to Abstract Expressionism, dominant in the 20th century in Western Art. Pop Art, Op Art, and Minimalism are the pre-cursors of this genre. Neo-minimalism aimed at simplifying art with the help of mixed media, such as ink and pastel, or painting and collage. It takes contemporary aesthetics to newer level through sophisticated tools, like CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs, metal surfaces, recycled oil paints, shaped canvas, embroidery on canvas, and laser cutters. Contrary to the historic genre of landscapes and portraits, 'formal grid' is a significant subject matter for the Neo-minimalist artwork. Neo-minimalism is also known as 'Neo-Geometric Art,' 'Neo-Conceptualism,' 'Neo-Futurism,' 'Neo-Op,' 'Neo-Pop,' 'Post-Abstractionism,' and 'Smart Art.' The Artworks & Artists o Black Cell (1985) & A Perfect World (1993) by Peter Halley (America, 1953) o Rabbit (1986) & Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) by Jeff Koons (America, 1955) o Here (2002) & Accept (2003) by Catherine Burgess (Edmonton, Canada, 1953) o International Orphans (2008), The Laziness of Motion by Marjan Eggermont (Calgary, Canada,) o Fibonacci (2007) & 1-2-3 Variation (2008) by Paul Kuhn (Calgary, Canada) o Drift 7 (Iona Beach, BC) (2002) & Drift 17 (Oregon Coast) (2003) by David Burdeny (Vancouver, Canada, 1968) o Untitled 1 & Untitled 3 by Eve Leader (Vancouver, Canada) o Afterimage Drawing (2008) by Tanya Rusnak (Calgary, Canada, 1968) o Jolity (2008) by Laurel Smith (Calgary, Canada) o Times Square (2006) & Ooame: Heavy Rain (2006) by Christopher Willard (Calgary, Canada, 1960) o Diamond Suite (2008) by Tim Zuck (Calgary, Canada,1947) Conclusion Neo-Minimalism gave a new direction to art by using paint to express subjects, like the human conditions of loss, love, compassion, mortality, and the mystery of life. The abstract setting of a Neo-Minimalist Artwork appeals to the mind of the observer to go deeper than what meets the eye. With the Minimalistic approach, it often reflects artist views on contemporary society's culture, such as excessive consumerism, style, and the taste of high-class society, connections, & the complexities surrounding the reality. Neo-Minimalism has evolved into a powerful medium for the Contemporary artists to use their painting as a visual gestalt to connect the masses.

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Q: Cityscapes in Modern Art
A: For many modern artists, one of the most potent symbols of man's dislocation and separation from nature is the cityscape. For others, the cityscape symbolizes man's new freedom from the drudgery of agriculture. By the 1930s and 1940s, images of the cityscape had begun to replace landscape art. Additionally, the view from the airplane, or from the Eiffel Tower, or from any of the growing number of skyscrapers around the world, had revealed a flat, patterned cityscape where recession, depth and naturalistic perspective had once reigned supreme.The slums and wretched conditions were a part of virtually every cityscape and had inspired a new generation of architects to search for ways of building and a means of town planning which they believed would bring about positive social change. The machine was here to stay, and eventually individual artists as well as the influential and socially committed Bauhaus art school proclaimed their positive attitudes towards man's new cityscape environment filled with both vehicles and machines.Technology had also created new materials for the architect of the cityscape including steel, concrete and sheet glass, which would result in drastically different designs for public buildings and private homes and grant the much sought-after freedom from the past. Perhaps the anti-individualistic aspects of machine-produced objects could prove to be beneficial rather than harmful. After all, the collective individualism of national pride had resulted in a catastrophic war. A universal, supranational and anti-individualistic style for the new cityscape might help to unite man in a utopian brotherhood. The materials of the modern age and the new cityscape style went hand-in-hand. Steel frames provided a modular grid which gave an almost unlimited verticality to the new architecture. Reinforced concrete allowed for expressive forms, and sheet glass permitted the creation of pure reflecting prisms described around the world in mystical terms.The lack of ornamentation in prefabricated designs played a major role in the formation of an art which attempted to become a vehicle for universal values. This lack of ornamentation was further proclaimed as essential for the establishing of the newly spiritualized world order. Adolf Loos (1870-1933), ornamentation's most virulent critic, insisted that this stylistic change alone would remake society.According to Loos' theory, the labor formerly wasted on ornamentation would be unnecessary. Less work would result in higher wages and a shorter workday. Class lines would ultimately be abolished. The simplified designs suitable for mass-production would return the machine to it's rightful place as man's servant. The cities of the world would be clean and orderly, with cityscapes built of rectangles and squares.The aesthetic of mechanical simplicity and right angles in architecture had a direct counterpart in the sphere of painting. Piet Mondrian, a native of Holland, began his mature work with a variation of Cubism which was based on images in nature: the sea, sand dunes, the sky, and trees.Mondrian's desire to contribute to the spiritualizing of civilization grew in part from his Theosophical leanings. Like the architects of the International Style, he, too, sought the centrality and essence of an art stripped of peripherals. Beauty was not heavy and monumental like the ponderous public buildings and over-worked paintings of the past, but practical, light and ephemeral. Mondrian's striving for spiritual clarification in his work led him to a grammar of shape based strictly on horizontals and verticals. By this means, he achieved a remarkable degree of energy and vibrancy in his art. Mondrian was not threatened by the advent of the machine. The machine had not completely dehumanized man as other artists had prophesied so emphatically. Furthermore, the cities created by industrialization, especially Mondrian's beloved New York, were not dysfunctional but dynamic and liberating.Mondrian was part of an idealistic group of artists in the Netherlands known as De Stijl or "the style." De Stijl's creed was a combination of total abstraction, a minimum of creative terms, and restriction to the primary colors of red, yellow and blue and the non-colors of black, gray and white. Mondrian's missionary zeal for a higher level of harmony in art had taken him beyond the bounds of Cubism.One of Mondrian's last paintings, "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (1942-3), a large oil on canvas, exemplifies many aspects of his masterful technique. Only the title reveals the reference to the external reality of the cityscape. Mondrian's interpretation of the New York street grid is joyful and colorful. In Mondrian's work, the loose spontaneity of other modern artists has been rarefied and ordered.Man no longer looks at technology as an omnipotent, mystical savior. On the other hand, the dark phantom of man disfigured by his association with the machine has also vanished with the light of the new era.Man has achieved balance and creativity on a higher level. He is no longer dependent on either the natural world or the manufactured one. Mondrian's vision is one of abstraction resulting in the revelation of a type of universal electricity which supersedes both organic and mechanical energy.Mondrian's grid fills the canvas, but also contains large amounts of space and air. Perhaps the disciplined rhythm of the machine, modern life and the cityscape holds within itself an even greater freedom than the prior vicissitudinous cycles of agrarian living.The rhythm of Mondrian's image is accelerated and syncopated, but doomsday fears of life driven out of control by the frenzied pace of the machine and man numbed by repetition, monotony, and noise have not been realized. Man has has adapted to the technological environment and is alive and thriving after all. Mondrian's composition is balanced with almost mathematical precision. The space has now been completely flattened. Yet somehow Mondrian's rectangles and squares flash continuously with a voltage born of almost gymnastic geometry.Are the squares in Broadway Boogie Woogie intended as symbols of cars or buildings or sidewalks or traffic lights or flashing neon signs? No matter, man has mastered all of the various aspects of his new, technological life. Like a child confidant in a now familiar environment and his own well-developed skills, man can build the future he envisions with the colorful building blocks of his mind and imagination.Mondrian has reduced life and art to the bare essentials. Variations on a single shape are combined with only three colors and white. He has omitted even the black and gray of other De Stijl artists. Mondrian's ability to triumph artistically in spite of these restrictions sends a clear and reassuring message of hope.Although technology has impacted culture irrefutably, the creativity and genius of man has been able to flower even within the narrowest of confines. Technology and subsequent rise of the city has neither destroyed man nor been his savior, but has instead acted as an impetus for the refinement of his ideas about life and his own nature.

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Q: Conceptual Art - The Best and the Worst of Modern Art
A: "Conceptual Art" treads the thin line between what we generally think as "artistic" and what as "non-artistic." While most of us do associate the skills of the artist as the primary requisite for a great art, a thought process gives the concept much more weight. "Conceptual Art" is the baby of the latter. While the genre itself was given a name by the reputed artist, Henry Flynt, it had cramping birth pangs when it grew out of the existing "formalism" that existed in the art circles of America in the 60s.Marcel Duchamp, considered the father of the "Conceptual Art Movement," began with the concept of "Ready-mades." He was the first artist to start metamorphosing ordinary, mundane, daily articles into artworks. The importance was not so much on displaying the dexterity of color or texture, as much it was on conveying a greater thought. The Society of Independent Artists rejected his exhibits, and refused to recognize them as art. 1960s was the flourishing period for new thoughts and soon this idea of "Conceptual Art" was taken to new mediums and subjects. "Installation Art" took on an independent stature and soon people were questioning the fundamentals of art. The doubting artists, themselves came up with answers through their art forms that surprised them as much as they did the audience. Sometimes the art pieces consisted of the arrangements of normal objects in a space, architectural curves, or raw shapes, and sometimes they outdid themselves by exhibiting nothing, calling them "Invisible Paintings" (Yves Klein did just that in his exhibit, "The Void," 1958).The initial 60s and 70s led to an explosion of conceptual artists, such as Henry Flynt, Robert Morris, Adrian Piper, and Ray Johnson, who abhorred the idea of big galleries and what they called the commercialization of art. Artists like Dan Graham and the Young British Artists then took the torch of "Conceptual Art." These people made the "concept" drive an art movement, often involving themselves not only in Fine Arts, but also in music and theatre. Through these, they aimed to find a wholesome execution to display the "concept" without caring much for the longevity of their works. What exists of these art works is only documentary evidence. "Conceptual Art" floors the claims of it being an alternative to the formal art school techniques that sometimes themselves border on the bizarre. In 1965, for example, John Latham made an exhibit called "Still and Chew," which consisted of students sitting and chewing pages of book and dissolving them in acid. For all its sensationalism and shock value, "Conceptual Art" has grown from just a genre to a movement. It has given the modern day art, its most beautiful moments, and also the most worthless ones. In the bargain, "Conceptual Art" has been a door opening exercise, where the society questioned art and that itself is a big step in the history of art.

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Q: African Tribal Art - Origin For Modern Art From Africa
A: The artists of Africa inspired the art of the West, energizing great artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Modigliani. Their spirituality and abstraction and imagination helped to free Western artists from their restraint and help them do create modern European art..Today, the torch has been passed to a new generation of African contemporary artists, artists such as Efiaimbelo, Fanizani Akuda, Frederic Bruly Bouabre Prince Twins Seven-Seven, and Reinata Sadimba. These artists continue to uphold the excellence of the artistry of their forefathers. Classic African tribal art had a mystical element and spiritual significance, actually many were used for mystical purposes. African art techniques were passed from generation to generationNowadays the world is changing quickly in Africa. Below, we will discuss 3 contemporary and outstanding African artists. These artists are introducing the world to the new Africa, its new artistry and forms. They are seeking to create their own standard. Inácio MATSINHE: Contemporary African artist, Inacio Matsinhe (born, 1945-, Maxixe, Mozambique), is a master of his country's Mozambique, plastic artistry. His beautiful paintings feature warm and vibrant reds, blues, violets, yellow and green. Matsinhe is also a very distinguished artist, earning the two scholarships from the Gulbenkian Foundation and traveling the world to study ceramics in Italy and later in London at the Poytechnic Institute SirJohn Cass-School of Arts. In 1977, he opened an atelier in Lisbon, where he provided an exhibition area for fellow artists.Malangatan Ngwenya: African contemporary artist, Malangatan Ngwenya (born 1926-, Mozambique) is one of Mozambiques most famous of the visual arts artists. Mozambiques considerable art talent was most notably recognized by tennis player Augusto Cabral, who provided Ngwenya, with art materials and assisted him in selling is work. In 1959 he had his very first public, group art exhibit, and in 1961, his first solo one. A few years late he spend a period of 18 months incarcerated, later, nearly 40 years later, he would be awarded the 1997 UNESCO Artist for Peace. In the early 1970's he received monies from the Gulbenkian Foundation where worked with ceramics and engravings. His art has been exhibited all over the world in places like Angola, the United States, Nigeria, Swizterland, India, Portugal and many more places. He has an advocate for artistry and has helped to create major institutions as the Natural Museum of Art, and the Centre for Cultural studies. Ngwenya is also a prominent political figure, he helped to found the Mozambican Peace Movement.Kivuthi MBUNO: African Contemporary Artist, Kivuthi MBUNO, (born 1947-, Kenya) is a renown international artist. His art has graced the very best museums and galleries all over the world. MBUNO has an affinity for nature which was developed as his turns as a Safari chief. MBUNO ink, pastel and colored pencils drawings generally include people, animals in their natural environments and also wide spaces.

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Q: How Landscape Impressionist Paintings Revolutionized Modern Art
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Q: Screen Printing Versus Modern Art
A: Well, Much of the modern art is submitted to extending the compass of what is grandiose. Because modern mind is not in position to see or hear what is shocking, terrible, embarrassing, or graceless. Silk screen printing turned out to be a quintessence of modern art, introduced by Pop Art in the mid of 20th century. Some modern Pop Art artists made use of silk screening mechanism, applying modern stencils and strong colors in order to create amazing and celebrated art works. Silk screening is also known as serigraph and its history is much older than mid of 20 century. This art dates from the early 18th century in France, but the inception of the silk screen process started in China about a thousand year ago, was used to print elegant & excellent design on fabric.Silk screen method is very simple but effective wherein a piece of fabric is stretched over a frame and then paint is applied. This printing technique happened to be supremely renowned in art world and some of the greatest contemporary art works were produced on screen printing process. Modern artists started applying the technique by the 1930, but the method was widely confined to commercial printing. Pop art and some other great artists like Samuel Simon and John Pilsworth were astonished and attracted to screen printing and it was quite natural that they adopted and ameliorated this artistic method. Now history witnesses the creation of some quaint & unparalleled images & designs which lasted for thousand years. The same method have been used to embellish apparel what we know today Hawaiian shirt with all its vivid colors and impressive shapes and patterns. It should be born in mind that the method of printing that had come to be known in the art world as Serigraphy, was used by many of the best graphic artists of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements of the 1920s. After the cessation of second world war, Hollywood came up with bang, so it was the screen printing that catered to the urgent demand of the movie posters, screen printing produced thousand of posters every week and put up in the theaters. later silk in screen printing was replaced by polyester that was cost effective, reliable, above all reusable. Thus photographic method for screen printing also was bettered with development of photo emulsions and dry-film applications that enabled to expedite the screen making process rapidly. In nutshell, Screen printing or Serigraphy was a mother of almost every printing technique of modern or finer art and popular for industrial process in finer art quarters. This method has several excellent attributes. It does not require any heavy & sophisticated equipments but befitting to wide range of media.

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Q: Modern Interior Design Ideas and Art
A: Modern interior design ideas are as varied as there are people who come up with them. The role of modern art pieces within the design, things like bronze sculpture, wood turnings, abstract paintings, stone etchings, and the like, is central to making a living space more pleasant and intriguing. They often work well with the other colors, shapes, and textures you choose to put in any given space. Perhaps the best reason to include them in an interior design is precisely because they are complementary to nearly any space. Whether that space is large and open with very few items, or small and cluttered, the right piece in the right place can make a valuable contribution. A surprising thing about many modern interior design ideas is how available they are to almost anyone. Let's say, for example, that you are in a shop or gallery and you just fall in love with a certain sculpture or painting. Maybe you can afford it without a second thought and are happy to take it away as part of your growing collection. But maybe it is priced a little above what you can really justify. But you still want it. Never fear, thankfully, many times those pieces you desire can be purchased over time. They are not just for the rich and famous. Many galleries even have layaway programs. If you find a piece that is too much for your budget, just communicate with the curator and see what might be worked out. Before you know it, you'll have it paid for and displayed proudly in your home or office. So how does a piece of art fit within the modern interior design ideas that you may have? Will it be a clash? Will it "work"? These are great questions to ask yourself. Many people are particularly perplexed on how to implement them in the parts of their living spaces that are not the normal locations for such things. Within a home, in particular, there are the normal entryways and hallways that often become the new display location for many of the pieces one might acquire. A beautiful sculpture displayed proudly on an appropriate stand makes an interesting and inviting experience for your guests when they first step into your home. A nice big abstract painting may be just the thing to spark some interesting conversation with your guests in your office. But what about the other rooms, like the bathroom, or a bedroom. These spaces need help and are often overlooked.Art can go just about anywhere, if it is the right material. With a little thought and effort, and some help from experts when needed, your modern interior design ideas can be successfully implemented throughout whatever space you want. In the bathroom, paying attention to the naturally increased humidity level is important. A long hot shower or bath is certainly going to make some art pieces impractical to add to the space. You don't have to settle for cold, intimidating, modern empty bathroom spaces. Just add the right bronze sculpture or properly protected piece of abstract art on the wall and the whimsy or color you introduce will absolutely make the space come alive.This same principle applies equally to all the rooms in your house. Be bold. Try what you think you will like. If you don't like something, you can always change it. Have fun with the emotional responses that art creates in you and others. If you do, you will experience how well modern interior design ideas and art really can go together.

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Q: Modern Art and All Its Complexities
A: Modern art is typically thought to have started in the late 19th century and was a prominent form of art until the mid to late 20th century, typically understood to have ended around the 1970s. There are many different subgenres within the Modern art style, including Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism and Pop art, which can make it challenging to create a specific definition of the larger genre. A working definition of the form should include the ideas of the then new approach to art, which focused on emphasizing and representing emotions, themes and various abstractions in more or less nonrealistic ways, as is evident in the various subgenres.One of the first categories within Modern art is Impressionism, which began to be exhibited publicly in the 1860s and included, most notably, Claude Monet. Some of the most distinct factors within Impressionist paintings were, first, that the artists took their work outdoors, outside of the commonly used studios and into the actual world, finding that they could capture the fleeting and temporary effects of sunlight by painting outdoors. Most artists of that time used their studios not only for portraits and still life, but landscape paintings as well. Secondly, one of the main distinguishing aspects of Impressionist paintings from other art forms was what gave the genre its name, that is that artists, instead of physically mixing the paints, such as red and blue to make purple on a pallet. Instead, the artists would leave the paints unmixed and place the colors side by side on the canvas, thus creating the "impression" of purple as the colors blend in the eye of the viewer. Post-Impressionism was both an extension and rejection of its predecessor in that the artists continued to use vibrant colors, thick applications of paint, distinctive brushstrokes and real-life subject matter, but also rejected some of the more stringent limitations the former genre included. Arguably, the most famous artist within Post-Impressionism is Vincent Van Gogh, who used vivid color and vibrant swirling brush strokes to express his feelings and state of mind. Both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism sought to create realistic paintings of Modern life that emphasized vivid overall effects rather than specific, realistic details.Likewise, the Surrealism, Cubism and Pop art genres within Modern art focus less on representing the actual details and more on the overarching feelings, emotions, subtleties and commonalities between the actual image, and that found in the art. For example, Surrealism, which is closely related to the dada movement, relied heavily on Sigmund Freud's ideas of free association and subsequently liberating the mind and imagination to create in a subconscious manner that abandoned strict form.Similarly, Pablo Picasso, through Cubism, abandoned the strict realistic representation and broke images down into square blocks, representing the universal forms and commonality of everything. One of the fundamental ideas behind the cube was the ideological understanding of time as a cube. Whereas in most Western understandings of time are linear, with a past, a present event and a future, cubists believed that an event was in the center of a cube. Two sides were the event's past and future; two more sides were one specific person's past and future as related to that event. The remaining sides connected all of these pasts and futures together, and these connections are what cubist painters strove to capture in their paintings.

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Q: Understanding Modern Art - Pablo Picasso and Cubism
A: Cubism - A Working Definition Cubism originated in the first decade of the twentieth century. It is an abstract art form where the normally observed view is dissected by the artist and then put back together again, but with the conventions of representational art removed. Complex shapes are reduced to basic geometries, depth cues are removed, and faces which would not be visible to the observer from one position are nonetheless represented on the canvas. It is definitely one of the more academic art forms and the first branch of Cubism, Analytic Cubism, was well named. To understand Picasso and Cubism it is important to know something about both the artist's development and the state of art at the time. The Evolution of Cubism Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque are credited with the invention of Cubism. Accounts differ as to whether it originally Braque's or Picasso's idea or whether it was a genuinely equal discovery. The most widely accepted version is that Picasso persuaded Braque to make the move from Fauvism to the new form. Cubism did not spring from nothing though, and its roots can certainly be seen in the work of the Post Impressionists Gauguin and Cezanne, especially the latter. Cezanne was a reductionist; he stated that all of nature could be reduced to simple geometric forms such as spheres, cylinders, and cones. More importantly, he developed a style that used what can best be described as facets of color which gave his paintings a sense of more than one viewpoint. There is general agreement, however, that these works were not truly Cubist. The first true Cubist works from Picasso and Braque did not just use viewpoints that were relatively close in space, like Cezanne, but would go to the extreme of showing both the back and the front of an object next to each other and on the same canvas. Picasso's Formal Art Training Picasso received formal art training from his father, starting at age seven. By age thirteen his father, a respected art academic, announced that his son had surpassed him and gave up painting. Picasso attended formal art schools but he didn't respond well to them, possibly due to finding the work too easy, and his father was his main teaching influence. Many people assume that Picasso only worked with abstraction but this is far from the truth. His father was a hard taskmaster and emphasized the importance of copying the work of the Masters and of studying the human figure. Blue and Rose Periods Picasso's working life is often broken up into artistic periods. Paintings from his Blue Period were generally pessimistic in nature and the predominant color was blue. Next came the Rose period when his paintings became warmer in tone and more optimistic. Both of these periods were characterized by being representational with little hint to the level of abstraction that was going to become the hallmark of Picasso's works. He did gradually increase his use of symbolism during these periods and this provides a less tenuous connection to his later work. African Period After the Rose Period came his African or African Influenced period. The paintings from this time show a definite trend towards the Cubism which would come later. The paintings from this period possess the use of geometry and composition, as well as the palette which would carry over into Cubism, but the underpinning philosophy of the art form had yet to take shape. Analytical Cubism introduced a level of detachment and a movement away from the expressive which was a prerequisite of modern art, especially minimalism and conceptual art. Undoubtedly it was Picasso's friendship and conversations with Braque that facilitated the jump from the largely decorative African Period to the much more substantive Cubism. Picasso and Cubism Picasso produced Cubist work for a decade from 1909 until just after World War I. The first three years were spent developing Analytical Cubism and the next seven, Synthetic Cubism. Synthetic Cubism was developed by Picasso and Braque along with Juan Gris. A strong argument can be made that Gris was actually the pioneer of Synthetic Cubism and Braque and Picasso the followers. Unlike the inventors of Analytical Cubism Gris tended to work with strong bright colors and often used them in unconventional ways.

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Q: Modern Artist Paul Klee - History and Works in History of Art
A: Paul Klee is both German and Swiss painter. Born on 8 December 1879 in Switzerland he is well known to have mastered an individual art style that is highly influenced by art moments such as expressionism, Surrealism & Cubism art prints. As an art student he studied orientalism but later went on to experiment and master the colour theory since he became overwhelmed by the intense light and colour on his visit to Tunisia. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, and also his personal moods and beliefs, and connection to music. Klee enjoyed the company of Master Artist Wassily Kandinsky as a colleague when both of them studied at German Bauhaous School of art, design and architecture. "First of all, the art of living; then as my ideal profession, poetry and philosophy, and as my real profession, plastic art in the last resort, for lack of income, illustrations." - Paul KleeKlee was born to a German father a music teacher by proffesion and had his mother as a trained singer. Klee started very young in the field of fine art as he actively took part in singing and music but soon began to find fondness in visual art such as paintings, drawing. He gave up music both as rebellion to his parents' wishes and his belief that music did not bring in him the charm as modern music left less meaning to a musician. As an artist Klee craved the liberty to explore radical ideas and styles as in his sixteen, Klee's landscape art, scenic art prints already show considerable skill and maturity. He outshined at drawing but always thought he lacked any natural colour sense. In 1898 he began studying Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. During his times of youthful adventure, Klee spent a lot time in pubs having affairs with lower rank women and models. After receiving a degree in art, Klee went Italy to study the works of master artists and their colour patters. For him colour represented the hopefulness and graciousness in art, and an anticipation of respite from the gloomy nature that he often expressed in his black-and-white grotesques and satires. He later married to Bavarian pianist Lily Stumpf in 1906 and lived in suburbs of Munich and attended to his art work. Klee's art works and experience with art grew for the next five years and so was his new approach towards art. He had his first solo art exhibition in 1910 Klee has been acknowledged with various forms of art such as Abstract art, Cubism, Expressionism art, Surrealism, Futurism but most of the times his art paintings are not easy to classify. He invented new art trends in his own way while he worked in complete isolation from his colleagues to do something different. Klee worked in many different media-oil paint, watercolour, ink, pastel, etching, fine art prints and others. He was also a master draftsman as he developed an expertise in colour and tonality.As Klee learned to control colour with passion and skills, he became a successful teacher of colour mixing and taught the theory to apprentice of the Bauhaus. This evolution in itself is of great interest because his views on colour eventually allowed him to write about it, from a unique viewpoint among his colleagues.Today, a painting by Paul Klee can sell for as much as 350 Million rupees. An art museum that is purely devoted to Paul Klee was built in Bern, Switzerland, by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Zentrum. Paul Klee opened in June 2005 and houses a collection of about 4,000 works by Paul Klee. Another substantial collection of Klee's works is owned by chemist and playwright Carl Djerassi and displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.Paul Klee's works are also available as Fine Art Prints, posters and framed art for the wall decor enthusiast. His art prints have been widely used to decorate walls for thousands of homes around the world since the posters and prints of his art are not only affordable but also a priced possession of any home that they are part of. Paul Klee is a Master Artist not many would like to forget.

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Q: Henri Matisse - The Flag Bearer of Fauvism and Modern Art
A: Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse or Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 at Le Cateau-Cambresis, a commune of Nord Pas -de-Calais, France. One of the most famous French artists of all centuries, Matisse was the senior and a friend of the great painter, Pablo Picasso. Earlier Henri wanted to become a lawyer and therefore studied law at Paris in 1887. He worked as a law clerk for some time. Later though he discovered a passion for colors and decided to pursue his career as a painter. Henri Matisse started painting in 1889. Initially he created Flemish Paintings depicting still life and landscapes, which later graduated to women. In 1891, Henri Matisse came back to Paris to study art at Académie Julian under the guidance of William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Gustave Moreau. Matisse loved bright colors and all of his work depicts that love, which made him different from the other painters the 20th century witnessed. He also said, "Seek the strongest color effect possible, the content is of no importance." In 1897-98, Henri met the painter John Peter Russell who introduced Matisse to Impressionism. This was also the time, when Henri married Amélie Noellie Parayre. They had two sons from the marriage. Marguerite was Henri's daughter out of his pre-marriage affair. His daughter often modeled for his paintings.In 1904, Henri Matisse held his first solo exhibition at Vollard's Gallery. The "Open Window (1905)," "Woman with a Hat (1905)," "La Dance (1909)," "Music (1910)," "Still Life with Geraniums (1910)," and "The Plum Blossoms (1948)," are some of the most famous paintings of Matisse. 1906-17, the artist produced some of his best paintings. Controversies often surrounded Matisse's audacious works, which at times would deject him. One of his controversial paintings, "Nu Bleu" was burnt at Chicago in 1913. Gertrude Stein, Leo Stein, and Michael Stein were however the strong patrons of Matisse's paintings and held a prolific collection of his. Henri felt quite encouraged due to Steins.In 1917, Henri shifted his base to Cimiez on the French Riviera, a suburb of the city, Nice. Here his paintings transitioned to Orientalist Odalisque mode. Matisse mastered sensuous beauty and serenity dipped in bright lustrous colors. Henri separated from his wife in 1939. In 1941, Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and was put on wheel chair post surgery. Owing to his inability to paint now, Matisse used scissor to cut the brightly colored papers and arranged those cuts to form beautiful artwork. His Blue Nudes Series is one of such works. Henri also wrote a famous book named "Jazz" in 1947. This book contained about 100 prints of the paper cut outs made by him. Matisse died of heart attack at an age of 84, on November 03, 1954 at Nice, France.

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Q: A Modern Art: Making Your Son's New Bedroom A True Part of Your Home
A: For decades and decades, the process of shopping for an awaited newborn's nursery was an almost automatic one. Parents bought sheets and receiving blankets in a pale rose or robin's egg shade; in fact, some simply bought both and then returned whatever they didn't need after baby arrived. Others hedged their bets and bought lemon or lime hues, reasoning that these were gender neutral and would therefore suit either a girl or a boy.Still others, who craved a bit of extra liveliness in their nursery decoration (and also wanted to cover all the bases), bought their items in a textile that had either thin pastel stripes or tiny pastel flowers in all four of those colors. Baby bedrooms looked pretty much alike, and, for the most part, were put together by multiple purchases of one or two separate pieces of baby bedding. In those days, the nursery was thought of as totally separate from the rest of the home when it came to its decor, as if there were only one possible style to follow. In the latter part of the 20th Century, however, all that changed very much for the better in every way. It finally occurred to parents that they could carry over their personal decorating preferences into this important room as well, though they longed for some way of doing so properly and easily.Manufacturers then realized they could make and market entire sets of coordinated linens and accessories that would allow the eager new decorators to select a style and a theme and do an entire room in one fell swoop. Some of these parents-to-be were conservative in their tastes and opted for traditional home patterns, while the more adventurous among them were drawn to the brand new and exciting lines of modern baby bedding.These contemporary linens were created with all sorts of bold graphics, some featured striking abstracts while others featured creative modern renderings of favorite nursery images. Every color in the rainbow became available, as did every shade that could be achieved by combining and tweaking the basic colors. And coordinating the colors and patterns became as simple as choosing the right pre-coordinated ensemble from a large selection.Today, this ease and this array of options is taken for granted; parents expecting a son use their computer to browse through all sorts of collections of baby boy bedding. They also follow the recent bedding recommendations, and check that baby's sheets are made of gentle fabric and that they fit his crib mattress snugly so as not to pose a hazard to their little one. They also select for durability and ease of laundering, knowing how often these beautiful new linens will have to be machine washed and dried over the next couple of years.

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Q: The Influence of Jackson Pollock on Modern Abstract Painting
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Q: The Museum of Modern Art - A Sensational Repository of Modern Artwork
A: The Museum of Modern Art in New York is a highly esteemed and well known establishment, sometimes regarded as the most significant modern art museum on the globe. Its main focus is the collection and development of modern art, in which it has been remarkably successful. The museum's present collection encompasses paintings, drawings, works of design and architecture, photography, sculpture, prints, film, illustrated and artists' books as well as the electronic media. Additionally the museum possesses archives and a comprehensive library containing files on over 70,000 artists and more than 300,000 books in addition to a multitude of periodicals and artist books.The museum features some of the most important works of renowned artists such as The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso, The Dream and The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, The Dance by Henri Matisse and Water Lilies by Claude Monet among many others. Innovative exhibitions have been a particular forte of the Museum of Modern Art, with themes ranging from particular artists to the different schools and aspects of modern art. Recent exhibitions have featured such themes as the works of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who is considered to be one of the most original artists of his generation, with his work blurring the boundaries between photography, drawing, installation, sculpture and painting.An exhibition titled 'Picasso: Themes and Variations' traces the development of Picasso's art in the field of printmaking, including his works in the Blue and Rose phases through to his innovations in Cubism.The intriguing exhibit titled 'The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times' chronicles the influence of mythology on art, and the role of mythology in the development of the creations of a wide cross-section of artists.For the traveler in search of New York hotels, the online portal NewYorkHotelseye.com provides relevant information and provides the facility to book hotels New York online.

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Q: Buying Art Online - How to Pick Good Art From Bad and Check Artists Background
A: What a joy it is for artists to put their works up for sale through the Internet. Art that can be examined by a global audience and return instant benefits to the creator of it. We often wonder what people who died long ago would have thought of modern technology. What would Van Goth, or Rembrandt have given to have such an audience? Stand out artists like Da Vinci and Botticelli would probably have dismissed the idea of presenting their works in such a way as not only impossible but highly undesirable. But would it have made their works any less valuable? Probably not and for good reason. They were destined to be who they are as were so many others.Not so long ago many famous artists, whose works command millions of dollars for a single piece, had difficulty earning enough to feed themselves during their lifetime. They were mostly unheard of by the masses and many, like Munch who painted The Scream, were from Northern Europe. It is from this region too that another artist has more recently emerged, one Leonard Afremov. The difference between them and him is that he lives today with all the modern advantages. So who is he and how good are his works? His background and reputation tell the story.Afremov was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, near the border with Russia and Latvia, in 1955. It is nearby to where another artist, Marc Chagall, who is world renown as one of the most successful artists of the 20th Century lived with his parents and eight siblings. His unique career saw him achieve success in virtually every artistic medium, including paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. As a pioneer of modernism he is responsible for some of the best loved and most creative works of our time.Both Afremov and Chagall were born of Jewish parents and the latter joined in the Russian Revolution of 1917 after suffering the persecution dished out to his kind in previous years. The Soviet Ministry of Culture appointed him Commissar of Art for the Vitebsk region, He founded the Vietbsk Museum of Modern Art as well as an art school. Politically he did not fare so well, however, and was considered a non-person by the Soviets due to his Jewish religion. This coupled with his paintings failing to support Soviet heroics was enough for him to move to Paris in 1922. It was from the Vitebsk Art School that Afremov graduated in 1978 as one of its elite members. He notes that he tried many different types of art but fell in love with oils and painting only with a pallet knife. He notes of himself that "every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world." With so much going for him he moved to Israel and them to the USA. He now lives in Florida and sells his works to the world through galleries, where he is highly respected. He states through his web site that: "Each of my paintings brings different mood, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art."How times have changed. Not so long ago one would have needed to travel to see his works, that's if we even knew of him, but all we need now to see them is the Internet, which may never replace the gallery but is still worthwhile as a market place for paintings. They come alive through the browser where techniques even brush strokes, are often discernible. The colors are outstanding and the designs amazing and people are drawn to them.The Internet allows artists like Afremov to have a virtual global Gallery which, like so many of his kind, fulfills their dreams without major costs being associated with sales. It is not always so cut and dried, however, as fraudsters also sell art this way and there are no real checks and balances for the novice buyer to measure the quality of what they are looking at or even buying. The real test would be the claims associated with it. If reported to be from a master artist then suspicion would be warranted. If from a working artist, like Afremov, then there are ways to discover the facts about it.If an artist is worthwhile one can do a background check and discover most things about him or her before dealing with them. It pays to know who they are and where they come from before purchasing anything and, while it might not be foolproof, the Internet is a great tool for that purpose if used correctly. If they have good reputations and are exhibiting quality works they will be known online.

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Q: Tribal Armband Tattoos - True Modern Art Designs Inspired by the Ancient
A: Have you been searching for great tribal armband tattoos on the Net? These days there has been a lot of experimentation in terms of tattoos. It has become a modern art, a beautiful art that people take very seriously. It is not just practices for "groups"of people, but for everyone. Most people like them because they are meaningful.Tribal armband tattoos are in high demand these days. On the Net there are thousands but to find a new design is more difficult. Once they are passed around on the internet, they quickly become obsolete. So you need to dig somewhat to find the newest ones.A lot of the armband tattoo designs have to do with a "socket" This type of tattoo was made popular but rockstars such as Eminem. Even though this tattoo is not very orthodox, it is complete and can be drawn and coloured without difficulty.First there are Rose tattoos with thorns which are the pretty basic ones and straightforward. Then, there are water dragons which are a little more involved and aesthetic. This tattoo is famous in the East and there is a dragon with four points around the compass that means water,earth sky and hell. Nature is constructive and destructive; simultaneously: this is the symbolic meaning of a dragon armband. These are very unique designs and they reflects ancient values very much. The crimson and blue ones are very attractive for many people. Next there are jasmine tattoos which are really feminine and many young women like to get them.This is a tattoo that stands alone real well.and adds beautiful accents to the arm. The love symbol, colour ranges, leaf lines, dignity and the grace of the jasmine tattoo looks very good on the arms of many women.Lastly, there are the Wing armband tattoos. They are also very popular and have never lost their essential qualities from the traditional tattoos.There is so much flexibility in these tattoos and that is why it has remained so popular with tattooists. Artists can really use their imagination to create new innovative designs (I,myself, really like these ones!)

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Q: Inuit Art: Modern Trends and Traditions
A: Inuit art can be best described as a ritual art. It is practised by the Canadian Eskimo, a minority group of less than thirty thousand people. The artworks of Inuit art can be found almost everywhere around the world: many rich and famous people spend their fortune collecting Inuit artworks. The art as a trend developed in 1948, when the young Canadian artist James A. Houston hitchhiked to the north of his country. He made some sketches of Inuits and gave them to the people who responded by granting him their artworks- small carvings, which they had made themselves. This first meeting with the Eskimo artworks was soon to be followed by many others. Missionaries, traders and whales started travelling to the north. The value of the carvings and the other artworks was soon appreciated and Inuit people began making their living by exchanging their art with precious goods for daily usage. Carved objects such as incised walrus tusks and miniature figures became very popular in Canada and later on in other places of the globe.What is the main topic of Inuit art and what makes it so adorable to collectors? Perhaps it is the strong relation with nature. Inuit art depicts the physical environment and the severe way of life of the Eskimo people. It is also a representation of their traditions and beliefs, of their religious attitude. Subject matter in their art works is the northern nature, the land and the sea, also the northern animals, the birds, the plants, insects and mammals, which are indigenous to the north. Tradition has played an important role in the development of the Eskimo people, so it is included in the overall impression their art suggests. The origins of the Eskimo people are one of the reason for Inuit art to arise. The ancient Eskimo people crossed Russia and established their new home in Alaska. The weather conditions there were so severe, that Eskimos needed all their strength to survive. The Arctic Canada was an uninhabited territory so surviving there cost them a great effort. Thus, their beliefs in the supernatural, in northern spirits and animals arose. Their traditions served a supporting role for the surviving. The ancient expressed their worries and hopes by making small amulets and adorning implements. The Inuit art is very sophisticated and attention upon small details is paid: I have seen an ancient polar bear carved on a piece of ivory smaller than a thumbnail. Inuit developed strong senses so that they could survive in the wilderness. To stay alive in the rude conditions an Eskimo needed to hunt as well as a polar bear, to imitate animal sounds in order to catch the animal, to sense a forthcoming danger faster than a raven. Animals became symbols of strength and courage, that's why they are pictured and carved in Iniut art works. Perhaps tradition and beliefs is what makes Inuit art so popular among Western civilization: the art works were produced with a vivid sense of the surrounding world and in respect for nature.

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Q: Modern Art at the La Fontaine Centre
A: Visiting a museum dedicated to contemporary art might not be on most the itinerary of most tourists that visit the Middle East; however the La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art is must visit attraction for lovers of art and culture. Housed in a historical building that sports traditional Arab architecture, the La Fontaine Centre is the perfect fusion of age-old traditions and modern design.The architecture of this 150 year old building belonging to the wealthy Alireza family is a delight in itself. It was painstakingly restored over a period of seven years and at a staggering cost of 5.2 million dollars by French artist Jean Marc Sinan. Today, the building has been divided into two very different sections - one reflecting traditional Islamic architecture and the other consisting of six new buildings built in a Mediterranean architectural style.The La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art is Bahrain's first ever private museum. Visiting art exhibitions and private collections are put on display in its gallery all throughout the year. Recently, master Arabic calligrapher Abdallah Akar held an exhibition of his calligraphy here. Many other regional artists regularly display their work here as well.Despite its title as being a centre for Contemporary art, the La Fontaine has so much more to offer its visitors, such as its fine dining restaurant. The beautiful architecture, the impeccable interior design and the detail that goes into creating its gastronomic delights make dining here a memorable experience. In addition to this the La Fontaine Spa offers guests a host of spa and aromatherapy treatments such as the seaweed facial, hot stone therapy, underwater massage and the milk and honey body wrap.Located in the old "Suq" at the centre of modern Manama, the La Fontaine Centre is with in easy reach of fully-serviced Bahrain accommodation. For visitors staying for extended periods in Manama, the various attractions of the La Fontaine Centre would be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Q: Henry Moore - A Great Modern Art Sculptor
A: English artist Henry Spencer Moore (July 30, 1898-August 31, 1986) was born in Castleford, England to Mary Baker and Raymond Spencer Moore, a mining engineer. He was the seventh of eight children in a family that saw poverty often. Moore was a happy child however, throughout. While in elementary schools in Castleford, he started woodcarving and clay modeling. Michelangelo inspired him and he decided on becoming a sculptor. Moore began teaching at a school in 1915 and joined army in 1917.In September 1919, he returned to the elementary school teaching for a short time. He then went to the Leeds School of Art where he got a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Moore got a six-month travelling scholarship in 1924 and he used it to travel to Northern Italy analyzing the works of Italian artists, such as Michelangelo (Italian, 1475-1564), Giovanni Pisano (1250-1315), and Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) to name some. In 1929, the artist married Irina Radetsky (1907-89), a Russian art student.Moore is renowned for his abstract colossal bronze sculptures. Most of his creations are human figures, especially female, showing the mother-and-child relationship along with other reclining sculptures. Moore played a major role in bringing a particular kind of Modernism into the United Kingdom. His huge marble and bronze sculptures brought him a lot of fame. Following the Second World War (1939-45), he stopped direct carving and began producing maquettes. By the end of 1940s, he began creating sculptures through modeling, creating the figures in plaster or clay, and then casting them in bronze through the lost wax technique.Moore also produced three brilliant architectural sculptures in his art career. He agreed to his first public commission in 1928 for West Wind at the London Underground Building, 55 Broadway, London. Soon after, he finished a concrete screen for the Time-Life Building, again in London. Then in 1955, he made the 'Wall Relief no. 1,' his one and only creation in carved brick, at the Bouwcentrum in Rotterdam. This structure, made of 16,000 bricks, was constructed of two Dutch bricklayers. Some of Henry Moore's most important works include: • Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure (1934) • Reclining Figure (Wood) (1935-36) • Draped Reclining Figure (1952-53) • Reclining Figure: Angles (1979) • Oval with Points (1968-1970) • Hill Arches (1972-1973) During 1950s, his sculpting shifted towards family captures. Moore received the Companion of Honor in 1955 and the Order of Merit in 1963. The artist lived prudently throughout his life and was immensely wealthy in his later life. Most of his earnings later went into the Henry Moore Foundation, which is involved in supporting art promotion and education. Moore died in 1986, at the age of 88, at his home in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire.

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Q: Why Digital Photos on Canvas Are the Latest Modern Art Craze
A: When canvas prints started to hit the world, they became another way for artists to express themselves. The fact that digital photos on canvas are so easy to do makes it a great way for even amature photographers and artists to get in on this craze and enjoy some of the wonderful beauty that can be created with canvas prints from digital photos. There are so many great ways that a photographer or artist can use this medium for their work that it might be hard to determine where to start.Take news photographers for example, with all of the superb digital camers out on the market today, more television stations, newspapers, and magazines are all starting to go digital. Since processing the pictures costs less in most cases, and the fact that they can be printed in a fraction of the time that regular photographs can, it's easy to see the cost effectiveness that comes with digital photography.Other photographers that make their money, or their hobby, by taking pictures almost all use some form of digital camera in today's market. While it might be costly to purchase the beginning equipment, especially since many of the professional grade digital cameras are costly, the cheap printing and speed of development easily overrides the initial cost of the camera. Also, when you take into account the wonderful photo editing software that is available free on the internet, it's so easy to use and distribute digital photos all around the world. Of course, there are some old-fashioned photographers out there that refuse to use digital cameras because they falsely believe that the quality of photos that digital cameras put out is less than normal cameras.When you consider the artistic capabilities of digital photography, especially digital prints on canvas, you will see why so many artists and photographers love their digital cameras. Although digital photography isn't new by any means, the use of digital printing on canvas is a relatively new concept that has grown in popularity and has broadened the way that artists exhibit their works.Canvas prints from digital cameras have also brought into light some great artists of the modern art world. People like Richard Prince, Richard Piegza, and Philip Pocock offer up some of the most beautiful, breathtaking digital photography on canvas that grace the walls of so many art galleries, art institutions, and other highly social areas of the world today.Of course, for those amateur photographers that cannot quite afford some of the major equipment that goes along with placing a digital photo on canvas, don't worry. Since these are so easy to customize, you can offer them to your clients as a great way to pump up your business and give your customers something unique and beautiful that they will love for decades to come.

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Q: Photo on Canvas - The Making of Modern Art
A: The spectacular results resulting from the process of photo on canvas is a first class example of innovative technology dovetailing with traditional materials. Digital photography has come on leaps and bounds in the last decade or so and is now so advanced that the photos produced really are of an exceptionally high calibre. The advancements in picture quality has really seen the process of creating canvas prints increase exponentially as both consumers and businesses come to see the tangible benefits that emerge from putting digital photo on canvas. The end results from this process really did give a polished final piece and so many high brow bars, offices and private homes can now be found with their own examples of canvas pictures hanging on the walls. The options are essentially limitless when it comes to canvas pictures and, providing the original image is of a sufficient size, you can place any digital photo on canvas and utilise it in all manner of scenarios. Canvas Pictures - A Durable Piece of Art There are some fears about the durability of canvas pictures but these are entirely unfounded and printing digital photo on canvas is a highly durable process and the end results speak for themselves. Those companies who carry out photo on canvas printing use technological advance printing equipment in conjunction with top quality canvasses and it is this attention to detail that makes sure that the end results last for many years after the initial printing. Obviously, photo on canvas printing doesn't involve any sort of paint or oils, so, they are actually more resistant to touch than other forms of canvas artworks that are found around the home and in various institutions. Canvas Pictures - Taking Care Providing that you look after your photo printing on canvas pieces, there is no reason that can't last for many, many years and this is crucial as most people make use of photo on canvas printing techniques because they are looking for a means by which to preserve their cherished memories and there really are few better or more striking ways than through the use of photo printing on canvas technology.

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Q: Print on Canvas - Modern Art of Painting
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Q: Why is Modern Canvas Art Highly Favoured by Many?
A: Modern canvas art evolved in the arts and crafts industry because it introduced a different twist from the usual or traditional masterpieces. Artists are not afraid to inject their own interpretation of what you actually want from the output. The art is actually a combination of your thoughts and the master's skills. In totality, modern canvas art is a fusion of art and reality.There are other things for you to favour this endeavour more than other works of art. Perhaps, you want to ask: what are the other qualities inside the package that makes modern canvas art a choice of many homeowners and interior decorators? In this regard, look into what you should expect with such an artwork collection.The strengths of modern canvas artModern canvas art is more than just simplicity and convenience. Just like other art forms, it is a way to convey what the artist feels and what the decorator wants. Here are some of the strengths behind this type of artwork choice: It is unique. The uniqueness of modern art is seen in the options you have for the theme of the artwork. Your choices range from persons and pets to places and specific structures. o It is also a budget-friendly option. It is often hard to buy modern artworks from your favourite artists. Aside from the painstaking time you need to spend whilst sitting on auctions, it may also take so much money from you to have the piece you want. This is why modern canvas art becomes widely recognised in the market. Surprisingly, what you are allotting for a single work of expensive art may already be more than enough to pay for ten pieces of modern canvas artworks. o It allows you to become creative. Modern art may be placed anywhere you want. If you and your partner's photos are transformed into canvas, you may simply hang them on your walls. The theme becomes your basis on where you may use the output. You also have the right to inject the designs and colours you want. o You become an artist as well. This type of art welcomes everybody to become artistic. Whilst you may allow artists to do bulk of the work for you, you have the chance to become the artist yourself. For instance, when you use photos to canvas art, you upload your pictures and make the necessary alterations. This enhances your love for the arts. o It is available in different venues. You do not have to look elsewhere just to get your masterpieces finished. In fact, you may simply sit down and have a sip of your coffee whilst you open your personal computers. From there, you will be able to open various sites that offer this type of service. Modern canvas art is a big business venture for a lot of entrepreneurs out there. With the proper equipment and background, you may always create a fascinating output for your consumption. You are encouraged to enhance your skills and become part of the world where modern canvas art is recognised.

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Q: What Is Contemporary Art?
A: From Dictionary.com: Contemporary: "existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time" So with this definition you should certainly be thinking that this is art created while we live - in our time. No DaVinci's here. This art style is as diverse we are as a population in the 2000's. If we take a trip back to the art period of the Renaissance, the most painters painted in a particular style. Many painters would jump on the bandwagon as that was the popular style, not unlike musicians of this century. Portraits of the 1700's all had similar qualities. With contemporary art, you can find very stylized and personalized styles to fit your home or office.These artists have become some of the most famous artists of any artist is history. Look at Warhol for example. He was up there with some of the largest rock stars of his day and is still one of the only artists people could name if you asked them to name ten famous artists from the 1900's. Why the fame? They can make political statements; communicate moods and feelings that other centuries of art styles could not and still be accepted. I feel a certain way and like certain visuals - I can find that artist. And that is why this art form has become so dominant.

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Q: Contemporary Art Paintings
A: Anyone can make money out of contemporary art paintings. However, there are many factors that influence the dividends of an investment. These include the initial purchase price for the artwork, the success of the artist's career, the time involved in that success, the overall economic climate, possible major changes in the art market due to technological advances, art movements, and media coverage, and when the work is sold.If you want to make money from investing in a contemporary artworks, it is vital to buy early in the career of an artist who is destined for success. It is usually necessary to wait for lengthy periods of time for the artist's art paintings to gather momentum over time and increase in value. It is better to purchase when the economic climate has been weakened as prices are lower and sell when the market is strong. These are factors that all need to be considered when investing in contemporary art paintings.Anyone can invest in contemporary art paintings. Of course it depends on your budget and what you are looking to invest in. The best way to go about investing is to do your due diligence and research first. The best places to research are the auction houses, such as Sothebys and Christies. There are others, however these have been the largest auction houses for a long time and they are worth checking. Other galleries that specialize in contemporary art are worth researching. These galleries are in every major city and most regional areas also have galleries. Local media sources are also good at identifying the galleries specializing in contemporary art. There may be a local arts section in your paper or a city publication outlining the galleries. It is well worth going to the opening nights of some of these galleries and talking to people. It will take some time to get a handle on the market, so don't rush into anything, just enjoy contemplating the works and the right piece will come along. There is much greater chance of investing with significant return if the market has been weakened by the economic climate. According to many speculators and analysts, this has been the case for contemporary art paintings for the last year. Savvy investors can become avid collectors in a market such as this, as the returns can yield much higher dividends in the future. As reported by the Financial Times, collectors are just starting to pay big dollars again for contemporary art paintings, so now could be considered a prime time to invest in your future.

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Q: A Short Review on Contemporary Art
A: Contemporary art has always been attracting the worldwide art lovers since many years and it have a significant place in the world of art. It doesn't matter that the art work belongs to which region or country, but it attracts every eyeball. There is a tremendous growth in the Indian contemporary art and it has achieved the top position in the world contemporary art and it's all because of the Indian artist's innovative approach.Although it may seem like a provocation, the contemporary Indian art is very old. It has about forty years and is still contemporary, though, of course, has been changing over the years. An unwritten history of Indian contemporary art pick up his powerful birth in the mid of sixties, and its classic moment during the seventies. The paradox is purely terminological, since here we use the term contemporary, not their sense of current, but in a generic sense that slowly is emerging among sociologists, historians and art theorists, but without there being less unanimity. The use of contemporary in the sense that it proposes seems to us a convenient and rigorous action to collect a wide variety of families and individuals. There is a big contribution from the Indian artists to grow the contemporary art in the past and present days.Within the panorama of indigestible contemporary art confluence of two trends. The first has to do with aesthetics as practiced during the modern period, based on the experience of formality as something that transcends the real and natural.

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Q: Contemporary Art Prints - A Sign of Our Times/a>A: Contemporary is both a highly celebrated subject a highly debated subject all at the same time. Even among art fans, there's speculation as to what is and isn't. Among people still unsure of whether or not to pursue art collections, is often questioned as to whether or not it's even art at all, let alone contemporary -- two debates for the price of one. Some art purists turn away from contemporary art prints because they feel that contemporary art lacks the boundaries that classic art stays within. However, it's interesting when looked at from another perspective -- after all, classic art prints were once contemporary art prints, especially for the people that knew the artist at the time. Whether you are looking at your first set of prints or simply another set in a long line of sets already in your collection, one thing is for certain: is truly a sign of our times.In a nutshell, is living history -- a snapshot of the time that we live in. Most people remember contemporary art in the style of Andy Warhol since it reflected attitudes about the times people lived in, and the changing culture around them. Another reason why contemporary art is so highly praised is because it gives a very clear window into the mind of the artist -- you see what truly inspires them, and contemporary art has even been used as a source of deep connection to the passage of time as a whole. It's easy to mark time through art, which is another reason why artists produce strictly contemporary pieces. In fact, there's even political statements that can be made through prints.Given that there's so many benefits to collecting prints, it's only natural that you want to make sure that you get the very best for your home or office.


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Q: The Appeal of Contemporary Art Tapestries
A: Since antiquity people have used textiles for all range of purposes. From blankets for warmth, to elaborate woven fabrics for commerce, they have been at the very center of human life.The need for textiles, combined with our desire to embellish the world around us, has given rise to a huge range of fabric based art, everything from basic colored cloth to complex woven textiles. Tapestries and wall hangings have long been one of the most accomplished forms of this art, having a history dating back millennia, and artists from almost all cultures have contributed some form of textile wall art.Recently tapestries and wall hangings have enjoyed a rise in interest, with many people looking beyond traditional options for wall decor. The tactile nature of tapestries, combined with their long history, has made them once again a choice for the discriminating home improver. Contemporary tapestry design Although there are a vast range of traditional designs available, a more recent development is the growth in contemporary art as a basis for modern tapestry designs. Because of the nature of the modern weaving process almost any design can be successfully incorporated into a tapestry, providing the weaver has the skill to do so. This has led many contemporary artists to consider wall tapestries as an alternative medium to framed canvases and prints.The range of artists who now license their original work for tapestry wall hangings is impressive, and growing. Leading contemporary artists such as Malenda Trick, Elizabeth Brandon and Stewart Sherwood are now being introduced to a whole new group of art lovers.Encompassing a vast range of subject matter, from modern cityscapes and impressionist inspired landscapes, to idyllic coastal scenes and fantasy art, these contemporary works of art are adding a new dimension to fabric design, marrying traditional weaving techniques with modern, vibrant images.Although prints enjoy a unique position in home décor, paintings and designs from these popular artists are increasingly exploiting the unique qualities of woven textiles. The tactile nature of wall hangings adds depth and texture to these already impressive works and makes a distinctive alternative to framed art often bringing alive the designs in ways not originally planned by the artists. Modern textile art Additionally many textile artists who use fabric as their main medium are enjoying a renewed prominence in the art world. Rather than plying their art in paintings there are a growing number of artists using tapestries and other types of wall hanging as their primary medium for expression. Modern artists such as Ulrika Leander, Monique Lehman and Elda Abramson combine their artistic vision with the depth and range available through fabrics to create a new, modern twist on this ancient art.Many of these textile works of art are abstract in nature, often employing bold colors and striking, modern designs that incorporate the weave of the fabric as an essential part of the design to create a depth not available with traditional materials like canvas. As a home décor option they can add a splash of color to brighten up a room, and often become a great focal point in almost any setting.Like abstract art prints, contemporary tapestry designs often allow art lovers to take more of a chance with their wall décor choices. Unlike a traditional painting, where the subject matter can be too modern, old-fashioned, fussy or just plain wrong, contemporary art allows us to concentrate more on the hues and tones of a piece to match the ambience of a room. Because of this they often afford a great deal of flexibility when decorating, adding to the reasons so many are looking towards contemporary tapestry art for their wall décor choices. An ancient appeal Contemporary artists are increasingly attracted to tapestries and textiles primarily because the individuality of the weaving process makes each piece produced a unique work of art unlike any other. In a world driven by mass production art lovers are often drawn to the uniqueness of wall tapestries as an antidote to the monotony of many other options.Now, despite their ancient origins, many people are again looking towards tapestries and wall hangings as an answer to their modern home decor aspirations. With an ever growing range of options the choice has never been better for art lovers.
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Q: Contemporary Art Viewpoint
A: Contemporary art is yet to be unanimously defined. The museums define that all the creations after the World War II belongs to this category. On contrary, some argues that it must be all creation of current instant of time. It is fortunate enough to win various institutional patrons. Besides, public funded museums, there are commercial galleries, private collectors, corporate patrons and contemporary art museums. The artists run spaces has also been taken an important role in sale of their works. Thus they are supporting themselves, though there are grants and awards for them. There exists a symbiosis between public museums and commercial galleries. The commercial sector, often, earns maximum profit on the works of the creators who has been popularized by extensive exhibition by public sector. Besides, to enhance brand values, often corporations lend their premises or house at their premises exhibitions. Moreover, support of these organizations is evident in sponsoring awards and building up ware house of contemporary creations. Endeavors of these business houses on collecting plethora of corporate art are quite encouraging. Thus it is gaining popularity, too. Which Art is Contemporary and which is not - institutional viewpoint • Creations after 1960's and 1970's to till date are counted in the category. • Crafts like paintings on ceramics and textile designs have strictly been excluded from the category. • Creations by present day self-taught painters and sculptors, though lack historic inheritance, is literally contemporary. Prizes There are several prizes on this practice. The most eminent ones can be enumerated as follows: 1. Named after J. M. W. Turner, Turner Prize is for British painters and sculptors under 50 years of age. 2. Whitney Biennial exhibition is for less known American enthusiasts, arranged in New York City by Whitney Museum of American Art. 3. Hugo Boss Prize is annually sponsored by the Hugo Boss Clothing Company for individual or group working on any medium from anywhere of the world and it is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York. 4. The most coveted Dutch prize is Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe. It has been initiated by The Broere Charitable Foundation and hosted by Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdum. 5. The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists is awarded by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 6. Each year, Ricard Prize for French painters and sculptors under 40 years of age is bestowed by a committee of French Collectors.

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Q: Compassion in Contemporary Art
A:"Contemporary art" is another one of those terms that covers a wide variety of art. The best definition of "contemporary" is the work of any living artist, though the term has also been used to mean art that you would go beyond. This sense of contemporary is more like the term "modern," in that it means the opposite of "traditional.". Here another rare talent Jayadev Biswal is showing his exceptional art skill with those very special canvases. Jayadev's lush, exotic and luminous textures sprawl somewhere between the sonic freefall of bloody Valentine, folktronica, famous dutch landscapes and a hymnal, Spiritualized-ish quality, but always with an eye on beyond and subtlety. Despite his preference for tweed and brogues, The Young Jayadev is just another exponent of brittle Indian new-wave upcoming contemporary artist with attitude. There are a million ways to combine concept, style and technique, but the Young Jayadev seems to interested in discovering any uniqness from them, to play with them and if you visit his workplace ,you just cann't deny all these arguments, he is surely one of upcoming mainline young painter in Indian contemporary art market now, just looking like using all his Borodian skill to amaze art lovers and art critics.

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Q: Producing Contemporary Art
A: Contemporary art is commonly understood as art that's current, or art that has been produced recently. As an artwork ages, it is not known as contemporary anymore. It becomes historical.Usually, art that's produced in the 20th Century onwards are considered contemporary art. But it's hard to classify an artwork as contemporary simply based on time alone. What happens if an artwork is produced based on ancient ideas? Would that art piece be considered as contemporary art? Hardly.For an art piece to be widely recognized as contemporary art, contemporary ideas should be adopted when creating contemporary art. This has something to do with the evolution of art. Anyone who studies the historical records of art would be able to understand how contemporary ideas come about.When creating art, there are a few elements that define that artwork. The techniques adopted, the technology adopted, the medium used, and the concept that's adopted.For example, contemporary techniques may include single brush strokes. Forms are created using single brush strokes. A single painting can be completed in minutes using this technique. Due to its speed, this technique has gained popularity very quickly. Also, more and more art pieces are created using advanced software. That's the essence of contemporary art.As for contemporary concepts, that can be a little hard to grasp. That's because it's hard to classify any idea as contemporary as ideas are formless and subjective. What's contemporary for one may not be so for another. The most convenient way of classifying concepts is to use time. For instance, any concept that's born in the 20th Century and beyond is classified as contemporary.So the next time you're producing contemporary art, keep these four elements in mind. What techniques are you adopting? Are you using any modern technology for your creation? What paints will you be using? And finally, how modern are your concepts?When you can answer these questions, you have already answered the question of how contemporary is your art.

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Q: Indian Contemporary Art
A: Contemporary just means "art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes". There is a certain amount of overlapping between "Contemporary" and "Modern" art. A good rule of thumb is: • Modern Art: Art from 1880 up until the 1960's or 70's. • Contemporary Art: Art from the 1960's or 70's up until this very minute. Art History, 1970 is the cut-off point for two reasons. First, because it was around 1970 that the terms "Postmodern" and "Postmodernism" popped up - meaning, we must assume, that the Art World had had its fill of Modern Art starting right then. Secondly, 1970 seems to be the last bastion of easily classified artistic movements.To categorize Indian Fine Art, have many criteria. One is often used by the Art Schools is the criterion of the medium. In this criterion the artists are classified as Oil painters, Acrylic painters, water colorists, terracotta sculptors, installations artists, etc. Another way of classifying Indian Art is categorize the art works in terms of the region of the artist's origin.Contemporary art - collectively - is much more socially conscious than any previous era has been. A more difficult approach is to understand Artists and their Art in terms of the inspirations they draw from. Art in India had always been an integral part of Indian life and excavations of Art objects from historical places have shown that Indian art had reached very high degrees of sophistication at various times in Indian History. Many of the artists in 21st century India use these historical styles in their art. Similarly there are artists who draw their inspiration from the rich Folk traditions of India.Indian Contemporary artists take inspiration from various sources and styles, Indian Art still retains its distinct Indian's. Styles that has been never seen before are also emerging in the Indian scene; forms and styles which actually cannot be categorized into any specific existing genre.Contemporary art in India provides an excellent opportunity to experience today's India through the unique and personalized visions of its artists.Contemporary fine art (such as a painting, a sculpture, or an installation), represents the artists struggle to freely interpret his or her environment, both internal and external, and to communicate that interpretation visually. Contemporary art is strongly influenced by the artists cultural background, history, training and experiences, it is forward looking. It gives us a vision of what meaning thee elements have today and on into the future, rather than what they meant in the past.Contemporary Indian fine art is becoming increasingly accessible to tourists and the general public. In the reputed art centres of Mumbai, New Delhi, and Calcutta, museums and galleries proliferate.

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Q: Western Painting Contemporary Art - The Proliferation of Creativity to the Hilt
A: Contemporary Art - The History The actual period for Contemporary Art is undefined. However, the period from World War II until date, is loosely regarded as the eon of Contemporary Art. The Correlations Many art forms are related to and identified with this era of artistic excellence. Marked by 'Pluralism,' in Contemporary Art, new forms kept originating and been added to the existing ones, through decades. Among the most popular art movements of painting identified with Contemporary Art are Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Conceptual Art, Neo-Dadaism, Pop Art, Post-Minimalism, Body Art, Photorealism, Graffiti, Stuckism, Lyrical Abstraction, Nouveau Réalisme, Installation Art, Postmodern Art, Figurative Expressionism, and Hard-edge Painting. The Details Amidst the co-existence of different genres, some common characteristics mark the Contemporary Art scene. The underlying philosophy for most of these styles is unencumbered forms and expressions, as opposed to the rigid portrayals in the dimensions of space and time. The key sect of the modern day art is more expressional, such as Abstraction, Stuckism, and Color Field. Here, the painters put a heavy premium on the choice of individual colors as well as color harmony and themes. This is more so because such styles do not use a distinctive delineation of shapes as a tool for expression. The focus is on the thematic depiction of tides of sentiments associated with the subject under coverage. For instance, orange, in combination with red or yellow, is a color of optimism and vigor, whereas, it is a color of spiritualism, when mixed with earthy tones.However, there is another school of thought, whose art is quiet representational in nature - for instance, Photorealism. Novice viewers and art-lovers often confuse Photorealist artworks with actual photographs. Photorealism is a form of painting, which is a step ahead of Realism, in that it employs a magnified photographic frame as a base work. The outcome is almost as real as a true picture. Its variant, Romantic Realism, involves a touch of paint and some manipulation of the elements in the frame to create a sync of Romanticism and Realism.Global socio-political, economic, and cultural changes have been greatly influencing the Contemporary Art scene. From the point of view of subjects, this art form deals with the present day issues, including but not limited to societal structures, racism, global warming, human rights, supernatural, and spirituality.

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Q: Why Islamic Art Can Also Be Contemporary Art
A: Art that was produced after the Second World War is called Contemporary art. Most museums and galleries have collections of contemporary art exhibited. Similarly, Islamic Art is also considered contemporary if it was produced after World War II. Contemporary Islamic Artwork includes calligraphy, paintings, prints & photography, glass work, sculptures, ceramics and furnishings. The key feature that distinguishes it from various other categories is the utilization of the Arabic script and geometric designs. Art lovers regardless of religion, culture or creed all view Islamic contemporary artwork with respect for the intricate designing by the artists. Various Non Muslim countries are also putting work by Islamic artists on display as it depicts the rich and vivacious traditions of Islam. This form not only represents the religion Islam, instead, when added to other forms of art, it enhances them as well. The calligraphy is employed by many western artists also, as it perks up the concept that is being depicted in the artwork.A large collection of Islamic contemporary Artwork is on display at the British Museum in London. It represents over 80 Islamic artists from all over the world. These artists come from countries ranging from Iraq to Algeria and Turkey to Malaysia. The British Museum is primarily centered towards fascinating pieces based on different variations of the Arabic script. They have been collecting pieces since the early 1980's and today have a huge collection available for their patrons. Los Angeles Museum is another prime example of a western museum displaying artwork by Islamic artists. It also has a large collection of Islamic artwork and part of it is contemporary. This Museum houses over 1700 pieces ranging from the seventh to the thirteenth century; therefore a number of contemporary pieces are also available. Due to the vastness of the collection, and limited space availability, only 150 pieces are on display at the LA Museum, and people in the Los Angeles area should take advantage of the exhibition and familiarize themselves with the magnificent work by various Islamic artists. These are just a few of the shows of artwork by Muslim artists, but all are a must see.Contemporary Islamic Art can be divided into sub categories based on their area of origin.

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Q: Far East Painting - Burmese Contemporary Art
A: Burmese Contemporary Art - The History Burma (Myanmar), a Southeast Asian country, has been isolated from the rest of the world since 1988, due to its non-democratic military dictatorship. Similar to its political and economic isolation, Contemporary Art in this region also does not have much western influence. Developing on its own terms, art in Burma reflects a fine balance between modernity and the country's rich cultural heritage. The motifs and art theme in paintings are often related to the deep-rooted Marxist and Buddhist beliefs in the country. The difficult socio-political situation in the country also has a significant influence on its Contemporary Art.Contemporary Art is not much experimental in Burma, with oil, poster color, crayons, and watercolor as the most popular mediums for paintings. A characteristic feature of art education in Burma is the system of apprenticeship, where-in students learn from their masters in workshops. The development in Contemporary Art is limited to the two major cities of Rangoon (Yangon) and Mandalay. The State School of Fine Arts opened in Yangon and Mandalay, in 1952. They are the first formal art schools of the country. The National Museum of Myanmar, established in 1952, was first platform for aspiring artists to display the nation's art. Conclusion Despite the absence of affluent collectors, the close-knit contemporary artists group in Myanmar exhibits its works in the private galleries of Yangon and Mandalay with enormous zeal. Insulated from the western world, the unique 'eastern-ness' of their art expression has shown beauty in the social realities of its conservative society. Myanmar's economy has seen enormous growth, since it became a member of ASEAN in 1997. With this awakening, Myanmar Modernism, in its traditional pictorial connotations, also gained recognition in international art circles. Art critics across the world consider Myanmar Contemporary Art, with its dedication to most common everyday situation, enlightening and fresh, compared to the sophisticated Western Art forms.

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Q: Contemporary Art in China Is Very Famous
A: Contemporary art is mostly those pieces of art work that have nee created post the Second World War. There are many different art styles since the nineteen fifties to the two thousands. Art has been a marker in time and has always depicted an era in the most visionary way possible. Every artist, whether famous or not, has been inspired from the happenings of his or her life time. Today, contemporary art is found being exhibited a lot. Places such as contemporary art galleries are common.There lots of awards for those who excel in the realms of contemporary art. This whole concept of this is a very global one. Artists from all over the world indulge in it and find appropriate appreciation if they deserve it. Contemporary art is developing in its own individual way in different countries. China, for example, is growing rather popular because of its output in contemporary art and the artists are growing more and more popular, day by day. Chen Wen Ling on the other hand is another Chinese artist who voices his artistic skills through sculpture. He sculpts mostly in the color red because it is considered an auspicious color in China. His sculptures convey common wishes that people make, nostalgia that one's childhood leaves intact and the sculptures also question the Chinese culture. All of this Chen Wen Ling conveys through his The Red Boys series of sculptures.Art is something that voices out opinions, feelings, statements or any sort of message, be it social or individualistic. Art is also influences people into thinking differently and contemporary art sends out the strong message to people to think out of the box.It is the only way that civilizations will progress and cultures will be better appreciated. Art is soulful and can bring people peace of mind or can stir them to think differently in a sense that is strong enough to change their personalities. Art helps people or audience to relate to artists, no matter where they are from and to go back and share a moment with the artist. One's intelligence may reflect clearly through his or her art work and focus on the individual as an expression of contemporary life and attitude.

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Q: What is a Contemporary Art Auction?
A: The world of modern art is changing. Just visit a contemporary art auction for a clue. Unknown artists find the value of their works quadrupling within years. Chinese and Indian artists are finding greater audiences, and wealthy patrons of the arts aren't just paying thousands - they're paying millions.Traditionally, an artist's older works garnered higher bids and more frenzied requests. Jasper Johns, one of the highest paid modern artists, can't seem to keep up with the demand. He paints two projects each month (which will sell for no less than $1 million), but the waiting list is still long. Entertainment giant David Geffen paid $40 million for "Gray Numbers" a few years back and New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art allegedly paid over $20 million for "White Flag."John's colorful paintings touch upon Americana themes -- with lots of flags, maps and targets - with subtle messages that affect every onlooker differently. If a collector is fortunate enough to find a Jasper Johns in an art auction house, then there's no telling how much it'll sell for.One can't help but wonder about what accounts for the noticeable trend towards modern art? Most of the buyers (42%) at the Sotheby's contemporary art auction continue to be Europeans, with the US trailing at 19%, and Asia / Middle Eastern sales at 12%.It seems that the high price of the pound is hurting many Americans more than the credit crunch, but London's weekend auctions saw many advances from interested Indian and Chinese buyers looking for a piece of cultural heritage. For instance, two bidders fought over Yue Minjun's "Execution" for six minutes, which finally sold for a record breaking $2.93 million. Likewise, one of Putu Sutawijaya's paintings ("Silent Road") sold for $350,000 (11 times its estimated price) at the Borobudur Auction!The art world is changing from the traditional swanky event, complete with fine wine, cheese and fashionable attire - to one of sitting behind the computer screen, credit card in hand. While it may seem impersonal to some, it's advantageous to others, who have the ability to hop between sites, checking the fair prices for the particular work they've got their eye on.

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Q: Understanding Photography As a Form of Contemporary Art
A: Canvas photograph printing is fast emerging as a new contemporary art form and is helping photographers create a niche for themselves as more and more art galleries and museums are showing interesting in displaying their exquisite works.Since the time the technology of clicking pictures was first invented, photography has undergone tremendous changes both technically as well as artistically. In the modern times the concept of printing photographs onto a canvas has enabled it to be recognized as a contemporary art form. The professionalism of modern day photographers is also helping in the rapid growth and acceptance of this artistic form of photography, globally.Photography, in its modern art form is a means of blending traditional art with modern technology to create images that most art galleries and museums feel proud to exhibit as part of their collections. The details and definition of the images that are created by a photographer practicing this art are truly unparallel and correctly represent the ideologies of the present day and age.Even though the art of transferring digital images onto canvas seems to be rather complex, in truth it is quite a simple process. Any professional digital photographer can use any high-quality image, whether it is that of a landscape, an object or even an individual to be easily put down on a good quality canvas in a choice of variations including full rich color print, a classic black and white print or even a mixture of both.However, there are some people who object to considering canvas photography printing as a contemporary art form. Such people are generally doubtful about the durability, permanence, and even the legitimacy of canvas photography. The durability of canvas prints is definitely much more than regular artwork because they are not as prone to damage or smudging besides which they definitely provide a longer than any normal canvas paintings.

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Q: Discover the Art of Collecting Contemporary Art
A: The Art of Collecting: Tips for Starting a Contemporary Art Collection Don't be intimidated! Visit as many art galleries as you can and ask questions. If the gallery owner or staff is not accessible or open to your questions, move on. • Get on the mailing lists of the art galleries you like so that you'll be invited to openings, special events and lectures. • Keep a log or journal and jot down the names of emerging artists that stop you, move you, inspire you, excite you. Keep in mind that buying art is a lot like "falling in love". • Do your homework. Make sure to get a bio or CV and artist statement. What is their background, education? Where have they shown? What collections are they in? • Subscribe to a few of the major art magazines and blogs such as Art in America, Art News, Art & Auction, Art Forum, Frieze and blogs like Gallery Hopper and Art Addict or sites like Art Log and ArtSlant. • Visit the International Art Fairs for an opportunity to see which galleries and genres of art most appeal to you. It's a great opportunity to see a lot of recent work from galleries from around the world. Some of the best Fairs are the Affordable Art Fair, Red Dot, Scope, Pulse which have annual shows in New York, Miami, London and Basel. • Join several art museums and find out when the docents or curators are giving a tour or attend a lecture by visiting curators. • Attend auctions of your favorite genres of art at Christies or Sotheby's or one of the other major auction houses. • When you make a purchase, make sure to get proper documentation from the gallery, including a bill of sale, letter of authenticity and artist statement and resume. • Make sure the gallery specifies if it's an original work of art or limited edition, and not a reproduction. • Ask to meet the artist. Artists regularly attend openings and other events and many of them enjoy sharing their inspiration with collectors and art lovers. • Speak to your gallery about proper framing, installation and care of your artwork. And make sure to insure your artwork if you spend $1000 or more. • If you need to crate, package and ship your artwork, make sure to get advice from the gallery. Not all shippers are reliable and knowledgeable about packing and protecting art. Collecting art is an act of self-discovery. Take your time, but don't be afraid to jump in and make your first acquisition. When you live with art you love, you transform your life. But be careful, because collecting art can be very seductive and addictive. Enjoy the adventure!

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Q: Contemporary Art in Guadeloupe
A: When thinking of Caribbean art, seascapes and brightly painted tropical scenes usually spring to mind. But in the case of Guadeloupe's contemporary art scene, you may be surprised to discover a wealth of originality. While Guadeloupe's artists do call upon island influences in creating their works, the results are often far from expected. Koukara The predominant art movement in Guadeloupe today, Koukara, began in 1988. Meaning "the Caribbean colors," Koukara emphasizes the unity of the Caribbean people. Founded by art professors Klodi Cancelier, Lucien Léogane, and Jacques Lampécinado, its avant-garde aesthetic tends to be abstract or surreal, often with indigenous touches.The movement's artists characteristically use the Fibressences method to create mixed media pieces. Fibressences incorporates natural materials in artworks, such as bits of wood, coconut fibers, sugar cane, and sand. These elements add an interesting three-dimensional quality to the work, as well as creating a close connection to the environment. Paintings in vibrant and deep hues make up the majority of pieces, but there are some exceptions. Karine Gabon paints on hanging fabrics and other materials, with an earth-toned color palette that enhances her primitive motifs; she also creates abstract sculptures. And Klodi Cancelier's paper series juxtaposed pieces of handmade papers painted with different colors and symbols.The Koukara group has grown rapidly since its inception. Other Contemporary Art While Koukara is an important movement, it isn't the only type of art to be found in Guadeloupe. Thierry Bergame's surreal pop art displays a singular style and sense of humor. On the other hand, Déglas paints scenes with lighter tones and in a more naturalistic style, though he often includes fantastic elements like anthropomorphic animals and skeletons. Jean-Marc Hunt mainly uses objects like tools, pieces of wood, and even a sewing machine to create his sculptures. And while his paintings share a similar style with the Koukara group, his subject matter is generally quite different.

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Q: Some Concepts in Contemporary Art
A: The public has always had some interest in art. Today's media quite often does a superficial reading in the art world - probably more just to attract readers/viewers. There is so little understanding in the culture today about contemporary art that it leaves interested people somewhat isolated. The public funding for arts education has been cut - and with it so has any communication or appreciation of contemporary art in the public schools.To find out more about contemporary art you can read articles on the topic in various places. I hope you will read some of them at Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine. CAG has several fine writers working on basic education of people to contemporary art, as well clearing up some of the more controversial questions on contemporary, and even some articles on esthetics and artists' interviews.Some of the better articles were written by Arthur Browning, Daniel Ferris, and Allan Swinson at CAG. These writers have taken on some topical assignments that should be of interest to you. Arthur Browning is focused on contemporary art collecting and art business. Daniel Ferris is concerned with the future of art and artificial intelligence in esthetics. especially abstract and nonobjective. For artists or collectors who want opinion on marketing, buying and selling art, you should talk to Giselle Borzov. For the contemporary art -interested public the articles of any of these four authors is of value..

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Q: God Art - Christian Themes in Contemporary Art
A: Undoubtedly, the first Christian art - or "God art" - appeared during or shortly after Jesus' life here on earth. Indeed, paintings from around 70 A.D. still exist. Over the past two decades, Christian themes in contemporary art have enjoyed a renaissance as artists have sought to express their spirituality and religiosity through their paintings. Religious Themes Contemporary Christian paintings incorporate a wide variety of themes. Some fine art adheres to the iconic imagery seen in religious art throughout the ages - what some might call literal Biblical interpretations. These iconic themes include the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Stations of the Cross, and the Virgin Mary. Saints are also popular iconic themes in contemporary God art.Some artists go back to before Christ's birth; indeed, to the creation of the universe. For example, contemporary fine artist Anthony Falbo's Genesis Series depicts the first book of the Bible. Through Falbo's paintings, the creation of the universe unfolds as though it was happening today. Through his abstract style, you can see light emerging, the separation of day from night, the firmament rising, the land appearing, the vegetation blooming, the living creatures coming forth, and the hand of God touching the hand of man.But just as God created both light and darkness, contemporary Christian artists depict both good and evil. A Variety of Styles Today's Christian artists employ styles and media as varied as devotion itself. For example, some artists may paint in an Impressionist style, using bold colors, loose strokes, and thick dabs of paint to bring a scene to life. Others express themselves through cubism, the art form that rearranges pieces of objects in such a way that the person seeing the painting gains new insight into the object represented. Still others paint in an abstractionist form, stretching, enlarging, or magnifying figure and form to shed new light on everyday subjects. Some artists, like Anthony Falbo, combine forms like cubism and abstractionism into what could be termed "cubestraction," and produce remarkable pieces. Exhibiting Our Devotion Christians today are embracing contemporary artists by purchasing both original works and limited edition reproductions. Fine art with a spiritual theme - whether it's the birth of Christ, the creation of the earth, or other "God art" - serves as a reminder of the Creator's presence in our lives, as well as His importance to our safety and well-being. It also keeps us mindful of the need to express our devotion, to spread the Word of God, and to be thankful for the gifts He has bestowed upon us.

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Q: Famous Abstract Contemporary Art Paintings
A: Abstract Art came about in the last few centuries where artists sought to move away from pure realism painting and put in their own style and emotion into the subject of their painting. From the Renaissance and Baroque styles of almost photo-realistic paintings, abstract contemporary art began to become popular.Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism followed on from the traditional art styles and started to allow artists to impress their own creativity. Such styles laid the foundations for the later art movements which are collectively referred to as Abstract art, in the modern era.Post-Impressionism continued the change towards abstract art yet further, thanks to works by the likes of Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. Inspired by the likes of Paul Cezanne, Fauvism & Cubism were created, bringing famous artists like Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky & Pablo Picasso to the public's attention. Synthetic Cubism also followed. The Abstract Contemporary style that we have now was ready to be created at this point.In Britain the first Abstract art exhibition was opened in 1935, with paintings by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Joan Miro, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson on display the following year at a more international event.The attack on art by the Nazi party in the 1930s and 1940s forced some abstract artists to flee to America which resulted in the likes of Modernism, Late Modernism, American Modernism, and Surrealism starting to gain popularity, particularly in New York. Pop Art of course remains hugely popular today with the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein still selling well.Modern Abstract Contemporary art styles include the likes of Abstract expressionism, Color Field, Lyrical Abstraction, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Sculpture, and Minimal Art, though new movements appear all the time, particularly with the influx of computer based artists, and different styles of digital art.

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Q: Canvas Print Photography As a Contemporary Art Form
A: If you're new to the artistic concept of photography printed onto canvas, know that it is considered a contemporary art form experiencing rapid growth, and will quite likely be seen more and more often in modern art galleries and perhaps even museums. This technological media is truly stunning, and the epitome of avant garde. The blending of traditional art with modern technology is truly representative of our day and age. Despite it's complex appearance, the process of transferring digital art to canvas is rather simple. A professional digital photograph like that of a landscape, individual, or any other object, or perhaps a digital work of art can be easily transferred onto a professional, museum quality canvas. The end result of this culmination of traditional and contemporary is a superb work of art with detailing and definition that is unrivaled. Digital photography printed onto canvas is available in full, rich color, classy black and white, or anything in between.It may be that the reason many protest defining digital works printed onto canvas as "art" is because of the sheer newness of the art form. Many express concerns about canvas prints, questioning the durability, longevity, and also validity of canvas photography. We can't feign surprise at this, however. The introduction of new and innovative art forms has always been met with staunch criticism. The works of Victor-Hugo Vaca II still cause much stir and controversy in the world of art because of their bizarre and often sexual nature.As far as the durability of canvas prints is concerned, the final product is as sturdy as any other form of artwork on canvas - perhaps even more so. For instance, a canvas print is nowhere near as susceptible to damage or marring through common handling as acrylic or oil paintings. Additionally it is completely impossible to smudge a digital image transferred onto canvas. Since the purchaser is the owner of the subject matter to be printed, we need not concern ourselves with whether the subject is controversial. Subjected to more skepticism than the durability is the longevity of a canvas print - another term for print permanence. Essentially the longevity of a piece is how much time will pass before the canvas print will begin to show signs of age or deterioration. Rest assured, though, that this media does not easily fade. Once could even place the canvas print outside and, assuming the climate is not extreme and it is kept from direct sunlight, it will keep for many years without any visible signs of deterioration. Since the canvas print is finished with a water resistant sealer the occasional moisture barrage will have no effect.The question that remains in many individual's minds is: "but is it art?". Critics will always be divided over contemporary and innovative art forms, as history has shown us time and time again. One must always keep in mind though that credibility, and more importantly beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. By way of example, the Art Gallery of Ontario has on display a piece of artwork featuring a plank of wood and a bathroom sink. Some feel that this unique piece should have a place in a world famous gallery, whereas others view it with much skepticism. As with canvas printed photography, this demonstrates the ever-present conflict of what can and cannot be defined as art. It would be wise for a person to get a first-hand look at canvas printed photography before forming an opinion as to the validity of this art form.

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Q: Contemporary Art in Home Interior Design
A: Home interior design is a subject near and dear to many people's hearts, just as their homes are. These beautiful homes are often filled with paintings, ceramics, bronze sculptures, blown glass and many other forms of contemporary art. These sorts of items sometimes act as an inspiration for the way the whole house is decorated. Sometimes they just act as a point of interest.Modern home interior designs tend to be perfect for displaying many types of art because they are often minimal and open. This leaves lots of room for displaying nice pieces of all sorts of art. When it comes to what to actually put in these spaces, there are a few important factors to consider. One of the most important of these is to really pay attention to the types of pieces that move you emotionally. You are the one that has to look at whatever you put in that special place, so be certain you love it. If you are working with rooms that already have much of the decor in place, you will want to find art pieces that are complimentary to whatever colors, shapes, or themes are already in play. Because contemporary art is so varied, you have lots of options, and that's a good thing. Many people wonder how best to display art in their home interior design plan. Thankfully, it really isn't that complicated. Let's say you find just the perfect abstract painting. You bring it home with the intention of placing it on a wall. You find just the right spot and hang it on the wall. Your significant other comes home later that day, sees the new art piece hanging there and says, "why did you hang that there?" Great, you thought you had situated it just right only to find out that, while it looked perfectly placed to you, it was entirely inappropriate to someone else. Such is life. You agree to move it and situate it elsewhere. After a few days of leaving it propped up on the mantle you find that it is just perfect there. All are happy and disaster averted.Objects like bronze figures, vases, turned wood objects, sculptures or other types of contemporary art are equally easy to display. For most pieces, these can be successfully displayed on a shelf or table, up on a mantle or ledge, or even on the floor. Size will often determine the best way to go for much of your home interior design decisions. If, for example, you acquire a large animal sculpture, it may be impractical to place it on a lifted surface. It will have much more dramatic effect left on the floor

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Q: Contemporary Art - The Importance in Today's World
A: Contemporary art has gained a lot of importance in modern households. It has become one of the most sought after household items and it has been recognized in every aspect of human life. Modern art is nowadays a tool for interpersonal communication and has far reaching effects. The increased number of persons visiting exhibitions and art galleries clearly signifies the rise in contemporary art importance. It is an indicator about the awareness of art amongst the people.Large appreciation of masses and easy understandability are the main reasons of success of modern art. The accessibility of these arts are easy as it is released in numerous copies and forms like disks, e-books etc. Original paintings, which were hard to get in the old days, are now easy accessible through art galleries, which eventually increased the number of admirers of modern art.However, contemporary art critics raised an argument that some arts should be reserved for certain group of people. There are various ways of acquiring modern art today. Online auctions are one of the ways where by abstract arts, oil-based painting, and impression arts can be purchased. But before you make a purchase, it is important that you do some homework on what art you would like to collect. One way of collecting required information is to make extensive research work in the internet. Other sources include libraries, magazines etc. which can give you your desired information on art.But you have to be careful when buying a contemporary art work as there are lots of fakes in the market. But you can appoint an appraiser for the art you want to purchase. Online art auctions generally keep a track record of the art seller's sales history and can help you determine whether the seller is a reputable person.

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Q: African Art - The Best Contemporary Art Among All Other Arts
A: When it comes to civilization days, there is not a communication way to express anything between human beings. Later day, human beings are making these arts as a way to express their feelings. This is the main reason why we are calling these arts as a product of human creativity. Especially, the contemporary picture is a creation of gorgeous and major things. You can find lots of different countries having different arts. The best contemporary art among all other arts is art of Africa. These arts of Africa have got the world famous since civilization days. Nowadays, there are lots of people around the world, who loves these contemporary paintings. In civilization days, the origin of these continent paintings has recorded. The western painting and architecture have strongly influenced these continent paintings. There are some museum collections are most popular, and they are describing the tradition arts.When it comes to contemporary paintings, Africa is the best one among all others, and it is called a home for contemporary arts. You can find lots of modern days African artists in some of the museum collections. However, their paintings can be sold for high prices in different auctions. Still there are some more artists who are finding difficult to get market to their pictures. Around the globe, every person would like to keep at least one contemporary painting in their home, which is capturing the attention of the guests. In Africa, there are lots of countries having a mixture of villages and small towns varying clans and tribes are having many cultures. This could be the main reason to the regional and cultural variations. The poor people in Africa are making arts and selling them for their livelihood. This is also a main reason for sales in contemporary paintings.The internet technology is also helping the African artists to grow faster;nowadays, there are so many websites selling their pictures through the internet. Some of the trading people are having their own websites, and they are doing trading from there. You can purchase genuine African arts from these web sites. And some of the web sites are also providing auctions for African arts. All that you need to do is a small search in internet and shop these contemporary African arts from online.

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Q: Exuberance of the Orient and the Western in Contemporary Art
A: What is art? There exists not one but hundreds of definitions of art offered by renowned artists, scholars, and philosophers throughout the ages. Considered literally, art refers to any specialized skill, or human activities encompassing a wide range of fields like literature, music, painting, or sculpting. It's the end but not the means that constitutes the success of art. A lot many artists believe in the cult of art for art's sake. However, this function of art has been subjected to severe criticism by some of the noted scholars of the late 19th century who believed in the instructional quality of art. To them, art existed not just for aesthetic pleasure but was also associated with the purpose of converting the mind into a particular trend of thought.Theories abound as to the true purpose of art. Whether didactic or aesthetic, there is no denying that art casts its influence on the observer's mind. Times have changed and with it, artistry has undergone multiple changes too. If Romanticism and Classicism influenced art works of yester years, it is Realism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Dadaism, and Surrealism that have laid their impact on contemporary art. No wonder, contemporary art is distinctly different from the art works of earlier generations.The fields encompassing contemporary art remains the same even today but its essence has been infused with modernity. Nevertheless, the revival of some of the Asian art forms of China and Vietnam has breathed a fresh lease of life into the contemporary art scenario. Contemporary art exhibitions featuring some of the masterpieces of Oriental art are being widely appreciated by art connoisseurs across the world. The impact of Socialist Realism and the New Culture Movement is pretty evident in the oil paintings by Chinese artists. Not just China, but Vietnam too, has soaked up the western influence of Impressionism into its cultural fabric. A lot many of Vietnamese paintings depict the daily, simple world of the villages as observed through the human eye. The Vietnamese painter, Nguyen Thanh Binh, is renowned for using human element in all his canvases. Nonetheless, the influence of the Romantics does not lag behind. Paintings portraying the beauty of autumn, the green fields, the lotus pool abound.Notwithstanding the influence of Oriental art on its western counterpart, there can be no denying the impact of the latter on the former. In fact, both these diverse art forms have imbibed features of each other.

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Q: Contemporary Art in London
A: There has always been a massive variety of artistic creations through history, and today too there is no shortage of aesthetic expression. Artistic productions, such as those available at Eva Hamilton's eva art website have served as new brands or types of art in this contemporary period. In view of this kind of work in Modern art is considered to be a hot bed. With many websites, galleries and art schools around, there seems to be no shortage of encouragement for aspiring artists. With artists being motivated with Contemporary art London tends to see something new with almost every new artist and his or her creation. Similar to her are works of Cliff Holden, Julia Midgely and Simon Parkin who also have their work displayed in London. There are many other names besides these that are popular here, especially at galleries like the Manchester Art Gallery.The expressions that artists such as Hamilton, Holden, Midgely and Parkin produce are examples of outstanding works based on inspirational colors and shades. Hamilton's works that we can see on the eva art website are indeed brilliant. With her addition to Modern painting, London has been truly blessed. Each of Eva Hamilton's paintings is produced as individual expressions of her passion, and this ensures uniqueness in each piece of Contemporary art that London gets to see.Hamilton is an artist inspired by nature, as she says that her inspiration comes from nature's colors. This particularly refers to those who have an appreciation of nature's colors. Following eva art trends means that aspiring artists will produce Modern art the city of London would certainly relish. People who wish to become known artists tend to be inspired by the works they see at galleries. They are known to modify and tailor their artistic creativity in accordance with what their favorite artists produce.

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Q: Contemporary Art Movements In 1960s
A: The sixties was a decade of changes in America, on many levels in society. It was the time when the post-war children became young people, who were not wiling to remain the conservative fifties any longer. It was a time of freedom and possibilities, and is memorable for the impact that had on art at the time and since.In art, the sixties was the decade of the birth of a number of art movements, as different groups and individuals engaged in creative activity searched for new ways to express themselves and their generation. This article will give you general impression of this art boom, focusing on major and particularly interesting art movements.Abstract expressionism was the first notably American art movement, a new way in art of expressing emotions and composing abstractions in which artists painted rapidly and emotionally using nongeometrical strokes on big canvases, using big brushes or their hands. Consequently, the resulting work shows not only an image but an event. The best-known abstract expressionists include Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and others.Conceptual art, in which the central aim is to transmit an idea, holds that material expression is not so important. A piece of art has power through its idea, not through the material involved. Conceptual art appeals to our intellectual perception, rather than immediately inciting emotional reactions. Optical art is a movement whose name speaks for itself. It is an art of optical illusions. The task of optical art is to cheat the eye, to provoke a false reaction, to provoke emotions or conceptions through a "nonexistent" image.Performance art is a form of contemporary art in which an artwork consists of the artist's activities at a particular place and time. For the first time the word performance was used by an American composer John Cage for his composition 433 (4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence) in 1952, but as with Conceptual art, the movement grew in traction during the sixties.Pop art was an art movement that came into existence as a reaction against abstract expressionism. Pop art uses objects from mass culture and places them into a different context. Pop art got much criticism from artists and art critics, who said that Pop art was no different to advertisement, but despite this reaction Pop art took hold in the world with great success.

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Q: Ecology In Contemporary Art
A: The Oxford English Dictionary gives the following definition of art - "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." In terms of contemporary art, the concept of "emotional power" is probably the most important part of this definition. Art is all over something that surrounds us, not only in the form of paintings and sculptures but also through music, literature, film, photography and others. So it's no wonder that environmental problems can be found being discussed in art in one or another form.Art is a great way to attract people`s attention to the environmental issues that are the negative result of human activity, for example climate change, pollution, resource depletion. Ecological problems shown through art have much more influence over people because you do not need to visit some lectures or read a textbook in order to be worried about ecological situation. You can simply see photography about global warming in the gallery or watch a science fiction movie in the cinema, to experience something that will touch your heart and change your relationship with nature for life.Environmental art starts its history in 1960s, as a part of the environmental movement, and it has continued to grow since then. Examples of art forms that may be described as environmental art include: * Land art, in which landscape is used by artists like a form or tool for creating their artworks. Spiral Jetty, by Robert Smithson, is one of the best-known examples of land art * Arte Povera, in which, to show the influence of industry on the nature, artists use industrial or non-art materials. The most complete collection of works from the Arte Povera movement is at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein * Site-specific art, artworks created to exist in a specific place * Eco-art, artworks which have both ecological content and materials Also growing in popularity are terms such as 'sustainable art', which has a wider definition of the environment. Sustainable art may deal with social, economic, biophysical, historical and cultural environments.Ecological art has many different values, from the pure aesthetic appeal that many of the works have, to the creative displays many include which bring new ideas into the artistic circle. Yet they also have a more concrete advantage, in that the artist is taking advantage of their gift to bring our attention to a problem they consider to be important, and are therefore encouraging discussion about the issue. In this way it contributes valuably to our society and plays a role that increases our sense of social responsibility.

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Q: Postmodernism Art
A: The term, Postmodernism, refers to art, literature, politics, social philosophy and other aspects of contemporary society. The American Heritage Dictionary defines postmodernism: "Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes."Postmodernism often refers to art in which the defining line between painting and sculpture is often blurred. These artists adopt, borrow, steal, recycle and sample from earlier modern and classical works. They combine or alter these images to create new, contemporary pieces. They also work with and combine artistic, scientific, technological, media and digital/Internet tools.While postmodernism and postmodern art have been around for only 50 years, before then, creative people lived and worked according to their principles. Two historical artists, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and Louis Daguerre (1787-1851), could be called postmodernists. Da Vinci was a writer, architect, painter, sculptor, botanist, engineer, mathematician, musician, city planner, set designer and philosopher. He says in his blog, "I have become a postmodernist without even knowing it... Postmodernists look at modernism and say, 'There is something missing. This could be done more effectively.' A postmodernist recycles, borrows, decompiles and rebuilds classic modern executions into a postmodern construct that can be more easily understood and consumed. We are obsessed with organizing knowledge and putting it to use in the most functional way possible. Postmodernists posit that knowledge should be used for doing, not just knowing."An article appearing recently in The Examiner by Jim Benz, says, "Ideally, postmodern art explores subjective, daily life by whatever criteria, material, or method the artist deems effective. Frequently, the material might not exist entirely within the art work itself, but instead be composed of the social forces from which the work takes its context, including the role of the viewer, the museum or gallery, the means of production, or the specific site of display."Postmodern art is breaking new ground while mirroring and organizing our confusing and evolving world. Looking at contemporary art and postmodernism often requires viewers to see beyond their normal perspectives, to find new paradigms and to expand their understanding of the larger world.Jim Benz adds in his Examiner piece, "Modernism celebrates the ability of the artist to create profound, timeless meanings via the art work. Postmodernism works with meanings which arise not only from the artist but also from the milieu of cultural influences embodied within the viewer, through whom meaning is in a continual process of re-creation."

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Q: Contemporary Art
A: With an influx of a new generation of artists working in various directions and introducing contemporary sensitivity, it seems that the era of painting horses and nudes is at the finish line. Contemoparary senitivity is not the name of an ism or an artist. It is a style of sensitivity which is linked with the realisation of personal experiences and an effort to place human kind as the central point in the universe and assign him an indespensible position.Journeying with the times, artist , who has been working with new idioms in arts, curated an intresting and thought provoking way of art. It usually addressed the viewers in multiple directions. Artist arose from a mood of disillusionment at hte socio-pollitical conditions, to which artist reacted with irony, cycinism. These are the same feelings which gave birth to Dadaism after the First World War.Dadaists emphasised on the illogical or absurd and the importance of chance in artistist creation was exaggerated.Artworks based on contemporary sensitivty have form, colours and line which are new for the conventional viewers because these are not derived from traditional sources. Few artists explored contemporary art as a souces of knowledge pertaining to economical conditions.

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Q: Ancient Indian Arts - Possess an Extraordinary Vigor
A: If you look back to the history of world history then you will find that each generation is unique in its distinctive culture and traditions. In this regard India is not an exception. 'The country of Vedas' has been undergone through different phrases due to the cultural changes for commencement of different genres and that constant changes have marked its presence in the artworks that the nation has produced so far.The relationship between India and art has a long history. The history of art in the nation begins with pre-historic rock paintings, which till date can be seen in several caves in several regions of the country. The advanced township planning of Harappa and Mohenjodaro is another example of the ancient Indian's creative mindsets. The creative sculptures of that time, like dancing girl from Mohenjodaro, depict how much creative the people of those time were. From there you will get the idea of the ancient India's superiorly developed architecture.Usage of symbolic form in the artworks was started in the forms of Harappan seals. If studied properly you will find that in the Vedic period mathematical and astronomical significance played highly significant roles in the evolution of the symbolic temples. The trend was followed by a remarkable period of Indian art's history which still exists in the country in the forms of temple architecture and rock-cut caves, which can be seen at Badami, Elephanta, Aihole, Ellora, Salsette, Aurangabad and Mahabalipuram.So, the ancient Indian art was as elegant as we, the modern people, treat the contemporary arts. The artworks of the ancient times possess an extraordinary vigor that still make them class-apart and among all the nation's ancient artworks India stays on the apex position in terms of popularity. If you cherish the desire to own a fine piece of ancient Indian artwork then consider the online medium for the same.

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Q: Is Photography on Canvas - The Newest Rage in Contemporary Art
A: Experimental art forms are nothing new. Throughout the ages, anything that was introduced into society at that time was considered new and sometimes extraordinary, even offensive by a few. There always seems to be that critical minority that don't want to jump on the bandwagon, that fail to see the importance of artistic development. Consider that, once upon a time, a decent woman did not gasp! pose nude for oil paintings or sculptures. Typically, nude paintings of women produced throughout the Renaissance era made use of prostitutes for models, since a self-respecting woman would never consider removing her clothing for such a vulgar display, a staggering irony considering that these originals are now valued in the millions of dollars.Contemporary art, also known as modern art has long been a producer of such experimental and innovative displays. Names such as Van Gogh, Monet and Modigliani stand as a testament to the truly unique perspective in visual arts and what it means to both be an artist and to define art itself. That perhaps is the foundation of art. What defines art? By whose standards do we gauge a particular piece and declare it to be worthy of the name and worthy of a purchase for a private or public collection. Consider some of the pieces that have caused quite a stir in modern times. Pablo Picasso's first foray into the use of cubism, peculiar pieces of work presenting the human anatomy from several perspectives yet all of which are combined into one form caused a mixed reaction among critics. Like champagne, cubism is one of those things you either love or hate, there is simply no in between.Oliver Payne and Nick Relph were innovate thinkers of the contemporary art world. They are called video artists and their work is featured in such galleries as The Institution of Contemporary Arts in London, England. Their progressive combination of modern technology including photography and videography in the production of modern art has earned the artists an eternal and well deserved niche in contemporary art culture.The use of digital technology in art is now dominating art culture and has done so with the advent of digital computer animation in the way of such children's productions as Pixar's A Bug's Life and The Lord of the Rings.

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Q: African Arts - The Legend Among All Arts
A: Art is a product of human creativity. It is a creation of beautiful and significant things. There are different arts in different countries. One of the famous art among all is the African art.African art has got the world fame since many years. There are many people across the world who loves African arts. The origins of African art lie long before recorded history. It has strongly influenced western art and architecture. Traditional art describes the African arts most popular and studied forms which can be found typically in museum collections.Africa is home to a great and prosperous contemporary art culture. Many contemporary African artists can be found in museum collections. Their arts can be sold for high prices at different art auctions. On the other hand, there are also some contemporary African artists who are finding it difficult to get market for their arts.African arts are very famous that many people wanted to keep at least one art in their home and it captures the attention of the guests. Africa is known as a land having many cultures and traditions and comprises of various villages and tiny towns with people who belong to varying clans and tribes. This is the reason we find several arts evolving according to the regional and cultural variations.

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Q: Tips For Buying Contemporary Fine Art
A: The scene of contemporary fine art is a strong, vibrant one, with dynamic fairs in cities all across the world and numerous dazzling exhibitions in famous galleries and museums. Yet if what you really want is actually to find a piece of art that you love enough to buy, it is worth turning to the internet and seeking out the help of one of the many contemporary fine art online stores. There are reputable galleries on the web that buy and sell artwork, and finding one of these will give you access to the original works of reputable contemporary artists.Art often becomes increasingly valuable over time and therefore, investing in a collection of contemporary fine art is sometimes seen as a feasible option as a long term investment. Moreover, original paintings that are rare, valuable and collectible can be hung up as a sophisticated piece of decoration in your home or office, enhancing the look of the rooms and helping set a different mood altogether in the room.When considering contemporary fine art, you may want to look at abstract sketches and designs, or perhaps at more traditional, figurative pieces. There is so much variety and richness in the world of modern art, that you are bound to be able to find something that looks right for your wall. You should choose a piece of art that suits your personal tastes and style, and which will reflect that part of you to your visitors. Some people also prefer to focus on works which they feel will have conversational value later on, or which bring back good memories when they look at them. Modern art has engaging characteristics and you can imagine and interpret its meaning in thousands of different ways. It is therefore crucial to put considerable thought into choosing the right piece for you.There are also practical considerations to be taken into account when buying art, such as the importance of working with an authentic online store or gallery which sells only genuinely original works. It is highly advisable to learn about the dealer's reputation from independent review sites and client testimonials before buying artifacts and paintings from them. Before dealing with the store, you should glance at the collection of works they stock and examine the reputation of the painters whose works are displayed.

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Q: Digital Arts - The World Of Contemporary Artisans
A: When technology evolves, civilization evolves with it. As civilization evolves, everything else follows. The face of music has changed tremendously since the advent of new technologies. New technologies gave birth to the creation of new musical instruments. Not only that, it also includes new sound system patterns, which was once just merely noises, has now become useful sounds to create music. Sound mixing in its uniqueness and originality created a whole new genre called New Age Music. In New Age Music, folk sounds and cultural scores are altered to create a hybrid form combining original patronage to ancient compositions and highly sophisticated background sound effects.In this new form of digital music, artists like The Gregorian Chant, Enya, Enigma, The Mohicans and Kitaro have entered into our contemporary recordings offering a distinctive taste to those who have learned to appreciate the beauty of combining ancient or traditional with technological. Techno is another genre that has evolved since the late 90's at the height of the cyber-punk craze. Artists like Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, and Moby excelled in bringing music that is highly congruent to the futuristic theme. In fact, the musical score may sound even strange to many conventional ears that it almost sound like singing an alien song worthy to be broadcast beyond the galaxy. Music has come a long way since the day it has become possible to recreate it digitally.The same can exactly be said about visual arts. Digital modification has enabled creating special effects that have evolved through time and collective experience. Digital special effects in films have gained a great leap in the release of the sci-fi motion picture Matrix. This movie has become the foundation of new special effects in motion picture, as it features deliberate 3D slow motion sequence along with change in camera angles. Also, with the release of the Lord of the Rings franchise, fantasy motion pictures have gone great heights thereafter.Fine arts have come across a whole new meaning to its namesake during the emergence of digital arts.. In our contemporary times, art seemingly has no way of surviving without technology. Digital art has become an integral element and already an inevitable reality. A contemporary artisan would require digital modification to enhance precision and create better quality in a more convenient way, without actually downgrading one's skill. Digital art has become the actual means, while purely traditional methods have become an option due to being obsolete.

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Q: Art Galleries and Contemporary Art
A: Places where art is exhibited and sometimes sold to make a profit of some kind are called art galleries. The difference between an art gallery and an art museum are simple. An art gallery is a place where art is displayed for the purpose of it being sold to make money. An art museum is a place where the most famous art in the world hangs, and it is not for sale. Selling art is the primary function of an art gallery because it needs the profit from any sale to thrive. Throughout New York, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Maybe it is within the walls of the DCKT Contemporary Gallery, where everything is unique.A gallery exhibits art for the enjoyment of others, with the added bonus of being able to purchase their favorite pieces when the exhibit concludes. This means that the gallery changes frequently, depending on how often shows are conducted. A gallery often puts together a show based on the work of one individual artist with the option of work from other artists put together. Visual art is the most common form shown in a gallery, with paintings being the most popular. Artists who are sculptors or photographers are able to display their work as well. Unlike museums, galleries typically collect a commission from each piece that is sold. Rarely is admission charged, although there are some galleries that prefer to do things that way. Sometimes artists are supported by grants, and they are able to win awards and prizes. The Guggenheim Museum in New York presents the Hugo Boss award every other year to an artist or a group of artists working in any place anywhere. Hugo Boss clothing company sponsors this by presenting the winner or winners with a $100,000 check.Contemporary art is a term used to describe the modern era of art. Though there is speculation, it is thought that art developed since World War II until present day is considered contemporary art. There is no reference to a specific style of art when discussing contemporary art. It is exhibited in many ways. There are contemporary art galleries, publicly funded arts organizations, contemporary art museums, or by the artists themselves. Most contemporary art galleries are found grouped together in certain districts of bigger cities, although medium sized cities are known to have one or two galleries for local artists.

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Q: Buying Contemporary Art for Your Home
A: For many homeowners their ultimate dream is to buy contemporary art to hang on the walls of their beloved home. Buying contemporary art can enhance your home as well as add a feeling of accomplishment and culture. However, for many of people the concept of buying art can be a little intimidating.Buying contemporary art doesn't need to be a daunting experience. It should be a fun and exciting experience, where you have the opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of work by both well-established and new emerging artists. What a lot of people find intimidating about buying art is the concept of what is 'good' art and what is 'bad' are. No one wants to be accused of investing in worthless art.The important thing to remember when you're looking at buying contemporary art is that you're buying the piece for yourself and your home. We generally buy art that we see as an extension or representation of ourselves, our ideals and what's important in our lives. When buying contemporary art you should always choose art that makes you feel good and will enhance or add to the atmosphere of your home.The best way you can ensure you'll buy contemporary art for your home that is both complementary of your home and enduring in value is to first spend some time looking at different artists and their work. Select a few pieces that you really like and see if you can identify some commonalities in the pieces. It may be something obvious like the use of colors, scenes or textures. You may notice that you are drawn to a particular medium of art, like acrylic paintings or glass art.By looking at a range of art you will start to develop your 'eye' for art and your particular tastes and interests. However, like fashion, your tastes in buying contemporary art may change in another one or two months. So when you're looking to make a larger art investment ensure that the piece you choose is well suited to your core taste and is not extremely over-the-top or dramatically different to your usual art preference - you may later come to regret the purchase.You don't necessarily need to buy from a well-established artist.

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Q: Contemporary Art in Contemporary Households
A: In my point of view, contemporary art is absolutely present in contemporary households and can be recognized almost in every aspect of human life, since it has penetrated the way people communicate with each other more than ever before. Almost all-contemporary art forms have become the means through which personal interaction is described or the vehicle though which a specific message is accurately transmitted. Furthermore, increased attendance on art exhibitions, or substantial high levels of sales of various art forms, suggest that contemporary art is both publicly appreciated and highly understood.Human creativity, along with the need of expressiveness, can be present to any contemporary creation that critics would define as an artistic attempt. As Picasso, the great Hispanic painter, has once pointed out, "art is something that makes people move towards a certain direction in life, or even conceptualize things from a different perspective, which they would have never consider before, if an artful creation had not revealed its mere existence." Although people reactions against contemporary art seem to vary at some point, the underlined significance of the medium can be categorized as unanimously appreciated. The element that makes contemporary art popular is the freedom to react upon the message one interprets when viewing an artistic creation. For instance, modern music expressions, like rap songs, have won tremendous acceptance among youth, as this form of expressed emotions, directly relates to their need to counterfeit conservative views.Moreover, contemporary art has become easy to be understood and appreciated by the masses, as it can be released in numerous copies, for example music disks or books, in order for the audience / readers to acquire it. This kind of mass production of art forms has made art attainable, while preserving its unique values. Original paintings once bought by few prosperous people are today accessible, through galleries, to many other groups of admirers who can obtain the object of their desire easily and less costly.On the other hand, contemporary art critics discuss the difficulty of the vast majority of people to translate art forms, as it is created for the sole appreciation of the few artists that can relate to fellow-artists works. This is true in some cases, when the creator needs to express an idea that cannot be recognized by those who have not engaged themselves with some kind of artistic occupations. Although these instances are present, they cannot be considered the rule, as art creators want to be appreciated by as many people as possible.

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Q: Beautify Your Home With Contemporary Art
A: If you're looking for something to fill up your wall space and make it look more interesting, why not try contemporary art. Contemporary art, in itself, doesn't always have to mean anything. Contemporary art is often not a direct representation of something in its true form, but rather it is an abstract representation of it. Contemporary art comes in many different styles - some are wild splashes of loud color, others have smooth lines and warm colors that give a sense of calm when looked upon. Many of these contemporary art pieces were painted a long time ago - some of them from famous artists that are known to many of us. Having a reproduced print of these artist's great works will definitely be an interesting addition to your home. Imagine having an art piece in your living room that was originally painted by Pablo Picasso or Georgia O'Keeffe - that would be nice wouldn't it? As contemporary art stretches across so many genres and forms, it would suit very well with most home decorating styles.Once you have bought your favorite art piece, explore unique ways of presenting it to your audience. If you have several pieces of art that you want to hang on the wall, try grouping them creatively to add a more interesting look. If the art piece is small enough, why not frame it and place it on a shelf or side table - it's nice to be able to pick it up to have a closer look once in a while. Art doesn't have to be hung on the wall. You can simply place it on the floor and lean it against a wall or a piece of furniture, perhaps against a cupboard or side table - just make sure that the art piece will not obstruct walkways, and that it isn't too large or too small that would make it look out of place.Just hanging a solitary piece of art on the wall may not be enough, why not tell a story by including accessories or other decorative ornaments to compliment the art work.

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Q: Celebrities and Contemporary Art
A: The concept of contemporary art basically means art that's relatively new. In this case, most art collectors consider the period from the 1960's until now to be contemporary art, which would include people like Andy Warhol, Mark Titchner and Tim Hawkinson, but some will include earlier pieces from the 1930's through the present as well.Usually newer art doesn't get as much attention as what came centuries earlier, but these days not only is it getting great attention, it's worth a lot. And with that comes those with celebrity who find their way into the art collector world, sometimes in extremes.The most recent news comes from Russia where steel magnate Roman Abramovich has actually purchased an island housing an old Russian military base for around $250 million with plans to build his own contemporary art museum. It's unsure how many pieces he has, but it would be extremely odd for him to go to this length if he didn't have a substantial collection.But he wouldn't be alone. Elton John is known to have a very extensive contemporary art collection that includes pieces from Warhol, Helmut Newton, and David Hockney, as well as one of the largest photography collections in the world that he splits between all of his residences. Neil Patrick Harris also has an extensive collection throughout his Los Angeles mansion, and often opens it up for viewing whenever he's supporting a charity with works of Andrew Sendor and Tony Payne. And early in 2010, Gap founders Don and Doris Fisher showed a lot of generosity by donating around 1,100 contemporary art pieces to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to help it become one of the top museums in the world.For the most part celebrities just love collecting contemporary art for their own purposes, and obviously it extends beyond just painting. Tobey Maguire is known throughout Hollywood as an extensive collector for many years. Jennifer Aniston not only collects paintings but also has a nice collection of glass works. Val Kilmer not only loves sculpture, he's also been working on a sculpture park in New Mexico to exhibit his collection.And that's not all. Everyone knows what they like, and celebrities have the funds to purchase as much of it as they can. Whether they're buying it or creating it, celebrities and contemporary art go together very well

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Q: Contemporary Art Best Way to Decorate Your Home!
A: Contemporary Art can bring color and much beauty to your everyday life. Contemporary Art Usually represents something differently; sometimes it might show as abstract. Contemporary Art Varies and it comes in many different shapes and forms for example: some can be a wild splash of colors while other might have a smoother and soothing affect to the person observing the art. Because Contemporary Art contains such a wide variety of forms and genres it blends in very well with most home decorating trends. If you already have purchased a piece of art look for an interesting way to present it to your guests.In case you posses more than one item of contemporary are and you would like to hang them for show in your home, try grouping them in a way that will create an interesting look and maybe even a connection between them. Let's say you have a smaller sized art piece you might want to just frame it and put it somewhere like a shelf or a small side table. Just to make sure you understand that not all art needs to be hung on a wall. You have many options, there is always the possibility of leaning it against a wall or maybe an easel you just have to make sure the piece of art doesn't block the way. Also make sure that the art piece's size matches the theme so it looks in place.You can also tell a story with your art or even including helping accessories to convey your point across to the beholder. While making the story you want the details to flow together and match with the surrounding decorations. While you do the above you will create a certain look and the look with contain the mix of the art and the decorations.Make sure that once you have hung the piece of Contemporary Art on the wall make Lighting Enhance it to bring more of the people's attention to it. There are endless ways to display Contemporary Art in your home.

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Q: Contemporary Art Appreciation For Youth and Adults
A: As an artist, I am often explaining what my art means to people. They often want to know what "the story" behind the painting or piece is. But truly, this is not necessary to appreciate a work of art. The only thing you need to appreciate art is your own thoughts and to evaluate your own senses. Here are some suggestions to help both children and adults appreciate contemporary art.Notice your "gut reaction" to any piece of contemporary artwork. This is important when appreciating art. Every artist wants their work to have a voice - and while sometimes that voice is a message of peace and love, other times that message can be something much stronger. A piece of contemporary artwork can be an anti war message that appears very violent. Or a piece of contemporary artwork can appear to have an angry voice when speaking about a political issue. Your gut reaction is going to pick up on that voice 99% of the time. Trust that reaction that you have. This is exactly what the artist wants you to feel - even if it isn't a good feeling!Quite often artwork exists to get us talking about something. An artist can paint the relationship between a mother and daughter as loving and caring and this gets you talking about families, mothers and daughters and other relationships. Or this artwork can appear differently and the relationship can be somehow difficult - but this again gets us to talk about it and our own familial relationships as well. Great artwork inspires you to think, act and get into motion. That is all the experience of appreciation.Every piece of contemporary art tells a story. I am sure you have heard that saying: a picture is worth a thousand words? Well this is very true. As children and adults learn to appreciate art, they become more sensitive and discover that they sense and feel things from pieces of artwork. They trust that first "gut reaction" to a piece of contemporary artwork. Every artist begins inspired to act with some bit of inspired thought. Some are expressing something cathartic. Many artists are actually healing and teaching people through their artwork. Standing in front of the artwork you'll start to experience and sense that story as you are open to the message of this piece. It will step forward and speak to you. You feel immediately comfortable with them. Art appreciation is unique and different for everyone - and that is the way it should be!

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Q: Contemporary Art - Buying For Pleasure, Buying For Profit
A: With the internet making it easier than ever to source artworks, it's relatively simple these days to build up a great-looking collection.While prices for unique works are increasingly beyond the reach of many, limited editions of, say, 150 plus are financially and widely accessible, making it possible to acquire pieces by major artists for reasonable prices.There can be a downside, however. While little beats the pleasure a signed work can bring, generally speaking, the larger an edition, the less likely it is to appreciate in value quickly - or even substantially.Nevertheless, the contemporary art market is full of contradictions, and with growing demand at all levels, recent trends have often seen this assumption overturned.As an obvious example, Damien Hirst's early prints for Eyestorm consistently fetch $10000-$16000 at re-sale, a very substantial profit on their original price. More recently, prints by Banksy and other urban artists have proved equally lucrative.In other words, it's becoming increasingly possible - although by no means a certainty - to make profits quickly with relatively little outlay; although the trick, as always, is knowing what to buy and when to sell. Buying for fast profit The art world has a curious attitude to speculation. Buying and selling purely for profit is still regarded as just a little unsavory, even though the entire art market is dedicated to this pursuit. Perhaps it's because art has such a curiously dual nature, combining aesthetic and cultural worth with a commercial value that can reach very high sums indeed.Whatever the case, it would be difficult to consistently make money from art without some genuine appreciation and an insight into what will stand the test of time. And many dealers are themselves collectors, at least partly funding their own acquisitions through trading.Yet it's certainly true that, with contemporary art consistently showing remarkable returns on investment, it's also become an attractive proposition to a very wide range of buyers.In general, non-specialist speculators often trade in the work of artists whose frequent media coverage makes them well known to the public. And as shown by the two examples mentioned above - Hirst and Banksy - this can certainly reap substantial rewards.But it's also important to remember that, in an increasingly novelty-driven world, the next big thing is usually just around the corner. 'Celebrity' artists often take on the nature of a trend, and fads can become outdated with dramatic speed. Knowing when to sell such work is vitally important. Long-term investment - knowing your artists When it comes to collecting art, you'll often read the following: the safest way to build a collection is simply to buy work you really like.Such advice seems tailor-made to shield less knowledgeable collectors from potential disappointment, and perhaps even encourage sales of less desirable work. Buy a piece you love and if the value falls no harm has been done. If it gains in price, that's a bonus.I prefer to look at buying art a little differently.Of course it's important to purchase work you want to own and view.But since contemporary art presents real investment opportunities, it makes sense to think carefully about what to add to your collection. After all, look at almost any online art site, and you'll see that prices for fairly standard pieces are often equivalent to what you'd pay for work with far greater investment potential.Although there's obviously no way of predicting future value for sure, the key is to familiarize yourself as much as possible with the background of artists you're drawn to.How long have they been practicing? Is there a theme or thought process behind their work? Has this evolved coherently over the years?Artists with at least some degree of complexity and persistent 'vision' are generally more likely to gain steadily in appreciation and price.You'll also want to know if the artist has achieved some kind of recognition. Even artists who disappear temporarily from the art market radar are much more likely to re-emerge at a later point if they show the 'right' kind of commitment and passion. Emerging artists and the schlock of the new New young artists are often fizzing with ideas, many of which can seem ground-breaking or even radical, but the problem is that they have yet to prove their long-term worth.This said, you can certainly gain an insight into potential by applying the criteria above. It's especially important to determine if they have something genuine to express or are simply employing methods that could, over time, increasingly be seen as just a gimmick.Of course, if you're looking to make a high return on investment, rapidly emerging artists can prove highly lucrative.In such cases, it's probably a good idea to invest in as substantial a piece as possible, although as we've seen, editions and multiples can also prove money-earners.But keep a close eye on auction prices and signs of market fatigue. Such artists might be the talk of the town right now, but will they fulfill their early promise?If, after a few years, their work appears stuck in a rut and prices seem to be leveling or even dropping, it's time to think twice about their long-term appeal. On the other hand, if they do continue to create great work, any pieces bought for relatively low sums at the start of their careers should steadily rise in value. Spreading your bets If you're lucky enough to have substantial sums of money to spend on art, newer artists, as we've just seen, can produce significant return on investment.But perhaps the best way to offset the risks that they may never fulfill expectation is to 'spread your bets' across a selection of up and coming names.Buying the work of several different artists might mean settling for less significant works, but with the right kind of knowledge - and luck - hitting a jackpot is still potentially viable. If you've done your research, the chances are fairly good that at least one - and hopefully more - of your chosen artists will gain in recognition.And given the phenomenal increase in prices for contemporary art, if that happens, eventual profits could far outweigh the costs of initial purchases, even if other works fail to make the grade.It's worth remembering that many well-known collectors buy huge amounts of work by new, 'promising' artists.Charles Saatchi is a particularly good example, and although he is famous for the apparent strength of his collection, a sizable proportion consists of artists who have now faded into obscurity (you won't see these listed on the website).However, the phenomenal rise in value of those who became major names - Peter Doig, for example - have reaped him many millions of dollars in profit at auction.And if those are the rewards, you can probably afford to make the odd mistake.

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Q: Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, Illinois
A: In a building that was originally a bakery, the Museum of Contemporary Art (or MCA) in Chicago, Illinois was founded in 1967. It was initially intended to be a space for temporary exhibitions. In 1974, the MCA began acquiring a permanent collection. This permanent collection of contemporary art consisted of pieces created after 1945. After years of expanding into neighboring buildings, the MCA relocated to its current site in 1996. The current site at 220 East Chicago Avenue was the site of a former National Guard Armory from 1907 until 1993. The first American structure designed by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the new structure consists of limestone and aluminum and contains 45,000 square feet of gallery space as well as a sculpture garden and an auditorium.Today, the MCA has a collection of 2,345 contemporary art pieces focusing on surrealism, minimalism and conceptual photography. There is also a monthly exhibit of art created by Chicago's up and coming artists. Only a small percentage of the total collection is displayed at any given time and these pieces may be displayed in any space within the museum. The MCA collaborated with Chef Wolfgang Puck to create a full service restaurant and express counter. Museum admission is not required to dine at Puck's at the MCA, but reservations are recommended..

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Q: Drawing Conclusions - The Rise Of Drawing In The Contemporary Art Scene
A: Not so long ago, drawing became the new painting. From small-scale and intimate to wall-sized, highly-worked or resolutely low-fi; whatever its format, the re-appearance of a once side-lined medium marked a dramatic shift in its fortunes and indeed, assumptions about art in general.But why the change? Was it that, in an art scene increasingly driven by fads, drawing became du jour simply because it hadn't been for a very long time? Or were other, less obvious factors at work?In fact, the re-emergence of drawing was far from market-driven, and its increase in profile a far slower process than any newly voguish status might suggest.To understand something of its current impact, it's necessary to look back at the closing years of the 20th century. A time when, to the eyes of many, the art scene looked very different indeed.Throughout much of the 1990s visual austerity and a certain restraint governed the work of a new wave of artists; many of them British, many high-profile.Figures such as Darren Almond, Damien Hirst, Martin Creed, Rachel Whiteread and a re-discovered Allan McCollum typified an art scene driven by hands-off, conceptual practice and stringent theoretical undertow.Even artists whose work, by contrast, seemed more ludic and theatrical - Maurizio Catellan, the Chapman brothers, an ever-enduring Jeff Koons - shared a taste for slick, expensive, mechanized output. And in fact, looking back, there's a certain synchronistic poetry to the fact that Marc Quinn's 'Self' portrait, a principal icon of the era, quite literally froze the blood.Further tendencies underpinned the general sense of pristine, chilly surface. Graphic design in the late 90s exulted in the hard edges of its newly perfect digital genesis, while on a popular level, serious flirtation with 'minimalism' induced homeowners to replace comfort with pristine surface and spacious void.Clearly, any attempt to rapidly define a moment in art history is doomed to over-simplification. A vast array of artists stand in lush counterpoint to Hirst's surgically steely cabinets or Whiteread's pale, negative spaces. The work of Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Daniel Richter and Jörg Immendorf - to name just a few - all manifest an obvious delight in exuberant mark-making or absorbed, painterly gesture. The gallery and its stable of artists proved a speedy and influential local success, and in 1994, Juxtapoz, a magazine founded by Robert Williams (himself an artist and friend of famed underground artist Robert Crumb) also began to showcase this growing wave of alternative art.Utterly at odds with the rarefied, theory-led aesthetic dominating contemporary practice at the time, this new sensibility came to be regarded as a movement. Its roots and position were defined by not just one label, but two: Low-Brow, or Pop Surrealism.Resolutely populist - bordering, even, on kitsch - its appropriation of popular style and content within a fine art context questioned long-held assumptions regarding the parameters of art itself. Revisiting the earliest tenets of Pop Art, it nevertheless totally dismissed that movement's later associations with Warholian mass production.And in San Francisco, too, similar trends were at work.In the 1990s a group of artists including Chris Johansen, Clare E Rojas and Barry McGee emerged to form a distinctive new scene. Their work, though sharing much with the Low-Brow phenomenon, differed in several important respects and became known as the 'Mission School' in recognition of its essentially San Franciscan flavor.Local influences contributed to a more whimsical, looser approach to image-making than LA tendencies at the time. Street art such as graffiti formed an intrinsic part of the scene, but was generally refined into a figurative rather than textual medium. The legacy of underground comics pioneered by the likes of Robert Crumb was also evident in cartoon-like characterization and a witty, humorous edge.More importantly still, while painting lay at the heart of the Low-Brow movement, drawing was much more widely adopted by the Mission School artists.In a nod to the hand-drawn agitprop and pyschedelia of '60s Haight-Ashbury, they revived techniques such as detailed patterning, hand-lettering and découpage. Materials, too, were frequently unconventional; ball-point pens, markers, recycled paper, wood or metal all found a part in the Mission School look.This 'regional' distinction was clearly underlined in publicity for a 2000 show at LA's New Image Gallery: SAN FRANCISCO DRAWING SHOW curated by: Alicia McCarthy and Chris Johanson. May 19 - June 17, 2000. Straight out of San Francisco, drawings of over 15 artists will be exhibited .... Currently there are important artistic trends developing out of San Francisco. Drawing is at the root of this development. Meanwhile, however, America's East Coast found itself forced (for once) to gradually acknowledge a nexus of creativity occurring elsewhere. While many commentators, curators and gallerists became increasingly aware that some kind of real cultural shift was taking place, others seemed slow or simply unwilling to recognize its impact or legitimacy.Yet the growing appeal of Low-Brow and related work - especially amongst a generation of new and emerging artists - was undeniable. New galleries opened to deal exclusively in the genre, and Juxtapoz, along with many of its featured artists, began to acquire a cult following. Its international distribution and the broad reach of the internet helped ensure that this new sensibility filtered beyond the US.The 'unofficial' Californian scene gathering pace in the '90s was intrinsically linked to a rejection of prevailing artistic practice - the notion, as Fred Tomaselli later put it, "...that people are a bit tired of the over-rationalism (sic) of the art world, this idea that you can get to everything through the cerebral."Yet its ethos was otherwise hugely democratic and unifying, a statement of validity for neglected or side-lined art. There can be little doubt that its emergence provided an impetus behind the current interest in drawing. But this interest - and with it, the resurgence of a particular kind of artistic engagement - was not, of course, solely confined to America's West Coast.Elsewhere in the States, Laylah Ali's first major show of meticulously patterned, faux-naif works took place at Chicago's MOCA in 1999 (she had been featured, along with Chris Johansen, at New York's Drawing Center in the summer of 1998).Julie Mehretu, likewise emerging towards the end of the '90s, fused painting with drawing in a myriad of complex mark-making, while Canada's Royal Art Lodge, formed in 1996, produced whimsical drawings, paintings and objects reminiscent of the Mission School's output. In Europe, similar trends were also underway. As the 20th century drew to its close, Sweden's Jockum Nordstrüm was gaining recognition for his beautifully rendered, twisted tableaux of far from ordinary life. Switzerland's Marc Bauer produced vigorous drawings that exemplified the medium's strength, and in Britain the hand-drawn zine was adopted by Olivia Plender, albeit in a highly polished form.While drawing, obviously, had never disappeared entirely from the gallery, these artists represent just a few of those contributing to its rapidly growing visibility towards the end of the '90s. A resurgence now so evident that, though prompted by certain definable factors, it nevertheless seems organic, almost essential; a phenomenon that quite possibly identifies as well as answers very current needs amongst today's young artists.And what are they?Well to start with, drawing is cheap. For those struggling with the high costs of studio space and materials, it's a medium that's financially viable as well as a manageable means of production.What's more, it's hugely inclusive. Everyone, at some point, has experienced the act of drawing at some level, a participation which affords even the most casual observer a sense of involvement in the medium; a visceral engagement in its use that conceptual art forms often lack.Yet despite this refreshingly egalitarian glow, it also appears that much of today's output seems directed towards highly individual, even arcane expression, a practice exemplified by intricate, almost obsessive mark-making.On the one hand, this wholly supports an ethos by which today's artists seem to demand an intimate, personal and evident engagement with their art.Painstaking detail and labor-intensive mark-making represent artistic endeavor for which the artist alone is responsible. No third-party construction teams, no assistants on hand to dab a brush as directed. This art is about making in the purest possible sense.A parallel explosion in use of craft elements - beading, glittering, collage, embroidery - as well as the growing popularity of zines and artists' books - mirrors this quest for hands-on, highly personalized involvement.Yet more intriguingly, demands for creative ownership may well serve needs besides a revision of artistic involvement.Art, of course, has always been about reflecting and interpreting the world, but the early 21st century seems to have experienced a particularly profound re-appraisal of exactly what the world involves. The outlook is an uneasy one, marked by a growing sense of schism and dislocation, and in particular, the notion of circumstance veering out of control.To return briefly to Pop Surrealism, true to its 'surrealist' label the movement is marked by subversion of apparent reality. Typically, this takes on disturbing, anxiety-ridden form; bio-morphed figures inhabit scenarios laden with threat; an undertow of violence is darkly enhanced by imagery plucked from childhood.And importantly, unlike Surrealism, which investigates the interior spaces of the human psyche, Pop Surrealism obliquely focuses on physical, actual realities. Those genetic hybrids, ruined landscapes and constant simmer of threat don't merely exist in our nightmares. They're with us now.The movement itself may have had its day as far as the art market is concerned, but the zeitgeist it portrays is clearly here to stay. Consider, for a moment, Jean Dubuffet's famous description of L'Art Brut "Those works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses - where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere - are, because of these very facts, more precious than the productions of professions. ... we cannot avoid the feeling that in relation to these works, cultural art in its entirety appears to be the game of a futile society, a fallacious parade." Though written in the 1950s, the proclamation reads now like a perfect manifesto for the kind of anti-establishment art scene we've been discussing. Yet quite apart from epitomizing a 'purer' alternative to the mainstream, the kind of art Dubuffet describes now carries connotations far beyond those of his original assessment.The 'simplicity' of naïve or folk art harks back - in popular nostalgia at least - to carefree, less complex times in which a sense of place and purpose were clearly defined. It's little wonder that its revival coincides with acute apprehension regarding our own, turbulent times.By contrast, much outsider art is clearly associated with not belonging - a characteristic most evident in its embrace of art produced by the mentally ill.Yet here again there's a definite connection. Such work often originates through its use as a therapeutic tool; a fact that throws interesting light on the intricate, involved delineation of much recent drawing and painting. Indeed, in its conspicuous efforts to order, pattern and negotiate space, such complexity provides almost casebook examples of conflict-solving Gestalt.More interestingly still, a significant proportion of contemporary practice doesn't just seek to interpret complex realities, but actually sets out to create them through construction of highly personal, alternative worlds.Paul Noble's well-known drawings of fictional 'Nobson Newtown' are devoid of human figures, yet imbued with visual invention and idiosyncratic textual comment. A Postscript: Drawing right now - who we're liking The energy of the California scene continues apace, with San Francisco still arguably the epicentre of new drawing - check out the wonderful work of Sara Thustra, Sacha Eckes, Andrew Schoultz and Simone Shubuck (a San Francisco native, though now resident in New York).LA practice remains particularly diverse, but artists who make exciting use of drawing include Travis Millard, Adam Janes and Gina Triplett. Elsewhere in the States, we enjoy the work of Carter, Aurel Schmidt and UK-born Dominic McGill (best known for his epic, 65ft 'Project for a New American Century').In Europe, Richard Höglund produces interesting drawings informed by semiotics, and in the UK, artists of note include Sarah Woodfine and Adam Dant (the latter have both been recipients of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.Most exciting of all, newcomer Laura Oldfield Ford's creates large-scale, beautifully rendered drawings with astute political commentary at their core, as well as the cult zine 'Savage Messiah, an extraordinary foray into the psycho-geographic terrain of London.

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Q: Styles of Contemporary Metal Wall Art
A: The great thing about contemporary metal wall art is that it's so inexpensive. It often uses a lot of neutral colors that tie it back in with your furniture. This can have a modern art kind of effect. It also can really be very defined and whimsical. You may just want to use this as a way to warm up your room. A great way to do this would be to go with more of a sunburst mirror which is really going to focus on a lot of the metal frame. Instead of the reflective properties of these kind of pieces in this case, you could go for a smaller middle mirror that has a lot of ironwork as well as small bubbles around it. This can be very retro inspired. It's also going to be one of the least expensive sunburst mirrors that you buy. This allows you to get a larger piece and can even be the entire focal point in your room. It's also really going to work well with any black leather furniture that you have while still giving your space a sense of whimsy.You can also really use this quite subtlety in your home. In this case it can be part of your entryway or your hallway. You can really just venture into more kinds of plaques. This is going to be more like a wall sculpture. It can have a series of different plates in various finishes and colors. The focus is going to be on the beauty of that painted look with a more cheery yellow. Instead, intricate patterns and color palettes reign supreme. You can occasionally find these pieces embossed but this is instantly going to feel a lot more rustic so you may just want to stay with plain metal designs. If it is painted it should be even in a black and white finish so it can also be incorporated in contemporary rooms.

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Q: Where To Find Contemporary Art Auctions
A: There are many choices available today if you are a contemporary art collector. Whether online or offline, depending on your budget and preferences, there are a lot of places where you can buy contemporary artIf you are a serious contemporary art collector, pay a visit to your local fine art auction house. They usually have a schedule of the list of contemporary art to be auctioned on any day as well as some background information on the art pieces being auctioned.If you do not have the budget or can't find an art auction house near your neighbourhood, get online and there are also many sites offering a wide range contemporary art auctions. Another place I like to visit is online auction sites like ebay.com and bidz.com. They have a wide variety of contemporary art to choose from and their prices does varies from one seller to another but generally, it is pretty cheap.I know many new artists use ebay and other auction sites as a way to get their contemporary art seen by many people. Since their art is still unknown, many art galleries may not be willing to place their art pieces on sale in their galleries.However, I do advise caution on online art auction sites since there are many fakes art pieces on auctions. Some sellers are honest and acknowledged it is an imitation. However I brought some contemporary art pieces which were not what the seller claims it is.If you are a serious art collector or collect art for investment but do not have sufficient knowledge, I would advise getting a art appraiser to help you. This is particularly so for expensive contemporary art collections as you do not want the risk of buying a fake art work.

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Q: The Budapest Autumn Festival - Contemporary Arts For Everyone!
A: The Budapest Autumn Festival is one of Europe's premier contemporary arts festivals and it takes place every year in the Hungarian capital; the beautiful and timeless city of Budapest.The Festival has grown since 1992 into one of most acclaimed festivals of its kind despite the fact that there are still many culture lovers out there who don't like, or don't understand contemporary arts. That's why the organisers of the Budapest Autumn Festival have worked hard to increase the understanding of this form of culture, so even if you're not usually a fan of contemporary arts you're encouraged to come along and give it a try! What is the Budapest Autumn Festival? Held in autumn every year this event is a celebration of contemporary arts. It showcases a variety of different art forms including dance, theatre, music, opera, and film so this is far from being just another art exhibition! You'll find world-class performers here, and many world or European tours start right here, giving visitors the chance to see a world premier performance. Alongside the seasoned professionals the festival also encourages emerging talent, and all the while attempting to increase knowledge and appreciation of contemporary arts.If you're not very familiar with contemporary arts the Budapest Autumn Festival is a great place to find out more. Among the events at the 2010 Budapest Autumn Festival you can witness some great musical talent in the form of two bands, one called Les Percussions de Strasbourg, and the other New Music Studio. This year's opera programme includes the premiere of 'The Wonderful World of Mobiles'. Visiting the Budapest Autumn Festival Early October is usually when the the festival takes place and 2010 is no exception, beginning Friday 8 October and ending on Sunday 17 October.You may not want to stay for the duration of the festival but you should certainly stay and check out what else Budapest has to offer. This is a stunningly beautiful city after all and there are countless monuments, churches, palaces and more to see here. Hotels in Budapest are in abundance and available in all star ratings though of course they do get booked up quicker during events such as the Autumn Festival.

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Q: What to Buy in Corporate Art
A: People love to decorate the homes and business, and probably the most common types of paintings to buy are corporate art. This type of art is contemporary art which was produced after World War II. Therefore, present type art is corporate art. This will review what some of the pieces are.Like the art from centuries prior, there are progressions and different types of art that represent different segment arts since World War II. If one looks at the 1950s, there was art like Bay Area Figurative Movement and Lyrical Abstraction. Moving to the 1980s, there was postmodern art and graffiti art. Doing a search online can give all of the different categories, and one can see many pieces that depict each of the categories.Like with most items that someone purchases, people like to have pieces which represent them the most. There are contemporary galleries which specialize in showing these types of pieces, and there are certain names that are more known for painting or producing certain types of art.This type of art can produce artists which become more popular in one area compared to others. For example, artists in New York were more recognized than others in the 1980s

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Q: Contemporary Art at the Corner House - Cornerhouse Art Centre
A: Cornerhouse Art Centre, located in the heart of Manchester is an international centre for contemporary visual art. However, it is more than just a centre for art; it is a cinema, art gallery, bookshop, bar, cafe and a place for debate. Cornerhouse Art Centre can also be defined as the perfect setting to get away from it all. Cornerhouse Art Centre was envisaged by the Greater Manchester Visual Arts Trust of which the members were aficionados of visual and performing arts and film. They firmly believed that Manchester was in need of a space for contemporary arts. Therefore, with the assistance of several local organisations the old furniture shop situated on Oxford Road was selected as the place to launch this mission.In 1985, Cornerhouse opened its doors housing three cinemas, two bookshops and three art galleries. It was made to offer its visitors a place to discover contemporary arts at its best amidst a relaxing ambience. Therefore, this alluring centre for art also comes with a bar and cafe. The bar is known to be a popular meeting place for those who are keen on the pop culture.This place of information and entertainment offers events and educational programmes each month for those interested in film making. The art galleries showcase modern art exhibitions which mainly include work by innovative and renowned international artists. Cornerhouse also hosts many events and festivals such as Doodlebug Day which is a graffiti festival. Yet another famous event hosted at this fine art centre includes the New

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Q: What Is Contemporary Art?
A: From Dictionary.com: Contemporary: "existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time" So with this definition you should certainly be thinking that this is art created while we live - in our time. No DaVinci's here. This art style is as diverse we are as a population in the 2000's. If we take a trip back to the art period of the Renaissance, the most painters painted in a particular style. Many painters would jump on the bandwagon as that was the popular style, not unlike musicians of this century. Portraits of the 1700's all had similar qualities. With contemporary art, you can find very stylized and personalized styles to fit your home or office.These artists have become some of the most famous artists of any artist is history. Look at Warhol for example. He was up there with some of the largest rock stars of his day and is still one of the only artists people could name if you asked them to name ten famous artists from the 1900's. Why the fame? They can make political statements; communicate moods and feelings that other centuries of art styles could not and still be accepted. I feel a certain way and like certain visuals - I can find that artist. And that is why this art form has become so dominant.To learn more about contemporary art, there are some very prevalent museums like the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and in Los Angeles. You can go to their websites to see the differences between this style and impressionism, and other major periods of art.

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Q: Contemporary Wall Art - Creating A Stunning Focal Point
A: Adding fine works of contemporary wall art to a modern room or space is a fantastic way to express unique style. High-quality works of contemporary wall art can be interpreted in countless ways, and fine pieces with unique design add a great deal of drama and artistic interest to a business or home. Consider the following ideas for decorating a modern home or establishment when in search of ways to embellish a wall with contemporary art. Well chosen fine works of contemporary wall art make a striking first impression, and with the following ideas you will be able to create a focal point with designer style and remarkable appeal. Add Color to Begin Creating a Focal Point Begin by creating a background rich in color to highlight the focal point of an area or space. Choose a vibrant hue that coordinates well with the flooring and furniture within the space, and paint a single wall rather than the entire room. The single wall will serve as the backdrop for the focal point, and it should compliment the colors of the adjoining walls. Painting one wall will not only create the ideal background for the contemporary art you choose, but it will also add a lot of drama and design to the room without investing a considerable amount of time, expense or effort. Painting a single accent wall in an eye-grabbing color will add significantly more style than painting the entire area. Light up a Contemporary Space with New Wall Lighting A focal point located in a room or a space that lacks lighting is a focal point that will not receive the attention it deserves, and this can be remedied with the addition of contemporary wall lighting. Choose a built-in wall fixture that matches the contemporary style of the space, and add a handy dimmer switch. This will allow you to control the amount of lighting to create the most drama and make the greatest impact when displaying a fine work of contemporary art. Adding built-in lighting will probably require the skills of an electrical specialist, but it is well worth the cost if the area lacks adequate luminosity. Tips for Choosing Wall Art Finding the perfect piece of contemporary art involves more than simply choosing a wall hanging that coordinates well with the color of the space. Instead of selecting the first piece of contemporary wall art that catches your eye, consider the design of the choices before making a final selection. Keep in mind that contemporary art with vertical lines will naturally draw the eyes around the entire room, and a focal point with horizontal lines will guide the eyes up and down along the wall. If you want to gently draw the eyes inward toward the focal point, choose a contemporary work of art with soft graceful curves, and make certain it reflects your unique decorating style. The contemporary art you select says a lot about who you are as well as the style you prefer. Carefully choose the focal point for the space, and select fine works of contemporary wall art to make the greatest overall impression.Whether you choose the wall color before selecting contemporary wall art, or whether you select an amazing work of contemporary art before deciding on a hue, keep in mind that the finest works of contemporary art will best reflect your personal style. You have a single The focal point of a space is of the utmost importance, and the focal point you create will make or break the look of that space.

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Q: How to Create a Dramatic Focal Point With Contemporary Wall Art
A: Fine contemporary wall art is a stunning addition a modern home or business. High-quality contemporary wall art not only adds color and design to a space, but it is also a direct way to express personal preference and style. What many people love about contemporary wall art is the fact that it can be interpreted in many different ways, and it has the potential to change the entire look of a space. When searching for creative ideas on how to create a dramatic focal point with contemporary wall art, consider the following tips for decorating a modern home or business. Begin with Paint A focal point in a room with contemporary style must stand out from other wall decor, and what better way to highlight a focal point that with color? To create a dramatic focal point in a room or in an expansive hallway or space, begin by painting a single wall an intense color of your choice that coordinates well with contemporary flooring and furnishings. Adding a richer color to a single wall will add more interest and drama while drawing attention to the focal point. Painting a single wall will add far more interest and style than painting the entire room, and creating a focal point will made a definite statement. Lighting Matters A focal point lacking proper lighting will not be nearly as impressive as a well lighted location. If the room or area where you plan to add a focal point lacks sufficient lighting, consider adding a contemporary wall fixture above the center of the display. Add a high-quality modern light fixture, and set it up with a dimmer switch that will allow control over the level of lighting. Adding wiring and new lighting will probably require the skills of a professional electrician, but when creating a striking focal point in a fine contemporary home, the addition of lighting is well worth the added expense. Select a Focal Point If you have not already chosen a work of contemporary art to create a focal point on a wall, select a work of wall art that will reflect the unique personality and style of the business or home. The contemporary wall art you choose speaks volumes regarding who are and what you represent in your home or establishment. It is important to take your time when choosing contemporary wall art to complete a focal point while making the greatest overall impression.Finding the perfect piece of contemporary wall art requires more than simply choosing something that catches the eye or matches a specific color. A work of art has the power to completely change the look and feel of a room or space in ways many people do not consider. Contemporary wall art with horizontal lines will guide the eyes around the room, while contemporary art with vertical lines will naturally draw the eyes up and down. Works of modern art with soft curves will bring the gaze inward toward the display. It is up to you in deciding the results you want to achieve when decorating a space and creating a focal point.Keep in mind that the choices you make when creating a focal point will make a lasting first impression, and this is why it is of the utmost importance to choose fine works of art so that impression is positive in every way.

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Q: Contemporary Paintings - Who Gets to Say What 'Contemporary' Means?
A: The art establishment is not the sole determiner of what contemporary art is. Just writing about the term "contemporary paintings" makes me cringe because it conjures up a type of art snob with nose in the air as they speak knowingly about what they call fine art. For I admit to being one of those people who loves art, who thinks she can tell the authentic from the nice, and certainly can identify the awful and shallow. But I abhor the official snobbery of the art establishment, those who would declare themselves arbitraters of what is art and what is not. And I know I am not alone.Believe me I get just as tied up in knots over all those art terms out there as you do. What is bioart, neo Dadism, installation art and so on? If there is a wacky word then it is probably related to an art movement and some would say a lot of it is a real movement if you get my drift. Even the term contemporary artist seems to conjure up an image of a blank wall which has people standing in front of it, heads to the side contemplating the meaning of this major artistic statement.But how do the rest of us communicate what we think contemporary art is, or maybe more to the point, should be? The only valid way I can think of is to just say what we think art is and damn the noses of the art elite.For me art goes beyond pretty, beyond a reasonable representation of whatever is being painted. Certainly it goes beyond shocking and the laziness of the artist who throws together a bit of paint and calls it art. For contemporary art has to be about now, whenever that now might be. We know this not because someone has told us so but because we can see in their art something authentic about the depiction of their times - their own now. That is why Whistler's Mother ( Arrangement in Gray and Black), American Gothic, Van Gogh's sunflowers, Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Sid Nolan's Ned Kelly continue to speak to us, impress and thrill us and to open the gates of time to know this is who they were whether it was in 1875, 1935, 1956 or today.This is also good news for us all because the "great painters" are not only from the past. They emerge everyday as gifted artists continue to define their own contemporary times. Artists such as Garry Duncan - the self taught Australian artist, whose landscapes transcend any previously described art movement, will no doubt be known amongst the likes of Van Gogh, Munch and Nolan. And Garry Duncan will be one of our contemporary artists who will be known for what he should be known for, creating art that is his own and which explains his life and speaks for his times.

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Q: Famous Indian Contemporary Artist - New Style of Painting the Canvas
A: Indian art is of great essential significance in harmony to its civilization and legacy. Art is a mixture of different types and styles; it modifies its phases, as the paint brush comes in the hands of diverse painters belonging to wide areas in world, having different background, sense of style.In the present time the modern and figurative art form is of high demand not only in India but also in foreign countries. Modern form of painting is the outcome of the creativeness plus experimentation that the stalwarts of art have started.Indian contemporary Art introduced in 21st century is a wide-range art. It ranges and has made his mark from the exclusive business empires offices, royal classes, to the houses of the middle-class art lovers. Indian art can be categorized variedly based on many criteria, one of them is medium. In which the artist is classified as oil painting artist, acrylic painting artist, water color painters and many more.But this should not be the main criterion, as in 21st century painting artist do not work on any single pattern, they have a versatility in them to experiment new shades altogether. The other way in which artists are classifieds is the place to which they belong i.e. their origin.On the other hand most of the artists keep on moving from one place to another. They do not do not append their artwork with any typical school of art.Indian contemporary artists take their insight from a mixture of sources and styles; Indian Artwork has still maintains its separate style and flavor. It has the capacity to merge the new style of art in it.Indian contemporary art has won applause from all over the world. An unbelievable variety and originality is present in the Indian art. The contemporary Indian art is an ideal intermingle of Indian culture, history, religious beliefs, philosophy and diversity. This art form is day by day becoming more popular and famous all over the world. It has a great demand in the art market.India has many famous contemporary artist added to its list. Their style of painting is a much of high class superiority, for the upper class people. It's a smooth, shinny; glossy style showcasing the wide range of variety. In this growing contemporary style modern materials are also used to give it a new edge. Natural fabric material like wool, cotton, silk, linen is used. These contemporary artist has the art to impress you with there brilliance and imaginative values.

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Q: Contemporary Wall Mirrors - Ideas For Decorating a Foyer
A: If you are searching for the ideal decor to finish decorating a modern foyer, wall mirrors are the perfect choice. Large well placed wall mirrors can greatly increase the appearance of a small foyer, they can help add light where light is lacking, and they will most certainly add style and interest to any space. The following ideas will help you begin decorating a foyer with contemporary style and enable you to transform an ordinary entryway into a striking foyer that makes an outstanding first impression. It is a fact that first impressions mean a lot, and guests that step inside your home will be immediately impressed. Contemporary Metal Art and a Striking Framed Mirror A contemporary wall mirror looks stunning when placed alone on a foyer wall, but when hung with contemporary metal wall art it is even more impressive. When searching for metal wall art of modern design you will find high-quality selections in all colors, sizes, and styles, and three-dimensional contemporary wall art is the ideal accompaniment to an exclusive contemporary mirror. Place a mirror of your choice on a wall opposite to another work of contemporary art for an eye-grabbing display that can be seen from many different angles. It will frame another fine works of art and strategically highlight the display. Mount it Next to the Foyer Door Contrary to the way in which most people choose to decorate a foyer, a mirror can be placed next to the entryway door instead of across from it. A beautiful contemporary wall mirror placed next to the door rather than opposite the door will add interest and design to the space, and it will also provide a convenient area for touch-ups upon leaving or entering the home. If the available space next to the foyer door is expansive, choose a contemporary wall mirror and two works of fine modern wall art to decorate around the mirror. This type of display will not be immediately noticed by guests entering the home, but it will most certainly be noticed on the way out. Wall Pockets and a Contemporary Mirror Consider decorating with wall pockets and a fine contemporary mirror to create an interesting focal point with texture and natural vivid color. Consider choosing an attractive contemporary mirror and wall pockets that go well with the frame of the mirror. Next, place floral foam inside the wall pockets, and fill them with a beautiful artificial floral display. Faux bear grass highlighted by beautiful calla lilies is an outstanding choice. When arranging the flowers, bend a few of the stems downward for a natural appearance that will definitely impress all who enter your home. Choose a Console and a Striking Contemporary Mirror An attractive contemporary console would look lovely when placed in a foyer, and the wall above the console is the ideal location for an eye-catching contemporary mirror. Select a modern console with open shelves, and place a fine sculpture or another quality work of art in the center. Hang the wall mirror at the appropriate height above the console for a lovely display that will complete the look of your stylish foyer. A Shelf and a Beautiful Contemporary Mirror If a console is not your preference, consider a modern shelf to mount beneath a beautiful contemporary wall mirror. Top the shelf with a stunning modern sculpture or a sleek looking vase filled with fresh flowers that coordinate well with the color of surrounding walls and decor. Mirrors are naturally reflective, and a well placed mirror will help make a small foyer appear larger. An expansive foyer will appear brighter and lighter than ever.Mirrors are an excellent choice when decorating a foyer with contemporary style and these are just some of the many ways you can decorate a modern foyer with mirrors and other wall decor. They are available in many different sizes and colors to meet every budget and preference, and when placed with other fine works of contemporary art, you can turn an ordinary foyer into a grand entryway that is sure to impress.

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Q: Contemporary Paintings Art Guide
A: Contemporary art paintings cover broadly the years of post World War II up to the present day. The styles of painting in contemporary movements vary widely from one to another. This article covers the major movements of contemporary art, and tries to explain how they link with each other. Some of the key contemporary art eras from the 1950s and 1960s included Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Neo-Dada, Minimalism and the New York School.Famous artists from this era include Andy Warhol, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock. The earlier art movements of Cubism & Fauvism are believed to have been part inspiration for many of these new directions. The 1960s represented the start of modern culture, and modern art was a key part of it. Traditional art was now joined in the mainstream with these new contemporary styles that had gained popularity and respect across the board. Since the 1970s many additions to contemporary art have been technology based with digital, software & installation art. In parallel with technology, they continue to develop even today and go off in new directions, or sub-movements.One relatively new, and already very popular art movement is Street art from artists like Banksy which is a progression of the earlier Graffiti art.Many new movements are seeking to break away from the thinking and methods of traditional art, as Abstract Expressionism had tried to some 60 years ago. The independence of mind and creativity remains strong in contemporary artists today, and they have broken away from simply using different canvas or painting techniques, to use entirely different forms of expression, as shown in the Installation art of artists such as Dan Flavin.Contemporary art represents the completion of the transition from Baroque and Renaissance painting, through Romaticism & Impressionism up to what we have today, with the likes of digital art movements breaking out frequently. The future for contemporary movements seems likely to blend with the path of technology and other new directions which are impossible to foresee.

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Q: Contemporary Metal Art For the Wall
A: Some people consider themselves art aficionados and they know everything regarding the topic. Others are novices when it comes to artwork, but they know what they like. There is a form of contemporary metal art that will be equally appreciated by each of these groups. This makes a nice addition to the home, especially when placed on the walls.Contemporary art is often cool and streamlined, presenting a modern appearance. This type of art is more literal in design than its abstract counterpart. Contemporary pieces clearly depict their subject matter, so there is limited interpretation needed regarding this area. However, that does not mean that there is anything less to talk about.It uses a blend of shading, colors, and design techniques to transform common subjects into pieces that grab oneís attention. Contemporary art depicts the familiar in a modern way, making each work of art appear fresh and new. The use of metal within this style of art adds a clean and sleek feeling to every piece.Flowers, trees, and other things found in nature are subjects often captured in contemporary art. Musical and entertainment topics are also popular, as are different types of food. Steel is also very durable, making it well suited for outdoor display.Incorporating glass or mosaics into the metal art provides another look. The glass allows for a great play of light throughout the day. Mosaics will provide a very geometric appearance if uniform sized pieces are used or a more random look when mosaics of varying dimensions are included.When purchasing contemporary metal art, consider the use of mediums such as metal, glass, and mosaics. These add a nice dynamic flair to the standard metal wall art. The pieces come in many colors, subjects, and sizes and some may even be custom designed for an added charge.

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Q: Dissolving Stereotypes Concerning Contemporary African Art
A: One positive facet of globalization is the fusion of creative elements from various cultures of the world. The essence of this global shift has drastically changed the contemporary African art market, rendering post modern representations of this great continent, its people and creatures in new and enlightening contexts. Modern African artists work to explore new concepts by interpreting them within their indigenous traditions or by reflecting their authentic African situation or experience in their art work.However, maybe it is less the content or style of the works than the origin, location or structure of the artist that exhibit them. Postmodern African Artists Endure a Mixed Blessing Defining the contemporary artists' identity based on cultural or geographical boundaries has always been applied, especially in the African case. Unfortunately for many postmodern African artists this is a mixed blessing. Possessing African roots can be seen as a source of pride, an irrelevant fact, or a perpetual curse. Western stereotypes are steadfast and hard to eliminate. Western cultural presuppositions have negatively affected the presentation and interpretation of contemporary African art. In the Washington Post the Tanzanian artist Kiure Msangi quoted the reaction of a journalist: "Do you use acrylic paint? But that is not African!" Kiure Msangi proceeded: "If I would have used in some canvases acrylic paint with cow dung, I am sure the critics would have loved it". Can the World's Contemporary Art Culture Benefit from the African Experience? Although the stereotypes still exist, there is a growing upward trend in the sale and exhibition of contemporary "African Art". Both collectors and the general public are investing in exciting vibrant paintings, sculptures, installations and digital art. These contemporary art collections bring delight and financial reward, while enriching many homes with modern form and color.The 21st century has been with us for some time and "African Art" is beginning to solidify the respect it has gained in recent years. This contemporary art should not be discarded as a strange sub-category, but be recognized for its sophistication and quality. These modern works of art are being produced by a professional and ethnically diverse art community that spans the globe.

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Q: Contemporary Wall Art Will Add Character to Any Space
A: Creating a space that sings with vitality and color is often a daunting task. Contemporary wall art is a a simple way to add that pizazz to your home or office. With colors that range from soothing to vibrant, there are a multitude of options to choose from to enhance the space and make it your own. When you start to look around, you'll be surprised at the options available.Blank walls are like an empty page in a journal, waiting to be filled with personal expression. Purchasing contemporary art is an opportunity to connect with art that speaks to you and hang it in your space to add beauty and personality. Metal wall art in a foyer or entryway to your office is a like a first impression. You want something that stands out, catches attention, but is also tasteful and compelling. A simple abstract metal wall sculpture or muted contemporary painting can do the trick. In a living room or above the fireplace in a vacation home, an elegant contemporary wall sculpture can be a highlight of the party. With shimmering textures of steel and burnished copper, a unique metal mosaic sparks conversation.The decor you surround yourself with impacts your daily life. Walking into a sunny kitchen with a striking abstract red wall sun sets the tone for morning coffee. Bathing in an elegant bathroom with a dazzling mirror set within an abstract metal wall sculpture calms the mind. Metal wall art adds a uniquely personal and vital touch to each room.

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Q: Best Way to Use Contemporary Wall Arts For Room Decoration
A: Room decorations can be done in several ways. Using contemporary wall arts for decorating modern rooms in a home or business is a marvelous way. Fine art pieces with their unparalleled designs give abounding dramatic and artistic expression to the room. It will be very useful to recognize the following tips for embellishing a modern room using contemporary art pieces in your house or business establishment. If you have skill to select the fine art pieces, you can impart a spectacular imprint to the room. These guidelines will help you to focus to follow a specific design style and accomplish an outstanding appearance. Start making a focus point by using color: First attempt should be to make a robust colored backdrop wall with a spotlight that will be a point to focus on in that area. You should select a vivacious hue, which well matches with the furniture and the flooring inside that area. This wall should compliment the other walls that should be in lighter color. The lone wall will function as the center point to focus and will furnish the perfect background for embellishment with the contemporary wall arts that you select. Nevertheless, it will have its impact allover the room by imparting it the conception and you do not have to spend a huge amount of money or time on that. A single wall is to be painted that is pronounced with an eye catching color and will give an exceedingly bigger impression than painting all the walls in that color. Lighting up the focus point using latest wall lighting: The focal point should be adequately illuminated to draw the attention of people. The visitors will not notice a poorly lighted wall. This point can be taken care by installing most modern type of wall lighting that should attract the attention of all. You should pick up a most contemporary wall-mounting light that goes well with the style and theme of that area. Provide an easy accessible dimmer for the light so that you can manipulate the intensity of light to get the most appealing effect on the fine contemporary wall arts pieces fixed on the wall. You may require the help of an electrician to fix the wall lighting. It deserves the expense when you view the benefit of sufficient brightness at the focus point. Guidelines for selecting Contemporary Wall Arts: Selecting the ideal pieces of contemporary wall arts is more perplexing than selecting the color of wall or the lighting fixture. Do not just go for the art pieces that attract you. Better, study the overall impact and expression in conjunction with the wall, light and over all surroundings prior to deciding about them. Some art pieces with upright lines will make the eyes move to observe the complete room. The eyes will be directed to observe upward and downwards with the horizontal lines on the point of focus. It will be more suitable to select the contemporary art pieces with have soft refined arcs that represent your specific style of design. The art pieces selected by you should express your personality and the design style you like. You should be cautious to select the point of focus in that space and the pieces of contemporary wall arts that give a marvelous and impressive appearance to the place.

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Q: Contemporary Wall Mirrors - Creative Decorating Advice And Tips
A: A fine wall mirror is a lovely decorating accessory in any business or home, and wall mirrors are available in countless sizes and styles to meet ever decorating preference and budget. If you are considering decorating a business or home in a contemporary style, the following creative decorating advice and tips will provide fresh ideas. Beautiful high-quality wall mirrors can be used in a variety of creative ways to add dimension and design to a contemporary space, and instead of just hanging a modern mirror on a bare wall, try something new. It is easy to transform a contemporary space into a striking display with the addition of beautiful a wall mirror or a series of mirrors. Design a Contemporary Focal Point A room or an area with contemporary style can be made even more stunning with the inclusion of an eye-catching focal point on a wall, and a beautiful wall mirror can look as spectacular as a modern painting or three-dimensional wall art. Consider displaying a large contemporary wall mirror over a table in a grand foyer, and place a modern sculpture on the table in front of the wall mirror to create a dazzling display.When a large wall mirror of contemporary style is used in conjunction with a piece of fine furniture of modern style the display is absolutely spectacular. The wall mirror can become the focal point of the room when paired with eye-catching contemporary accent pieces. For a display even more stunning, position the arrangement across from a window that brings in plenty of natural light. The light will be reflected throughout the room to create an ambiance that feels bright and uplifting. Add the Illusion of Square Footage Wall mirrors are useful for more than just providing an extra place for checking the appearance and last minute hair styling. A single wall mirror has the innate ability to enlarge the look of a space through its reflective properties. A modern wall mirror or an array of mirrors can be positioned to reflect natural or artificial lighting to add the illusion of size to a room or another area of a home or business.To add visual size to a contemporary space, select a location for a mirror or a group of mirrors that will capture and reflect filtered light from a window, door, or a chandelier. An area with a lone window can be greatly brightened with the addition of a well placed mirror or a series of mirrors. They will reflect light from the window throughout the room, and the lighting will play off of furnishings and walls. Reflections of Artistic Displays Works of fine contemporary art are spectacular additions to a contemporary home, but if they can only be viewed from a specific side of the room they are not being used to their greatest potential. If you have a beautiful work of contemporary art that is worthy of displaying on more than one wall, place a mirror or a collection of mirrors on an opposite wall from the display. Mirrors will allow the wall hanging to be seen from various angles, and the addition of mirrors is a superb way to add more color and appeal to a contemporary space or area. Create a Unique Contemporary Skylight Contrary to popular belief, contemporary mirrors intended for walls can be used in other areas of the home. With a little ingenuity and creativity, mirrors can be securely mounted on a horizontal space to create the look of a beautiful skylight. This decorating technique is especially impressive on a slanted wall or ceiling that reflects windows or colorful contemporary works of art.To create the illusion of added height in a modern space, hang contemporary mirrors from floor to ceiling. In a contemporary home with a fireplace, mount a mirror above the mantel instead of a painting or another work of art. Mirrors do not always have to be placed at eye level, and when well positioned, a single mirror can change the lighting and ambiance in a room. If you love an ever-changing look in your contemporary home or business, choose mirrors, and transform your space into a stunning showplace that is sure to generate many compliments.

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Q: How to Choose Contemporary Artwork
A: These times of economic recession offer a dreary outlook. Thus there is an ever increasing need to maintain optimism in your home, living room or office with artwork pieces which will brighten and stimulate your environment. However, in order not to simply purchase run of the mill artwork pieces, it is important to give careful consideration to the type of wall art that you want to purchase.This article serves to assist you through the maze of contemporary art decor, enabling you to purchase the art that you need at a price that is right.When looking for modern art, the following considerations should be made:Size when choosing contemporary art decor, it is important to initially decide how large the piece should be. Perhaps the simplest way to decide is to simply tack up some newspaper in the place where you intend to put your wall art decor. In this way, you are able to easily visibly see whether your piece is too large or small or just right for your furniture and other soft furnishings. Canvas artwork does not necessarily have to be very expensive although that is always a presumption. If you are looking for original artwork pieces, then canvas pieces can be picked up relatively cheaply by buying artwork of young upcoming artists rather than established ones.On the other hand, paper artwork offers a different dimension with the colors resonating in a different way. This factor is very much a personal preference. The advantage of paint is that it has sustainability in relation to the vibrancy of color, with charcoal and pastels having a tendency to fade slightly over a period of time.Frame type - The choice of frame is an essential factor in choosing a piece of artwork. It needs to complement the piece rather than overpowering it. Perhaps the best way to choose an appropriate frame is to physically test it in different types of frame. You will find that some, such as metals and strong colors may distract from the artwork whilst pastels and woods complement the piece or vice versa. There are no hard and fast rules to the choice of frame, instead it is simply a try and see method.Overall, the choice of contemporary artwork is very much a personal preference, with the role of the piece often being to brighten and decorate a room, sometimes shocking an audience and at other times astounding them - the choice is yours!

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Q: The Breathtaking Contemporary Wall Art
A: Living in the modern times, you need to make use of the kinetic wall art. Gone are the times when the tedious paintings and hangings could do the job for your interior. Today, every homeowner needs to make use of the hottest decors. 3D moving pictures are the most sought after wall decor. The fantastic colors, schemes together with lovely sounds make this wall art the perfect home accent for all. Unlike the traditional home accents, these moving pictures are replete with life. Their realism and are sheer beauty makes them the heartthrob for anyone who wishes to have chicest home accents.These contemporary pictures come in amazing scenes such as sunsets, city scenes, waterfalls, streams, beaches, forests and much more. Being 3 D pictures, they have to power to transport you to the world of beauty and peace they portray. With the entry of this astounding wall art, the tedious wall pictures and hangings are becoming obsolete. These moving pictures are so versatile and adaptable that they can complement any setting or any room of your place. You can place them in your bedroom, living room, corridors, guestroom, study, kids' room; they can even be placed in your kitchen.Owing to the huge collection and dynamic scenes of this wall art, may people love to place the moving pictures in their offices as well. The sheer elegance and beauty of these pictures can decorate any office setting in a great way.

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Q: Contemporary Prints
A: Contemporary prints refer to prints that have been made during our time. Contemporary prints are up-to-date and made during what we refer to as the modern age. Thus a print made by Van Gogh or by Durer would not be considered a contemporary print. Contemporary prints come in a vast array of formats and types and are as varied as the contemporary art scene is. Contemporary prints in some countries are quite traditional and follow the way things have been done in that particular country. For example many contemporary prints made in Japan pay homage to that countries tradition of fine wood block printing. A lot of contemporary prints in the USA follow a different kind of tradition, that of abstract expressionism. Contemporary prints utilize a number of different techniques but can be placed in the abstract expressionism tradition.Contemporary prints and printmaking have been stimulated by the deliberate setting up of tertiary printmaking departments in an effort to stop certain techniques from dying out. Institutions such as the Tamarind Institute and Rutgers University in the USA have ensured that contemporary prints include a healthy dose of lithography. These organizations have not only benefited contemporary prints in the USA but have also reached out across the globe and have resulted, through the training of master printers, in the establishment of a number of contemporary print workshops such as The Artists' Press in South Africa and Taller de Artes Visuales in Chile.Contemporary prints often combine different print techniques and elements in ways that were not done in the past. Thus a print by Toon Verhoef (Netherlands) will include collage elements that have been printed on separately and Erika Hibbert and Joachim Schönveldt (South Africa) will include aspects of embossing in their work, which adds detail and texture to the contemporary prints.With the vast array of contemporary prints that are available one needs to do some research before investing in work. The main criteria should be whether you like the image and whether it is in fact a genuine hand printed limited edition print. If you are not sure of what you are looking at ask for a documentation sheet and ask for details of how the print was made. If you are still not sure ask a reputable contemporary prints dealer for advice.

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Q: Contemporary Painter
A: Contemporary Painter Since the term contemporary means current, up to date, or today, a contemporary painter is someone that has recently created a painting. This means that contemporary art doesn't always have to be modernistic in style. It can also be old fashioned. It's Just Out There We often think of contemporary artists as a little bit weird or just out there. Many artists try and push the envelope and are looking for something to have a little shock value. This tends to make modern paintings more exciting.The truth is that while some artists are "out there" a lot of artists are not. Paintings that are the strangest just stick out the most. Old Always Comes Back The old standby for artists is to paint landscapes. An old standby is a barn down a country lane. This may seem traditional, but often times the old style comes back or can be done in a different way.One of these current trends is the reemergence of Fresco. It takes a good deal of work and knowledge to create a good Fresco painting, but there is a real trend for artists that are relearning this old style.Landscape paintings are traditional in style, but in the contemporary medium you can see new trends. For example, Thomas Kinkade, contemporary painter, created landscapes that focused on showcasing the beauty of light. This had never been done in such a way. What was created was a new style out of a traditional one. Recent Trends One of the more classical trends is to create something finely detailed. It may take you hours and hours of work to create. In the final result, you can appreciate the fine detail if you get close to the picture and really admire it.Nowadays, a subtle trend has emerged for vibrant earth tone colors. The idea is to complement the home and the home décor in a soft subtle way.These types of paintings are often splashed colors that are carefully picked out to go with the home. The colors are blended in ways that bring out the architecture style of the home. For example, you often see a reddish orange patch of paint that is blended towards a raised white and dark brown center splotch. The resulting effect is the room feels warm to the heart yet also feeling strong and resolute. It is hard to explain without seeing it. The main point is to bring out the heart of the home and make the architecture resonate with who you are. More to Say There is a mountain of information that can be said about contemporary painters. If you are seriously considering a piece, visit your local contemporary gallery. Nearly every large city has at least one. In this way, you can be assured of a truly unique work of art. If you can't find a modern gallery, simply go to a larger museum or gallery and ask for a niche referral. Many of the best pieces are not broadly advertised for sale and require a little effort to find

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Q: Contemporary Canvas Art
A: While all other people are often wasting their time in order to find a suitable gift for their beloved ones, why not do it in a faster and far better way. Contemporary art promises to refresh the older visual fine art offerings by giving a new and modern method. Acrylic prints are the best way to turn your favourite drawings and pictures into canvas prints. Why are they so attractive? The great thing about these prints is that they keep brightness of the original photo as well as adding some interesting features. Whether you want to transfer drawings of your children, photos from vacations or portraits of your beloved ones onto canvases, you can be sure that they be real masterpieces. It is a super and wonderful thing as they will fit any place and house and will be a pleasant decoration to the interior and design of your home.If it is a special present that you are probably looking for then look no further, as I will now attempt to answer why this is so. First of all, memories fill our life with some special emotional episodes with effect and colour. When you look at canvas photo prints, you can feel the love and warmth that you can experience again and share this love among your family. An interesting point here is that many people like to gather albums, not in electronically version but as real ones. They keep these albums with a lot of care and from time to time reflect on the pictures within.Any picture from your album can be presented for the canvas work. A super canvas helps to move you through the time to yesterday day event, some years ago or even to the episodes of your past. It is such a pleasant feeling to have the same enjoyable memories again and again. It takes it from your album that is seen only occasionally and spreads the joy of the canvas into a position that is often reflected upon.Another advantage of acrylic canvases as they can last longer than usual photos and even can be more qualitative..

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Q: Contemporary Design Techniques Place Emphasis on Clean Lines
A: Contemporary designs are typically based on a modern theme of clean lines and sharp visual concepts. There are usually contrasting colors that define the furniture and wall spaces in dramatic hues and shapes. Furniture in the contemporary style is often considered an artistic expression, but again, with the emphasis on the clean lines of the modern concept and design technique.A person who might be interested in learning about the contemporary style of design has limitless choices of places to find information. Whether the decision to go with a contemporary theme is based on the architecture of a home, or the need to clear the clutter from any and all surrounding spaces, learning how to appropriately apply the contemporary style will certainly create a happy environment for the designer.There are literally thousands of design magazines in the world, and many of them are devoted exclusively to the concept of contemporary designing. Companies that create nothing but contemporary furniture have catalogs and websites available for use on any such project. Magazines are filled with tips on how to properly execute the contemporary style to its utmost perfection. They are also loaded with photos of current designs, hot trends and fashionable colors in the design world. These will come in handy when picking your own pieces for a design.Book after book has been written and miles of pictures have been photographed in order to educate the masses about premier designers and architects. Much useful information is tucked away in the history of the contemporary movement and now the most successful designers in the field are using the contemporary style with great success. A designer with a question on contemporary design can find any information they need by looking in the right book.Classes are abundantly available on contemporary design. Even on line classes are available for those with a need to telecommute.

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Q: How To Understand And Shop For Contemporary Paintings
A: When it comes to looking at contemporary paintings with the intent of buying, many who do not understand abstract art might just think the most expensive paintings, and the artworks created by well known artists, are the best. Prints and originals can create a life of their own and help a room come alive. Take a look around. Modern art is everywhere, in offices, houses, and businesses. Many people do not give them a second glance, but when that special piece really strikes you, it can be a life changing experience.The most famous abstract artists is most likely to be Jackson Pollack. This legendary American born drip painter of the mid forties created very large pieces of artwork by laying an un-stretched canvas on the floor or ground and dripping and splattering paint on it. He never used traditional paintbrushes; instead, he used sticks and basting syringes to apply gloss enamel paint to the surface. The artworks are intricate, like spiderwebs. One of his most famous is "One Number 31, 1950." which spans an entire wall in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Many aspiring artists have claimed that their lives have changed when they went to see the exhibits in person.So, just how does one go about understanding an abstract painting? Your first clue is the title. Most abstract paintings have very simple, bland titles, if any at all. If the title of the painting is "Man," for example, you will most likely not be able to see a figure of a human being. You might, and it may not be portrayed in traditional colors. There might be a description next to the the painting if you are in a museum or on a website. This method of interpreting abstract paintings is preferred by many who do not feel safe just getting lost in the artwork.When it comes down to it, though, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to "understanding" abstract artwork. There is no art appreciator who can "read" a painting. But the brush strokes and colors will give the painting its effect.

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Q: Decorating With Contemporary Paint Colors
A: Contemporary paint colors are perfect for you if you are decorating on a budget. You can totally transform the feeling of your home and update with just a little paint. Modern design focuses on colors that make your room feel bigger and airier.You might not need to pick a color for your walls at all; neutral tones may be your answer. Neutrals are tones that you might not traditionally think of as colors such as taupe, yellow and white. Soft colors will make your room seem like it's full of sunshine and space and they won't become outdated as quickly as a bold color. You can still have an interesting space with a muted color palette. You'll need to add a lot of different textures if you are going with a monochromatic color palette such as using shimmering drapes and luxurious rugs. You can even go with a totally white room that will still pop with the sheer scarcity of color.You can make your contemporary paint colors interesting without breaking the bank. This allows you to change the colors of your room depending on your mood or the seasons. If you have a basic wood floor, leather furniture and white walls you can accessorize with almost any color. You can bring in purple lampshades for a funky look and then change out all the candles, pillows and blankets when you're ready to head in a new design direction.You can be inspired by nature for your color palette. This will give you a variety of subtle colors that work together. If your white cabinets seem boring then paint the walls a light green that will work in even the smallest of space. Contemporary decor is all about straight lines and lots of light so pale colors work well. If you want a touch of drama to the room then use a stainless steel backsplash or light fixture to reflect light throughout the room.In the modern world paint isn't just for the walls. Painted wood furniture is a big trend and you can easily replicate designer looks on a budget. You can even paint wood trim, cupboards, doors and flooring so everything has a new, clean look. Using paint as your main decorating tool allows you to remodel on a budget and you'll be able to get furniture that is created specifically for your color palette and space.One of the big trends in contemporary paint colors is the use of an accent wall. You can add color to a small room without it becoming overwhelming. Just choose one wall to be the focal point of your space and then paint it pumpkin or turquoise. You'll want to keep the rest of the walls in a neutral beige, taupe or white.

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Q: All About Contemporary Paintings
A: There are many kinds of paintings - and contemporary paintings are merely one of those. These are artworks produced following the Second World War unto to the present. These are also known as Modern Paintings due to the fact the more recent ones signify style and modern art. Among all contemporary paintings, paintings done in oil are the most pricey simply because of their high quality. And most of these are abstract paintings. Apart from these two kinds, still life are also really loved up to the present. This has been an all time preferred also.Several modern artists have made abstract paintings on various themes. They have fun with colors and blended creatively. There are plenty of famous artworks during the twentieth and nineteenth century and should you plan to invest in them, I can say that it is definitely worth the value. However, should you cannot pay for or can't discover the original, you are able to purchase reproductions on-line. There are many quite good oil paintings on-line and you would not know the difference. If you have a preferred masterpiece, you'll be able to simply send the photo and the painter will make it for you. Normally it takes two weeks to a month to produce top quality artwork. You are able to very easily locate these kinds of organizations by performing a search on the internet. Discover a web link of an online store that will accommodate your requirements.It's incredibly straightforward, it just takes a good search online and you may have the contemporary or abstract paintings that you like to display within your property or even in your office. You may either obtain the oil paintings as part of your investment or just for your individual pleasure. Modern paintings are component of history and in case you have one you will be surely be proud of. So what are you waiting for go on the net and order now.

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Q: Decorate Bedroom with Contemporary Style
A: In the beginning of this article, we went over the basics. Now, we will look at this topic a little more in-depth. Contemporary bedroom design is lustrous with good position and regularly use russet colored wood, brushed aluminum or blonde wood. These current bedroom plans mostly have a monochromatic look to them and are lacking a lot of frilly accessories. Some current bedroom plan dreams include lustrous furniture and platform beds with neutral colored quilt. Others might make a bolder paint record with paints such as avocado, cocoa, turquoise and ginger which are reminiscent of the mid century modern design. One attractive design can be to go all clean - clean wall, clean shag rug, clean quilt, clean furniture, clean accessories. If you do go with this design, make effective the furniture has orderly position and not too fancy or you might end up with a shabby chic look instead of contemporary! Contemporary bedroom design starts with a neutral wall paint - try sage, chocolate, fawn or if you have a large room and want to be bold you could try red or even black. Next, you neediness to pluck paints for accessories. If you want a neutral palette, shove to the cleans, creams and fawn or for a more earth tone shove to shades of russet with a few side of paint in turquoise or green. Some arresting current bedroom design paints are to go with black, red and clean or a mid century mode palette of clean wall, quilt and floors with intense red, cerulean and blond accents (pillows, chairs, vases etc....).Even if you cannot buy a entire new bed for your contemporary bedroom design, you can blow up the subject behind your bed with interesting wall art or a contemporary grace subject rug that you can just lynch right on the wall.Lighting can be an important accent in your current bedroom plans. It's important to add mood and accent lighting, but with the right grace can also help to recognize the room and give it the right feel. Rugs can have a mold if the quilt, wall and curtains are apparent but if there is too greatly mold around the room a austere shag rug or rug in an interesting numerical affect but in a separate paint can say a lot.Contemporary bedroom design approval firm paint quilt that can be in different shades of neutral paints. Instead of mold add awareness by trade good property quilt that is made from equipment with an interesting touch like a microfiber or satin. crunchy clean sheets of a high view fiber will look great and feel great too!

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Q: Contemporary Impressionist Art - The Basics of How to Paint Like the Masters
A: Let me start off by saying that I'm not really sure why anyone would specifically try and paint in any particular style except for the one that comes most naturally. Then once a painting is complete, that would be a better time to look for a categorization. Still, I know there is a lot to learn by replicating a style and those studying art in school are often required to paint in the style of an artist you are studying. So, at a purely practical level and if your chosen artist is an impressionist, here are some top level pointers to get you going. First Things First: Plan what you are going to do As with any painting, it's still a good idea to sketch out the main lines of your chosen subject. I generally use a long handle brush (so I can stand away from the canvas as much as possible) with some brown paint and mark out the main lines. I use brown since it dries quickly (oils only) and concentrate on the main verticals, perspective lines and horizon. I personally like the fundamentals of my paintings to be accurate. So perspectives, vanishing points, ellipses and relative sizing are all set out on the first sketch. Pretty good and informative approaches to perspective can be found by searching on Google under 'vanishing points'. However, if you prefer abstract forms or you want to exaggerate some part of the painting, go with it, there are no points for copying a photo here. Stop and think about it After the initial sketch, I usually leave the picture a day or two, a) to dry, b) with fresh eyes to spot mistakes in my draft, but most importantly to map out the picture in my mind. Impressionist paintings are better if they appear more impulsive and preverbal flow from the hip. So, spending a little time before starting allows your sub-conscious to help out once you've started. Look at the draft on the canvas, start mapping out the colours in your mind, where the most distant points are, what the focal features will be and very significantly with an impressionist painting - what form and direction the brush or knife strokes will take. Since they are visible, their thickness, length, direction and shape are critical and can give the painting very different atmospheres purely on this one choice. You can go with dots or dashes, wavy lines, straight lines, hash marks and or anything else you can think up plus a combination of the above.To start with however, I would advise not going crazy with different brush stroke types in any one painting. Pick out a big brush or pallet knife As mentioned above and it's worth while repeating, a key indicator of what makes a painting an impressionist painting, is visible brush strokes. This is good if you're not great at blending colours. So, first off pick out bigger brushes than you normally would use (I like filberts because of the variations you can get from the different surfaces on the brush) or if you're up for the challenge, grab a pallet knife. In addition to this, I would hesitate to say, pick out a bigger canvas. The point here is that if you have focused on realism in the past, it's time to become bolder. Mix on the canvas If you're struggling to get in the swing of it, another thing to try is to mix your paints on the canvas. This can give an unpredictable and impulsive feel to your paintings as well as enhance the feeling of movement and emotion. Put on your favourite music; loud We're ready to really start painting. I always paint with music on and I choose an album or playlist that either suits the mood I am in or reflects the mood in the painting. Because you've been thinking about the painting for a few days already and the outline is set, you can work away and to an extent without even thinking about what you are doing. In this way you will put yourself into the painting, which frankly is the most important thing you can do. You're creating a work of art, an impression of something you have seen, not a photographic reproduction. Let it flow.However, in order to offer up a little more guidance, my suggestion is to start with the most distant point in your picture and come forward. With the impressionist style, a blurring of the edges is fine and in fact will add a lot to the painting. So, although you can paint hard edges on objects that sit over the background, try not to be tempted. Allow the colours and objects to mix with each other. What might look rather messy close up will all make sense when you stand back from the painting.. Impressions As with many other styles of painting, don't be drawn down the path that impressionism is just realism with more funky colours. If you are representing a person or tree, especially if they are in the distance, a single brush stroke may be all that is necessary to create the impression of a person or tree. The human mind is amazing at filling in the gaps so look for a highlight and shadow on the main features that make the object what it is, apply the paint in 2 or 3 strokes and stop. Don't overwork your picture, for a start the colours will become muddy, but more importantly you'll lose that movement in the picture that comes with impulsive painting.

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Q: What Is Contemporary Wall Art?
A: When you think of contemporary wall art what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you think of a high price or maybe you think of a popular artist such as De Veniche or any one of the very popular contemporary artist that have come from Paris and Italy.Is both unique and simple. Unlike most art it is based solely on what the artist wants to create. If the artist wants to create a dark painting they will and they could also give it the name of a normally bright painting. It doesn't matter because it's the artist choice. Because it is made directly from the artist's mind you may not consider it as pretty as other art.Contemporary wall art isn't just a simple image of a bird or fruit. Instead it is inspired completely by the artist. Some examples does hold the images of real life things but they may not be in their modern form. Instead they are made to be unique and to make the person viewing them to really think about what is in the art work.This type of art is also brighter and more vibrant than other pieces of art. You will notice that most contemporary artist prefer to use a bigger working space than most. They do also make smaller paintings and art pieces but their main work is normally bigger. Along with being bigger the work is normally bright or dark or even something in between.Contemporary wall art has a wide price range. You can find very affordable pieces and you can also find very expensive art work. It depends on the artist and how much they want to charge for their masterpiece. You are able to find just the right piece for a low price if you search hard enough.

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Q: Hockney Paintings - Famous British Contemporary Art
A: David Hockney is a famous British artist of the modern era with a contemporary style that is fresh and charming, and has gained him critical success on both sides of the pond, as well as all over the rest of the world. In this article we will cover a small selection of some of his best paintings, and we hope to persuade even more people of his incredible talents. This strong-willed Yorkshireman, who has also spent alot of time in Los Angeles, is a key figure in the modern art world, and this article only serves as a teaser to his broad spectrum of talents and catalog of works. A Bigger Splash is perhaps Hockney's best known painting and thoroughly deserves its inclusion here.It was painted in California in the early summer of 1967. The hidden depths of the painting's meaning is not immediately obvious. Garrowby Hill represents Hockney's deep love for his native Yorkshire's classic English countryside, with a beautiful landscape captured in Hockney's brilliantly vibrant style. Man Taking Shower in Beverly Hills, painted from a photograph,came about from Hockney's fascination with the tendency of Americans to shower so frequently. Hockney spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, the location of the painting, and was also interested in capturing a human body caressing itself. A Bigger Grand Canyon, currently stored In Canberra, is an extraordinary work requiring a substantial viewing distance in order to fully enjoy Hockney's play on perspective and appreciate his depiction of this great landmark. Malibu summed up his love and affection for another new scenic spot that he discovered during his art career, Malibu, where he purchased a beach house. This article only covered five major Hockney paintings, but many more exist and are worth your attention. His art varies across each decade, and many prefer paintings from individual periods of his career. Good research can uncover your favorite Hockney period.

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Q: Interior Decorating - Contemporary Style
A: The Contemporary Home Furnishing style is unmistakably sleek, hip, funky, and chic. By taking up a contemporary look for your home, your décor will end up being simple yet bold. There are essentially no rules to follow when using a contemporary theme, just a few basic guidelines: clean lines, neutral elements, bold color, art, and sculptured furnishings. By using these guidelines, contemporary decorating can easily be modified to reflect your personality.In order to jump start your thinking for contemporary home furnishing there are a few things you need to keep in mind.. The color palette in a contemporary interior can be anything from a mix of neutrals, to black and white, to the use of bright and bold color. Black is often used to ground and define a contemporary room. Walls and windows look best with pastel paint colors or bold paint colors depending on what suits your personality. Make sure not to go into color overkill when decorating a room. For example, if you paint the walls a bright color, stick to neutral and simplistic furnishings and accessories. Furniture Once you have chosen a color scheme for your room, you can begin on the interior. The most important part of the contemporary home furnishing is furniture. Contemporary furniture generally exhibits clean, smooth lines. Popular contemporary furniture includes glass and metal coffee tables, smooth leather chairs and polished wood chairs, and low beds with simple, straight headboards. Keep furniture details uncluttered. Skip bedskirts and table linens that are frilly or pleated. Tassels and fringe are too much for a contemporary look. Furniture legs look great exposed and in chunky, solid shapes. Pillows add a burst of color and texture in clean geometric shapes. Lighting Lighting is exceptionally important in a contemporary interior. Look for unusual fixtures with sculptural interest, clean lines, and accents of bold color or metallic. Install recessed lighting or track fixtures to wash walls with light. Nickel and glass pendant lights go great in a dining area, and look to add fluorescent lighting in the kitchen. Neon lights are also a great way to add a contemporary look to your lighting decor. Polished steel lamps with long and bendable necks and polished steel fixtures are also a great lighting accent. Accessories In straight contemporary interiors it is most effective to have a few large accessories well placed. Give each piece breathing room by establishing a zone of empty space around it. In choosing your accessories, there are wide variety of options such as abstract glass sculptures, primitive art and sculptures, area rugs with geometric patterns and bold colors, abstract mirrors, and glass and steel display shelves. More Tips for Contemporary Decorating Flower arrangements should be large, dramatic and follow simple shapes. Try to find contemporary containers and vases that will add to the sculptural look.Plants will add a burst of life to a contemporary room. Make sure they are big, with interesting or colorful leaves. Place them in simple pots or baskets. Uplight them from the back and underneath. Cover the dirt with smooth rocks, bark chips, or colorful marbles.Glass, metal, stone, and wood will all fit well into a contemporary interior. However, avoid a cold looking room by adding shots of warm colors and providing textural interest in fabrics, upholstery, rug, or accessories.

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Q: Contemporary Abstract Paintings - The Museum of Bad Art
A: For every great master painter of genres throughout history, including the contemporary abstract greats, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of artists whose work will never see the outside of their home or studio, or the home of their family members. These artists are like the "American Idol" contestants who insist that they sing well, in spite of all evidence to the contrary. They make art not because they're any good at it, but because they love doing it.There is nothing as contemporary and abstract as bad art. Bad art has occurred throughout history, but with the advent of contemporary art, modern art, and abstract art, which question popular and standard conceptions of beauty, bad art has flourished. The very essence of all modern art is doing away with convention, and that includes what we consider good (or beautiful) art and bad art.There's actually a place in the world where these issues aren't just observed, but celebrated: The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), in Dedham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. (Their second branch is in nearby Somerville.) MOBA has a permanent collection of 500 pieces of, as their motto states, "art too bad to be ignored." Their stated goal is, as their founders assert, "to celebrate the labor of artists whose works would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum." MOBA was founded in 1994, after antique dealer Scott Wilson found a painting, "Lucy in the Field with Flowers" (which became the museum's signature piece), in the trash. He showed it to some friends, who suggested that he start a collection of similar pieces of art. At first, the initial collection was shown in Wilson's friends' home, but it soon became so popular and large that they had to move it to a more permanent place.MOBA doesn't just exhibit any bad art, so my attempts at portraiture (which are really just stick figures) wouldn't make it into the museum. Works accepted into MOBA must be original and have serious intent, but they must have significant but interesting flaws. The curators of MOBA refuse to display art that's deliberately kitsch, or bad for bad's sake. At any rate, MOBA is the only museum in the world dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the worst. Its collection is a tribute to the sincerity of the artists who preserved their works even when something has gone horribly wrong in the process. In other words, MOBA celebrates an artist's right to fail, and to fail gloriously.The very existence of MOBA, some say, is a reaction to the advent of abstract art and modern art in the early 20th century, which made art more esoteric and less accessible for the general public. To most Americans, museums are intimidating places ruled by experts whose tastes are mysterious and impossible for most people to understand. MOBA is in direct opposition to this trend. Its curators insist that they're not parodying art; instead, they're parodying the art world.The reaction of many of the museum's visitors is very interesting. Some of the exhibits make them laugh out loud, and in some ways, frees them up to have opinions and discuss what they see.

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Q: Contemporary Abstract Painting Explained
A: "My five year-old could paint better than that." You may have heard this in a museum as a group of matrons waltz by the abstract part of the exhibit, as they give a mere glance at the art which they do not understand. They are wrong. It takes a feel for art, a love for art, and a ready willingness to accept the tenet that abstract art is "art for art's sake." The piece that they do not pause in front of has taken the artist time and thought and skill to produce, and as they exit the area, you can be forgiven for your pride in saying that, yes, you do understand abstract art. It has taken reading, study and a number of visits to this museum, but you do have an underpinning of knowledge about the varied field of abstract art. In fact, you could give a short lecture on "Abstract Painting Explained.j"At the metaphysical and visceral level, abstract art satisfies us, because it flies in the face of expectation even as it accomplishes its artistic goals. Art for decoration has its place and the goal to make pretty a utilitarian or commonplace object or setting. Functional art tells a story or illustrates a moral; it can uplift us to the state that we mean to be all the time, every day. But abstract art exists simply, for no other reason than that the artist created it. It delves into the realms of art unknown by anyone save the artist. It challenges the viewer. It may even upset the viewer emotionally. Abstract art exists as a completed work, and any daub of paint or squiqqle of line added to it would demolish that state of completion.In the beginning, abstract art was said to be 'non-representational," "non-figurative," and "representing the intrinsic value of the subject, not its external appearance." These descriptive phrases are still true today. Impressionism backed off from the formal representation of figures in that it sought only to portray the reflected light from them, and abstract art moved further along that path, to the point where the subject is merely suggested by a swirl, for a hurricane, or a triangle, for a sense of stability. Anyone coming to an exhibit of abstract art already carries within himself or herself a wealth of cultural knowledge and will need to realize that he or she is not a passive viewer, but an active one. That is, it may take work in the form of thinking to decipher the meaning of an abstract piece.

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Q: Top 5 Contemporary Art Galleries in Australia
A: Australia is home to many contemporary art galleries, making it ideal for those thinking of combining a luxury holiday with art. Whether your interest lies in ceramics, sculpture, painting or one of the new media technologies, Australia has galleries to suit you. Here are our top 5 contemporary art galleries in Australia: 1. The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Situated on Brisbane's South Bank, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is considered to be one of Australia's leaders in the modern art field. It was opened in December 2006 and focuses on trends in the art world of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.The Gallery is fostering alliances with the Asia-Pacific region by hosting the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. This has become a major event on the international and national arts calendar. Relationships with Indigenous communities in Queensland are being strengthened by profiling Indigenous Australian artwork.The Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award exhibition showcases new works across many technologies. The artists of these works use a variety of innovative and challenging approaches to the use of computer-based art, video, artificial intelligence, digital animation.The Award exhibition showcases new works by artists that express challenging and innovative approaches to the use of media including video, digital animation and gaming, computer-based art, artificial intelligence, and other sound and communication new media technologies. 2. Jam Factory, Adelaide The Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, situated in Adelaide's West End Arts Precinct, has four on-site studios and is a leading centre in its field. Established and emerging artists are able to design, produce, exhibit and sell their work at the Jam Factory. Visitors can view artists in action, whether your taste is in glass, metal design, ceramics or furniture. Contemporary craft is exhibited in three gallery spaces and the glass-blowing has a viewing platform within the glass studio.A scheduled tour of the four studios is highly recommended as this enables you to gain an insight to behind the scenes. If you like the idea of a hands-on experience in the glass studio, the Jam Factory holds regular glass blowing workshops. 3. Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts is located in Acland Street, the vibrant heart of St Kilda. This unique, not-for-profit contemporary art gallery is aptly housed in an historical building, adding to the cultural atmosphere. If you would like to experience contemporary art in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, then Linden is well worth visiting.The Linden-Centre has implemented the Innovators Program, creating opportunities for innovative and uncompromising art to be presented in an environment that is both professional and accessible.The vision for this gallery, which encourages audiences to enjoy and support contemporary art, is to be an evolving centre for the creation and presentation of contemporary art. 4. Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne Melbourne's best known contemporary art gallery, the Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA) has become one of the best tourist attractions in Melbourne due to its uniqueness. Even the building with its distinctive rusty steel façade is acknowledged as a fine example of contemporary art. This contrasts with the foyer which is a combination of metal and glass surfaces. The ACCA on Melbourne's South Bank is something all art lovers must see when visiting Melbourne.This major contemporary art gallery is a dynamic public art space that upholds visually creative, challenging, innovative art forms of the present day. Floor presentations by artists, along with workshops and seminars, are some of the facilities provided to encourage interest in contemporary art.This centre is home to some of the best artworks from Australia and overseas. The ACCA does not just promote and display the work of upcoming and established artists; it also sells the works on a commission basis, allowing you the opportunity to own the art that takes your fancy. 5. Ray Hughes Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney Ray Hughes Gallery has been situated at its current location in Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, for twenty years. This gallery holds graphics of German Expressionists, as well as representing contemporary artists from China, New Zealand and Australia.Some of the art displayed in the Ray Hughes Gallery includes sculpture, paintings, ceramics and collages. This gallery is definitely worth visiting when in Sydney if you are interested in modern art.

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Q: Choosing A Contemporary Design For Your Home
A: Our home is the place we live in and where we spend most of our days. From the time we wake up until the moon reaches its deepest and darkest hours getting us lie down in the bed for a wonderful rest. From the time we go to school until the time we receive our college diploma. Every single transition of our lives, our home is our witness.Absolutely everyone wants to have a home with a welcoming and relaxing ambiance. Seeing wall paintings, photo frames, furniture and home articles in a glance might change our boredom moments with a blissful one. But what else can be much worth if we give our home a new contemporary look, undressing its old face.Interior paintings are the very first concern when it comes to remodeling a home. Paintings can give an immense effect on a house interior design. Modern house color themes are vigorously emphasizing light colors with no elusive color harmonies.White paintings are popular in contemporary house models. White together with bright color combination (like aqua blue, yellow, green etc.) can give your house an alluring atmosphere. You just have to comprehend the varieties of colors that you will pick-up for individual room colors.Contemporary house interior commonly comprises of clean lines with few furniture and home accessories. Cabinets and shelves don't have any extra carvings and gadgets are mostly emphasized as their silvery luminous effect draw out modern home living.Give your house a relax breathing, taking out large floor carpets replacing with smaller ones. When it comes to lighting, bright light colors for the entire room can make your home look bigger and wider. For bedrooms, a dim lighting effect can give a romantic and comfortable ambiance. Modern houses are gratified with broaden lighting.Now you have with you some ideas about decorating a modern home interior design. Before renovating your home, better draft first a plan, listing the materials needed. Take your home decoration in a slow but sure process for a well-designed contemporary home interior.

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Q: The Virtues of Contemporary Design
A: In the past several months I've looked through over a hundred books on home decorating, looking for ideas for my new home, and I must say it's been quite an education to see the kinds of styles that are out there.Well...not so much of an education. All they've shown me is styles that I don't want. Every single one of them seems to emphasize clutter. I've paged through book after book, and seen photo after photo of walls jam-packed full of photos and paintings, floors stuffed so full of furniture it seemed as if it would be impossible for someone to move around in the room without knocking something over, beds piled high with pillows, and hundreds of knick-knacks everywhere. I shuddered just looking at those photos and thinking of all the dusting and other cleaning that would be required.That's why the contemporary style of home decorating appeals to me. There's no fuss involved. It's all about seeing the bare bones of a room, with no clutter to get in your way. There's ornamentation, of course, one painting to a wall, for example, but nothing over the top.The main principle of the contemporary style of design is minimalism. Form following function. It's the same thing with the photos of rooms in all the books I read. They're so cluttered...I couldn't imagine anyone actually living in one of those rooms and being able to keep it neat and clean.With the minimalist approach, there's ornamentation of course. It's not like you're stuck living in a colorless house with no flowers, no paintings, no comfy chairs. But there's no excess, no clutter for the sake of clutter. Although one can certainly use furniture made from wood in contemporary design, I myself prefer the metallic look, black leather chairs that are set off nicely by the beige walls and carpet, a glass-topped table, a vase with a single flower by the window.I have to confess to breaking the rules about the walls, however. I'm a great reader, and I've got bookcases in every room of the house, including the bathroom! It's all about what pleases you.

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Q: Contemporary Figurative Artists - Todd White, Darren Baker & Jack Vettriano
A: Artists have always been intrigued by the human form and produced figurative based artwork. The natural curves and features of the human body are a constant source of inspiration for many artists from Beryl Cook to Banksy. This is something that has spread from the art world to every magazine cover in the country so there must be a natural intrigue for humans to examine our own and other people's bodies. Three of the top artists in this genre are Texan artist Todd White and British artists Darren Baker and Jack Vettriano although there are major differences between their painting styles. One thing that is the same is their love for painting the human figure. Artist Todd White comes from Texas and has had an interesting career path. He started life working in Hollywood for Warner Brothers and was part of the artistic creative team behind Sponge Bob Square Pants. This could explain the cartoon looks of the people he paints in his contemporary designs. Todd White's artwork often shows people in black clothing socialising and drinking wine and this could be down to where he is based. It would seem that Todd White is surrounded by Hollywood schmoozers and social climbers and from his artwork I'd say he is not a fan.Darren Baker is a young and very promising British artist who has already commanded a great deal of respect from his peers. Jack Vettriano comes from Fife in Scotland and has won countless awards for his figurative and nude pieces. Jack Vettriano pieces have a film noir feel to them painting many of his subjects in a 50's style. He often features women in his paintings often in relaxed poses or in the middle of doing something like leaving a room through a door. Jack Vettriano often paints characters that appear distracted, many of his pieces feature people staring off into the distance or focused on something else.

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Q: The Contemporary Style is Minimal But Warm
A: Most people think of Contemporary style as being cold and harsh, or industrial and unfriendly. In reality, Contemporary style centers on clean, uncluttered lines and a minimalist approach to furniture and accessories, but it is much more warm and intriguing than most people think.The first step in contemporary styling is to great rid of the clutter. It's great to honor Grandma and Great-Auntie by displaying their treasured possessions but unless they are around to notice, pack away such collectibles. Better style, loan them to your local heritage museum, where they can be admired by many. Plus, you'll get a nice little note identifying your knick-knack, "on loan from the collection of ...."That's the thing about Contemporary style - it's very much about living in the experience of "now". In order to do that, say Contemporary designers, it's essential to trim anything that gets in the way, and to use the minimum of objects and furnishings so as to cut down on the drudgery of housework.Next determine your lifestyle and define the aesthetic that goes with it. Whether you work from home, like the quiet, bookish life or love to entertain friends and family, a Contemporary decor requires you to pare your home decorating down to the barest essentials. Perhaps you want to have your living room, dining room and kitchen in Contemporary style, but you want or need a study or den to contain your home office, professional and personal mementoes, etc. You have options. Contemporary color schemes center on neutral shades of white, cream, tan and black. When choosing a wall color, pick something that will serve as the basis for all your decorating. Remember that lighter shades open up a room, which can be a big plus in a small space. Darker shades make a room cozier, but don't go so dark that it feels like a dungeon. Consider a warm shade of white, such as ivory, for the walls, or perhaps a neutral pale tan, depending on the other colors you anticipate using.Contemporary style's neutral colors are sparked by bright accent colors such as deep, brick red or vivid yellow. Depending on your aesthetic, you could also opt for an emerald green or a marine blue as your accent color. Whatever you choose as your accent, remember to keep it as exactly that - an accent. Keep in mind, however, that paint is one of the least expensive ways to brighten up the decor of your home, whatever the style. Open space is also key to a Contemporary look. Aim for easy flow of traffic when arranging the furniture. Take out that space-hogging coffee table and anything else that impedes movement. Place furniture that is functional but highlight inviting, such as a sectional done in a low-maintenance fabric.Next choose some focal points for your decor. For instance, group your living room or dining room furniture on a striking area rug. Given the Contemporary design, you'll want to avoid the complex patterns of Persian and Oriental rugs. Instead consider a strong Tibetan rug, which typically has a minimal, Zen-like pattern but some fascinating textures.

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Q: Using Contemporary Fine Art in Your Hotel Decor
A: Businesses of all kinds have come to understand that contemporary fine art makes great, yet inexpensive decor and the lighting required to illuminate them is useful for lighting corridors too. Hospitals, hotels, airports, restaurants and bars are jumping on the band wagon as well.There are all types of paintings and objets d'art, so many in fact that you will always be able to find something to fit in with whatever style of decor that you have. You can use contemporary fine art to give barren walls an interest and to keep people interested while they are waiting for something to transpire.For example, contemporary fine art displayed in a restaurant will prevent diners from becoming bored while they are waiting for their order. Contemporary fine art in a bar will give solitary travellers something to do while they are passing an hour or two in your business. Likewise for hospital patients, looking at contemporary fine art might help alleviate anxiety and stress. Hotels and Guest Houses. When people arrive to check in, you want to offer a warm, yet stylish appearance to them. Many hotel guests travel alone and spend time sitting in the lobby to pass their evenings or weekends. An interesting exhibition of contemporary fine art will keep them amused for hours.Put your paintings or and objets d'art at recurrent intervals around the walls, but do not crowd a wall. You should pick a warm, yet neutral colour for the wall's emulsion. Lighting is also very important. Up lighting, down lighting or back lighting are common methods of illuminating pieces of art work, but you can also use spotlights to highlight something special.The lobby can also contain a few plants and a coffee table or two with an interesting wrought iron lamp on each. A matching lamp shade helps to create a warm, co-ordinated effect.You should also put some contemporary fine art in the guest rooms, because, once again, many travellers are alone and have to spend hours sitting in their rooms alone. If it's pleasure do families come or is it largely singles? Whatever the type of hotel, guest house, restaurant or pub, you will find a theme and the rest will follow because there is so much choice of contemporary fine art.Consistency is a good thing when you are decorating a hotel or guest house. Try to keep everything 'on topic'. The colours, the furniture, the plants, the contemporary fine art - the lighting should be subtle and the whole decor must be in the same theme, if it is to be hugely successful.

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Q: Contemporary Decor is Unmistakably Sleek and Totally YOU
A: Are you looking for décor that is simple, sleek, chic and a little funky? Contemporary décor is what you want. Simple yet bold, decorating in contemporary fashion offers a look that is totally unique. Some confuse this style with others like deco, but when you see a good example, you will realize that it stands apart from any other style.What really sets your style apart from the rest is how you accessorize. Every home needs a touch of individuality, as well as glimpses of your personality here and there; this is what makes it yours! By using furniture, flooring and accessories you truly love, your home will be one that is comfortable, relaxing and beautiful. Contemporary Furnishings Contemporary furnishings are sleek and simple. Consider living room tables that are topped with glass, or simple wooden tables with no elaborate decoration. Chairs, sofas and recliners can be leather or even wood that is polished to a high gloss. Here again, you want a simple look - nothing fancy or too elaborate looking. Leather and steel is great in this style of décor!Scandinavian design furniture is suited well to this style of decorating. In the bedroom, consider a simple headboard with no footboard. This creates an airy, open feel that isn't bulky. Adding Interest to Walls The walls of your home can be nearly any color you like; soft pastels work well, as do bold colors. Paint only a wall or two in the room instead of all walls, this helps break the room up and adds depth. You may even consider using a faux finish on one wall. For the windows, you can leave them totally bare or use simple shutters. Light Up Your Funky Chic Décor! All too often, people forget that there are different styles of lighting. To create a truly contemporary look, use the right lighting. Light the kitchen with fluorescent lights to create a bright space. The living area looks great when recessed lighting is used, particularly when it is placed to highlight areas of interest or a focal point. You may want to consider touches of neon lighting here and there as well. Place a lamp or two in the living area. Retro style lamps are a perfect complement to contemporary furnishings. Go Wild with Accessories Here comes the fun part - and this is where you can really add personality. Accessories do for your home what jewelry does for you. It adds sparkle and dresses the room up! For contemporary décor, you will want to use abstract glass sculptures, rugs with abstract or geometric designs, primitive art, colorful abstract paintings and even black and white pictures.Artwork can be hung without a frame, or with a simple chrome or brass frame. Choose accessories that really speak to you, or that you absolutely feel would make the perfect accent in your home. Contemporary décor is sleek, hip, and never bulky or congested looking. Use your imagination and have fun creating a look that all your friends will envy!

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Q: Contemporary Artists Often Inspired by Angels
A: While angels have been part of art for more than 6,000 years, there are many contemporary fine artists who have devoted themselves to the spirituality of their art. In other words, their art is divinely inspired, and they believe they are simply instruments of some greater force.Looking at their critically acclaimed artwork, many of their works are not immediately identifiable as divinely inspired. But they are part of a growing number of artists who recognize that the inspiration from their works comes from a place of spiritual awareness.When most people think of artwork inspired by angels, they may think of the grand masters, Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci. Many of their paintings and sculpture were overtly religious in nature, leaving the observer no question that they were looking at something meant to depict specific religious events. Today's artists, however, don't necessarily offer up religion as an inspiration for their art, but rather a new spirituality, a celebration of life and nature and God.These artworks are inspired by angels and spirituality, rather than blatant depictions of angels-although some artists do continue to create the iconic images that we've all become familiar with.One such artist is V.J. Kohli, of Ireland, who had a sudden and overwhelming urge to sketch while he was caring for his dying father. In a span of seven weeks, he drew 4,000 sketches, mostly of uplifting and comforting themes. She was driving home, listening to that 80s hit, St. Elmo's Fire, and had the sudden and unexplainable urge to exit the highway. She ended up in a little town and saw a quaint cabin-with a For Sale sign out front. She had found her studio. That. St. Elmo's fire is a type of plasma lightning, which glows an eerie blue during an electrical storm. Here's where things get even more interesting. When she was looking at the listing with her realtor, she read that the locals reported often see a brilliant blue light being emitted from the old cabin's chimney. She named her store St. Elmo's Fire.It is this sort of divine inspiration or divine intervention that has led artists to recognize that they are being led by a higher force, that angels help them to create their haunting paintings and inspire their intrinsic beauty.

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Q: Contemporary Art - Review of a Kansas City Museum Dedicated to Nothing But This Period
A: Many large art museums have special sections for contemporary art. But not many specialize in it the way an art museum in Kansas City, MO, does. This well-supported all-free galleries and parking museum offers something for all ages. What is contemporary art? One internet definition says it is "the art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes." That is, it is the art relative to us now. Another definition says it is all the art made since World War II. Still another one says it is the art from the 1960's or 70's up to now.In other words, it is the art created after the so-called Modern Art period, which runs from the latter half of the 1800's up to about the 1970's. Certain art historians see 1970 as a distinctive cutoff year for the beginning of contemporary art. About then is when the world seemed to have tired of modern art. About then is when new emerging movements of unclassified art began, and possibly exploded to a degree. Also, about then, many more artists came onto the scene with works that were done much faster than much of the older traditional types.Collectively, though, contemporary art is much more socially conscious than that from the previous periods. Much of it from the last 40 years relates to relevant issues, like, globalization, equal rights, fascism, multicultures, genetic engineering, politics, AIDS or disease relief, green living, saving the planet, religious issues and so on. Thus, viewers of this more recent form could look for the deeper meanings expressed in it even if difficult to see right away. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. This museum is housed in a modern high-tech low-lying building from the early 90's. From above, it looks like a large bird in flight. Much of its permanent collection is a gift from its founders, Bebe and R. Crosby Kemper. In addition to the museum's easy entrance from its two parking sides, it has a large drive-under entrance on the east side for buses, minibuses, and other vehicles in all weather conditions. Another parking lot is also available ½-block further north. Thus, walking is minimized for its patrons. Most of the modern and contemporary art shown there is from the world over. Besides the ever-growing permanent collection, as many as 12 on-loan exhibits are shown annually. Recently, a traveling collection of paintings by the Wyeths involved both the modern and contemporary art periods because the Wyeths comprise several generations of artists.A portion of the collection that stands out in the museum's hallways are the blown glass works by Dale Chihuly. One large piece, which hangs over a doorway inside, is made of select clear crystal. Since the well-known high-end company that provided this crystal is now out of business, this unique piece has become priceless.This museum has three separate outlets including its main building as follows. 1. Main building. (4420 Warwick Blvd). Provides permanent and traveling exhibitions, installations, performance works, film-video series, lectures, radio broadcasts, and concerts. Gives free group tours and educational programs and similar events for all ages, including family and children's classes. Gift shop and cafe available here. Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Closed Monday and on major holidays. Cafe hours: lunch - Tues-Sat 11am-2:30pm, dinner - Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm, brunch - Sun 11am-2:30pm. Admission and parking are free; small donations accepted. 2. Kemper East (200 East 44th Street, 1-block north of the main building). Displays various parts of the permanent collection. Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm. Free. 3. Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W 19th Street). Located in the downtown arts district. Gives special exhibitions and programs, sometimes the works of emerging artists. Hours: Fri 8pm-12-pm, Sat 12pm-6pm. Free.

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Q: Melbourne Tourist Attractions - Australian Centre For Contemporary Art
A: A great Melbourne tourist attraction you should go and visit is the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). It is one of those great things to do in Melbourne. It is the number one art gallery for contemporary art in all of Melbourne. If you happen to visit the city, you should not miss a visit to ACCA. This article tells you a little bit more about this contemporary art gem.The thing that will immediately attract you about the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is its design. The rust-red steel building of the Center is very unique and is considered to be one of Melbourne's most prized architectural pieces. The building was designed by local architectural firm Wood Marsh. So, when you are in Melbourne, the ACCA is well worth the visit for the outside alone! Things to See at the ACCA Melbourne If you visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, you will see that it displays the works of quite a number of living local and international artists. Some of the past exhibitions in ACCA displayed works of art by artists such as David Harley, Laressa Kosloff, Nathan Gray and Viv Miller, just to name a few. The ACCA acts as an independent gallery. They act as an exhibition space rather than building their own collection. Activities at the ACCA Melbourne If you visit the ACCA, you will be able to participate in many enjoyable activities. For the beginners, there are floor talks that are held on a regular basis. Often special guest speakers lead these talks. So, if you have passion for arts, it will give you the opportunity to learn more about the artists, such as where they get their inspiration. Activities for Children You can visit the centre with your children. The ACCA hosts a wonderful program for children called Contemporary Kids. Children, who participate in this program, get to be involved in a wide number of fun activities that let them interact with the exhibits. During one of these sessions, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will have the children go on a treasure hunt, which all the children enjoy tremendously! It is mainly built around an exhibit called The Water Hole which was created by Swiss artists Jorg Lenzlinger and Gerda Steiner. Some more Attractions at the ACCA There are also some more attractions at ACCA. ACCA offers a really neat program called Art In Your Ear. It will allow you to borrow an iPod that contains sound files related to whatever exhibition the visitor is planning on viewing. The program is a free service that the museum offers. The Art In Your Ear program will definitely enrich your experience at the museum by making it more enjoyable, interactive and educational. When to visit You can visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art from Tuesdays through to Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Mondays are by appointment only. The ACCA is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. You can find the ACCA Melbourne at 111 Sturt Street on Southbank. By the by, price is not a reason to avoid the ACCA as it is always free of charge! So, whether you are a visitor or a local, you will enjoy a visit to this great Melbourne tourist attraction. If you are an art lover, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is definitely worth your time!

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Q: New Concept In Contemporary Art - Lady Artist Showing Her Amazing Skill
A: The human world has always been changing, but the pace of change seems to have picked up dramatically in the last decade or two, with no stability visible on even long-range scanners. Rapid change is obvious in all of the technological, political, business and social fields, and there are changes in our environment and ecosystem that are probably caused by this increasing human activity.The works of Satyabhama Majhi says everything about this changes. She also conceptualize fictional entities. She imagine structures, and make them. mental space includes many imaginary items. She uses shared mechanisms for storing abstract knowledge, and build on these abstractions to develop and share more abstractions works of art. But there are other limitations to inventiveness. No one could have imagined most of today's technologies in the 10th century because even the basic building blocks for the concepts didn't exist then. After vewing her work one can say, it is a real artistic expression, how everything is changing with increase of populations. Fine Art Review: Ashok Art Gallery Successful artists know that marketing goes far beyond postcard mailings to galleries. Great marketing puts your artwork in front of customers who would like to purchase it and keeps them coming back for more. And that requires forming relationships. Here's Ashok Art Gallery, the people you need to know and how to make connections that will lead to sales.Include an "artist pack" (information about Artist and his art) with every painting they sell. Invite collectors to all of their important shows. Hosts collectors-only open house or party. Invite collectors to a special preview the night before their exhibitions. Send handwritten thank-you notes after they come to one of their shows.we believe in using the technology of the future to help you access the treasures of the past.We are looking on developing in the very near future, a fully online art auction facility enabling you to place bids from the comfort of your own desk.

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Q: Top 10 Most Popular Artists In The USA List by Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine
A: There is very good media coverage of all the various visual arts. In addition to educational programs in the public and private schools there are popular arts history courses in most major colleges and universities.Anyone who has looked at the art department course offerings in an art course catalog at a major university or college of art and design will be able to choose from a wonderful array of art study from every culture and age.You don't have to go to college to appreciate art. There are online courses available and junior college offerings. Almost any major museum has an art education program that is sometimes very adequate for most peoples' interests. The internet is a veritable super art library as well with art works by numerous past and contemporary artists. The articles are numerous as well as fair to good quality art images. Even the online poster stores make a huge number of works available by lithograph print at a very low price. Art is now so popular that a particular artists' popularity can be measured by several factors: 1) attendance numbers of recent public and private exhibitions of their works 2) sales figures on art textbooks and art coffee table books that include a particular artist's works 3) numbers of art posters and art lithographs sold per year 4) sales of art postcards, tee shirts, and any other art imprinted wares with any artist's work 5) numbers of search engine requests for an artist's name or title of his/her works 6) numbers of research projects conducted by students and professionals. The list of these artists is large and it varies from month to month and from year to year. So I have compiled the Top 10 Most Popular Artists In The USA List for 2006 - 2007 with the help of the staff at: Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine TOP 10: Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Vincent VanGogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Paul Gauguin. There were some notable surprises for me. Leonardo DaVinci did not make the top 10 artists list, but Jack Vettriano got amazingly close to the list considering his rather contemporary body of work and romantic subject matter. If you have a favorite artist who is not on this list, but you believe should be, send us an email at CAG.

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Q: What's the biggest size I can order? Cincinnati Attractions - Contemporary Arts Center
A: If you are an art lover and are planning on visiting the city of Cincinnati Ohio you are in luck. Cincinnati is home to a great deal of culture and art. One place that stands out is the Contemporary Art Center. Specializing in the art of some of the most cutting edge artists, it is a must see for art lovers. Read more of this article to find out what this museum has to offer.The first thing that you will notice about the Contemporary Art Museum is that the art is not all contained inside its walls. It begins outside with the design of the building itself. The building was designed by an Iraqi architect and completed in 2003. When you arrive at the art center take a moment to appreciate its design. once inside the building you will find many different exhibitions. One of the exhibitions currently at the center is the Katharina Groose exhibit. Groose is an artist from Berlin who uses spray guns to mix and blend colors onto the walls, ceiling and floors of the building. She does not limit herself to using merely the canvas.Another exhibition at the center is "The Long View". This exhibit explores the world of film makers who can not fit their work into the traditional constraints of commercial films. The exhibit features films that can exceed 4, 5 or even 6 hours in length. They are continuously run so there is no telling what part of the film you might walk in on. If you like a film you will have several opportunities to return and view them in there entirety. This just scratches the surface of exhibits available to see. There is much more to see and anyone could find something that interests them.

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Q: Ten Tips On Buying Original Contemporary Art For Investment
A: Record-setting prices are being paid for art created in the last one hundred years. For a time it seemed as if Van Gogh's work would remain the most valuable of recently auctioned pieces. But now other artists are bringing in the multi-millions per work as well.Investing in art for the average person must take on some very different dimensions. Yet, buying, collecting and selling art can be interesting - even profitable. There some things to remember when you are shopping for art - especially as an investor. First, remember that the odds of finding a De Kooning at a garage sale is infinitesimally small. His works, as are those of many artists, were seen, bought, cataloged and stored almost as a public record. The people who bought De Kooning's along the way stood to make multi-millions as well, if they held onto the works. Second, try to find artists whose works interest you, and get to know those artists. Communicate with them about their work, their prices, their career objectives. Try to acquire the best examples of their works that are available. Third, bargain on price - which is not easily accomplished if you are after their largest or most accomplished pieces. Price can be tricky, but don't let it cause tension between the artist and yourself. Remember, heart felt appreciation of an artist's works go a long way to softening negotiations. This doesn't mean you should be insincere in your flattery, but do be expressive. More words on prices. Bartering is not out of the question. Smaller and less accomplished pieces should be less expensive. Sometimes buying more than one piece gets a discount, or buying on a regular basis. Buying works after an exhibition, or before an exhibition on the condition that they are not sold during the exhibition, can bring some discounts. Telling the artist his/her work will be shown prominently and giving out the artist's cards should be a given if you want discount prices. Fourth, see how well the artist is received by other buyers or the art community generally. Do not expect the best art, art prices, or art investments from the best-known artists or the artist commanding the top prices. By the way, these do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. When galleries "discover" an artist they usually increase the artist's prices. Your job is to discover the artist before the next big buyer or gallery discovers them. Fifth, either pick classic, timeless themes in artwork, or be very aware that you are picking niche-interest or local-history themes. Abstract and nonobjective works happily don't have this problem. Sixth, try to focus on artists with a recognizable style. This does not mean a generic, academic, or knock-off style. The style should be as original, different, and strong as you and your friends can tolerate. Investments usually have to be cutting edge, by the time they are blue chip it takes big money to get into the game. Seventh, diversify your collection across one or two axes and buy as many as you can show in your house, office, or apartment. You can buy one from each artist or several from a few different artists. Eighth, choose artists who are productive and well-grounded in the process of creating. Be careful of artists who are (or act as if they are) "suffering artists" or confounded by life, etc. This does not mean you should turn away a legitimate bargain because the artist really needs money. Artists should be judged on their work, not their profile or personality or their press hype. Ninth, take good care of your art, it will appreciate rather slowly on average. And, yes, price hikes may not start until the artist dies. This doesn't mean you should follow only elderly artists, but you might want to make sure your children or friends share some of you interests in your selected artists. They may be the caretakers of your investment one day. Tenth, don't sell your art until you get good offers. Check the market for other transactions on art from your artists. Don't expect to make a quick killing - the stock market only works like that if you are an insider or you are a very wealthy opportunist waiting on a sure thing. There are a lot of other things you can learn to increase your ability and taste for art buying and investing. I will write some other articles on this topic in the near future.

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Q: Riverdale Art Center Brings Contemporary Art to the Community
A: Last November, The Riverdale Art Center (RAC) opened its Victorian doors on Richard's Corner in Riverdale. Ages ago, The Richards family owned the estate which has since been sold to Bograd's Fine Furniture next door. The Bograd's were incredibly kind to donate the use of the rather roomy Victorian house and allow it to become an art center for the community.For nearly a year now, the RAC has offered residents of the Northern New Jersey area a space to show their beautiful artwork, interact with like-minded individuals, and share in art appreciation. Even Mayor William Budesheim has exhibited, and sold, his photography there. In addition, a separate segment of the RAC has been formed. The Riverdale Artists' Cooperative Gallery was organized this summer and currently consists of 22 contemporary artists including sculptors, painters, printmakers, and photographers.Patricia Watson, president of the Board of Directors and ceramic sculptor, is the woman responsible for the dream of bringing fine art to this community from the very beginning. Her diligent efforts have provided area residents with so many fantastic opportunities to bring the beauty and mindfulness of art deeper into their lives. She believes "that the hands-on practice of art encourages a strong sense of well being, and that sharing art can build community".

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Q: A Contemporary Art Perspective on Digital Photo Manipulation
A: Traditionally the photographic image implied a record of a single instant in time from a single point of perspective. These limitations warranted the photographer to either assemble a staged shot, or to passively await for the 'decisive moment' for the elements to compose within the camera's view. Digital photo manipulation of images has removed these constraining limitations of traditional photography, to now enable the photographer to take control of both multiple perspectives and the joining together of instances of time.Challenging the single point perspective, Andreas Gursky overcomes the constraint of the single lens through the manipulation of his photographs by the seamless joining of two or more photographs to create his images. Gursky's photographs do not overtly hint at any such digital photo manipulation. When joining his images or his changing of specific colours, he takes care to alleviate any distraction that may result. As a consequence of these multiple perspective creations, the panoramic scale of Gursky's work is greatly enhanced. In his 1996 piece titled 'Atlanta' the actual seam is unidentifiable, but its position is still identifiable due to the alignments of the two perspectives.Mary Frey in her piece 'In her Bedroom' 1997, manipulates the representation of time, to create a fantasy environment of a scene that is familiar in its ordinariness, however at the same time foreign in its impossibility. The image depicts an elderly woman, seated adjacent to a small table assembled with picture frames, resembling a shrine of images to loved ones. The woman's head is lowered, she covers her eyes with her hand, her fist is clasped and her partially exposed face appears grimaced. The reflection in the mirror tells a differing tale. Shown is a rear view of an elderly man standing between the seated woman and the mirror, appearing to have his hand reaching in front of him, approximating the position of the woman's shoulder. A ghostly apparition perhaps, attempting to provide consolation to the grieving spouse. The image is powerfully emotive, albeit only a digital photo manipulation.David LaChapelle is a contemporary photographer having evolved his digital photo manipulation of futuristic fashion shoots, exaggerating aspects of celebrity's profiles creating popular culture arts. He creates his own visual fantasy worlds within each work, erotically charged and wildly imaginative in their surreal settings.

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Q: Is Modern And Contemporary Australian Art Becoming Too Conservative?
A: Some may say that an artist's role is to push the boundaries of conventional thought, provoke and awaken the senses in his or her audience that have otherwise drifted into hermit inertia.Others may say, "I don't care what the painting is supposed to be telling me on a sensory level...it matches the sofa and that's all that matters to me". Even I would agree that's a fair enough statement to make. After all, any given piece of art is always going to be valued at different levels of opinion.I recently heard someone mention that perhaps modern and contemporary Australian art was (or had become) too conservative. You Tube is just a collection of social and visual journals isn't it - "Journal Art"?Would it be fair for us to suggest that perhaps some of the alleged conservative art in Australia is being produced at a subconscious level as apposed to being a deliberate act to be conservative?Maybe people are looking at art as a means to feel comforted as apposed to having their sensory channels challenged. It could be that there is enough "organic chaos" in people's day-to-day lives as it is. As a result "provocative art" in the twenty first century looks no more challenging than the sugar plum fairy when compared to what exists in the reality of many peoples lives today.If Australian art has become conservative then it could just be a case of life having now caught up with art...even surpassed it.Then there are the folk who will add, "Does it really matter if it is too conservative?"I suppose not, especially if you are looking for decorative canvas office art. That kind of painting doesn't really need to speak back to you on a political or provocative level. It just needs to help make your day in the office chair more bearable. It probably just needs to help you see a place that exists outside of the office - like Fiji perhaps.If modern and contemporary Australian art has become conservative, that doesn't necessarily mean the life that exists in and around the hand that painted the work isn't.

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Q: The Internet Emerges As a Rescue For Contemporary Art and Artists Worldwide
A: Art on the Internet is the cultural reproduction of artistic merit, where the internet primarily serves as a medium for the artists to display their work. An Online art gallery may seem to be an analogy to video art or something akin, but there is a major line of distinction between the two, as video art primarily uses video as its medium.Online Art Gallery is a means to exhibit the artistic talent of numerous talented artistes, who otherwise go unsung in the crowd, as not everybody can manage to bask in the limelight. A form of display of art, most net artists perceive the Internet as a component of the entire system.The Internet transpires as a cost effective medium for the artists, as it saves them a lot of incidental costs, such as holding exhibitions in order to showcase their work. Through Online abstract art gallery platform, the artists have their own private spaces and this serves as their exhibitions. It is a very personal approach as it allows the patrons and consumers to get acquainted with a particular artist's style and theme of work. Online art gallery also helps the artists sell their works and saves them the trouble of reliance on destiny to find patrons.The effects of online abstract art gallery have been surfacing numerous rescued artists, as general public is realizing the rather inexpensive talent hidden across the globe and inexpensive too. Also, there are many websites engaged in promoting Australian art online.

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Q: The Art of Hanging Art
A: Follow these insider tips to learn the perfect way to display your contemporary art. PLACEMENT Whether you are hanging a priceless heirloom or a Contemporary Limited Edition Art Print; hanging several pieces of art or just one painting, proper placement is critical. The most important considerations for placement of art are the scale of the room and the art itself. Always follow the general rule of big art in big spaces, small art in small spaces. And always hang art with the centre of the picture at eye level which is 155-170cm from the floor. LARGE ART Large modern art look good when placed over pieces of furniture or a fireplace. But make sure that the art is NOT longer than the furniture. It should be about 2/3 to 3/4 of the length of the object over which it hangs. Never leave more than 20cm of wall space between the base of your paintings and the object over which it hangs. Otherwise the eye will focus on the wall rather than your art. SMALL ART Try to group small pieces of art where possible. Using similar or matching frames and mounts will bring unity to the set but is not necessary if the theme or colours of the paintings already provide unity. GROUPING ART One of the most interesting ways of displaying contemporary art is in groupings, which can be used in large or small spaces. There are several professional ways of grouping your contemporary art collection as described below. Salon Display Select a group of paintings with a common theme such as colour, subject matter or even frame type. Pieces need to be of different sizes and can be centred or lined up above each other and next to each other. Spacing between pieces should be kept consistent to avoid the layout appearing random. Horizontal Display Group a collection of differently framed art works directly next to each other with the frames almost touching. This allows a display of several art works in a small space. It works best with an odd number of pieces and the largest piece in the middle and getting smaller as it goes out. Vertical Display Group a collection of uniquely framed art works directly on top of each other with the frames almost touching. The uniqueness of the frames and their various shapes and sizes are both emphasized along a vertical axis. Mosaic Display This type of arrangement is perfect for an architectural niche and uses pieces of art of various sizes. Start by lining up the outside pieces for a consistent square or rectangular outer edge and then fill in the remaining space. The spacing becomes irregular as you get toward the middle but it works because the edges form a regular shape. Symmetrical Display Display a collection of pieces of the same size in the same frames and with the same distance between them. This can either be a single row of art works or rows can be added to create a grid. This is particularly effective when the theme of all the pieces is the same. Asymmetrical Display Group a combination of three pieces of art to achieve a balanced asymmetrical display with the two smaller pieces stacked and centred alongside the larger piece. PLANNING A CONTEMPORARY ART GROUPING Before you hang the Art: 1. Decide which contemporary art you are going to group together based on a common element that allows the art to work together i.e. theme, colour, frame type etc. 2. Decide which layout you are going to use - Mosaic Display, Horizontal Display, Salon Display etc as discussed above. 3. Measure the wall, top to bottom and left to right and the sizes of all the individual pieces of art to be hung. 4. Arrange the contemporary art works on the floor in your chosen layout with 3 - 6 cm between them. 5. Transfer the arrangement to the wall. Place the paintings - in their frames - on some old newspaper. Trace the outside of the frame and cut out the shape. Stick your life-sized paper replicas onto the wall using low tack masking tape. Hanging the Art 1. Find the number of picture hooks you need. 1 for pictures with a width less than 75cm otherwise 2 picture hooks. 2. Determine the size of hook to use. Check the weight of your picture(s) and buy the appropriate size hook. 3. Mark the horizontal position of the hooks on the wall. Using your paper replicas make a short horizontal pencil line across the top and then a short vertical line down at the centre so that you have made an upside down 'T' at the top of the picture. If the picture is over 75cm then you need to make 2 more marks at 1/3rd and 2/3rds across the width. 4. Mark the vertical position of the hooks on the wall. If the picture has a string then find the centre and measure the distance from the string when taut to the top of the picture. If the picture has a 'saw tooth' canvas hanger then measure the distance from the bottom edge of the hanger to the top of the picture. 5. Hammer in your hooks by placing the bottom of the hook where the 'T' line intersects.

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Q: Collecting Art - How to Get Started
A: You don't have to be rich to collect art. If you have an interest in collecting art, or you're just looking for a something better to hang on your walls than the dreck that's sold at the average furniture retailer there's good news. Thanks to contemporary art prints you can own great artwork at affordable prices.It's easy to find posters, cheap reproductions of famous artwork, and anonymous mass produced images being marketed as 'art' - don't be fooled. These things are simply decorative objects with little to no value as artworks. The sad thing is that you can purchase authentic artworks with real value for about the same price as a lot of this kind of thing is sold.What you want to look for is numbered limited edition prints. These pieces are created by artists themselves and are usually specifically intended to be limited editions. Because they're produced in limited numbers, as opposed to endlessly mass produced, and they're often signed by the artists they have real long term value as authentic works of art. What that means is these prints offer access to some of the best artists working today.Limited edition prints have been around at least since the renaissance. Artists like Matisse, Picasso, and Warhol have all produced prints as affordable alternatives to their much more expensive paintings. While these prints are still considerable more affordable than the unique pieces, unfortunately they are still out of range of the average person. The good news is that well established living artists that are being collected and exhibited in museums around the world generally all offer relatively affordable art in the form of printsSo just how affordable are these contemporary art prints? Affordable contemporary art prints mean you can own authentic works of art some of the best artists alive today. The added benefit is that these pieces also offer a much lower risk way to learn about the world of collecting art. You can get started now and spend considerably less than you would if you were purchasing one off unique works

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Q: Tips For Buying Original Art Online
A: Nothing can beat the value of an original artistic creation if you're looking for something to decorate the walls of your home. This is the reason why so many people prefer to spend what might be a little more in order to buy original art, rather than place digitally manipulated photographs or other decorative props on the walls. Paintings and photographs in particular add a touch of color and perhaps appealing patterns that liven up a space. While some people look at buying paintings just with decorative purposes in mind, there are others who are art enthusiasts and treat collecting original art pieces as a favorite and beloved hobby. There is also a developing trend of investing in buying original art. Many people consider investing in art as far more profitable than other forms of investing as it is one of the most volatile forms of investment - though of course this does also come with some risk. It is true, though, that when the value of a painting does rise with time, it may fetch you a lot of money when put up for sale later. Thanks to the Internet, finding the right artwork has become easier than ever. You can glance through thousands of paintings and artifacts that are part of real-life exhibitions on various online galleries without having to set foot in a physical gallery - particularly useful considering the fact that the exhibition may be thousands of miles away in geographical terms. The way that contemporary art has flourished online is a marvelous example of the potential of the internet. Buying and selling original art is done online by curators, museums, art organizations, artists themselves, and by online dealers who trade in art. A major benefit of buying contemporary art online is that you can approach a lot of contemporary artists through dealers' websites; you can learn a great deal about the art scene as it is now and develop an idea of the subjects that are generally dealt with by contemporary artists. Through such websites, you can not only buy magnificent artwork from renowned painters but can also buy unique works from many emerging artists you would otherwise never have access to unless they happened to be part of your local art scene. While buying original art online has a whole lot of positive features, there is also a flipside to it - you cannot put the item you intend to buy under a magnifying glass to prove its authenticity. However, you can ensure the originality of the paintings you are buying online by buying it from a reputable store. Such stores allow you to probe the websites of the artists and provide consultative services before you buy any item. Finally it is vital to make sure that you are feeling great about investing in buying a piece of original art and do not have slightest doubt in mind regarding it. An example of an online store that offers you this peace of mind is Art-mine.com. This online gallery offers an excellent variety of artworks, and only shows original works from professional, gallery-represented artists.

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Q: Starting Your Own Art Collection? - Where to Begin
A: You would like to have artworks of your own, perhaps start an art collection, or buy a special art gift. How do you start? First, second and last: look! Go to galleries and museums, (even if at first they seem cold or intimidating, they are there to be seen), art fairs and shows. The Internet has become a great place to explore and buy contemporary art and has its own special advantages: comfortable to see, easy on the gas bill, no pressure, easy to purchase, easy access to information. Don't buy right away. Take time to develop your eye and know your heart. Come back to the same place or site many times, each time picking your favorite. You will probably see that this changes over time, and that you notice more and more interesting aspects of the artwork. Ultimately, what you like best always includes an element of mystery that can't be totally explained. That makes buying art different from buying anything else. But whether for an investment or purely for pleasure, experience in looking and information about the artwork and artist can inform your decision. Your opinion is what matters, not that of a salesperson or a critic. Even so, reading about art can sharpen your opinions and accustom you to the special vocabulary of art: tools for enjoying art more. When you're ready to buy, think why.For a specific place in your home? To "capture" something beautiful? For the positive emotional experience, spiritual uplift, intellectual stimulation? For an investment? All of these separately or in any combination as well as other reasons are good reasons to acquire an artwork. In doing so, you also contribute to society by supporting artists who access and enhance our culture. Clarifying your goals will help you choose the right artwork at the right time. Budget and Prices. When you have educated your eye and taken an interest in what you see; when you are ready to find the artwork for you, you must consider how much you want to spend and how works of art are priced. Price is somewhat subjective, as is what you will like. It is difficult for most artists to set a monetary value on an expression from their heart. An artist may ask a lot for a favorite piece, being reluctant to part with it. Another may lower prices because of a need for cash. The price of most works, however, is indeed connected to objective variables: Medium. The graphic media: sketches and prints are usually less expensive, as is watercolor on paper. You can, therefore usually find good buys of fine art in these media. In general, oils on canvas will be more expensive, as will sculpture. Photography in recent years has been going up in price, but is still a place where beginning collectors can find wonderful art for reasonable prices. Work involved. The amount of work put into a piece, connected to medium, can be a factor--more work being more expensive, but not always. More time spent on a work of art does not necessarily make it better. A sketch that Rembrandt did in minutes can be worth a fortune! Size. In general, the larger, the more expensive (large works involve more materials, although this is usually a small part of the cost, but they are more difficult and involve more work.) Miniatures are a category of their own, where the artist makes a "window" to a tiny other world. The Artist.Younger and less well-known artists will generally charge less. This is the point at which the sharp-eyed buyer who knows what he/she likes loves to buy. Here are opportunities for good long-term investments, as well as encouraging upcoming creative forces. The Market. Site and gallery managers will guide the artist in determining value by knowing the present market. Don't forget that in your final decision, what is most important is your own response to a work of art. Without a doubt, art is a whole world waiting to enhance your home and enrich your life. Enjoy the variety of choice and the very unique pleasure of finding your own special artistic creations. Buying art is different from acquiring other products. When you buy something that you like very much, you will usually find yourself loving it more and more. A complex and mature work of art reveals many layers of meaning and appeal as time goes by. You are enriching your life and shaping your environment. Enjoy!

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Q: Abstract Art Defined
A: Abstract art is a genre of artwork from the 20th century. Correct to its title, this sort of fine art is extremely unusual and tough to interpret. It generally displays the partnership involving forms and colours. This sort of art work may or may possibly not be really attractive to the eyes, as the objects in abstract paintings are not quite clear but every piece of abstract artwork is deemed to have deep meanings and are said to portray the inner ideas of artists like any other pieces of fine art. Calligraphy is also regarded as a form of abstract fine art. There are different abstract fine art galleries found all over the world that exhibit all types of summary art work including paintings, sculptures and many more. Some of these galleries also showcase combined media work, which spotlight artwork with a 3D effect. Abstract fine-art is also identified as non-figurative art that normally consists of a great deal of hues, lines, textures and forms. Abstract artwork has numerous elements such as still life, panorama, urban landscape and so on, which are showcased very well in the exhibitions held at the abstract art galleries. There are three principal kinds of abstract art work primarily cubism, neoplastic-ism and abstract expressionism. Manhattan is really very much influenced by the third form of abstract art work, that is abstract expressionism and has a quantity of abstract fine art galleries displaying this unique abstract fine art kind. For instance, certain artists project a landscape sensibility in their abstract work, while the others make use of denser structures and bolder colours that usually make the paintings bizarre and complex. They spotlight the two ancient as contemporary abstract fine art. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko are amongst the numerous popular abstract artists acknowledged for their various kinds of abstract art-work.

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Q: What's Abstract Art?
A: When I was younger I preferred classical art to abstract art because as I told people "it's more real". Now that I'm a bit older and have more experience, I can tell you that this was a mistake. Abstract art is more real than classical art is.Let me ask you "Isn't color real in an abstract painting? And what about texture?" I'm sure you don't have to think about the answer. Yes, color and texture are just as real in abstract paintings as they are in classical art. The term abstract refers to form only.The term non-objective art would probably be more appropriate than abstract art. Abstract art can be ambiguous in a way that realist paintings aren't. Abstract painters have some intuition about the kind of dialogues that a painting will engender because of its difference in volume and direction. Their paintings come from something in the real world.If we really want to get to know abstract art we should ask ourselves how it began. I don't like the Marxist approach which is a sort of cliché after Peter Burger's talk about avant-garde origins. I don't have any thing against the theory of the influence of socio-economic revolution on abstract art, but I think the true forces at work here are the invention of photography and the search for purity. It's true that economic independence allows artists to gain artistic independence and freedom from the dictates of style.

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Q: What is Abstract Art?
A: Abstract art is a phenomenal change in the mindscape of the art enthusiasts. It was initiated at the end of the 19th century AD and at the beginning of the 20th century AD. Especially the wave created by Pablo Picasso and his contemporary painters during the first decade of the 20th century, affected deeply the works of authors, musicians and poets, globally. It actually created a ripple of movements, successively changing the styles, forms and presentation of creations.Some say it is a derivative of figurative art. Some say it is loosely connected with non-figurative, non-objective, non representational art. The final output is a whole of sequentially attached pertinent elements. Thus the whole image may be a replica of reality in a subtle form. But in some variants like Lyrical or Geometric ones, the final presentations seem far away from the real image they substitute.Prehistoric humans used to put symbols for water, fire, thunders and all that astounded them. But the inherent aesthetics of those prehistoric creations are eternally appealing to all humans. So those depictions can be taken for forefathers of the prevailing creations in the field of abstraction.19th century Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism lead to the abstract creations. Delivery of visual sensation rather than the actual representation of an object hit the creative arena by this time. Later on, the trend saw its climax on the practices of Cubism by Pablo Picasso and George Barque. The emotionally charged paintings with altered colors, forms and shapes of Expressionism lay at the base of abstraction. Additionally the inspiration was also in the mystic paintings of the then Eastern Europe.Abstraction has gathered its inspiration also from Postimpressionism artists Vincent Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gaugin. Henry Matisse and his followers created Fauvism with expressive use of raw colors in early 20th century Paris. But the drastic climax occurred with the radical paintings of Picasso in Cubism.

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Q: History of Abstract Art/a>
A: Abstract art is a form of art in which an object or a form is developed in either a simplified way or an exaggerated manner. Abstract art is one of the major forms of art design which attracts a wide variety of people and art lovers. This form of art developed long back with a significant history comprising of various popular artists. Abstract landscape art, 3D abstract art, and fantasy abstract art are the most popular varieties of abstract art. The three major forms of abstract art are cubism, neoplasticism, and abstract expressionism. Among those artists, the most famous cubists were Pablo Picasso and Georges. Piet Mondrian's works are one of the best examples of neoplasticism. The history of abstract art involves more than 20,000 artists along with their interesting art backgrounds. Images and in-depth information of these artists are available in their biographies. History states that the abstract form of art design developed in the early 1900s. Neo-plasticism (1920-1940), abstract expressionism (1940-1955), conceptual art, contemporary realism, photorealism, and hyper realism (1960-1975), and neo-expressionism (1970-1990) are some of the major developmental stages in the history of abstract art. Post-Modernism is a stage which began around 1975, and still considered very famous in abstract art form. Ancient history reveals the truth that abstract art had been used in decorations for textiles and pottery, even in the early twentieth century abstract patterns. In the twentieth century, abstract art type was widely accepted. The first original abstract art form was developed by Wassily Kandinsky in 1910. In 1912, he wrote a theory based on abstract art called On the Spiritual in Art.


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Q: Abstract Art and Its Future
A: Precision is not reality, said Henri Mattisse the great artist. Thus the search for exactness begins and authenticity struggles. In art, everything is precise. That explains the genuineness of art in a broad scale. But art need not carry accuracy. The reason- there is no clear-cut rules.Abstract art is a form of art. It is not related to anything, non representational, even though it is a clear representation of an imaginative mind. Abstract art can be divided basically in to two types. • Figurative abstraction • Emotional abstraction As the name suggests, figurative representation is the symbolic representation of situations or ideas in a way the artist conceptualizes. They are simplifying reality by avoiding unnecessary details. The essence is left for use. Emotional abstraction is the representation of emotion, spirituality or voice. The movement The movement of abstract painting emerged in the mid forties in New York. It gradually gained importance in American art. When artists like James McNiell began believing in the harmonious arrangement of colors in representing visual sensation rather than the depiction of objects, abstraction started gaining prominence.Later artists took up the movement in such a way that abstract painting gained much importance. In abstraction only conception made a difference. Stephen Wright once commented on abstract painting that he had been doing a lot of abstract painting without paint, brush and canvas, but just by thinking about it. Abstract expressionism This is the movement in which the artists rapidly applied paint on canvas without great care for detail, and thus showing emotions and feelings spread on the canvas. The works of abstract painters showed a sense of hastiness and an intervention of life situations like a risk or a chance in applying paint on canvas.Some abstract artists even took a mystical approach to subject matter, but by defining their objectives and intentions clearly on canvas. It was generally believed that the painters of abstract expressionism relied on the spontaneity of creativity and the representation of that flow on canvas in a scale broad and large. The expressive method of painting was considered important.Abstract expressionism did not focus on one topic; rather it focused on many themes or styles. The painters who came to be called as abstract expressionists shared an outlook can be divided in to two- • Action painting • Color Field painting Action painting Action painting is related to surrealism, which is the movement in visual art and literature that became popular in Europe between World Wars I and II. It emphasized on positive expression. Artists like Pollock Jackson with essence form surrealism, implied a technique different from the usual styles of painting that employed the method of dripping paint on to the canvas. Instead of brush, sticks and knives were used to manipulate the picture. This type of painting began to be called as action painting. Color field painting This abstract art movement started only in the 1960's. A type of abstract expressionism, color field paintings employed the use of solid color covering the whole canvas in such a way that the lyrical or atmospheric effects of color were seen in a vast canvas. The aesthetics of the color field artists were truly intellectual aesthetic. They dealt with two-dimensional spaces and their color tone was different and not modulated.Abstract expressionism presented within its large framework, a stylistic diversity that was not easily identifiable. Many artists explored various forms of painting in abstract expressionistic painting. Here more attention was paid to brushstrokes, texture and surface qualities.Thus abstract art gained much importance. Wassily Kandinsky came to be known as the father of abstract painting. Other artists who followed the path of Kandinsky were kasimir Malevich, Raoul Dufy, Paul Klee, Juan Gris, and Piet Mondrian. The future of abstract painting With a fabulous history of abstract paintings done on landscape, floral art, people, and just emotions in various ways possible, abstract art grew on a canvas broad, but ambiguous. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrain came with newer conceptions and ideas representing the new form of art in an aesthetically well built canvas.There would definitely be a shift in style from the usually employed techniques like action painting and color field painting. Newer forms will take shape with styles which may take time to establish in the field of painting.With the invention of more tools in painting, and with newer methods employed, abstract painting will undergo a lot of changes in the coming future..To the great painter there is only one manner of painting - that which he employs in his art. Abstract art has definitely a future, bright, colorful even though vague. As Edgar says, "A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."

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Q: Modern Abstract Art
A: Precision is not reality, said Henri Mattisse the great artist. Thus the search for exactness begins and authenticity struggles.In art, everything is precise. That explains the genuineness of art in a broad scale. But art need not carry accuracy. The rules in art depends on an artist's imagination, how he carries his dreams forward, what shape he gives to them, and how he reproduces the idea on to canvas with a brush dipped in paint.Abstract art is a form of art. As the name explains, the paintings come under it are abstract in nature. It is not related to anything, non representational, even though it is a clear representation of an imaginative mind. Abstract art can be divided basically in to two types. • Figurative abstraction • Emotional abstraction As the name suggests, figurative representation is the symbolic representation of situations or ideas in a way the artist conceptualizes. They are simplifying reality by avoiding unnecessary details. The essence is left for use. Emotional abstraction is the representation of emotion, spirituality or voice. The movement The movement of abstract painting emerged in the mid forties in New York. It gradually gained importance in American art. When artists like James McNiell began believing in the harmonious arrangement of colors in representing visual sensation rather than the depiction of objects, abstraction started gaining prominence. Later artists took up the movement in such a way that abstract painting gained much importance. The artists believed that the job of the artists was to deepen the mystery rather than revealing it. In abstraction only conception made a difference. The basic idea behind the idea remains the same. Stephen Wright once commented on abstract painting that he had been doing a lot of abstract painting without paint, brush and canvas, but just by thinking about it. Abstract expressionism This is the movement in which the artists rapidly applied paint on canvas without great care for detail, and thus showing emotions and feelings spread on the canvas. The works of abstract painters showed a sense of hastiness and an intervention of life situations like a risk or a chance in applying paint on canvas.Some abstract artists even took a mystical approach to subject matter, but by defining their objectives and intentions clearly on canvas. It was generally believed that the painters of abstract expressionism relied on the spontaneity of creativity and the representation of that flow on canvas in a scale broad and large. The expressive method of painting was considered important.Abstract expressionism did not focus on one topic; rather it focused on many themes or styles. The artists of abstract expressionism valued individuality and spontaneous inventiveness. The painters who came to be called as abstract expressionists shared an outlook Characterized by the spirit of revolt. The movement of abstract expressionism can be divided in to two- • Action painting • Color Field painting Action painting Action painting is related to surrealism, which is the movement in visual art and literature that became popular in Europe between World Wars I and II. It emphasized on positive expression. Artists like Pollock Jackson with essence form surrealism, implied a technique different from the usual styles of painting that employed the method of dripping paint on to the canvas. Instead of brush, sticks and knives were used to manipulate the picture. This type of painting began to be called as action painting. Color field painting This abstract art movement started only in the 1960's. A type of abstract expressionism, color field paintings employed the use of solid color covering the whole canvas in such a way that the lyrical or atmospheric effects of color were seen in a vast canvas. They dealt with two-dimensional spaces and their color tone was different and not modulated.Abstract expressionism presented within its large framework, a stylistic diversity that was not easily identifiable. Many artists explored various forms of painting in abstract expressionistic painting. Here more attention was paid to brushstrokes, texture and surface qualities.Thus abstract art gained much importance. Wassily Kandinsky came to be known as the father of abstract painting. Other artists who followed the path of Kandinsky were kasimir Malevich, Raoul Dufy, Paul Klee, Juan Gris, and Piet Mondrian. Thus abstract painting spread far and wide with an intellectual tone to the form of art in a style varied, specific and incomprehensible. The future of abstract painting With a fabulous history of abstract paintings done on landscape painting, floral art, people, and just emotions in various ways possible, abstract art grew on a canvas broad, but ambiguous. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrain came with newer conceptions and ideas representing the new form of art in an aesthetically well built canvas.There would definitely be a shift in style from the usually employed techniques like action painting and color field painting. Newer forms will take shape with styles which may take time to establish in the field of painting.With the invention of more tools in painting, and with newer methods employed, abstract painting will undergo a lot of changes in the coming future. Probably, forms take a different shape, ideas may be modernized, and fresh thoughts would be employed. But the basic idea behind the notion, which is abstraction, will never change.To the great painter there is only one manner of painting - that which he employs in his art. He appreciates his own art and also criticizes. Because nobody, but he can understand the enormity of his work, so do his pitfalls.Abstract art has definitely a future, bright, colorful even though vague. As Edgar says, "A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."

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Q: Modern Abstract Art
A: Modern abstract art is synonymous with abstract expressionism, created during the post-World War II era in America, which also made New York the hub of modern art. The art form, coined by art critic Robert Coates in 1946, emphasized spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation. Through this modern abstract art, an artist expressed himself with the use of form and color, without representing any actual object.Abstract expressionism is considered to be the first American artistic movement, which gained international importance and was originally used to describe the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky. Modern abstract art can be divided into two groups: action painting, pioneered by artists such as Pollock, de Kooning, Franz Kline and Philip Guston; and the color field painting, practiced by Mark Rothko and Kenneth Noland. Although abstract expressionism lost its importance by the 1960s, it influenced the growth of other modern abstract forms like pop art and minimalism. Pop art emerged in the late 1950s in the UK and US, based on the themes of mass culture like advertising and comic books. The art form, also called neo-dada, was pioneered by Marcel Duchamp. Minimalism literally means stripping down an art form to its most fundamental features. In a minimalist painting, an artist uses only a limited number of colors and employs simple geometric designs. Some notable minimalist artists include Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, and Martin Puryear among others.Modern abstract art is increasingly becoming global, and is trying to break the cultural barrier that separates high art from the public forum of the masses.

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Q: Defining Abstract Art
A: The term "abstract art" is like the term "modern music" in the sense that it is a very broad umbrella sheltering a wide variety of art. But like "abstract math," the general sense of the term is that it is the opposite of the concrete, or "realism." At one end of the continuum is a painting of a violin so perfectly rendered that we feel we could reach into the frame, pick up the instrument, and play it. At the other end is a canvas painted pure white or black all over. There is nothing in it to reach in and touch.A simple, common definition of "abstract art" is "not realistic." Yet many artists who call their work abstract, actually do have a subject in mind when they paint. They take a figure or landscape and simplify it, exaggerate it, or stylize it in some way. They are not trying to imitate nature, but to use nature as a starting off point. Color, line, and form are more important to them than the details of the actual subject matter. They want to give a sense or feel for the subject rather than an exact replication.Historically, the term "abstract" has been associated with a variety of art movements. The cubism of Picasso, Braque and Cezanne was a geometrical abstraction. In the United States, a group also known as the New York school of action painters was defined by critics as "abstract expressionists." Yet the individuals in this group varied greatly in their approaches. Jackson Pollock did overall drip paintings. Mark Rothko painted shimmering color field canvases based on a simple square pattern. Willem de Kooning did not abandon subject matter like the others, but abstracted the female figure in much of his work.Art that has no intentional beginnings in any subject matter is sometimes referred to as "non-objective," or "non-representational." A related term is "minimalism," or the tendency to take as much away from the painterly surface of the canvas as possible. A white square painted on a white background is an example of minimalism. The end result is not so much the point as the daring it took to get there. "Modern art" is another term commonly used to refer to abstract art, though originally this term was used to differentiate the experimenters of the twentieth century from the traditional European painters and sculptors. Thus, "modern art" began over seventy years ago, and is no longer new. Many movements in art have come and gone since then. For example, "pop art" incorporates popular culture such as comics and movie stars. Well-known artists of this genre include Andy Warhol, who painted Cambell's soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe; and Jasper Johns, who did a series of flag paintings."Contemporary art" is another one of those terms that covers a wide variety of art. The best definition of "contemporary" is the work of any living artist, though the term has also been used to mean art that you would hang in a contemporary home. This sense of contemporary is more like the term "modern," in that it means the opposite of "traditional." Thus, "contemporary art" is also sometimes used to mean "abstract art."Another way to define the term "abstract art" is to enter it as a search term on Google or Yahoo and look at the results.. I use the term "abstract art" to define my own painting because I know that people who love my art tend to define it this way. They often find me by entering the term on Google. Others use the term "modern art" or "contemporary art" to find me.So where does that leave us in our definition of abstract art? Like most definitions of art movements, the answer is complex. We can look at it historically from an art critic's perspective, or use it as the general public would, to mean something other than traditional realistic representation.

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Q: Abstract Art
A: Art that does not rely on the representation of objects of the physical or natural world is called abstract art. At first glance, this definition may seem negative, but this is how abstract art works: it peels off the extraneous and embraces the innate.This type of art denotes a free, and significant, departure from representational art, and is an uninhibited celebration of creativity. Therefore, it is subjective. Its emphasis is on the unmanifest rather than the manifest. However, this does not mean that it aims at obscurity, because, like all good art, it generally has a message to convey. The extent to which such a message is perceived depends on a number of factors, one of which is initiation into this form of art. Abstract artists may work on two extremes, exaggeration or simplification. They may either exaggerate or simplify the essence of their observation of the world. Interestingly, although the art creatively rids itself of mere representation of the observed world, it generally demands, and is a result of, keen observation. Moreover, it may not always be pleasing to the eye, or to the senses, and may evoke the darker side of human sensitivity.Appreciation of abstract art demands skill and experience. To appreciate a work of abstract art, context should never be lost sight of. Most of the time, it is also important to know something about the artist who created it. Being aware of the "dominant" school of art in a particular time period also helps, for the artist can hardly help being influenced by the society, culture, and environment of his or her times.

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Q: Why is Abstract Art So Popular?
A: Abstract art is popular because it has a purpose in this world both for the artist and the viewer. Many people collect abstract paintings to beautify their surroundings, as an investment, or to update their lives with contemporary culture. They often feel a connection with the colors, the forms, texture, or energy that the artwork gives off. The artwork changes their living space and creates an atmosphere worth living in.For the artist, creating the artwork can be an expressive means to channel creative energy and emotion. The action of painting is actually considered therapy and very meditative for many abstract artists. The evidence of this has been documented to be especially true in today's modern fast pace world.Abstract art also covers a broad spectrum of painting styles. The general understanding is that this type of art does not depict anything in the natural world and the subject is simply a visual language of color and form. While this is true of non-representational works (which I love to create), this is simply not true for all abstract art out there. The word "abstract" means a departure from reality, but this departure can sometimes be only a slight one. This in-turn leaves room for partially abstract landscapes, figures, seascapes, etc. to be categorized as abstract art.The beauty of abstract art, both for the artist and the viewer, is that anyone can take what they see and interpret it however they want.

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Q: A Brief Explanation of Abstract Art
A: An abstract painting does not have a recognizable subject. It is a form of art that does not try to look like something. Instead, the subject of an abstract painting is its color, form, and certain features. In other words, abstract art paintings get rid of the monotonous realism.A significant reason why abstract art is different from realism is that abstract painting is more fluid. An example of which is the work of Kandinsky. An abstract painting is also geometric. Mondrian's abstracts works are a good example of this description.Many artists consider Pablo Picasso as the pioneer in abstract painting. He paved the way for a transition from the usual figurative painting to abstract painting. Along with George Braque, Picasso founded a new mode of image representation called Cubism. The main notion of Cubism is that the essence of an object can only be captured by simultaneously showing it from multiple points of view.Abstract art is mostly associated with paintings which represent things that are not visual, such as emotion, sound, or spiritual experience. Aside from that, abstract painting is also classified with figurative abstractions or reality simplifications in which detail is eliminated from recognizable objects leaving only the essence or some degree of recognizable form.Abstract art painting also gained more relevance with the advent of synthetic cubism and analytical cubism. In synthetic cubism, the artist uses strong colors and decorative shapes to dismantle an object and reassemble or "synthesize" its essential structural lines. Analytic cubists on the other hand reduced natural forms to their basic geometric parts and then tried to reconcile these essentially three-dimensional parts with the two-dimensional picture plane. Color was greatly subdued, and paintings were nearly monochromatic. The leading cubists, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque initiated the movement. However Piet Mondrian and other artists pioneered from 1914 onwards the first non-figurative paintings or pure abstract art which are also collectively a form of cubist painting.Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the 1940s, used the concepts of expressionism to abstract painting. Abstract expressionism was a painting movement in which artists normally applied paint rapidly, and with force to their huge canvases to show feelings and emotions. It is done through painting gesturally, non-geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. The work of its followers is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance, but which is actually highly planned. Some abstract expressionist artists were concerned with adopting a peaceful and magical approach to a purely abstract image. Most of the times, there was no effort to depict subject matter.

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Q: The History and Culture of Abstract Art
A: If you really take the time to research it, you will find out that Abstract Art actually originated with primitive man. His etchings and marks on pottery, cave walls, and rocks were simple geometric and linear patterns that represented something to him. Whether it was telling a story, held a meaning or was meant for design, it was just simple markings.As centuries passed, and man became more concerned about the art he created, he became more creative. Yet this abstract method was still being used widely as a way to express feelings and concerns over events in an independent form of the normal visual references in our world.Many art colleges teach about all the different types of art over the span of man's existence. Abstract art will most likely be one of these taught. Students will see examples, learn the history of abstract art and maybe even create some of their own.The abstract style is used widely today, not only in paintings, pictures, drawings and sculptures, but in home decor, jewelry, fashion and architecture. Many new buildings are a based on a combination of geometrical and linear patterns. Architects no longer rely on the basic cube or square design anymore, choosing instead to branch out by creating innovative, yet functional, structures.In the fashion world, you can find materials being used with lines, circles, squares, rectangles, and other geometric patterns that cross each other at certain points, and drift apart at others. A number of designers also experiment with the shape of clothing itself, with asymmetrical hems and stitching, or cut-outs in the fabric.Many students who have attended an art school have accidentally stumbled upon abstract designs that became popular just by doodling on a piece of paper. Abstract art is meant to catch the eye, often using bright, bold colors and then in other instances sticking to basic black, white or grey.

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Q: The Abstract Expressionism Movement - The Evolution of Abstract Art
A: The Abstract Expressionism Movement, also called the New York School was exclusively an American abstract art movement that mainstreamed in New York City in the period following the Second World War. Arshile Gorky played an important role in inducing The Abstract Expressionism Movement. The abstract art works produced during the period of this movement are considered to be a combination of certain visual aspects of abstract European schools like Futurism, Synthetic Cubism and Bauhaus with the self-expression and emotional strength of German Expressionism. Though this abstract art was a mixture of a number of styles, its basic philosophy was to search and seek out answers for questions relating to human existence.There are many similarities of style between abstract expressionism art and the work of Russian artists of the early 1900's, the most prominent being Wassily Kandinsky. The abstract art from this period of the movement is often characterised by giving the impression of being produced in an act of artistic spontaneity. The work of pioneers of the movement such as Kandinsky, Kunz and later Rothko dealt with the expression of subjects including spirituality and the subconscious. However, meticulous planning and conscious thought was often involved in creating the many of the well known works of art which define this period of the expressionist movement.In the 1930's in North America, prior to the mainstream acceptance of abstract art, social realism art had been the prominent genre of art. Mexican social realists such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros together with the Great Depression strongly influenced the acceptance and widespread popularity of this relatively short lived movement. Preceding the Second World War in the United States there arose a time of political sensitivity. Due this change in the political climate social protest made through art would no longer be tolerated. In American society an artistic vacuum had opened and the abstract expressionism movement arose into the mainstream, showcasing at major galleries in New York such as The Art of This Century Gallery. The abstract expressionist movement spread rapidly thorough the elite art community of the United States through its major artistic communities such including the San Francisco Bay area and California.During the period of The Abstract Expressionism Movement, several artists started experimenting with shapes and colour. They broke away from what was considered to be artistic, conventional painting and painted complete canvases in blue, orange or other colours. Dripping, splattering and big brush strokes were characteristic features of Abstract Expressionist Art. Abstract Expressionist Art appeared to be defiant, idiosyncratic and radical, and to some, nihilistic. The movement weakened in the 1960s while other movements such as minimalism and pop art arose in opposition to it. Despite the movement losing importance, a good number of abstract expressionist painters continued following its characteristic painting fashion for many more years. In addition, this art movement profoundly influenced how some American artists of later generations used materials and colour in their Abstract Art. Artists from the Abstract Expressionism Movement often created their artwork Art Supplies such as Stretched Canvases or on sections of un-stretched blank canvas which were later mounted on Stretcher Bars after the artwork was completed.

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Q: Abstract Art - The Perfect Statement
A: Purchasing Modern Abstract Wall Art online may, initially, seem like an easy task. Indeed, the actual ordering process is very easy. What is not so simple, is making a choice! There is a huge selection of Modern Abstract Wall Art available, and there are many considerations to be made before making your final choice. For example, you should consider the color scheme and style of the room you wish to hang the Oil Painting, or print, in. It is vital to select a Canvas that compliments your existing décor, as well as your own personal taste. You may find that you enjoy a certain Canvas, yet it may not be appropriate, either because of color or style, for the room you wish to hang it in. Modern Abstract Wall Art is ideal for modern homes, and is highly diverse. It would be difficult not to find a Canvas, which is not capable of beautifying the room, and reflect something of your own character and lifestyle. Abstract Art is highly personal, due to the fact it is representational of the emotional and spiritual responses, we have to the world around us. Many collectors find that a certain style of Abstract Art, or Artist, greatly appeals to them. This is because they relate to the world in a similar way to that particular Artist. The style they enjoy being capable of reflecting both their own aesthetic preferences, as well as their emotional responses. Because, in a modern world, we are free to express our diversity, Modern Abstract Wall Art has become highly popular. Through Abstract Art, individuals can depict more than the physical world around them. Today, many people revel in ability to purchase a wide collection of diverse Modern Art. That is the greatest development within Modern Art, the absolute freedom to express ourselves as individuals, through a varied choice of medium. Among all the great developments, there is little, which achieves this more profoundly, than Modern Abstract Wall Art.Traditional Art is no less valuable to society, simply because we have diversified upon it. To enjoy Modern Abstract Wall Art, does not mean we dismiss the value of traditional Artworks. The beauty, sensitivity, and craftsmanship of the great masters will always have its appeal and respect among collectors. Abstract Art reflects our introduction to a different level of consciousness. To dismiss what we were before, is to confuse what we are now. We cannot gauge where we stand today, if we dismiss the road we already traveled. To do this, is to dismiss our experiences, and in doing that, we actually remove one of the most important concepts within Contemporary Abstract Art. That is, a spiritual and emotional awareness of who we are, where we stand, and the way we respond to the physical world around us. After all, everyone has their role to play in history. Abstract Art is, because of this, is a highly evolved Art form. It focuses on our emotions, the unconscious thoughts and feeling we experience as human beings, living in a modern world. By understanding Abstract Art, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. When choosing Modern Abstract Wall Art, it is important to rely on your instincts. If it appeals to you aesthetically, if it moves something emotionally within you, and creates a response, it should be considered. After this, there are the practical considerations, with regards to color and size. Modern society is a diverse one, and Abstract Art reflects that. In your own home, you have the freedom to choose what appeals to you, and the individual you are. There is no better way to accomplish that, than through the medium of Modern Abstract Wall Art.

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Q: Abstract Art Is Complex To Explain
A: Abstract art will delight some and mystify others; therefore, it is necessary to define it, so that the viewer may decide for himself what is real and true. Abstract art springs from many sources, from the roots of Art Nouveau with its curlicues and swirls of industrial designer-type art and Cubism, that jagged sense of geometry imposing its will upon the natural world so that few can understand it, though many would discern in the angular line of a cityscape, for instance. From its beginnings in the breakaway schools of Impressionism and Picasso's beginnings at the turn of the 20th century, abstract art departs from reality. This is strange for artists coming from a traditional school, with its emphasis on being true to reality and using the tools of the lines of perspective and the color wheel. Abstract art uses form and line and color to depict a subject abstractly, that is, its basis and not the uttermost detail of the artist's view. Now and again the term 'abstract' arises in modern day usage and indeed many are the painters of today who call themselves 'abstract artists.An abstract artist may use digital art via the computer or other methods that do not use canvases and paint, but the enduring lure of a canvas is that it is solid and real, a thing to hold, take down from the wall and over to the window to see what sunlight does to its colors before returning it to the safety of the hanging place. If you should commission an abstract to do a 'lyrical abstract' piece, he or she would hark back to the origin of the term stemming from Aldrich's first use of in circa 1969. Characterized by loose paint handling and intuitive, spontaneous expression, lyrical abstraction used newer technological techniques and led the way away from geometrical art such as that executed by Mondrian. Acrylic paints are the most common media, however, and the roots mentioned above, that of Art Nouveau, may be seen in the pastel and sepia color schemes and swirls of embellishments in a typical lyrical abstract piece. Post World War II, France searched for a new direction in her artistic wave and used lyrical abstraction, possibly as a gentler, kinder sort of expression far from the jagged edges of geometrical and cubism schools of art. It would be natural for a country to yearn for softer curves after the harshness of a World War.So we see that abstract art offers a range of techniques and results: the dropped paint techniques of Jackson Pollock, the computerized digital art of so many on the Internet and the geometrical exactitude of a Mondrian all bear the common name, 'abstract.' Many times there is a range within one single painting, a part of the piece seeming almost photorealistic and the rest of the painting delving into the abstract world, giving a mutable effect to one canvas.

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Q: Abstract Art - A Brief
A: Abstract art combines a beautiful visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a definite degree of independence from visual references seen in the world today and in the past. Western art was typically underpinned by the logic of perspective during and after the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century. Abstract Artists of the day attempted to reproduce an illusion of visible reality.Arts from many other cultures other European were accessible and showed many alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. Artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place within the worlds of technology, science and philosophy. Most of this occurring around the end of the 19th century.Social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture during these times reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were very diverse.These terms are loosely related terms, nonrepresentational art, Abstract art and nonobjective art. The concept of abstraction points to a departure from reality in the presentation of imagery in art.This departure can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete from the actual representation in accuracy. An example geometric abstraction one would not seem to find references to any naturalistic entities. Figurative or representational art and complete abstraction are 99.9 percent mutually exclusive. Figurative and representational (or realistic) art do sometimes contain partial abstraction.In the cases of Geometric Abstraction and Lyrical Abstraction they are most often 100 percent abstract within the context of abstract art.

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Q: Abstract Art Work - A Popular Movement
A: Abstract art work is becoming very popular as a way of owning affordable modern art. Although abstraction was becoming evident in the impressionist, neo and post impressionist movements began during the latter part of the 19th century. A separate identity in the early 20th century called non-objective or non-iconic art started to become apparent.In this movement, artists created marks, signs or three-dimensional constructions that have no connection with images or objects in the known visible world and are completely abstract. In its purest form within Western art, abstract art is without a recognizable subject or object, which relates to nothing external and does not "imitate or mirror" anything. Instead the color and form are the subject of the abstract painting. It is without a doubt, 100 percent non objective or non representational.A further distinction is made between abstract art which is geometric, like the work of Mondrian, and abstract art that is more fluid (and where the apparent spontaneity often belies careful planning and execution), for another few examples look at the abstract art of Kandinsky or Pollock.As seen Western art history, breaking away from the notion that a painting had to represent something happened in the early 20th century began to progress quickly. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism art movements of the time, contributed by breaking away from the norm or rules of art followed since before the great Renaissance period. Within Impressionism we see painters not completing their paintings. Most Fauvists used color in a unrealistic way. Cubism introduced the idea of painting an object from many points of view.Abstract art works that gives the viewer a sense of being somewhere else in time or place are pre-planned and created on an interesting surface of texture before the artist begins to paint. Many layers of paint are applied in a special process, for the purpose of creating a feeling of nature, space and place.

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Q: Abstract Art - A Breakthrough in Artistic Expression
A: The origins of abstract art can rightly be attributed to the imagination of man. Abstract art is distinguishable from fantasy art, which makes imaginative characters and myths its subject. It is closer to reality as it reflects the real in figurative terms. In other words, abstract art depicts real forms in a simplified or rather reduced way, keeping the original subject the same.Abstract art did not originate all of a sudden nor is it the outcome of the 20th century thinkers. In the Jewish and Islamic religion, depiction of human beings was banned. As such, they took recourse to all forms of decorative and non-figurative arts or calligraphy.Wassily Kandinsky is regarded as the inventor of non-figurative art in the 20th century. Gradually, his paintings moved out of figurative subjects. In 1910, he created the first figurative work of art- a watercolor sans any reference to reality. Kandinsky not only became the first abstract artist, he also took pains to promote it as a theorist. After Kandinsky, it was the Russian painter, Kasimir Malewich, who took abstract art to the next level. Melewich's paintings mostly focused on simple geometrical forms.The landmark events in the mid-twentieth century changed the course of abstract art. The World War II, persecution of Jewish people by Hitler, and denunciation of modern art by the Nazis led to the immigration of hundreds of avant-garde European artists into the United States of America, especially New York. Some of the famous artists of this movement are Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.Currently, there are two primary segments of abstract art. One segment, known as Color Field Abstract Art, features unified blocks of color. Mark Rothko is one of the pioneers of this genre. The second segment includes multiple genres- Surrealism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Action painting. Regardless of all these influences, the core of abstract art paintings remains the capturing of the essence of the artist's subconscious on canvas.

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Q: Abstract Art on Canvas Explained
A: Canvas is ever-challenging, a blank space to fill with one's artistic vision. The abstract artist may be formally trained, he may have tackled the challenge of self-training or he may be someplace in between, but he approaches the canvas the same way each time: What can I do with the question, "What is abstract art on canvas"? Can I make a worthwhile piece to show and then sell, to display or give to a friend? The size of the canvas has a great deal to do with the impact of the piece and of course, its final destination, whether to grace a great room in someone's home or a small hallway leading off to the refuge of the bedroom. Canvas forgives an artist's insecurity of purpose and offers itself anew each time.What is abstract art on canvas, you ask? First of all, abstract art uses form and color in a more highly subjective manner than the old-school traditional representational art and so you may find that abstract art reaches your mind on a subtler level than seeing a formal landscape, for instance. Your senses will be engaged, your mind, to a certain degree at the original viewing, disengaged, as you perceive the emotional impact of the shapes and colors that are taken from nature, but not part of it. There is a range in abstract art and the lily may be abstract on the canvas and its background not, or the person bending over to enjoy the lily's fragrance may be slightly surreal in the artist's focus on the person's nose, for example. The artistic vision emphasizes, de-emphasizes, enlarges and shrinks each element in the painting and we appreciate this as we step back from the painting to observe the whole placement, the wall forming a negative space and the incoming light from a transom giving the whole area the look of a formal gallery. Abstract art is perhaps the least formal of the art genres and the ways to display it are many, but the traditional notion of hanging a canvas on a vertical plane remains the same. It is only the small details of lighting and placement that make each painting unique.

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Q: Modern Abstract Art In The Late 20th And Early 21st Century
A: From the cubism of Picasso in the early part of the 20th century to the latest up-to-date showing at that avant-garde gallery in town, abstract art has been all about change. Purveyors of modern abstract art will take commissions, true, and hew to a set of instructions, yet the art that is for sale in galleries has a rich history of styles to choose from, fauvism and Dadaism and lyrical abstraction. The electronic methods of making art have not been neglected, as anyone who has ever attended a hologram display can attest.Abstract art gained a new lease on life with the blossoming of electronic and robotic methods of expressing art. Form and color and texture combine in video abstraction as portrayed by the modern abstract artist Nam June Paik, the Korean-born artist who is said to have coined the phrase 'Information Superhighway.' Paik used media as they excited his interest, mastering one genre and then moving on to another. He has been called the first video artist, a natural progression from his artistic beginnings as a student of music. When he was inveigled by John Cage and other composers as well as conceptual artists to work in electronic art, he was more than ready to tackle another genre. He used both working and discarded television sets in his art, saying that he catered to the American admiration for 'bright shiny things.' Whether his art is sculpture or electronic is difficult to say, so fluid are his techniques. Traditional art on canvas has not been forgotten in the last fifty years. If minimalism is defined as 'multiple use of a single entity', then abstract art contains minimalist elements, as pictured by the tightly-bound appearance of George Ortman's works, perhaps the most famous being 'Narcissus.' 'Narcissus' may look like two diamond shapes whose tips touch surrealistically, but the geometrical quality of the flower is outstanding and the white discs inside the center of the rows of primary colored stripes, which make up the middle of the diamond shapes, take the naturalistic shape of a flower and glean the clean shapes from the curves. Ortman's works use symbolism, not normally the case in abstract art, yet the meanings of his shapes are plain: a square equals intellect, a circle means sensuality and a triangle signifies ethics. Abstract art on the computer is another genre, not something to hang on the wall, but to enjoy every time you boot up and visit your favorite museum site or individual artist's gallery. Of course, if you are adventuresome, you may take a Photoshop tutorial or two on the internet and create your own art!

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Q: Abstract Art Painting Studios - From Primitive Caves to Modern Lofts
A: Have you ever tried to remember the first time when you found yourself looking at an abstract art or an abstract painting? Do you remember the thoughts or feelings you had about what you were looking at?This article is a reflection of some of my own personal and subjective viewpoints and realities as an artist about abstract art with certain references to facts that are in agreement with what I believe myself as to the nature, birth, growth and the evolution of the abstract art outside the boundaries of the esoteric terms of the art academia.To have a basic and fundamental look at the subject, we should first understand what the word abstract means before we could tackle the understanding of "abstract art" itself; and we learn that abstract in this sense and as a verb means to extract or remove and surprisingly as an adjective means not easy to understand; abstruse. And as a transitive verb it means to take away, remove. It's origin is from Latin abstrahere 'draw away' or 'draw from.'Thus, we can conclude that abstract, is generally viewed as a form of art that does not depict anything that resembled the objective or material world; instead it represented new creations that very subjectively were expressions of the inner substance and the spirit of the artist and often through a profound spontaneity that brings out the inner world of the artist.So, abstract art, being the product of this very natural, uninhibited and unpremeditated impulse in the absence of any external stimulus, is intrinsic and belongs to the very basic nature and the make up of the artist, as the true influence behind his creations.As I evolved through my own representational art and became more acquainted with the history of art, I learned that abstract art had its roots in the very early dawn of human history when man began to draw on the walls of his cave. These early abstract arts, abstract drawings and abstract paintings - sometimes embellished with organic dyes - often attempted to capture the essential nature and the quality of the objects rather than the actual appearance of them.As the art historians and art critics formulated their opinions and ideas into prints, more esoteric terms spun off the subject under "non-objective art," "non-representational art," and "non-figurative art." In the field of aesthetics, since none of the principles of creating art have been precisely formulated, this particular branch of humanities has its critics galore with many schools of divergent opinions and thoughts, where esoteric lectures and opinions are listened to with open jaws in lieu of reason, personal expressions suffers under the cloud of confusion.Centuries long before the birth of abstract expressionism in America, highly figurative arts had existed in the East, namely in the Islamic culture, where calligraphy also as a non-figurative art is taught as a subject starting sometimes as early as in primary schools, as great emphasis is placed upon the pupils' acquiring and developing skills in calligraphy, as the art of handwriting. This above criteria outlined by Itten in the early 20th century was a big philosophical bite that required lots of chewing and digestion before earning acceptance and support; so the abstract artists had to endure a very endearing plight in earning and preserving their livelihood.Before the arrival of the European pioneers and their fortitude, in bringing their very precious gift of abstract paintings, representational artists had no clue as to what freedom of artistic expression really meant to open the door into a new realm of practicing art, which opened a new door and an extension of their inner self.Faced with the sever opposition of the traditionalists who rejected change, the abstract artists began to express their soul, on their new canvases, with their own newly created rules. In the world of art, where art is traded as a luxury and not a necessity and dependant upon the discretionary money of a few, the arrival of the abstract art in general and in particular abstract expressionism threatened the axles on which the art market was pivoted.Change became inevitable, and traditionalists broke rank with futurists at the expense of the modern art; but the abstract expressionists became busily involved in experimenting and exploring the various physical entities and invented new tools by which they could apply paint to their canvases.Suddenly the conventional means by which the artist had painted changed into an ever-changing process of exploration, creation, experimentation, and more creations; each time giving birth to a new technique. The canvases, paints and the studio tools extended far beyond the boundaries of the artist's studio and into the realm of collage and found objects.Jackson Pollock was the quintessential action painter, who struggled badly with acceptance, began to use his body as a painting instrument around his vast canvases laid out on the floor and danced with his splashes, drippings and spattering of paint; he developed and mastered the technique of action painting and enjoyed some of the sprouts of a great new fame and fortune before he fell victim to the demons of his culture at the ripe age of 42. He left a great legacy behind, which continued to inspire many abstract artists through the variety of great canvases which he left behind. This is what Pollock have said in part about his paintings: "It's all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen. The method of painting is the natural growth out of need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating. When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. The painting has a life of its own. Every good painter paints what he is."Another great artist and contemporary painter from the abstract expressionists group is Robert Rauschenberg. Rauschenberg created collages with found objects on the streets of New York City and defied every conceivable traditionalist's rule as he progressed through his career, which became quite deservedly rewarding, earning him the recognition, notoriety and financial success in the past few decades. He later moved to, Florida to get away from New York City, where he continue to create his art on the quiet and affluent shores of Captiva Island.One of the most inspiring techniques of Rauschenberg worth remembering, is his concept of leaving enough to chance for the sake of discovery, where the artist enjoys the serendipity of unexpected happenstance.The two most prominent style of abstract expressionism, were the action painters engaging use of textures, spattering and drippings of paint throughout, gesturing the mood of the artist, and the color-field painters who expressed their work through the unified fields of color and shapes, while many other painters made use of both styles in their work.

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Q: Abstract Art - What Is It, Where Does It Come From and Why Do I Do It?
A: By using shapes, colors and textures abstract art creates a mood all to it own. By creating a mood all to it's own abstract art usually does not try to depict any specific image in the end result.Abstract art plays on the emotions of the artist completely. Since emotions can be very lucid ideas, abstract art is known to be unrecognizable to something based in normal reality. However in a well done abstract piece the viewer can "feel" a presences in the painting. Abstract art is very spontaneous in nature.When I paint abstract art I do my best to start with at least three different colors. These colors can be complimentary or opposite on the color wheel. This depends on what I want to have the viewer feel and experience. Do I want bright colors that are so opposite that they vibrate when you see them? Such as green and purple, yellow and blue. Or do I want colors that harmonize when you look at them causing your eyes to move in a soothing pattern across the canvas? There is no wrong or right way to paint abstract art because there is no wrong or right way to feel while painting it. - Emotions Emotions are the key ingredient for abstract art. What is the artist feeling? Is he feeling angry, sad, in love, out of love, inspired, aggressive? Mood can be greatly effected on the habituates a artists takes and doesn't take. Artists have had a long reputation for using outside stimuli in the form or alcohol, weed, pills etc. I do not agree with this and I do not disagree with it. I am also not saying every artist uses. But I will say that a lot of great art has been inspired and created under the influence and sober. So what does this mean? Emotions are key in creating art, sad or happy, drunk or sober whatever state the artist is in is going to influence the outcome of the piece. - When to stop, Less is more When I paint abstract art, I feel as though I want to put subject matter on it, a flower, bird, person, building, etc. I see a beautiful background and I want to put something that defines an image. Most of my art I combine what I am feeling with what I see or am inspired by. However I feel the real challenge in producing a great abstract piece is knowing when to stop, when to say "enough". Abstract art can be as simple as a black and white painting and have a few powerful brush strokes. It can be minimal in construction and design. The artist is saying more with less words, less strokes can say more by utilizing the empty space that now just exists. When using less is more in abstract art it starts to become something else, modern wall art. - Less Is More, but some times More is better When I am painting abstract art I try to challenge myself in using less. Meaning how can I make a powerful piece of art by utilizing the empty space that is on the canvas? Say more by saying nothing, paint more by using the paint to accentuate the emptiness giving it form. But the opposite exists as well. How many layers can I use? I ask myself. In my opinion layers of paint mean layers of emotion. So when I want to convey more, I ask "how many layers can I have?" "How many layers can I build?" "How much more color and texture can there be?" I build layers much like a sculptor would take away to expose the hidden form but with layers I add to define dimensions, texture, shape. This conveys emotion. - Abstract Art where does it come from? All my pieces of art combine a aspect of the undefinable, the unknown the abstract. I combine my pop art, surrealism, modern art and abstract art together to form my individual style. Abstract art is fun. It allows me to explore the subterranean levers of my psyche. As I dump colors, work with brush strokes, thick gobs of overlaying paint, my mind travels. It travels to a place that can be only explained through the finished product. This allows me to release hidden layers of myself that I can not reach without engaging in the artistic action of painting. Abstract art is the reflection of the inner mind. - My Goals as a artist I love painting abstract. But what I love to do more is: combine elements of my surrealism art, buddha art, modern wall art, pop art, stencil art. I engage all these style together to define where my mind and creative out look is. I call my art "progressive" because I am always seeking improvement and growth while I aim to crystallize internal perfection through art.True art is an outward manifestation of an inner reality that has the potential for beauty and total perfection.I believe we are all perfect entities internally; manifested as spiritual beings. It is our own lack of understanding and perception that keeps us from reaching our full potential as human beings.I gain a better understanding of that inner reality when I use myself as a creative medium.I also aim to create an emotional stimulation within the viewer and my art work-- I plant a seed in their mind that takes root and flowers.

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Q: Abstract Art Paintings
A: In general terms, abstract art paintings break the monotony of realism and reject the fact that paintings should depict pragmatism. In the pre-World War II era, abstract art painters mostly depicted spiritualism or intellectualism, rejecting the 20th century motto of "art for art's sake" and replacing realism with spirituality and rationality. Furthermore, with the advent of the technology age, abstract art has gained greater significance.Painting as an art form has undergone several changes, especially during the 20th century, wherein a transition from figurative painting to abstract painting was the chief feature of the era. Renowned painter Pablo Picasso is generally believed to have ushered the shift from figurative to abstract painting. Picasso, along with George Braque, formulated a new pictorial representation known as cubism, wherein the artists depicted an object as seen from a different viewpoint.Abstract art painting took a further leap in 1911 with the creation of synthetic cubism and analytical cubism. These forms of cubism fragmented the subject in the painting, for example, in analytical cubism, painters used crystalline geometry, while in synthetic cubism the subjects were reduced in size. Artists like Piet Mondrian, whose paintings ultimately led to the first non-figurative paintings or pure abstract art from 1914 onwards, pioneered such forms of cubist painting. In the twentieth century, Russian painter Wassily Kandisky pioneered non-figurative art.Furthermore, in the 1940s, another form of abstract art called Abstract Expressionism emerged, in which the theory of expressionism was applied to abstract paintings. The art form had an enormous impact on contemporary American artists, with New York becoming the hub of Abstract Expressionism. Jackson Pollock in his action paintings used this technique of abstract expressionism wherein he dripped, dropped, smeared or threw paint onto the canvas to create an art object. Other well-known followers of Abstract Expressionism, also known as the New York School and Action Painting, are Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.Abstract art painting does not refer to any figurative reality; instead it depicts real forms in a simplified or reduced way, creating an allusion of the original subject.

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Q: Abstract Art and Oil Painting Reproductions
A: Abstract art is an artist's impression of a subject or feeling rather than an exact likeness. If you want a flower that looks like a flower or a house that looks like a house, then abstract art is probably not for you. Abstract art is all about expression of feelings, moods, and perceptions through colors and/or different shapes. Some works of abstract art are very intricate and detailed while others are quite simple.Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-plasticism are three important categories of abstract art. Let's look at the origins of this interesting art form so that we can better understand how it came to be.Cubism was an avant-garde movement pioneered around 1907 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Real subjects and objects were broken apart and "re-assembled" from many different angles, in an abstracted form. This dissection of a subject and putting it back together is Cubism's notable characteristic.The form of abstract art known as Neo-plasticism, was a Dutch movement that began in the late 1910's. Neo-plasticism is based on the premise that art should not be the reproduction of real objects, but the expression of the absolutes of life. This form of abstract art followed the reasoning that an artist should create using only lines and colors rather than realistic subjects. This movement of abstract art simplified subjects to vertical and horizontal directions and used only primary colors, along with black and white. Two of the early founders of the Neo-plasticism movement were Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian.Abstract Expressionism was an American, post World War II art movement. Jackson Pollock is just one of the artists that helped bring this art form into being. With this art form the artist applied paint rapidly to a very large canvas, either using a brush or literally throwing paint at the canvas. What appeared to be an accident and totally random, was actually very planned. Today artists are still creating very unique works of abstract art. Abstract art does not appeal to all art lovers. Some art lovers need to have real objects portrayed in almost photographic detail to enjoy it. Others totally enjoy the emotional, spontaneous, and impulsive expression that is revealed in abstract art.

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Q: Interpreting the Meaning Behind the Strokes of a Floral Abstract Art
A: If you have gone to an art gallery, you will find out most of the work of arts catching at a glimpse and in a moment, you can appreciate the connotation that the artists desired his/her audience to unravel. Until you came to a piece of art with floral strokes, you will stay in front of it as you tried to put the puzzle of the painting together. This is the time that you would understand, not all paintings have their sense voluntarily presented for the inspector. Some have its meaning embedded deeply into the lines - into the strokes of what seems to be a meaningless junk; there is a soul of an artist!Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color, and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. One may not really value an abstract art because of the vagueness of its meaning but in my own point of view, people who love abstract are more gifted than people who desire for concrete drawings. It's because, abstract art stimulates our imagination the more - pushing us to think and create meaning of the strokes behind the floral abstract of serenity and sense.The connection that is most often linked with abstraction is that it is complicated. Abstract thought, such as one that is used in mathematics and philosophy, does not come naturally to most of us. It embodies a greater level of difficulty than concrete thought does. Second, is that you take note of every detail of the artistry. You just don't disregard a line because it seems worthless or non-sense. Always remember that the more you include each detail, the more the details create a picture out of it that will reveal the true meaning of the floral painting.Third, you must know what the artist is thinking or is feeling while he/she is grabbing the canvas. Abstract art is more personal than figurative art. What is meaningful for the artist can be a piece of scrap for the viewer. It signifies something to the performer who figured the work of art because the illustration pleads to them in some way, but the viewer does not have this personal connection to the work. The viewer comes in "cold" and lacks any grip to grasp. To have a brilliant optimistic reception of the artwork, the observer needs to have some thought of what the performer was trying to do.Fourth thing that you must do is that you put the pieces of your art exploration together and synthesize a new picture in your mind. The significance between the strokes, the mind-set of the painter, the details, and your feelings for the art will all help you out grasp the wisdom out of the edged floral abstract hanged up in an art gallery or museum.So the subsequent time you go out and notice an intangible painting, don't just have a nippy gaze at it. Have an intent look and use the four tips about abstraction that I shared to you in this passage.

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Q: Abstract Arts & Abstract Paintings - A Panoramic Vista Cultivated With Mystery, Thrived on Veracity
A: FOREWORD I remember a while back, when I was faced with a very pressing situation requiring my instant attention. I was being interviewed live, on a major television station at prime time, along with showing a series of my slides in connection to the opening of an art exhibit. As soon as they wired me up, and situated me on stage, and only a couple minutes before going live, the very charming gentleman, who was to interview me, whispered to me the following: "I have no idea what to ask you, what do you suggest?" I said, no problem, if you ask me only 3 simple questions, I will handle the rest. He was relieved, and quickly jotted down the questions. The green light came on, we went on live, and wrapped up a flawlessly smooth and successful interview. Off camera, the crew came on the stage with big smiles, and acknowledged both of us; but they praised the interviewer, for surprising them as an art connoisseur! DEFINING AESTHETICS Aesthetics as a set of principles and branch of philosophy deals with questions concerning beauty and artistic experiences. As far as our general understanding of it is concerned it is a highly nebulous field, subjected to tremendous degree of misinterpretation, particularly in the field of abstract art. In any field of humanities where less accurately is known about that field and its principles have not been precisely formulated, the more authoritarian the field becomes. In the field of arts, with no exact fundamentals accurately developed, the techniques and approaches are wide open for the artists to imagine, explore and create their art.The artist is also subjected to the "laws" of commerce, where various schools of divergent opinions begin to "teach" the artist "how" to be an artist and paint a certain way, citing the field's critics galore as she listens with an open jaw in lieu of reason. The "authorities," in the field of visual arts, most of whom have never painted any paintings themselves but are very "fluid" and "cultured" by having memorized a few standard opinions and artistic works and projects of humanitarian nature, analyze the paintings for the artist every step of the way, each time the artist presents a piece of her art for a critique, mainly to discover what's wrong with her art and how she should fix it according to these "professors's" brand of "expertise."I admit to a tad of generalization here for making a point; but does any of this ring a true bell for you? Can you think of an artist you know who is or has been on this ship? I lived and survived through it all, trusting and believing that there had to be a logical and more nurturing way to free imaginative impulses so that the artist could paint as freely as he wanted. Something within me, was telling me, that something was inherently not quite right with the constructive criticisms that were to "teach" us how to view our own world of art, through the eyes of the "critics," excuse me, the professors. I had viewed this "school of thought" as an authoritarian method of teaching that smothered the thoughts, emotions, or efforts of the artist, but could not quite articulate the problem I was sensing at the time. I discovered later, that this mechanism of controlling thought through teaching, was only one of the elements in our society, which inherently brings about the suppression of the arts that stifles the creative impulses of the artists at the expense of the whole culture.Artists are often "accused" of having their heads up in the clouds, and living within an unreal world of imagination. This brings about the necessity of taking a good and thorough look at just how reality bites. Plowing through several fields of study in search of a tool to measure the aesthetics and the creation processes can leave us empty handed, until we splurge into the field of philosophy to examine our thoughts and reasoning. THE ART OF THINKING AND REASONING Thinking and reasoning is a social activity for most people. They require the engagement of external forces as the individual is as much a part of society as the society is a part of the individual. From the moment of birth, the social labyrinth of customs, beliefs, languages, values, religions, politics, and other traditional ideas are all well positioned to mold the child into the image of those who the child is surrounded with, and it is thoroughly based upon faith and belief. So masterfully the operation is instilled into the society as social heredity that even science has often mistaken it as being genetic.English philosopher and author Francis Bacon (1561-1626), and another English philosopher and mathematician Issac Newton (1642-1727), and others have developed ways of thinking and reasoning that requires a fact in order to be proven must be measured, sensed or experienced. And when we thrust this into the realm of mind and spirit we find our willingness reduced in accepting facts based upon faith or belief.For this reason, in appreciating life, and creating anything within it such as art, looking for answers and solutions exterior to our own sentient qualities, intellects or experiences is to lose concept of our own truth, values and individuality. And the artist, very often, bears the brunt of this philosophy of "independent thinking" and frequently subjected to criticism by those who have a firm grip on the traditions of status quo.But the artist moves on, knowing where the roots of criticism lie, and reasons that people who resort to "criticism" operate in the absence of true understanding, and since no knowledge can exist in the absence of understanding, there we arrive at the presence of "ignorance." Thus, knowing the basis and the mechanism behind criticism, often serves as a tremendous source of empowerment and consolation for the artist to continue with his art on the grounds of certainty and knowledge of her art and transcend through the highest echelons of culture called: aesthetics!Bacon had come to the conclusion that no field of study by itself is sufficient in the absence of another form of discipline exterior to it to align and coordinate it in the direction of its goal. ART IS COMMUNICATION We all enjoy and desire a pleasant conversation with our associates, friends and family. But when we look, and inspect our environment, we notice that the great majority of our population, have difficulty with communication. A two way communication takes place, when we can freely initiate our thoughts or ideas to one another, acknowledge each other and continue this interaction, back and forth, by continuing with the sharing of our thoughts and ideas, very much similar to a friendly game of tennis; where the return of the ball, is dependent upon the quality of the serve.There are times when we notice a break in communication, when either one of the parties, in its turn, fails to acknowledge and originate a thought or an impulse back, to continue with the conversation, or to bring about an optimum conclusion.The people having these difficulties with origination, are generally accustomed to prepackaged amusements, such as a weather disaster, or an incident or story relayed by a coworker. They get very low on originating communication on their own, inspired by their own imagination; and they become somewhat vexed, when faced with an "imaginative conversationalist." This is either through their upbringing and cultural environment, or their education.Origination is very important to bring about a communication. To this degree, these people communicate mainly regarding subjects that are handed to them by external sources. They see a news story, they talk about it; they get a call about a family affair, they talk about it. They wait for an exterior circumstance to bring about an interaction, otherwise they do not engage by "creating" a communication. They either have a compulsively irresistible urge toward doing something, or inhibited and behave awkward and unnatural in communicating. If they manage to engage, they often turn sharply, towards derailment of the dialogue, and bring about a good degree of resentment, ill will and unwanted conclusions.The people who do not originate, or do not engage imaginatively, are inherently dependent upon others to give them primal reasons to engage in a conversation; this is due to being endowed with very little imagination. As a result, we can conclude, that a pleasant and engaging conversation, requires the participation of two imaginative minds, with similar endowment of creative impulses, to mutually create the art of communication. An artist with low imagination, who does not originate verbally, does not communicate visually either. He originates no visual messages in his art, or when he does, it is so scarcely done, that it stirs up no interaction with his audience. This absence of expression, is mainly due to the artist heavy reliance upon the origination of the audience - as an external force - to brings about a communication, in the direction of his art, which is "silent." Thus, no emotional interaction takes place between the audience and the painting.An artist, high on imagination, is more likely to enjoy the virtuosity necessary in the technical execution of his art. Thus, he is competent, to effortlessly and vigorously, create his visual messages on his canvas; bringing about an interaction between the audience and his painting.The visual message does not have to be the same for every viewer. IMAGINATION VS. COMMUNICATION Imagination is the faculty or action of forming ideas in the mind and the ability to be creative and resourceful. The ability to originate communication, is in direct proportion with good imagination. The reverse is never true that imagination has to be imperiled first to result in failure of imagination to express thoughts and ideas. Imagination becomes thwarted and dulled in artists who become dependent upon others to reach out to them, to the point that they do not reach at all. These artists can then, greatly benefit, by rehabilitating the ability to originate, and initiate expressions of thoughts and emotions, and thus restoring their imaginative impulses in favor of creating communicative art.Imagination is the driving force behind the artist's dexterity by which he executes his art and the deftness by which he communicates his impulses as visual messages. The more refined the artist's creative impulses, the clearer are his visual messages in sharing his thoughts, feelings, perceptions and other creative faculties with his audience. Imagination is the prior cause, which precedes the expression of art as its effect; a cause that unarguably and intrinsically, initiate itself in the future, as a postulate first, followed by an effect, which becomes expressed as a painting. Its conception is superior to its execution. Thus, the artist, through his imagination, continue to live in the future.In the case of abstract expressionism, the art is the conduit for the dialogue, between the imagination and the audience, via the expression as a painting. The more the artist becomes intimately acquainted with the inherent truth, and virtues by which he was created himself, the more freer become his imaginative impulses, and the more spirited he can express his art.Abstract expressionism, is a genuine fruit of the imagination. Imagination is the only form of wealth, that gives us art as its dividend. Imagination is where the art is conceived and germinated. Imagination does not work with reason, it does not attempt to classify the physical universe as real or imaginary, it does not assess or evaluate things into categories; it only conceives ideas and expresses them - nothing more. The magic of art, does not exist in its execution, or presentation of feelings and mental imagery independently exterior to the mind. Execution, or presentation of the art, is the technical expertise; the externalization by which the art is expressed. The magic of art, particularly modern art, resides within the intellectual awareness of the mind, in conceiving and forming of ideas. The essence of creation, resides in its conception. When the artist, completes the formation of a conceptual idea, and it then arrives in the external world in the form of an abstract or modern painting, the artist has given birth to expression, and the creation process is complete.Similarly, when we originate a verbal communication, the words we utter, are expressions of ideas we have already conceived and formed in our mind, what is being expressed in our speech. It is external to the boundaries of our imaginative and intellectual calculations, and subjected to the limitations of the physical or material means, by which they can be expressed; as it is not difficult to recall the times, when our thoughts or feelings, were far more beautiful, than what we have been able to express in our speech. The action of painting, the writing of words, the striking of the piano keyboard, are only the interpretations of the imagination in the field of thought and spirit. They do not exist in the realm of aesthetic creation, which is a spiritual pursuit.An imaginative idea, is far greater in scope, than what the artist portrays on canvas. The expression, whether in the form of abstract painting, singing a song, writing a poem, or composing a piece of music, it is always limited to the boundaries and limitations by which they can be executed within the material world. KNOWING IS SENIOR TO UNDERSTANDING Knowing and understanding are two of the basic fundamentals in creating art. Knowing is a part of imagination within the mind, in which aesthetic impulses are conceived and transformed into artistic expressions; a process which is best understood by defining both: knowing and understanding; and why knowing is above understanding.Knowing is an intrinsic quality of the mind, in variable measures. Knowing is a state of awareness and a perception in pursuit of a goal. It requires no reliance on exterior forces. Knowing is always accompanied with certainty, ability, and confidence. Knowing is a state of awareness; it is a given state of knowledge. Those with great abilities in a given field, have confidence and are fully aware of knowing that they know, independent of any external factors.Knowing is different than understanding, which comes about with learning. Knowing is the enlightenment felt in perceiving truth. Knowing is self-contained. It is a singular activity which exists by itself and within itself. Knowing is knowing that one knows. Knowing is the faculty to perceive and the capacity for truth - it is a self-determined knowledge.Knowing is self-assurance, it is self-belief. Something that is known without effort. The mastery in a given skill is knowing. The imaginative impulses of an artist that spontaneously conceives an abstract art is knowing. Knowing is the self-confidence by which a task is pursued. It is a certainty in thought, and knowingly perceiving that certain conclusions can be drawn. Knowing is the work of the imagination in conceiving an abstract painting, or making instantaneous conclusions, as to the completion of an art composition. Knowing is awareness of the truth within, and the certainty that it can permeate through any, real or imagined barrier.Understanding on the other hand, is below knowing, because it is dependent upon the engagement of external elements, in the material universe, to fulfill its aim. It is the result of education, as a group activity involving the external world. Abstract art is an example of origination of communication to the viewers as a pure presentation of self-expression. VIRTUOSITY IN MODERN ART Pure creation of fine art, such as abstract paintings, is an emotional activity that surmounts any rational thoughts or reasons, as it fulfills itself through an spiritual journey into time, motion and space, with light, color and form. It is an state of awareness, that summons the most innate essence of the artist's imaginative and analytical forces. The higher the awareness and the clarity by which he perceives, the higher will be the versatility, and willingness by which he performs along the various facets of life.Johannes Itten (1888-1967), was one of the principal teachers of modern art at The Bauhaus School in Germany, whose teaching philosophy, has produced several great artists of the 20th century. Itten's principles bring to light, a greater and more in-depth understanding and appreciation of the values in acquiring additional skills in the field, outside of the arts. He believed, studies and mastery in areas such as philosophy, gardening, landscaping, sewing, woodworking, etc., were necessary in developing personal interaction and direct experiences with nature. In Itten's view, understanding life, it's structure, forms and textures, plays a significant hand in developing one's creative impulses. He believed, broadly acquired dexterity, was essential in the competent execution of art through memory and inspiration "Nature is permeated by rhythm whose variety cannot be restricted. Art imitates it in this respect, in order to clarify itself and thereby attain the same degree of sublimity, raising itself to a state of multiple harmony, a harmony of colors that are divided at one moment and restored to wholeness by the next. This synchronic action is to be regarded as the real and only subject of painting." - Hans Hofmann THE MOMENT OF JUDGMENT The artist conceives his aesthetic ideas in his imagination, and transforms them into paintings. His paintings carry a visual message, and communicate it to his audience. These paintings are his artistic performance by which he tells about himself. His art, ought to be created purely for his audience, in the absence of any considerations given to any possible critiques given by the critics. People's emotional responses are the sole decision makers, as to whether the art is successful or not, based on the quality by which a the art communicates to them.To disabuse you totally of any mysteries, involving the recognition of a successful work of art, here lies a simple acid test by way of an Asian tale: an ancient Chinese poet whose poems were laudably read throughout the land, had a simple test to insure the acceptance of his audience. Each time he wrote a poem, he surveyed its popularity in his town. He took it to an old flower lady he knew in the town's square and read it to her. If she liked it, he published it; and if she did not, he discarded it and wrote a new one. His very thoughtful and wise conclusion in doing this survey, was the following: that if his poems were understood and appreciated by a peasant lady in the town square, they will also be popular with his readers. So, here lies the simplicity by which a widely successful and pure work of art should communicate its essence.The point here in terms of visual arts, is that a successful work of art, whether representational art or abstract art, has to impinge emotionally, upon people who view it, and bring about a sentient response that causes them to engage and understand the painting. ARTS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY "Art is greater than science because the latter proceeds by laborious accumulation and cautious reasoning, while the former reaches its goal at once by intuition and presentation; science can get along with talent, but art requires genius." - German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)Purity of life force, or spirit does not belong to any part of the physical or material universe. It has no mass, no form, no location in space, no energy, and no motion. It resides in the realm of spirit; and that is not religiously, but spiritually speaking.The more intellectually, and spiritually endowed is the artist, the more powerful will be his demonstration and expression of his ideas. Clarity of his concepts are directly related to the level of his awareness and his willingness to face life. The more purity, vitality and awareness the aesthetic mind of the artist attains, the more intelligently forceful and sentient will be his artistic expressions. Abstract art, in its purest form is expressed through the soul.The interaction of the artist with his canvas, when he paints, is an awe-inspiring time of feeling totally free, from the concerns of the material universe; as he enters the sublime world of spiritual awareness. A state where, according to Schopenhauer, the sun can be viewed the same, either from a prison or a palace. It is this level of sublimity that saturates life with an enchanting beaut; assigning aesthetic quality to our sufferings, enabling us to view our pains from a much higher elevation.

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Q: How to Create and Appreciate Abstract Art! (Includes 8 Step Guide to Actually Create Abstract Art)
A: Before creating abstract art it is important to understand its meaning and use. We can broadly say that all art is either leaning towards being realistic or towards being the changed interpretation of reality as rendered by an artist.By changed interpretation of reality, it can range from just a small change where the colour of the sky is changed from the actual light blue to say a green or can be a completely different interpretation of reality such as a cubist painting by Picasso, where he completely rearranges and drastically changes a woman's face. Both can be called abstract, though the first one is clearly very much realism and very little abstractionism, whereas the second one is very little realism and very much abstractionism.Therefore we can safely say that art that is abstract, can be said to be the changed interpretation of reality as rendered by an artist (or any individual who creates a piece of art). This should give you a general idea of what this kind of art is, but more importantly it is the why of it that is the key to it all.Why distort reality, why not reproduce it exactly as it is and make it look as close to the real thing as possible. Taking up the discussion from the point where we state that such art opens up new worlds, we can even say that even science fiction is a form of abstract art. Art that is abstract is a very powerful thing when it strikes a chord with you.Realism on the other hand can strike a chord with you but it will be on the level of realism, the conscious cogitative mind. Art that is abstract 'pings' your subconscious and in some cases even the superconscious minds. Not that there aren't exceptions. The Mona Lisa is realism, but there is something in it much beyond what is immediately visible. It is the 'X' factor that makes it a fantastic piece of art. Good abstract art always has this certain 'X' factor.When you see some art that is abstract, it may not do anything to you, you may just see a shape and colours that are different but nothing more, however that very same piece of art may bring out deep feelings in another person. When a piece of art has the power to bring out deep feelings in a large number of people, it is a great piece of art. This appreciation and understanding of art is possible for everyone, it does not need any special training, it only needs an open mind. It needs imagination, something that everyone has. Once you have opened your mind to this abstract concept, then creating such art is easy. Here is an 8 step guide to creating abstract art: 1. Think of what you want to make. Let's take a flower vase. 2. Now, think of why you want to make it. Let's say you decide that you want to bring out the feeling of loneliness that an empty flower vase evokes. 3. This can be done by making a small vase in huge area, giving it an emptiness and therefore loneliness (which is almost a straightforward practical unimaginative way), or it can be done by making it in the abstract style. 4. Let us make an abstract rendition of the empty flower vase. In your mind imagine the flower vase, its shape, does the shape remind you of a woman. What would the pose of a woman who is pining away be. 5. Now without really trying to create a real flower vase, make bold lines on a piece of paper which reminds of a vase and a woman who is pining away. 6. Keep making the bold lines till you feel that your desire to make the lines has been satisfied. 7. What you have with you is your first piece of abstract art. May not be the best or even good, but it is your rendering of a reality called a flower vase into an idea which is not just a copy of the flower vase. It is art and it is abstract. It might not even evoke in you a feeling that it is a flower vase, but that is immaterial. You have opened your mind to the concept of abstraction.8. Now whether you make more art, or you look at a piece of art that is abstract, you will have a slightly enhanced ability to discover and appreciate the 'X' factor in art.

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Q: Some General Information About Original Abstract Art
A: Have you ever come across any original abstract art before? There are many forms of art, ranging from traditional oil painting to abstract art.So, what is the meaning of abstract art? Abstract art can be called as a creative means of expressing the painter's view of the world and its objects. Contrary to traditional form of art, this art focuses on imagination or ideas, which are expressed on canvas by the artist.Sometimes, an artist transforms a thought into physical forms, which are painted on a canvas as abstract art. The art should portray the ability to connect and stimulate other people in certain ways. Only then, it achieves its true purpose. By using simple or complicated colors, shapes and forms, it is possible for an artist to create an art for his intended purpose.In order to create original art pieces, it is not necessary for you to undergo any special formal training in art. Basic skills pertaining to drawing and painting should suffice. Some amount of discipline would come in handy as well. You can pick from various medium like watercolors, inks or even oils to create abstract art.Many people like to use watercolors for abstract art. With lots of people facing all sorts of problems in today's hectic world, abstract art might be a good means of venting one's pent-up emotions and expressing oneself effectively on canvas instead of using words. By studying the art piece, one might be able to determine the feelings and ideas of the artist. So, if you want some form of outlet, try your hand at this form of art which is abstract.You can adopt painting as your hobby. This would give you a more balanced way of leading your life. You can create your own original piece of art which is abstract, frame it and hang it anywhere in your home. As with other forms of painting, there are four main aspects to abstract form of art painting. Sketching or drawing, color theory, perspective, drawing materials and techniques play key roles.However, in the case of abstract form of art, the focus is not that much on expertise or techniques used by the artist. The focus is more on perspective of the artist in relation to the world. His or her very feelings with some basic skills in drawing and painting should be sufficient to produce a good form of abstract art. Colors play a vital role in any form of painting to give the right impression.In relation to this, the drawing materials like paint brushes and medium which are used count greatly.

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Q: Abstract Art and Its Three Divisions
A: In general, abstract art is any form of art that does not have anything to do with the physical things found in the world. Oftentimes, it is viewed as an abstraction of the intrinsic qualities of a physical object and turned into a visual art that does not represent any materialistic value. What the artist does is to take a common object and he either simplifies the object into its smallest possible form or exaggerates it.The early roots of abstract art will be traced to the 20th century when people drew pictures on dirt. This was made more prevalent by the impressionist movement in art which was later on called abstract impressionism.Abstract impressionism is a predecessor to surrealism. Abstract impressionism borders o artistic output that is random and has no subject matter to begin with. These drawings, paintings, and sculptures are more of subconscious in origin, meaning they are not works supposed to be grasped through conventional appreciation of what is beautiful. The three main branches or divisions of abstract art are Abstract Cubism, Abstract Neoplasticism, and Abstract Expressionism.Abstract Cubism is mainly composed not of literal cubes but any geometrical figure to depict what is in the mind of the artist. One aspect of cubism is to split objects in several parts and put them back ion a different form which you will never see in reality. It started in 1908 and attained its height in 1914. The most famous of this type of abstract art were Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.Abstract Neoplasticism, on the other hand, stems from a concept or principle that art should never be a copy or reproduction of real objects as we see them through our eyes. It is argued that art should be an expression of what is absolute in life and that these absolutes are either horizontal or vertical lines. The colors used should only be the primary colors and not complicated hues as mixed by contemporary artists or painters. This movement, the neoplasticism as a form of abstract art, occurred in 1910, two years after the birth of cubism. The two most famous painters of this type of abstract art are Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg.The third division, called Abstract Expressionism, is a reflection of the painter's or artist's personality through random and spontaneous painting.

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Q: Get More Tips For Abstract Art Education
A: From the time of the first handprints on the caves of Lascaux to the latest blend of art and music and movement that exists on the Internet, people have exerted all their considerable intellect on the creation of art. Sharing art with those near and far is easier now than ever before, with lifetime Internet tours of the Louvre down to the most recent local art festival. Everyone makes art, to some degree one of which is the abstract art on canvas.The styles of clothing that we wear present ourselves to the world in a form of art. Narrowing our focus to the representational art of the Western world, we learn of perspective, proportion and the dynamics of the color wheel.Art made in these parameters attempts to recreate part of the natural world and perhaps reached its peak in the middle of the 19th century, with the grand landscapes and seascapes of Winslow Homer. In a turning of the tide of the world of art, Impressionism from France focused on light and its primal nature that breaks up to a prism all the wonderful scenes that we perceive with our eyes. This movement represented a divorce from strictly representational art, as dibs and dabs of light-colored paint, liberally and artfully applied to the canvas, came to depict wholly recognizable scenes when viewed from a greater distance than heretofore. Art, as it were, seemed to be breaking up into a more subjective experience by 1900. We shall see how abstract art on canvas is actually the culmination of centuries of artistic expression.With the greater relevance of technology to modern society, begun by the Industrial Revolution and spurred on by the turn of the 20th century, a new sort of art emerged, built on the shoulders of the past naturalistic artistic geniuses, yet looking forward to an ever-changing future. Abstract art abounded in the Eastern philosophies of the Islamic world, forbidden to represent the human form and so flowering in abstract patterns of calligraphy and flower motifs. From the Far East came the notion of the mandala, a concentric diagram relating in abstract form the search for enlightenment, a tool to be used, as all art may be said to be used, to delve into our common consciousness and enjoy the truest essence of art. From these far-flung areas of the world, disseminated through the greater communication methods of the mid-19th and 20th centuries, abstract art on canvas made its way into the Western panorama of artistic expression.By 1910, African art, Eastern art and Islamic art styles influenced such abstract painters as Picasso, who could enjoy the beauty of Islamic calligraphy and African totems without.

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Q: Abstract Art Prints
A: Abstract art is sometimes called nonobjective or nonrepresentational art. While these terms are used loosely to indicate one or the other, they are more representative of what people thought that this type of art depicts. In 1913 the poet Guillaume Appollinaire defined an abstract painting as "the art of painting new structures out of elements that have not been borrowed from the visual sphere, but had been created entirely by the artist...it is a pure art"Abstract art prints are popular way of collecting abstract art expressions. Historically this art form comes from three major periods: The Romanticist, Impressionist and Expressionist eras. Abstract prints are often described as a departure from reality in the way the art is depicted. The major contribution of the three eras is seen in the intent manner that the abstract art print must be appreciated by its viewer. It must evoke a strong emotional and psychological affiliation with the imagery of its art.Abstract art prints are often defined as a departure from the visible representation of reality. The departure from the traditional view can be slight or partial. It can also be complete. For instance, in geometric abstraction, the print is based on the use of geometric forms. Critics and artists working within the simple parts or pure strains of abstraction have often suggested that geometric abstraction represents the height of a non-objective art practice in that it often works with two dimensional representations rather than representations of naturalistic entities. Another is the figurative art which is synonymous with realistic art and often carries only a partial abstraction. Total abstraction is said to bear no trace at all to anything recognizable.

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Q: 3D Abstract Art
A:3D abstract art is a form of abstract art which uses the help of modern technology for the purpose of designing and drawing. This form of abstract art uses the help of software which comprises of multimedia and graphics. This type of art develops quick drawing and modeling of images that are complex in type. The software used for this type of art helps developers to save time and give more attractive designs of pieces.3D animation software is categorized into two factors namely graphics and multimedia. These are the factors in which drawing designs can be developed very easily. The features of this software help you in developing highly complicated models very easily. It is, moreover, very user friendly and highly efficient. Newtek, Ulead, Eovia, and Allume Systems are few of the top software providers who offer you with a better 3D abstract art form. 3D abstract art software can cost anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the features. 3D rendering and 3D drafting software are also used widely for this modern form of art.3D Home Architect, which is very famous in the market, is of great use in developing 3D abstract art form. The software is used mainly for business and office purposes and also used for educational purposes. Encore and Mattel are the most popular brands that sell this form of software for commercial purposes. They cost around $30 to $60.Floorplan 3D abstract art uses effective art designs that are categorized into computers along with electronics. IMSI is the only brand which offers this software for art development. It performs a complete home design solution with its features. The software offers you with high quality art technology at an affordable price range.

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Q: Fantasy Abstract Art
A: Fantasy abstract art is a form of abstract art which uses dreams, myths, magic, wild designs, and stories in major. Fantasy art varies from Roman Gods to Mermaids to different fairy tales and more. Fantasy art is entirely about the imagination or the things that have developed just the way you dream about them.Most of the fantasy abstract art work uses oil on canvas material. This provides the drawing with an additional attraction and moreover a realistic way of appearance. In general, a fantasy art drawing which uses oil on canvas differs in variety of sizes and the price package. For an oil-on- Fantasy art can be categorized not only in the abstract form, but it is also developed in the modern form of art.In the recent years, fantasy abstract art can also be developed with the use of software. Fantasy art has been developed for more than twenty-five years with some exquisite masterpieces from various artists.Fantasy abstract art has developed more number of drawings which comprise aliens, angels, collectives, dark, dragons, dreams, fairies, furry, goddesses and gods, mermaids, myths, sci-fi, and vampires. These are developed in the form of an imaginable manner, just giving shape to our dreams. This form of art development is gradually increasing in number, for the reason that it very soon attracts any kind of art lover. Fantasy abstract arts are also available around $8 in either framed or mounted forms, which have huge variety in selection with an incredible work done.

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Q: How to Sell Abstract Art for a Living
A: Can I Sell My Artwork? Is art more than a hobby or a part-time profession for you? Do you wonder if you could turn your love of art into a full-time art career? Is it even possible? It is! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of all artists are self-employed, and earning income from selling their artwork.Making art for a living can be extremely rewarding but may not be for every artist. In addition to knowing how to create beautiful artwork, you need to know how to assess your work, how much to charge, who to sell it to - and how to market yourself. Selling art for income is like any other business - you need to have some general knowledge of marketing and business administration to become successful. You might be the next Monet but if you don't know how to get your artwork in front of potential buyers, you won't succeed as a professional artist.For an artist, there is nothing more rewarding than making your art and sharing those creations with the world - except maybe, also earning a living from doing what you love! What Kind of Artist Are You? Do you create traditional pieces of art? Are you an abstract artist, or want to get into selling abstract art? Abstract art is color and form and lines and shapes used in a non-representational manner. Modern painting and sculpture that depart from the idea of art as an imitation of nature are considered abstract. The painting or sculpture might have started out looking like something easily identifiable; but due to distortions and alterations, it is not anymore.Contrary to those who exclaim "My five-year-old could do that!", abstract art is not easy to create. In fact, Kandinsky claimed that, "Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult."The subject of abstract paintings are the colors, lines, and shapes; not something generally recognizable. According to World Encyclopedia, "There are two main types of non-objective art: expressionist, which is fundamentally emotional, spontaneous and personal; and geometrical, which works from the premise that geometry is the only discipline precise and universal enough to express our intellectual and emotional longings."Wassily Kandinsky, often credited with the invention of the abstract art movement, said "Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas."If you see yourself (and your art) in these descriptions, and abstract art is already a hobby or a passion, you may want to try making art for a living. Make a Living Selling Art Do you have acrylic, oil, or watercolor paintings, abstract artwork, or other contemporary art, that you would like to sell? Once you have a body of work, you will need to figure out how to sell abstract art. To increase your chances of selling your abstract art, you will need to show it to the largest number of people possible.One way to get started selling abstract art or other artwork is through a website. You can set up a website inexpensively and showcase your work. The hard part is learning how to get your website in front of potential buyers. You may want to start by visiting websites that exist solely for the purpose of helping you sell your art. A few sites that both amateur and professional artists use are Yessy.com, MyArtSpace.com, and Etsy.com.Also, you should check out the local art scene.

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Q: Abstract Art Galleries
A: An abstract art gallery or museum usually hosts art exhibitions and is also used as a location for the sale of art. Some of the abstract art form represented in such museums includes fauvism, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.Some famous abstract art galleries in the world are Centre Pompidou, located in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art and Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Italy. England hosts some famous abstract art museums like Annely Juda, Estorick Collection, Modern Art Oxford, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives, Tate Liverpool and Pier Art Gallery. in Venice, Italy, which primarily contains the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim. However, the museum also displays collections of other prominent American modernists Modern Art Oxford was established in 1969 by a small group of Oxford dons and hosts works of renowned artists like Tracey Emin. Tate Gallery encompasses Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives and Tate Modern, and houses some of the best abstract art in the world.In the US, the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum exhibit some famous work of abstract artists. The Museum of Modern Art houses some best modern masterpieces in the world, like Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí, and Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian, among others. It also displays works by leading American artists like Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, and Edward Hopper. On the other hand, the Whitney Museum displays contemporary American art by some lesser-known artists.Abstract art galleries provide a unique opportunity for art lovers to study and admire the works of their favorite artists, and with modern technology, most of these art works are also accessible to art patrons through virtual art museums.

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Q: Abstract Art - A Boundary-Less Visual Language
A: Abstract Art refers to all those works of art, which are carried out in compliance with the principle that Lines, Forms, and Colors have aesthetic value. An Abstract Artist is like a poet arranging compositions and colors, which are devoid of normal subject matter. Abstract Art does not try to imitate or express any external reality and is non-objective.Abstract Art was introduced into serious art sometime in early Eighteenth Century. It started with a movement called Impressionism, which produced art, which was devoid of any realistic, defined images. Impressionism talked about depicting nature in its truest form. The artists of this art form were mostly interested in capturing changes in light throughout the day, from one season to another. Abstract Art is generally divided into two groups, the Action Painting and the Color Field.In the Twentieth Century, several other movements such as, Fauvism & Cubism contributed in breaking new grounds. Fauvist used colors in non-realist ways and Cubism brought in the idea of painting an object from more than one standpoint. In addition, Abstract Expressionism, which surfaced in the 1940s, is all about spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation. In Abstract Art, the artists express themselves through an aggregation of the emotional strength and self-denial. This expression is coupled with the anti-figurative feels of the European Abstract Doctrine, specified as Futurism, the Bauhaus, and Synthetic Cubism. European Movement was the predecessor of Surrealism. Some of the most famous Cubists were Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The Leaders of Fauvism were Henri Matisse and André Derain. Two of the most famous examples of Abstract Expressionism were Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.Many artists believe that the true work of art is an esoteric, incomprehensible, and mystical creation. Abstract Art distinguishes itself from the artist and acquires an identity of its own with an independent life. In effect, we can say that an Abstract Artwork in itself becomes a living personality having a real existence of being..

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Q: Original Abstract Art - How to Start
A: Interested in painting a piece of original abstract art (art created by you)? You know that you have never done so before. Well read on for a few some tips that may be able to help you reach that goal.To create an piece of original abstract art, you must develop a strong imagination and good sense of creativity. Original abstract art skill include the ability to mix different colors, shapes, and textures together and create a complete art piece that represents something in particular. When putting down paint for this form of art, a lot of skilled artists begin in different ways which depends upon what they might be feeling and how their imaginations flow. One simple way to begin is to think of an object that you wish to paint. Now take that same object and abstract it.Imagine in your minds eye that the object is a blur and paint these shapes and colors. Add different shapes and colors to the painting to make it more abstract. Another tool to assist you is music. If you opt for acrylic paint remember that it dries very quickly so you can over paint your creation many times.Three would be what you would like to paint on. Anything from basic paper to primed paper, or even a canvas. Since you are a beginner, and painting on a canvas could be a bit expensive, I would start by painting on paper. There are many different types of paper depending on which medium you choose to paint with. Ok now start your original abstract painting. abstract expressionism is a very popular type of abstract art. Painting with no plan at all. Painting by the seat of your pants if you will. This creates true one hundred percent abstractness as your brush takes over and thoughts from your mind go right onto your paper.Take time to study your original abstract art painting while painting it. Take time to stand back and see what you have created. This is important as you will be able to see where you wish to go with it and to justify the image you are trying to put down.

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Q: Some Ideas About Investing in Abstract Art
A: Research On Intrinsic Value Of Abstract Art Yesterday I saw a research article, that tended to show what many folks already know instinctively: that expensive abstract art for sale is like The Caesar's New Clothes (Kejserens nye Klæder). The Caesar's New Clothes In case you don't already know the story, I'll thumbnail it here, for you, so that you will, afterward, be able to compare any abstract artist to the "weavers" in the story. The tale is about a Caesar, who was a fop, a dude, a "clothes horse" - in other words, he was obsessed with showing off a different set of clothing every hour or so. 2 swindlers came to town, and spread about the rumour, that they were weavers, of magical cloth. The cloth, they claimed, could be seen only by worthy folks, but it turned invisible, to the unworthy, and the stupid. Throughout the weaving process, nobody could see the thread, nor the cloth, for there was none there. All Pretended Yet nobody wanted to admit that he could not see them, so they pretended to see the thread and the cloth. By and by, the Caesar went on parade, thinking that he was wearing a suit of new clothes, yet he could not see them, and he would not admit it. Of course nobody in the crowd could see them either, because there was actually nothing there. The Weavers Were Brought To Light It was a scam. Everybody thought that they themselves were too unworthy or stupid to see the clothing, and they were too embarrassed to admit it, so they kept shut their mouths. Finally a young child said, "The Caesar has no clothes on", and at that time all realized that they had been scammed. The Abstract Art World Is Different However, in the world of abstract art, when an honest voice decries the alleged special-ness of it, few seem to take heed. Those, with the leverage to promote art, take sides with the investors. How The Research Was Done The research project quizzed 50,000 folks online. It was a test, to tell the celebrated abstract paintings from the ones made by the man, who designed the test. 6 images were of celebrated abstract art, and 6 were inventions of the tester. The conclusion, of the tester, was that it was the publicity, or celebration, of the artist, or the work, that caused the perceived increase in value. The tester concluded, after analyzing the results, that there was no intrinsic difference in quality, between the celebrated art and his own productions. If you want to find a report, of the research, online, then you might use the searching terms, "mikhail simkin" and "a scientific inquiry into modern art". It is, by no means, a conclusive test, yet an intelligent analysis suggests a near-random result. That means, it was as if the quiz-takers were only guessing, most of the time, and that much of the time they knew the answer, because they had seen the celebrated art before. Maybe The Researcher Was A Great Artist One weakness, in the test, that I noticed was, perhaps the tester himself is an uncelebrated, yet great, abstract artist! Maybe he gave, to himself, too little credit? Goal Of Our Investment Strategy How can we apply these thoughts, on abstract art, above, to our investment strategy for abstract art? How are we going to know, early in the game, while their works are still relatively cheap, which artists' works will end up in the most celebrated museums, the most famous abstract art galleries, and in the most high-dollar art auctions? Which abstract artists will produce artworks that will become famous abstract art? Ignore The Art I would say, just ignore the art itself, and look at the "career mindedness" of the artist. How vigorously are they going to promote themselves? Are they busy about promoting themselves? How many years have they been at it, without quitting? How often do they get their work shown? See whether there is an upward trend, in the value or power of the galleries, and the media, that favor that particular artist. Scholarships, Mentors, And Institutions Check to see if they have gotten any awards or scholarships during their school years. If they have, it is a foreboding of further favor from "the authorities". All the above is for artists who have not yet gotten major recognition, so that their works may be truly cheap, still. At the next level, of expensiveness, has the artist been taken "under the wing" of any celebrated artist already? Has any powerful newspaper, magazine, or television news show shown any interest in them? Has any noteworthy institution requested their art, for display?

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Q: Art Paintings - 6 Tips to Painting Abstract Art Paintings
A: The beauty of abstract art is that it remains free within its genre. I believe there is no right or wrong way to make an abstract art painting. The values of form, line, contrast, colour, position and tone are fundamental. However it is vital that the artist feels free to experiment and explore with paint. If you approach this style of painting with the following tips, you are on your way to producing an abstract art painting which you will enjoy making as much as you enjoy its value.As a contemporary artist, I choose to make my art with complete freedom and I can share this with you. My work is encouraged to emerge and unfold, rather than being part of a preconceived notion. I adhere to the principles of form, line, contrast, colour, position and tone. However, often the best of my work is discovered through exploration and by accident or chance. I need to be open to all possibilities and prepared to experiment in order to create successful abstract art paintings. To me, this is the secret of painting abstract art and I explain this in the following 6 tips. 6 Tips to Painting Abstract Art Paintings Art Paintings Tip #1 Be free. Set aside all daily duties and routine actions and thoughts. The dishes can be done later and in fact much faster once you have expressed yourself - you will be surprised. Make sure there are plenty of drop cloths on the floor in order to create as freely as possible. It is vital to have complete freedom to express yourself without being limited by making a mess. Wear some old clothes and remember what it felt like as a child to have fun making abstract art paintings at kindergarten. Art Paintings Tip #2 Centre yourself. Free yourself from thoughts of bills, household chores, work and family responsibilities. There is plenty of time to worry about these things later. Sit for several minutes and contemplate what gives you joy, pains you at the moment, or the uppermost feeling in your self. Get ready to express this. Choose some music which lifts your spirit and supports you painting an abstract painting with wild abandon. Art Paintings Tip #3 Do not expect anything from the art. Let go of all expectations. This is the hardest of all. All our lives we want to paint a good apple or draw a perfect orange. Forget it and forget that grade 5 teacher that told you- you couldn't draw. Just enjoy the moment and see what comes. Don't be concerned by the pristine white canvas. If you feel the need to cover that white as fast as possible, in order to get that fear out of the way, then go for it. You could start your abstract art painting by applying any single colour to the canvas to cover it completely. Then start choosing colours just for fun or go with your gut feeling. Art Paintings Tip #4 Put more paint on your brush or use your hands! Don't worry about making a mess getting paint on your face, on the floor, or on clothes. Don't worry about making a mistake, I believe there are no mistakes in art, only discoveries and challenges to be solved. You do not have to let the first layer of paint dry before you apply more. Wet on wet is a great way to make a fabulous abstract art painting. Use whatever tools are available to make your marks, maybe there is an old toothbrush lying around the house, try it out. Try wiping back into the freshly applied paint. Don't be scared of the medium. Let go and enjoy. Paint with wild abandon and see what happens. Do not hold back. Art Paintings Tip #5 Stop! and stand right back. What do you see? Look beyond the marks and the things you are not happy with. Really look at it, for quite a while. Walk away, have a cup of tea and come back later and look at it. What do you suddenly see? For this is what abstract art painting is all about. Art Paintings Tip #6 Recognize what you have painted. Take the time to recognize what you have painted. Do you see shapes that could be drawn out more? Do you see colours and marks that work really well against one another? Ask your friends and family which parts of your abstract art painting they like. Take your time to see what you have painted, it becomes clearer over time.Congratulations! You have just started an abstract art painting. You may well have completed one. This is the next secret... It takes time to know the difference. There are many issues which make an abstract art paintings really work. They include balance in the artwork, or lack thereof, the tone, placement, composition, use of materials and use of colour. The more you abandon yourself to the process the more it will inform you. Good luck and have fun!

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Q: Abstract Art Paintings - Style Without Definite Lines
A: When it comes to a visual display of color, line, form, and overall composition, Abstract Art has a language all its own. The imagery included in Abstract Art paintings are often far fetched versions of reality. Sometimes they are paintings of things that only the artist is able to interpret. There are artists who are able to get their point across to the public, by painting in such a way that is appealing to just about anyone who views their work.Various versions of abstract are included in the collection of paintings that fall under the title of Abstract Art. Partial abstraction is present in realistic art. These types of paintings are able to be understood by most people. There are shapes and designs that are recognizable to the general public. As for total abstraction, most of these paintings include images that don't bear a resemblance to anything anyone has ever come across before.Historically, there were three art movements that actually contributed to the coming about of abstract paintings; Romanticism, Impressionism, and Expressionism. Each of these took place in the nineteenth century. However, Cubism and Fauvism paved the way for abstract paintings to become more popular with the public.Painting Abstract Art doesn't have a lot to do with imagination or finesse with a paint brush. Just about anything can be applied to a canvas and called Abstract Art. There are many artists that make a living from creations that are made highly attractive to the public by their distinct color combinations and shapes included in the painting. Abstract Art doesn't have to make sense; it just has to appeal to the viewer in some way. While the overall design can attract many onlookers, some people find that the painting evokes certain feelings within the person viewing the work of art.Creating a painting in the style of Abstract Art is best done on canvas and with acrylic paint. The acrylic paint is thicker and won't run into other colors when added to the canvas.

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Q: Appreciating Abstract Art Paintings
A: I am not an artist, art history major, nor was I raised around art and been an art buff all my life. But, I have been learning a lot more about art lately, and my ability to appreciate abstract art paintings has increased over the past few months. As many lay people who do not know much about art, I would look at a Jackson Pollock piece and say, "my kid could paint that!". But in my heart I knew that was not true, and silently I liked and admired his work.Representational paintings are much easier for the every day person to understand. You look at the painting, you see what it is, and the form acts as a beginning to understand and interpret the piece. But, with abstract art paintings, there is no recognizable form to influence your conscious opinion. Abstract art works at a deeper level, with the intention to evoke unconscious feelings and emotions. As the observer, your purpose should be to open yourself up and allow the painting to evoke these feelings and emotions.This is not the easiest thing to do. But when you first look at abstract art paintings, you feel something. Once you allow yourself to get past the "I can do that" reaction, you will discover that your first real emotion evolves around whether you like or dislike the piece. To the newbie art observer, the next inclination may be to move on, but don't! Abstract art paintings are not the type of thing that you look at for a few seconds, and then move onto the next, you have to be willing to invest two things to gain a greater appreciation of abstract art: time and yourself. You must take time to really look at the painting, and you must open up, clear your mind, and allow the painting to evoke an emotion.When you first see the painting, it is most likely from a distance. Don't go any closer! Stop there and take a moment to look a the painting, how does it make you feel? If you cannot put this into words, that is o.k. After a few minutes, move a little closer. Take time to view the painting from different distances and angles. It is not unusual to have different impressions and feelings from an abstract painting when you view it from various perspectives. One thing that really helped me to have a greater appreciation of abstract art paintings was meeting the Abstract Expressionist artist, Lea Kelley, at the Fairhaven Originals Gallery, and discussing some of her art. When I had viewed them alone the day before, they did not have much meaning to me, but when I met with Lea, I was able to view them with a keener eye and greater understanding. One thing that truly makes abstract art great, and more than something your child slaps down, is the emotional commitment an artist invests in each piece. Pieces of Lea's work that I didn't particularly care for on my own, I had great admiration for, and quite liked, after we looked at them together.You may think, of course it is easier to like and understand an abstract painting if you can talk to the artist! But not many people have that opportunity. This is true. But even learning a little bit about an artist can give you a greater appreciation for their art. And in many ways, discussing a particular piece of art with the artist removes the purpose of the painting because it allows for you to form preconceived notions, instead of allowing the painting to work on your subconscious level purely uninformed. But after discussing two of her pieces, I could move on alone, and form my own opinions of other works by opening myself up so that they painting could work its magic at a subconscious level.So the next time you have an opportunity to view some abstract art paintings, take your time, look at the pieces from different angles, and allow the piece to evoke your unconscious feelings. Try this a few times, and hopefully you too will learn to have a greater appreciation for this modern form of art.

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Q: Selling Art Online - How to Sell Abstract Art
A: Making a living as an artist can be extremely rewarding, however, not everyone possesses the inherent abilities to make it as a self-employed artist. Selling art online can be a very profitable and achievable method for artists to earn a living through their art. As well as knowing how to make beautiful art, you also need to know how to get your work in front of potential buyers. It has been noted that this can be particularly difficult for emerging abstract artists.For the majority of artists, there is nothing more rewarding than creating your art and sharing those creations with buyers and collectors. But how can you, as an artist, make a living selling art online?Abstract art is a modernist movement and carries with it many major modern artist names like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. For many artists, enthusiasts, collectors and critics abstract art is just as often hated, as it is loved.Emerging contemporary artists basing their work in the pure abstract style, may quite often find themselves trying to justify their work to potential buyers. Selling art online will, however, give you the best opportunities to concisely describe and discuss your abstract works with potential buyers and collectors.What many may fail to realise about abstract art is the emotional and subconscious premise of the art. To quote the grandfather of the movement, Wassily Kandinsky, "abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes."Based on this, truly effective abstract art should invoke an emotional response aiming to convey to viewers another point of view. In this sense, it is also important to note that selling art online can present additional hurdles for the abstract artists. As the visual aspect of abstract art is central it is very important to ensure your works are presented as clearly and closely as possible to their real-life appearance.In order to successfully be selling art online, you also need to be aware of how potential buyers browse the Internet. The biggest influence here are the keywords you have related to your site where you will be selling art online. Naturally "Abstract Art" would be a very important keyword, however, it will also help to consider other keywords that will help to set your website apart.

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Q: Appreciating Abstract Art
A: On one of my regular gallery visits, I noticed a man staring at a painting and tilting his head from side to side to make sure he was seeing the painting the right way. He then looked at me, smirked, shrugged and moved on to the next piece, as if wishing me luck understanding the painting.I admit comprehending abstract art does pose some difficulties to the viewer in appreciating it. The main lament on abstracts is that there is no discernable subject and therefore fails to communicate with the viewer. But this does not mean that abstract art is meaningless doodle, it's just that one has to move away from the conventional idea of a painting - an image of something or somebody; an imitation of the real world. Understanding the idea behind abstract artworks helps one appreciate a painting for what it actually is - colour, surface, shapes and emotions on canvas.Everyone can learn to appreciate abstract art if one knows the general objective of abstract art. Let's start with defining abstract art: Abstract paintings primarily emphasize lines, colours, forms and surfaces in relationship to one another. This means, abstract artists believe that one does not need a definite conventional subject to create art but the colours, lines, geometrical shapes are in themselves the subject.The general opinion that, there is more to abstract art than meets the eye is true from the perspective of an artist. Every artist's work is influenced by his immediate surroundings, his experiences and his emotions. The complexity for the artist comes from the fact that he needs to reflect this situation onto the canvas effectively so that the final artwork stirs emotions in the viewer.On the other hand the viewer is not expected to understand the artist's intentions. This is practically impossible, unless one talks to the artist (which by the way is true for all kinds of art). The viewer fundamentally needs to stop trying to figure out 'What' it is and concentrate on 'How' it makes you feel. It is however critical is to switch off the right brain (logic thinking) and let the mind wander; you will see the painting talking to you.

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Q: Learning to Appreciate Modern Abstract Art
A: Modern abstract art holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many people. To the uninitiated, it appears like any second grader could do what, in fact, only a real artist can master. There is a tendency for some to understate the real insight and technical skill that is required by an abstract artist. I once overheard someone in a gallery comment on a piece they were looking at, that they couldn't believe how stupid it was that people would "put out good money for a piece of crap like that". I held my tongue because I remembered how it was only a very short time before that I had uttered equally inane blather. I knew that this person just didn't know better, that they hadn't bothered to learn about this beautiful form of art.An abstraction is something that is not meant to be an exact representative of reality. It is not a detailed depiction. It is, rather, a disassociation of sorts. It can be difficult to tease out meaning from the metaphysical. It is sometimes insufficient or even impersonal. It can be detached and cold. On the other hand, modern abstract art can also be quite warm and personal, uniquely and deeply emotionally satisfying. It can bind us to a greater understanding of who we are, what our lives mean, and where we fit in the bigger picture. It is the very abstraction that allows the mind to fill in the blanks, to find meaning where none is intended. It is only when the viewer slows down enough to really contemplate the impact of the abstraction that meanings begin to emerge.I have often thought how funny the stereotypical gallery attendee is portrayed.

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Q: Modern Abstract Art Demands Participation From The Observer
A: Modern abstract art is both celebrated and misunderstood. It is the epitome of artistic freedom of expression, using forms, textures and colors that often represent emotions or other intangible elements, rather than actual physical objects. It emphasizes a symbolism of spontaneity and subconscious meaning designed to transcend ordinary physical boundaries in a way that requires interaction.By its very nature, abstract art offers a variety of styles and methods that virtually have no limits. In realistic painting, for example, a tree, a mountain or a person can only be viewed in certain ways that reflect the physical world. Abstraction allows for boundless possibilities that are essentially infinite in the number of potential representations.Abstract expressionism was first widely recognized in the cubism of Pablo Picasso during the early twentieth century. Artists such as Jackson Pollock and Marcel Duchamp have been greatly instrumental in bring notoriety to abstract expressionist forms. Minimalist artists like Carl Andre use techniques that bring abstract concepts down to the most fundamental of forms.These types of art can range from simple geometric shapes to intricately placed lines of random shapelessness. Colors can consist of the most basic of primary shades or may explode with hundreds of separate hues within a single work. Some pieces of modern abstract art utilize multiple depictions of a single entity, while others inject a mass diffusion of combined unique components.Since modern abstract art is not meant to be an exact representation of reality, it allows the mind of an observer to interact in ways that traditional realism tends to discourage. In fact, its disassociation from reality enables a viewer to react in unique ways that are not clearly defined or even relatively expected. A different kind of involvement is required in order to interpret a meaning that is likely to be somewhat different for every individual spectator.These abstractions can allow the mind to fill in the blanks in ways that many people find to be emotionally satisfying. For those people, the emotions go far beyond what they may normally experience with a straightforward depiction of a realistic and easily recognizable subject..

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Q: The Unique Qualities Of Abstract Art On Canvas
A: As you look around your home, something nags at you: you haven't any art! Oh, you may have a few framed photos or a calendar or two that hangs on your wall, but art? No. You've not the time. You are busy working or studying or making a home livable to dally in the esoteric word of art. So, now what? You're discontent with your home and that is a serious thing. After consulting with a friend or two who agrees that you need art to make your soul complete, you do more research and consider the styles of art: traditionalist, abstract, photorealism. You consider that traditional representative art simply isn't for you, because your emotions demand to be expressed. A painting of a landscape that is neat and cleanly accomplished, for instance, hasn't the intimacy of an abstract rendering of the same scene. Therefore, when you look for examples of what might possible please your artistic palate, you decide upon abstract art. Abstract art on canvas operates on a sliding scale; one part of the painting may be fairly true-to-life and then other a blend of realism and impressions of bright light's effects on a sunny beach or the ambience of a moody moonlit cityscape. The source of light is of paramount importance, as if one looks towards a bright light in real life, the rest of the vision is blotted out. The light becomes your whole world. This is what the abstract artist will put onto his canvas. The canvas itself is generally rectangular, though round and polygonal shapes may be used to even greater idiosyncratic effect. A stairwell, for instance, or an outdoor room may call for a more whimsical approach to the medium, and a round canvas may lend the appearance of a porthole to a wall and make for a fine conversation piece upon the occasion of your next party. If you have a hobby such as collecting figurines, why not include a painting of a figurine behind your display? Perhaps make it one of a figurine that you yearn to have and admire without actually owning it: a Faberge egg, for instance. Their intricacy and extreme value will showcase your taste, even as your own figurine collection pinpoints where your artistic tastes focus. An entire corner of your living room could be made into almost a small museum dedicated to your personal tastes in abstract art on canvas.Taste is the ultimate arbiter of the décor in our homes, and your interest in abstract art will become apparent to any visitor when he enters your home. The foyer is an excellent area to welcome your company into your inner sanctum, decorated in abstract art that bespeaks the real landscape of your sensibilities.

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Q: Appreciating Original Abstract Art Works
A: Art is a subjective thing and everyone makes up their own mind what they like and what they don't want to see again. Appreciating original abstract art is easier once you have an understanding of the techniques and theory behind it.Surrealist and unique pieces of modern art may be one person's treasure while another may prefer traditional paintings such as landscape watercolors. Often once people understand the vision behind the artwork this may lead to a greater appreciation of it.Abstract art is unique in that it does not depict an actual scene that has references that we all know such as landscapes, still life and portrait paintings, which use actual physical things. The term abstraction refers to something that is not tangible and is a break from reality.This kind of art deals with color and shape and explores different textures and shapes. The idea is that we connect on a deeper level with the images and many abstract art works deal with ideas and feelings that cannot be defined.The earliest abstract art can be seen in Chinese calligraphy and simple geometric patterns and shapes that early civilizations would use to decorate walls and objects.During the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries abstract art significantly moved forward with a variety of movements. Rather than focusing on a real subject, artists began to depict a visual representation of psychological states using color and pattern. Famous artists of this time were Vincent Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gaugin.The twentieth century artists such as Picasso and Matisse were heavily influenced by the theory of cubism. Cubism had many interpretations and styles to it, but the underlying idea was about reducing a concept. For example Cezanne though that all images depicted of nature could be reduced to three solids: cube, sphere and cone. Therefore there is hidden complexity behind the artworks and it helps to understand some of the theory.If you would like to understand more about abstract art then your first stop is to do some research and get some idea of local galleries and art dealers. You may also want to check out the modern art gallery in a city near you and if you are interested you can find specific examples of each art movement from the various artists of the time.It is always interesting to start with the leading artists of each movement and learn more about their lives and beliefs. Pablo Picasso for example used some of the cubist techniques borrowed from Cezanne in his art using raw and uninhibited images of a group of brothel workers.If you would like to purchase original abstract art then you may want to check out contemporary artists and their work. It is such a subjective thing that you need to find an artwork that you can connect with. Appreciating art is more than just understanding the theory and the artist's work and you should always try to find something that you really love as it will adorn your home for many days to come.

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Q: Free the Mind With Abstract Art
A: When I try to hard at anything I get the exact opposite of what I am aiming for. So when I force art it never comes out right. When I start an abstract painting, it helps to say to myself, "This is only a practice painting, only I will ever see it." This allows me to go into the act without a care in the world. Having a blank canvas and zero expectations is liberating. It allows me to open up and create something new without the criticism we as artists place on ourselves.Would you believe that it's hard for some artists to create non-objective abstract art because they can't free their minds enough. Even for myself, my mind naturally wants to take shapes and patterns and begin to put them together to create subject matter. I may start out with an abstract piece but I end up turning it into a landscape. So I end up with something in between. But other times I get a bit lost in the moment and formations unravel themselves naturally. When I am done I look back at what I created to find a very abstract piece of art.Creating abstract art is really a practice in meditation where you have to free yourself from the distractions of the mind. Have you ever been on the phone and involved in a conversation where hadn't realize you were doodling the whole time? It sounds silly, but If you ever take a look at people's doodles you'll see some very interesting art. It is almost always abstract, sometimes childish, with natural formations that seems to unfold one into another. Doodling is intuitive. It seems to be connected with the subconscious, very similar to dreaming. And it is this same sort of caught in the moment way of not thinking that creates beautiful abstract art.I believe that creating abstract art is just another way of freeing the mind and feeling good. Like a dream world, things don't have to make sense with abstract art. People will always find their own little ways of meditating and the action of painting is another one of those ways. Let's face it, a little escape from the chaos of this world is a good thing. It's good for all of us.

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Q: Abstract Art Paintings Are Open To Interpretation
A: Abstract art paintings are a very popular genre of modern art. Many painters of realistic artworks are extremely talented. They can capture a moment superbly - whether that is a lush landscape, stormy seascape, authentic looking still-life or a striking likeness of a person in a portrait. However - as skillful as these artists are - a similar result can be obtained with a photograph taken with a modern camera. Artistic embellishments can even be made after the photograph is taken. The question could therefore be asked: Are these life-like reproductions truly "Art"? On the other hand, an abstract artist produces the painting from within. The artist has some vision that they wish to capture and display for others to see. The artwork may not resemble anything "real" - but the combination of colours used together with shapes, shading and textures seeks to represent what the artist wants to convey. This is based on the artist's mood, feelings and insights at the time of the abstract painting's creation.One of the beauties of abstract art paintings is that seldom will art observers have the same interpretation of the artwork. Although they have the same physical input from the artist - each viewer also comes with their own past experiences, viewpoints and biases. They will have their own particular mood and feelings at the time of observation. The environment in which the abstract artwork is displayed also significantly influences the viewing experience. All these factors contribute to the interpretation made by that particular art critic being quite unique. (I am not referring here to the unfortunate and artificial situation in art schools where students frequently learn the accepted interpretations from previous "art experts".)Will the observer's interpretation be the same as that intended by the artist? Not necessarily.But does this matter? The uniqueness of interpretation of abstract art is its major strength.

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Q: Different Styles and Forms to Abstract Art
A: Abstract art is known as art that is not an accurate representation of a form or object. What this means is that you will not see a definite shape or figure in the art, you will have to look at it closely and interpret what you see. The art itself is differed in many ways including color and form. The artist sees something in the painting and artwork.There are many different styles and forms to abstract art. There are three forms of abstract art that stand out and have become famous over the years. These forms have been made famous certain artists. These forms include, Cubism, Neoplasticism, and Abstract Expressionism.Cubism is the more modern movement in the world of abstract art. The artwork is created by using an analytical approach to the object and painting the basic geometric solid of the subject. Artist that followed this form of abstract art expressed themselves by showing different views of an object that have been put together in a way that you can not actually see real life. This period was started in Paris in 1908 and it was said that it reached its peak in 1914. Cubism continued until the 1920's. Abstract art painters of this time include such people as Fernand Leger and Francis Picabia.The next period in the world of abstract art is Neoplasticism. This period was marked by the belief that art should not be the reproduction of real objects. It should instead be the expression of the absolutes of life. According these artists the only absolutes in this world were vertical and horizontal lines and the primary colors. The artist of this period was Theo van Doesburg.Abstract Expressionism is a style of painting in which the painter shows his personality through pure and simply spontaneity. This has been said to more of a study of color and brush stroke. One of the most popular artists that used abstract expressionism was Jackson Pollack. He was called an action painter in the world of abstract art. He would drip and pour his paint to create his work.

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Q: Appreciating Abstract Art on Canvas
A: Abstract Art on Canvas is most likely the obvious thing you think of when thinking of abstract art. Perhaps you think of Jackson Pollock's great technique, so very unusual with his applying the paints by dropping them on the canvas from directly above, or a Diebenkorn piece's melding of cityscape and geometrical divisions within the framework of his canvas. If you consider the ways and means of most art collectors, very few have the venue of a luxurious expansive room to display an abstract sculpture or even a simple plasma ball. The undecorated plane of the living room wall is what we think of the most, and how do we plan to decorate it? Why, with abstract art on canvas, leading our minds into considerations of shape and color and their myriad combinations to form a piece of art. If canvas is the medium you have chosen and you prefer to leave the stretching and priming of canvas up to the experts, then the next thing you will consider is size. Is your space near unlimited, a fine bare expanse that begs for a three-piece work, each piece slightly separated from its mate by the interest of a few inches of painted wall? Then you may splurge and purchase a sofa to place under this masterpiece, matching the fabric or leather to the colors in the painting, rather than vice versa. Choose an endtable lamp or a set of them and your conversation area is completed. Add a coffee table and you invite a guest or two to settle on the sofa, sipping finely brewed coffee and chatting about art. Voila! You have constructed an intimate coffee house atmosphere with minimal fuss. Abstract art on canvas can be added to your home in this simple manner.For the home with simpler square footage, make sure that your art is of the sort that looks good either with or without a frame, that is, it may be simply stretched over its wooden stretchers and hung as is. In this way, your and your guests' attention is on the art itself and not its framing; if you decide to frame, it ought to be minimally done.

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Q: Choosing Abstract Art for Your Walls
A: If there is one kind of art that will always be popular it is colorful abstract art. Abstract art is great for decorating the home because it does not make any particular statement, just provides a colorful and rich backdrop. I am going to name a few of the most popular selling abstract art artists and some comments about each.Wassily Kandinsky is regarded by most to be the originator of abstract art in the 20th century. His work is timeless and will always look great on your walls.Sabina Palmer is a current popular artist who's abstract work consists mostly of lines and circles.Laurie Maitland is somewhat new to the scene, but her artwork has taken off because of its rich colors and intriguing designs. Her art will be around for a very long time and with good reason.Eric Waugh's art is very unique with bright colors and almost a cartoon feel. Most of his prints are offered at larger sizes which can be great to fill a wall.A very popular artist with an Asian flare is Don Li-Leger. A lot of his work involves flowers and plants with deep reds and square designs. A very popular contemporary artist.Mark Rothko is abstract to the extreme. Some people love the bold simplicity of his work, and some just don't get it.And the last one on our list is Jackson Pollock. His abstract line paintings are famous for their seemingly random shape.

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Q: Turn Photos on Canvas Into Abstract Art
A: Many people are familiar with those photos of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, and Humphrey Bogart all sitting together in a diner or at a bar, enjoying a drink. We all know that these are not real photographs, but instead several different photos that were used to create this one, unique art work. Someone took the time to place all of these people together so that it formed a different type of art work that many retro art lovers fell for. How about those that love abstract art, yet don't want to pay the high prices for those beautiful canvas prints? Believe it or not, it is easy to create your own abstract art with photos on canvas.When you really think about it, the process is simple. Abstract art is just how it sounds - abstract. Things don't have to line up perfectly, they don't have to match, and they don't even have to have a theme. You can take some of your favorite photographs and turn them into abstract art with a little cut and paste. It is very easy to use family members, landscapes, object, and so much more to create some extremely unique art works that you can be proud to hang anywhere.First, you will need good editing software that you are comfortable with to edit the different photographs you choose. Cut and paste the different parts of your photos into one main photo with your software, making sure that you save your changes after each item that you like. The beauty of editing software and photographs is that you can change and rearrange anything you would like, no matter how far you are in the photograph. Soften the edges, smear them together, or create sharp lines with crisp, hard edges - it is all up to you since you are the artist.However, you do want to make sure that you save your art work in a format that will make it easy for a canvas printer to print your photos on canvas and create abstract art. Once you finish all of your editing and get your abstract art piece exactly the way that you like it, you are ready to turn it into photos on canvas that you will be proud to hang anywhere.

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Q: How to Enjoy Abstract Art Paintings/a>
A: Many people don't understand abstract art. They think that "art should look like something." If they see the Mona Lisa, they will think "ah, yes, now I can tell what that is a painting of... it's a painting of a woman!" Or if they see a still life painting, they will think "someone painted two apples and an orange. I like that painting!" But if they see an abstract painting, they might think to themselves, "wait, seriously? That looks like something I finger painted when I was in kindergarten." And then they may be absolutely astonished to learn that it sold for thousands of dollars, if not more!It's not that uncommon of a reaction, especially to people who aren't familiar with art. But learning how to understand and enjoy abstract art can be a fun process that greatly expands your boundaries and enriches your world. Here are some tips on how to enjoy abstract art: Step 1 - Get the idea out of your head that it's supposed to to be a photo-realistic version of something. It's not. This is key. Step 2 - Look at the physical elements of the painting. How do the colors blend together? Are they harmonious or do they clash? What is the texture like? Is it "soft?" Is it rough? Are there thick globs of paint anywhere that actually raise up from the surface in 3 dimensions? Step 3 - Ponder how the painting makes you feel. Does it make you feel warm and relaxed? Happy? Angry? Why? Does it remind you of a dream on you once had? Step 4 - Remember that it's ok not to like it. Just as with learning about anything new, such as wine or music, it's ok not to like some, or many, of the examples you see. And if you can understand why you don't like it, it can help shape your appreciation for future pieces of art. And remember that taste can change over time. You may hate a piece of art right now, but then see it again in 5 or 10 years and suddenly understand it.


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Q: Find Original Abstract Art Paintings and Decorate With Style
A: Why should one own an original painting? To leave a legacy, to support the artistic movement, to show off one's own good taste? The reasons are as varied as the clients of a successful artist. What one client wants will not be what another wants, yet the end result is the same: a fine piece of art to grace the home or office. A print is a separate type of endeavor; the printmaking craft is not to be disparaged, but for the time-honored look of original art with original brushstrokes, original abstract paintings cannot be outdone. They speak of the tradition of artistic effort, honed to a career through art schooling or even through diligent self-instruction. What the art does that the print does not is stand alone as a unique piece. No painting is 'number three hundred twelve of five thousand.' That is reason enough to search for and purchase an original painting.Now that you have decided to select an original work, you're thinking goes like this: What genre should I pursue? Should it be representational art, or should it be abstract art, the sort that is most likely to match my individualistic taste? After some thought, you decide upon original abstract paintings. And when you review your decision, the rightness of it all rings true in your mind. After congratulating yourself on your perspicacity, you move on your decision. An artist whose work inspires you, whose taste you trust, whose techniques are beyond reproach, yes, now you've found him! You visit his gallery, whether in person or online. You are impressed and see exactly what you want! But wait. It's been sold. Oh. You hesitantly ask if there is another in the same general range of color and subject. There is! And it is even better than any other choice because it can be mailed or sent with you that very day. Mentally, you are already walking through the door of your home or office with the parcel under your arm, ready to break it out of its package and display it. The day couldn't get any better, could it?It could! You discover that the artist does commissions. After thinking things over, you take the plunge and decide to commission another painting to make a set with the one you've selected. This new painting will resemble the first one that got away, but it will be unique in that your instructions to the artist will change the result to a slightly different color scheme and size of the canvas. There, now your new set of two paintings are only one week away from being fulfilled. You go home and rearrange furniture and your previous artwork, clearing space for your original pair of paintings. The week crawls by at first, then before you know it, it is time for your commissioned work to join your first painting.The day has come. Your perfect pair of paintings hangs upon the expanse of wall that you've chosen, the track lighting is securely hung to light it properly, and the guests have arrived to share your joy. The wait was worth it. And you are already thinking ahead to the holidays and beyond, dreaming. But first, you savor this perfect day and the addition of beauty to your home.

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Q: Ideas For Creating Abstract Art
A: If you have ever thought of creating an abstract painting or you do a lot of abstract work but are looking for new ideas then there are a lot of ways you can think about creating abstract work. There are two main parts of any abstract work in my opinion and they are colour and form. Creating an abstract painting should be similar to any other painting in terms of the composition - use the rules that you have been taught like the rule of thirds, the golden mean etc to create eye-pleasing work. In terms of the composition itself you can use ideas from real life - perhaps photos that you have taken, clippings from magazines, patterns in materials, floors and nature - to inspire you. Use this just as a rough guide and map out your approximate pattern that you wish to create by pencilling it in on your canvas - you don't have to stick to it but it is good to start you off.In terms of colour, choose your colours according to the colour wheel - perhaps choose similar colours (blue/purple or orange/red) on the same side of the colour wheel or else opposite colours - for example green and red, purple and yellow etc.There are many mediums you can use individually or together to form the abstract art. Perhaps try some mixed media with collage or use watercolour paper applied to the painting. Use different types of texture to create interest in the artwork - there are many ways of creating texture and ways of applying the paint. For example, when using acrylic paints you can either apply them straight from the tube or else use them watered down as a glaze. Try using many layers and perhaps adding a glaze at the end and then rubbing some of it off when it is partially dry. This can give a weathered type of effect. You can also sand down some of the painting once the paint has been applied to get a similar effect. Try using acrylic inks for a different effect on the painting.Another option is to mask off some areas of the painting with masking tape to create patterns of the underlying colour while you paint over the top. Also use things like corrugated card and bubblewrap dipped in paint and applied to the painting to add special effects.There are really no end of techniques to create abstract artwork and a lot of the techniques are found out by trial, error and often accident, as well as learning techniques from other artists.

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Q: What is Abstract Art?
A: The term 'Art' has got a wider meaning, hard to describe in simple words. In its most general senses, Abstract Art is something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, ideas or even imagination. It is a language of thought and imagination which can take many different forms and can serve many different purposes depending upon their contexts.The rich and powerful Czars, kings, popes and rajahs, always had artists for their service, crafting fanciful works exclusively for their delight.Abstract art is often intended to appeal and connect with human emotion. It can be understood as a way of communicating aesthetic or moral feelings, creating a kind of connection between the artist and the people who appreciate their work.Painting is one among these arts, through which, one can represent a balancing act between inspiration and perspiration. Like any abstract art, a painting is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.A painter like any artist has the freedom of creating things based on the limits of imagination. Unlike textual contents which mostly have restricted meaning, a painting can be interpreted by different people in different ways depending on the context in which it is viewed. It can be viewed as use of indirect mean to communicate one's aesthetic feeling to others using one's skill and imagination. In the words of Giorgio de Chirico: To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.Therefore, it wouldn't be improper if we say that abstract art is a skill that can help in transforming one's vision and dream into physical existence though in the form of paper and colors. This skill empowers an artist to dream bigger and map their imagination into reality!

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Q: Abstract Art - Go Baby Go!
A: Visual artistic expression is one of the most satisfying of creative efforts that I can think of. However, I used to look at abstract art as being a lazy means of expression - until I tried it.By painting or drawing abstractly, you can essentially free yourself from the usual rules and restrictions that must be adhered to in other forms of art. While technical, expressive, painting and some artistic skills are needed in abstract art, there is much more room for free-flowing originality and individuality. Abstract art also lends itself to spontaneous expression in a way that nothing else can. Some very attractive elements in abstract art include: an opportunity not to follow the more traditional and accepted way of doing things, the stimulation of experimenting, discovering, and creating. It's an excellent way to unlock your own talent.Abstract art uses things like shape, color, and line to create its own form of reality. It's a reality that you give it. You can borrow from what is real, but you don't duplicate it. It follows that the more you steer away from reality, the closer you get to complete abstraction.I like to think of abstract art as "free-base" creativity. There are so many options and ideas that can come into your mind as you are in the process of the work. Things may begin to go in a completely different direction from what was originally in mind. It's exciting to see your art work evolve as it's being worked on. The satisfaction of creative improvisation like that is quite rewarding to say the least.I suggest trying it. You have nothing to lose. It may begin a lifetime of fulfilling creative expression. You really don't even have to be able to draw that well. If you have an imagination and a willingness to try, you may unlock a potential you never knew you had. Go baby go!

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Q: Buy Abstract Art - Tips for Purchasing Art Online
A: If you are wanting to buy abstract art, you are lucky to have thousands of choices at your fingertips. There are many modern paintings for sale that you can easily search and purchase today, even if it's after normal gallery hours. These unique paintings are not only from your community, but are available from all over the world. For this, you can thank the computer age.The computer age has brought many changes in our culture. Today, people are banking online, buying toasters and video games online, renting movies online, and searching for homes online. It is understandable that the typical brick and mortar art galleries would see changes as well. Why are these changes beneficial--and how can you benefit?For the artist, the internet has brought the ability to reach large numbers of interested buyers from all over the world, without even leaving their studios. It is a situation that most galleries cannot provide. Also, because galleries normally charge around 40% gallery fee to the artist, many artists are finding (especially in this economy) that they are able to earn more selling directly to their collectors. Also, many galleries work on a weekly or monthly cycle, so artists sometimes have to wait 30 days for payment. Many artists are choosing to sell online because they are paid immediately. Now, don't get me wrong, I love galleries and have my work in many of them. But, for many artists, being invisible online means that they are losing many potential fans of their work who wouldn't see it if they live in another state or country.For the art purchaser, the internet has brought choices and a better purchase environment. Now, you can browse art online instead of gallery hopping in one community at a time. Where do I go to buy abstract art online? Although you can do a search for abstract art online, many fantastic artists will never show up at the top. I recommend several online galleries who give the buyer access to many different artists as well as making the transactions easy--oftentimes with fixed return policies and shipping requirements. Also, many of them have a buying and selling "history" (usually called feedback), much like a credit score, so that you can see exactly how trustworthy the seller is. I'm going to let you know about three of my favorite galleries, and help get you started on your path to online collecting. eBay Most people are familiar with eBay, but many don't know that there are amazing pieces of art for sale every minute on this worldwide site. Many artists are extremely reputable, with paintings ranging from $200 to $7000. On eBay, you may get lucky and get a great deal at an auction. You can also make some artists an offer on a piece they have in their store. Also, you can buy directly from their store or even contact them for a commissioned piece. eBay has changed a lot in the past two years and many artists have gone to other sites because of lack of visibility. However, you can still find many great artists selling on eBay. Etsy Etsy is a site which focuses on all things handmade. Not only will you find art here, but also anything handmade. Unlike Ebay, it's strictly for the artist and craftsperson. But, it is a rising star. Even Jessica Alba admitted on national television that she buys lots of baby clothes on Etsy. Like Ebay, Etsy also offers the ability to see an artists "feedback" as well as the ability to make a purchase online. Although Etsy doesn't have a feature to "Make an Offer", you can always write the artist directly and see if they will come off their price a little--especially on multiple purchases. Like eBay, Etsy also gives you the ability to contact the artist to see if they will create a piece just for you. Artfire Artfire is my favorite new up and coming site for art and other things handmade. Like eBay and Etsy, Artfire offers a way to check on the integrity of the seller (called "Karma") as well as the ability to contact the artist for a commissioned piece. Artfire does not have a feature which allows you to make an offer on a painting, however, just like Etsy, I would advise you to contact the artist and ask. But, the best part about Artfire is that you don't have to be a member to make a purchase. You can purchase directly with your credit card without having to fill out a lengthy registration form and go through countless confirmation emails. Although Artfire is the newest of these sites, I expect it to be around for many years to come.So now that you are ready to find that perfect piece of art for your home or place of business, things will go much smoother if you can remember these tips. Try to purchase from an artist who has had some experience selling online and who is selling in a place who offers a feedback rating. Ask if the artist offers a return policy--many do, if not a full refund then for merchandise credit. Look for a professional looking listing. Many artists who sell full time have more professional looking online stores, which separates them from the hobbyist who may not take the transaction seriously. When you are ready to make that purchase, just click and your new painting will be on it's way.

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Q: How to Paint Your Own Abstract Art Painting
A: Have you ever thought to yourself "I sure would like to make a painting; it's too bad I can't paint!" Most people have this thought when they try to imagine themselves painting something that is a realistic as a photograph. It probably stems from when they were younger and used to like to paint, and then they tried painting something very realistic and found it was difficult, and then declared "I cannot paint!"Fortunately, when it comes to abstract paintings, being able to paint realistically isn't a requirement! There are even a few types of abstract categories, from things that sort of look realistic, for example you can tell a painting is a portrait, but the face proportions are wrong, the colors are wrong, and the mouth may be in the wrong location, to paintings that don't look like anything at all!Part of painting an abstract picture is letting your mind and emotions take over. Maybe you want to create something to express some anger that you are currently experiencing. Grab a canvass and a thick brush and some striking paint and go to town. Slap the paint on! Dig in with the brush! Swing it back and forth making large strokes! In this case, it's definitely not about painting realistically as much as it is about painting how you are feeling. Your emotions are fleeting but the work you create will last forever.One of the best things about making abstract art is that there is no wrong way to do it. Contrast this with traditional art, where if you make an error it will be apparently to everyone who looks at it; with abstract art, there are no errors, because it's up to the mind, not the eyes, to evaluate the finished work.

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Q: Australian Abstract Art
A: Although it may seem somewhat obvious to some people, I recommend looking in the various Australian art forums if you are looking to buy Australian abstract art.Art forums are a great place to read through the exchange of conversations taking place between Australian artists. Not only can you read through their discussions and general trials and tribulations involved with producing their work, in a lot of cases you can actually view the artist's paintings and sculptures available for sale.Forums are very popular for emerging and even established artists because there they can showcase their work and discuss new methods they are incorporating into their work. Art forums are also excellent for artists because it is somewhat of a community centre of support and immediate acknowledgement. An artist can get instant feedback regarding their works and ideas from other artists in the forum within in matter of days or even hours.Some forums are quite accommodating when it comes to artists displaying their work in the forum area and as a result you can view a broad variety of Australian acrylic, oil on canvas paintings, sketches and even sculptures.

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Q: Western Painting - Action Painting - An American Abstract Art Form
A: Action Painting - The Concept and History Action Painting is a form of Abstract Art from the United States that came into existence around the 1940s. Also referred to as 'Gestural Abstraction,' the style relies heavily on the unencumbered movement of a wide range of colors, on the base. There are various ways to achieve it - by dripping, by staining, by overlaying, or by splashing colors on the canvas to produce an effect of 'spontaneity.' art critic Harold Rosenberg coined the term 'Action Painting' to describe the newly developed style of the leading Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock (American - 1912-56) and Willem De Kooning (Dutch - 1904-97). The two went on to become the torchbearers of Action Painting. The Correlations It is believed that the Action Painters drew their inspiration from an unconventional approach of the Surrealists of 1920s and 1930s, known as 'Automatism.' It involved the free expression of artistic brainwaves through the involuntary hand movements of the painter, over the canvas. The underlying philosophy of 'Automatism' was an attempt to establish a psychic connection with the viewer. On the similar lines, the proponents of action works meant to represent their innermost thoughts, in a way that awakened the subconscious patterns of the viewer's fancies. The tools for the execution of these works were quite experimental and revolutionary, ranging from kitchen knives to bicycles! The Details Pollock is said to have employed a highly unorthodox method of using his 'painting' tools on a canvas cloth mounted on the floor. He used his hands and wrists, sometimes even his whole body to apply the paint, rejecting all the conventions of using the traditional brush and easel. However, the function of brush was not totally done away with, by all the painters of this genre. Brushwork in Action Paintings, set in oil paint medium, was usually bold and vigorous. The artists did not wipe the excess paint on the bristles before applying the brush on the base surface, which gave the finished works, a smeared and raw look. This natural appeal became the most distinguishing trait of Action Painting. The Artists and the Artworks During its two decade-long tenure, among the most significant names that associated with Action Painting, were Franz Kline (1910-62), Robert Motherwell (1915-91), Philip Guston (1913-80), Sam Francis (1923-94), and Helen Frankenthaler (born 1928). Jackson Pollock's 'Painting (Silver over Black, White, Yellow, and Red)' & 'The Deep,' Franz Kline's 'Merce C' & 'C & O,' and Sam Francis' 'In Lovely Blueness,' are some of the signature works of this dynamic style of painting. Conclusion Action Painting, through its instinctive creativity, flamboyance, and fantastical imageries, became a symbol of Modern Art that induces contemplation and association, rather than a mere two-dimensional brushwork on a piece of canvas. By early 1960s, the style ended.

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Q: Going to the Museum to See Abstract Art
A: People who love to go to different cities have to go the art museums available in wonderful cities around the world. Many times, these are the greatest places to visit and high on the attraction site list. There are many different types of art to see from sculptures to paintings. There is historical art and other types of art like abstract art. It may take an art lover to appreciate these different pieces.Abstract art is an art form which does not represent objects that we recognize them as. Instead art took on the form of using the imagination to conjure up forms that represented something else that we do recognize. In the 19th century, this transformation occurred.An advantage thought of this art is that it helped divert the young artists of the day from political or controversial issues. Looking at this art today, it does take more of a trained eye to understand what a piece of art is saying or meaning. However, that should not detract people from visiting these exhibits.Aside from abstract art, there are other great paintings, sculptures, or drawings to see in the many famous museums around the world. Many times an artist has dabbled in different forms of art.Art is one of the great pleasures in life, and it can have an uplifting way about it.

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Q: Evolution of Abstract Art
A: From the child to the mature individual, and from faraway cultures to the centers of modern civilization, this new ABC of a world art in the making is open for all to read. Today it is widely accepted via advertising, typography, design, and architecture and is in use throughout the world. On higher esthetic levels, the tempo of change is slower and it may take time to merge the contributions of all past cultures and to create a world tradition in art. But today everything vitally creative in art takes place, for the most part, in the abstract domain; all the esthetic arguments are conducted on this level. The birth of abstract art represented a basic shift from a sensorial culture toward a new ideational one. Once the image of individual man dominating nature - the central theme of the Renaissance -was done away with, the boundaries of art were extended to include the whole universe and man's mind. Man now took his place in the cosmos along with all other living organisms. This 'death of humanism' was actually the extension of its ethos on a higher level. Thus Western art was brought close to the metaphysical speculations of Oriental thought: Vedantism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.Of all the pioneers of abstract art, two men have been most conscious of the meaning of this fundamental change in art. Painting today oscillates between two poles of expression: Mondrian and Kandinsky. In 1925, Kandinsky wrote that painting must inevitably quit the materialist world-concept based on the Graeco-Roman tradition and move toward a spiritualized art facing the East. Antipodal in their work, the paths of Mondrian and Kandinsky converge in their theoretical and philosophical views. Both were concerned with scientific inquiry and the new mathematics, to which they felt their work ran parallel. Both joined the Theosophical Society in Europe , which sought a synthesis between Occidental and Oriental thought. Both found no incongruity between science and metaphysics, for both were sustained by idealism, anti-materialism, and universalism.

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Q: Original Abstract Art in Today's World
A: For centuries we have seen original abstract art from many different cultures. Understanding the style is interpretive, and often time described as a warped sense of reality through use of shapes and vivid colors.This type of expressive creation has made its way into the modern world in digital form as well. Though the effect can only be described as different from canvas paintings. The benefit of this digital form is that it has given greater exposure to this style of expressionism and has created greater interest which has boosted its popularity.The greater interest has sparked people more to explore this avenue in both an admiring and appreciation sense, but from the point of creation as well. We are seeing more and more unique creations from new faces from around the globe. Fantastic works are being introduced to the market frequently and people are taking notice.Local businesses are taking notice as well, and beginning to display these creative works in their establishments. It is becoming more familiar to see styled paintings of brilliant colors and shapes displayed on the walls of your local financial institutions, while out to lunch and a fine restaurant, or even standing in line at your local theater.Owning something so unique and vibrant that draws upon it great thought and wonderment is part of the appeal for some establishments who are really starting to take notice of the value of fine paintings of this genre. People remember these experiences and feelings that these pieces evoke.Mood altering temporal paintings created by highly expressive individuals can tamper with the senses. When people feel a certain way, they behave a certain way. They may exhibit specific behaviors when feeling in a certain type of mood. One may, perhaps, make different purchasing decisions when in a certain mood. This is not to say the this style will entice people to spend more money and local business display the type of work, but works of art have been known to alter moods.Regardless of the implications, this style is gaining in popularity and appreciation all over the world. We are seeing more exhibits, shows, and increasing sales. Unique creations from talented artisans are bursting to the forefront of the art world, and giving it the exposure it deserves..

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Q: Abstract Art as Therapy
A: Abstract art is not just a mixture of colourful meaningless patterns and arbitrary shapes. There is, I believe, a definate therapeutic value to be found in most of the enigmatic marks made by the very different styles available today. What appears to be the most important decision to make is a very careful consideration of the specific audience in conjunction with the choosing of the appropriate artwork. This is not something to be taken lightly or quickly. This can cover anybody within the wide spectrum of individual audiences: a busy boardroom environment or a single office or room where quick thinking, fast reactions, and serious decision making is required; or a worker who returns from a hard days work simply wanting to be visually massaged by an easily observed enigma; or even the space inwhich the desperate and mostly misunderstood person who is gradually loosing their tentative hold on the sense of reality. There is a tremendous variety of possibilities. Here are some suggested associations from one artists point of view: Colour plays an obvious healing and therapeutic role to be found in a carefully selected crafted piece, and so colour-field work, which is growing in popularity, first conceived by artists like Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly with their vast areas of empty colour space, might add a general feeling of peace and quiet to an otherwise noisy and hectic environment. With there being very few variations within such a large image a gentle sense of immersion into abstract stillness can slow down any fretful or irratic thinking, and even assist with the adrenal challenge of a creative.Indefinate shapes or patterns by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Peter Lanyon, and Howard Hodgkin (again, similar works inspired by these very different abstract styles can be seen in many exhibitions, shops and galleries), show a very positive association, and may perhaps persuade a mind filled with illogical thoughts to pause, simply take in the apparent spontenaiety, and then take a different direction. Hodgkin style works in particular can be seen as puzzle like canvases inwhich the observer has no real point of reference so is free to "start" anywhere upon the picture. And because there are very few defined areas sometimes the observer inevitably finds themself either regarding the piece with little emotion, and therefore can freely make a comment - positive or not.Let us not deny, however, the fact that many an image that has the potential to provoke a negative response can also be of great value to the observer who might actually benefit from seeing such a challenging picture that bears such a bad association.

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Q: Original Modern Abstract Art - Buying Large Contemporary Paintings Online at Affordable Prices
A: As more people move in to larger homes, over-sized paintings are needed to fill the walls and double staircases. A painting measuring 36" x 48" or larger is considered over-sized and investing in an original piece this big can be overwhelming.Going into a galley is many times intimidating when dealing with snooty sales people. Thank God for the world wide web. With some sites it's a breeze, offering large original works by well known Chicago artists, Gino Savarino and Thomas Fedro. All paintings come with a certificate of authenticity valued more then 4 times the actual price. These discounted prices are only found on this site. Their works sell for as much as $3000 in galleries in Chicago as well as New York.Modern abstract art has become one of the favorites styles in recent years. Investors seem to go for the "indescribable" and allow the artist to interpret it in his own form with a brush and vibrant colors. Even objects that are recognizable like a faces, bottle, or flowers seem to be more interesting in an abstract style.Many artists are not comfortable painting in such a large format, but Savarino and Fedro love to take on the challenge. "The larger the better" Savarino said. "Art should be displayed as big as possible" adds Fedro. The two artist owned three galleries combined, but "nothing beats selling on line" states savarino. "We cater to the world. We have collectors in Greece, South Africa, England, Australia, Italy, Canada, and many other countries" says Fedro.Savarino's and Fedros resume include: The Broadway show "Rent", the 40th anniversary of "The Second City" and Chicago's "Cow's on Parade". Corporate commissions include pieces for IBM, Hotel Allegro in Chicago, historic Navy Pier, Decor magazine, Toogood winery, Sweet Riot Candy, Trump Place, Extreme Home Makeover and Washburn Guitars.

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Q: Music - An Abstract Art Form
A: If you are interested in learning music then before anything else you must understand what music is actually made of. Many experts have defined it as an abstract art form where the vocal or instrumental sounds are arranged in a way that it creates a flowing, united and sympathetic composition which is full of harmony, melody, rhythm and timbre. Contrast to the other form of art, music is actually not a tangible form of expression. It is validated only when the sound patterns are proficiently interwoven in a format that is evocative as well as pleasing to the ears.Music can be called as the most mathematical as well as the most abstract form of the arts. In contrast to the pictorial images, words or dance, the musical tones have no fixed associations of their own. They create meaning only when they are combined together into patterns. Over the centuries, philosophers have attempted to combine theories on the quintessence of music.It has been perceived by some non-western cultures and western writers as essentially spiritual force that is used to unlock elemental truths or principles, which cannot be decoded into a written or graphic form.Music is undoubtedly a significant part of our lives and it has been an important part of civilizations since ages. When a child takes birth, sound is often the first input that the infant receives. The initial type of sounds that a child relates to include his mother's voice and the warmth associated with it. It has been identified that the second type of sound that a child relates to is that of music. Music provides the child a medium of expressing ideas, feelings and experiences as he grows up.Learning music can be one of the most gratifying experiences. There are many traditional and online music schools are available for music lovers. Get the right school which suits your requirement and start enjoying music.

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Q: Abstract Art Unleashed by Upcoming Indian Artists
A: In promoting and propagating the widespread of abstract art, 'Conversation with Pollock' depicts the same technique used by the renowned painter, Pollock. The unique presentation over canvas as scrolls was lovely, the concept I'm told was inspired from the Tibetan prayer flags of Northern Hills of India where Antonio grew up. Its fantastic that the Western-originated art takes a platform of Eastern symbolic objects. It's great to see art work of two different cultures meet on one canvas, as if to say, the East meets the West. A truly creative concept.Most of his work in this exhibition revolves 'round, in the literal sense, in circles. A geometry and astronomy fusion are very well depicted. The 'Death of an Immortal', 'Mitosis of the Soul', 'Inner Circle' and even the 'Conversation with Pollock' all have the same style of drip of paintings, splashes and circle/circles in common. Each of these paintings has a deeper meaning under the surface and requires one to look harder into the painting to read it. One eye catcher would be this piece, with two opposites merged in on a same canvas, 'Blind Faith' speaks of minuscule and the astronomical at the same time. Having opposites on a same platform, merging yet distinct on its own message elaborated. Pretty ironic piece of work yet put together in a beautiful and precise way!

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Q: Abstract Paintings - How to Understand Abstract Art
A: "Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird?...people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree." - Pablo Picasso What Picasso says about understanding art is very relevant to how we approach abstract paintings. Many people think that abstract paintings must have a specific meaning of some sort, which could be clearly understood and articulated if only they knew how. This misconception is not helped by the endless supply of people prepared to spout nonsense about what they think the artist was trying to say. The almost inevitable consequence of this situation is that people can either feel as though they are being excluded from sharing in some secret knowledge, or alternatively conclude that abstract painting is in fact all a sham. Either way, the result is that many people do not feel well-disposed towards modern art or abstract paintings.I certainly identify with Picasso's remark as far as my own paintings are concerned. If I had a specific message or a meaning that I could articulate in words, then I would articulate it in words - the painting would have no purpose. The whole point of creating an abstract painting is that it embodies something that only it can, in a way that cannot be put into words. It is not an essay it is a painting - it encompasses and expresses things in a language that is unique to the medium of paint. That is why we should not try to 'understand' abstract paintings in the way people sometimes feel they ought to be able to.The viewer should not look for a clear narrative in an abstract painting - it is not going to tell a story, or refer to an external 'subject' in the same way that a figurative painting will. But that does not mean there is no meaning or no subject, or that abstract paintings cannot communicate with and move people. When asked about subject matter, the Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock said, "I am the subject". Pollock's statement is not just true, it is inevitable.The experiences, personality, memories and mood of the abstract artist cannot help but be fed into the painting if the artist approaches the work in an open and honest way. I do not need an external subject or idea before I can create a painting - I simply begin..

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Q: Abstract Art and The Spirit 1
A: It has been a long and raging arguement that the abstract expressionists of the 50's, 60's and 70's were very busy contemplating their own navels and trying to find the "zen" in everything they did.I would argue that they were in fact just one very important example of the hungry sleep-drugged soul seeking a way to be heard. However, many artsists of those times, and indeed today, would flatly deny anything remotely to do with spiritual things - or worse still - religious things.Take, for instance, one of my favourites - Mark Rothko. This tragic artist committed himself to the task of producing massive canvases with many vaguely resembling the outline of a window - especially an after image once the eye has closed. His vast expanses of colour seemed to hunt out a corner or edge in a desperate attempt to complete, or conclude, the picture. Not satisfied with that he went on to give up titling his work saying that he did not want to influence the onlooker in any way. Ironically he failed ... and sadly took his own life. For me his works speak of wonderful tantilizing clues visually demonstrating the struggling spirit seeking (and succeeding!) in revealing herself - now that is real influence! Let me explain by an apparently unrelated route:I seek to assist my own spirit in attempting to make manifest even the tiniest, most pathetic, weakest fact that the spirit in us all is not only just trying to communicate with us - but is in fact actively seeking to set the whole human balance right ... which is the spirit leading the mind and body back to her source - not the other way round - the mind and body leading the blinded soul to ... well, eventually death.Not so long ago I came across the writings of Meister Eckhart, a fourteenth century Christian mystic. His words amazed me. He described in his many sermons what he believed to be the truth as to why we are here. He also revealed many tantilizing "images" of the spirit from the least angelic being right up to God Himself. His descriptions were ... how can I put it simply? ... abstract!In one of his sermons he described God as ... "unknowable" ... "not able to be understood" ... "undefinable". In another he made a statement (one of many which may have contributed to him being accused of heresy!) "People say God exists ... God does not exist ... " left out of context that would be a truly blasphemous assertion. But he went on to say that "... God is far greater ... God is beyond existance". These and many other controversial sayings have impressed me so much that I have come to "see" God as an abstract entity - not, I hasten to add, an anarchic abstract form - but rather a God far more powerful, far more greater - than I can imagine ... in other words totally undefinable. Rather than this putting a distance between me and God, it has done exactly the opposite.

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Q: Abstract Art Galleries
A: Abstract art is a genre of art from the 20th century. True to its name, this type of art is extremely unusual and difficult to interpret. It mainly displays the relationship between forms and colors. This kind of art may or may not be very appealing to the eyes, as the objects in abstract paintings are not very clear but each piece of abstract art is considered to have deep meanings and are said to portray the inner thoughts of artists like any other pieces of art. Calligraphy is also regarded as a form of abstract art. There are various abstract art galleries found all over the world that display all forms of abstract artwork including paintings, sculptures and many more. Some of these galleries also showcase mixed media paintings, which highlight abstract art with a 3D effect.Abstract art is also known as non-figurative painting that normally consists of a lot of colors, lines, textures and forms. Abstract art has various aspects such as still life, landscape, urban landscape and so on, which are showcased very well in the exhibitions held at the abstract art galleries. There are three main styles of abstract art mainly cubism, neoplasticism and abstract expressionism.

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Q: Abstract Art
A: Nonrepresentational or nonobjective art is not an invention of the twentieth century. A number of cultures, like the Islamic and Jewish, have developed over the centuries a high standard of decorative or non-figurative art forms. Today, abstract art is generally understood to be the form of art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses shapes and colors in a nonrepresentational or subjective way.According to art experts, in its purest form in Western art, an abstract art is one without a recognizable subject, one which does not relate to something external. This type of ornamental art, without figurative representation occurs today in many cultures. As the modern abstract movement in sculpture and paining emerged in Europe and North America between 1910 and 1920, two approaches have been generally accepted to produce different abstract styles: images that have been "abstracted" from nature to the point where they no longer reflect a conventional reality, and nonobjective, or "pure" art forms, which do not share any reference to reality. A further distinction tends to be made between abstract art which is geometric, such as the work of Piet Mondrian, and abstract art that is more fluid, such as in the works of Wassily Kandinsky. It was Kandinsky who once said that "of all arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and of colors, and that you are a true poet; this last is essential."Abstract art began in the avant-garde movements of the late 19th century -Impressionism, neo-Impressionism, and post-Impressionism. These painting styles reduced the importance of the original subject matter and began to emphasize the creative process of painting itself. As artists in Europe at the early twentieth century "broke free" from the conventional representational rules art forms had to follow, figurative abstractions, or simplifications of reality, where detail is eliminated from recognizable objects leaving only the essence or some degree of recognizable form, became popular increasing the variations of art forms and view points. With different abstract styles, like Synchronism and Orphism, abstract art emphasized on color over form, on feelings over logic. The action painting of an American Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock, who dripped, dropped, smeared, spattered, or thrown paint on the canvas, is a good example of such a tremendous change in art focus and technique.After the introduction of technology and the mass utilization of software programs that assisted people "play around" with their own photographs, paintings or other art forms, abstract art has gained more popularity than ever before. But although being able to draw well is not an issue anymore, as Kandinsky pointed out, being a "true" poet is what still separates the amateur attempts to create abstract art from the artifacts of a true talent.

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Q: Abstract Art Gallery - A Popular Hub of Canvas Art
A: What is common to Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko? They are among the popular artists known for their different forms of abstract artworks. Abstract art is the art that uses colour and shape in a non-representational way. Unlike a painting of a flower or a basket of fruit, abstract artwork isn't necessarily supposed to "look" like anything specific. The goal of the abstract artist is to convey feelings and emotions - not to simply replicate his surroundings. Abstract art galleries Canvas artworks have become a great way to decorate houses and offices. To cash in on the popularity and the mass appeal of canvas prints, these days a host of galleries offer artworks online. You can now select from a wide array of thematic abstract art mounted on canvas prints. You can select from scenes of nature, concepts like dreams, and other abstract concepts to decorate your walls. Besides, online abstract art gallery offers a selective collection of original paintings and drawings by international emerging and established contemporary artists. Few words about canvas art Canvas prints are versatile. You can get them in just about any type of theme. For example, if your home is decorated in a country theme, you may want to get paintings that incorporate a country scene. It can range anywhere for barnyards to landscapes.Something that you should definitely know is how to take care of your canvas prints properly. To keep your canvas in excellent condition, there are a few things that you should know. For example, lighting is very important. You should never hang your canvas in the direct sunlight. This will cause the paint to fade, and possibly crack. Tips on buying canvas artworks online The Internet has significantly changed the way Art is sold or bought. The Internet is flooded with art sites that offer unique services to help you buy canvas photos.When you buy oil paintings you are limited to mere pictures. It is therefore important that you follow your heart and use your brain so you can get the art that you want. Your individual taste, the primary use of the art you will buy, and your budget should be your important considerations when buying canvas art online.The Internet will provide you with a wide array of art web sites and access to countless fine art. It will not hurt if you email chosen online art dealers to ask questions on photos of a particular art piece. Most importantly, never buy paintings online for the purpose of investment; rather choose the one that you will fall in love with. By following what truly appeals to you, your chosen art will surely ease away any stress.

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Q: Wassily Kandinsky - The Color Fanatic, Abstract Art Innovator
A: Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter, print maker, and art theorist, who has made significant contributions to the Modern Abstract Art. He was born on December 4, 1866, in Moscow, Russia. He grew in Odessa. As his parents played piano and zither, he also learnt to play the musical instruments. The influence of music is obvious in his works too. In his youth, Kandinsky chose to study law and economics. He subsequently enrolled in the University of Moscow. In 1896, however, prior to leaving Moscow, Wassily Kandinsky saw the exhibition of Monet's works. He was fascinated by the color techniques and the symbolization in those paintings, particularly in "Haystacks," depicting the light effects during different seasons. Inspired Kandinsky enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany, at the age of 30.During his tenure in the art school from 1896-1911, Wassily started emerging as an art theorist and a painter with music, psychology, and color playing significant roles in his work. He said, "Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords." Wassily Kandinsky was also inclined to 'Pointilism' & 'Fauvism.' On these lines, he created a masterpiece in 1903 called "The Blue Rider." The painting depicted a blue-cloaked rider traveling through a hilly meadow. The shadows of the trees and the rider are depicted in the deep shades of blue. Soon, clash of colors became a trademark of Wassily Kandinsky. During 1906-08, the artist was mostly travelling Europe. He created a series of landscape abstract paintings, "The Blue Mountain." By this time, Theosophy had also started to influence Wassily spiritually and he wrote a couple of books, "Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1910)" and "Point and Line to Plane (1926)".In 1911, Kandinsky, along with his German friend, Franz Marc, founded the society "Der Blaue Reiter" (Blue Rider). The aim of the society was to bridge the gap between the different art forms. This was also the period, when Wassily's paintings grew more abstract. He used more colors, which when superimposed, provided intriguing appearances.

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Q: Motivational Abstract Art Paintings Will Motivate You
A: One of the things that motivate us to do our very best is military art. The concepts of teamwork, patriotism, courage, leadership and strength form the very bedrock of our nation's character and if you have a piece of motivational art in your home or office, you most likely will find yourself thinking of these ideals more and more. Perhaps the influence will be subliminal, as you gaze at the artwork and think of what those fine words mean. When you place them into action is when you'll be most proud of yourself and your nation.If military art motivates you, then you can also take pride in your ethnic heritage. A piece of art designed from the country of your family's origin will go a long ways to making you stand up in front of it and gain the strength to do what you need to do to not only survive, but thrive. Motivational art in such inspirational stylistic forms as from the lands of Vietnam, China, Latvia, the Ukraine, Colombia, Mexico and Guam will reach that part of you that resonates with every hearing of your country of origin's accomplishments and history. Try out the mountain scroll style from Chinese classic paintings and place on top of it your current context by showing your motto of personal philosophy: "Our hearts, our minds, our doors are always open." Choose whatever is appropriate and whatever gets your spirit on its feet after a tiring day. Whatever your culture's motto, it can fit into your everyday life and make you strong.Thoughts of travel can motivate you to work harder, faster, smarter. Of course, a vacation is true relaxation, but how about the travel for business purposes that you do? Can you see the connection throughout history with your efforts and the work of long ago mariners, trading and exploring at the same time, bringing back exotic items and spices for the wonderment of the home folks? If you need a reminder that your business travel is not devoid of interest, consider the motivational depiction of a Yankee sailing ship, all sails aloft as she skims above the water, bound for who knows where. It is a fine day for sailing and the wind bellies each full white bit of canvas, the same sort of canvas that artists use to depict the scenes from their mind's eye. Your inner eye will be motivated to go on to bigger and better things, all through your own energy.

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Q: Jean Arp - A German-French Torchbearer of Dadaism, Surrealism, and Abstract Art
A: Jean Arp, also known as Hans Arp, was a German-French painter, sculptor, and poet. He was born on September 16, 1886, in Alsace, Strasbourg, France, to a French mother and a German father. He completed his education and training from the Strasbourg School of Arts and Crafts, Weimar, Germany, in 1904 and enrolled in Academie Julian, Paris, in 1908.Afflicted by boredom and disheartenment at the existing forms of painting, Jean Arp devoted his initial years to poetry. In 1904, he published his first collection of poetries in Paris after passing out of Ecole des Arts et Metiers, Strasbourg. Later on, he took genuine initiative to re-discover his long lost interest in painting and sculpting. During 1905 to 1907, he studied at Kunstschule, Weimar, and in the year 1908, at Academie Julian. In 1909, Jean Arp shifted to Switzerland and organized an exhibition at Lucerne, under the label "Moderner Bund," in 1911. The subsequent year, he happened to meet Robert & Sonia Delaunay in Paris and Russian artist, Vasily Kandinsky in Munich. In 1912, Jean Arp displayed his semi-figurative drawings at the second Blaue Reiter exhibition, and in 1913, he exhibited them with the 'Expressionists' in Berlin at the Erste deutsche Herbstsalon exhibition.Creating his own style with free forms, Jean Arp successfully established himself as a leading poet and an artist of great merit. In 1914, he came back to Paris and got acquainted with legendary artists, such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Amadeo Modigliani, and Picasso. In 1915, Jean came to Switzerland. In Zurich, he also created great collages and tapestries, in association with his fiancée Sophie Taeuber, whom he tied knot with, in 1922. One of the key founders of the 'Dada' movement in Zürich in 1916, Jean Arp became the torchbearer of the philosophies of the movement and eventually set up the 'Cologne Dada' group in 1920, along with Max Ernst, and Alfred Grünwald.

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Q: Finding Abstract Art
A: Many people have preferences when it comes to art. Art can be anything from Abstract Paintings, Modern Paintings, to even Photography. So the first step is to decide what kind of art you would like in your home. You may already have an idea of what really catches your eye, but if not you can go to a local gallery or art shop and get a glimpse of the many different types of artwork that exist. If you are anxious to get going a quick search for Local Art Galleries on your favorite search engine should get you started perfectly! Now that you have an idea of what kind of art you really enjoy looking at, it will be easier for you to narrow your choices down to which piece really belongs in your home. Some may say you should go out and buy a piece if it really catches your eye and is meaningful to you, even if you don't know where it would fit within your home. Others may say that when selecting a piece of art, you should make your selection depending on what your home currently consists of. This is your home so it is your choice how you want to go about purchasing the artwork, but keep in mind that either way a beautiful piece of art can be made to fit in anyone's home with a few minor adjustments.If you purchase a painting for your love for the piece and are having trouble finding a spot for it, there are a few things you can do. Make sure you go around your house with the painting hanging it on different walls, as you may find that there is a perfect spot for it where you weren't initially intending to hang the painting. If you are still unable to find the ideal spot, you may need to make some adjustments in whichever room you wish to display the piece. If the painting doesn't match the wall color, maybe think about painting the wall a neutral color as it will make the piece stand out more and show the beauty for which you bought it for. Even moving furniture around a bit or changing the lighting can intensify a painting like you wouldn't believe. Whichever choice you make, it will be well worth it in the end as you will be able enjoy your artwork within your home.If you plan on painting your walls and choosing your furniture before you want to think about buying your art that works perfectly fine as well. Once you have decorated your room to your satisfaction, study the room and pick out two to three colors that you think stand out most in the room. These are going to be the colors that you want to look for when you are purchasing your artwork.

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Q: What is Abstract Art? One Artist's Point of View
A: So many people must be asking this question all the time... and not getting satifactory answers because I keep seeing articles on the subject. So, to add to the mix, I thought that, because I am an Abstract Artist, I would give my answer. First lets see what the official version has to say. The second definition of "abstract" in the Concise Oxford Dictionary says "Idealistic, not practical; abstruse; (Art etc.) free from representational qualities" And it is this last description I want to look at. That which is free from representational qualities is a picture (or other type of art discipline) that does not depict any recognisable image such as a figure, building, or sky. There is no purposeful reference to anything physically particular.Jackson Pollock, for instance, was one of the first abstract artists and produced the finest of examples... do a google search for his drip work then choose one. If you study the image closely it will soon become apparent that he randomly dripped paint onto a board laying flat on the floor. And if you read up a bit about him you will find that he even suspended paint-filled cans above a board, punched holes in the bottom of the can, and allowed the cans to swing, or be nudged, the paint slowly dripping to give a totally no-representative image. The important thing to remember here is that he had no intention of producing any kind likeness to anything physical whatsoever. So this style of art is truly an abstract work.Some might call these Dubuffet paintings semi-abstract - but I do not. For me there is no such thing - either the picture does not represent anything... or it does - no matter how basic.Another puzzle might be the later works of Mark Rothko. Some might argue that a basic rectangular shape could be regarded as a representational image. But you need to read about his life and philosophy to understand that he was not painting rectangles but what has become known as colour fields. The scale of his massive works and the fact that he gave up even titling his pieces should dispell any possibility of his work being anything other than the purer form of abstract art.

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Q: How to Paint Abstract Art?
A: You don't have to have Picasso's imagination to create an abstract art painting. And in a sense abstract art is the most forgiving style of all, because anything goes, as long as your abstract artwork can give you the feeling you have expressed yourself. So fetch your brush right now - and a sheet of paper. You can also use canvas, of course, which is more expensive.If you use paper, then the kind of paper you need depends on the medium you use. For starters I recommend acrylic paint. It dries quickly so you can over paint your creation many times during one session. Using oil paint can get messy because it won't dry at all during one session and the beginner will end up mixing all paint he/she has into a grey-brown abstract art blur.For paint, get yourself the cheapest acrylic paint you can find because we're assuming you're only trying to amuse yourself at this point and with cheap paint you can splash it around freely and fun and freedom are king in abstract art.One of the keywords in our approach to abstract art is spontaneity. This means letting your brush take control, unearthing visions from the depth of your nervous system like a shaman in trance. That is one side of abstract art. The other side of abstract art - and of any other kind of art - is using your intelligence to guide your animal instincts. What you need is a plan. What would you like to paint? Who would you like to be? Kandinski, Mondrian, Modigliani, Picasso, Klee, Chagall? To be a copy-cat is an excellent way to start painting, not just abstract art. Art historians attribute the success of French art to young students going to the Louvre, copying the old masters. This is legitimate as long as you know the difference between educational copying and forgery. Copying is too strong a word for our purposes, by the way, because we will try to stimulate your imagination, but with a plan - and a little help.You could start to be inspired by Picasso and simply paint a face. That sounds hard to do, but Picasso showed how to balance realism and abstraction in portraiture. So pick up your brush and paint something that looks like a face. Don't paint it "en face", that's not very interesting, but "en profile" or else something in between. You may also use a pencil to make a drawing, or charcoal, but only use charcoal on a surface that is large in size (like 50 by 60 cm), unless you can apply the charcoal very lightly. If you are too prolific with charcoal on a small sized surface you will create a terrific mess, from which your painting may not recover during the painting process.Now that you have something that looks like a face, remember one thing: Your drawing is sacred. We're referring to the contours of your drawing in particular. Once you've finished the drawing and have started to paint, never change the contours of the drawing's main elements, in this case the head, the eyes, the nose, the mouth and the ears and hair-line, if you have drawn these. Within these contours you can go wild!You can also go about it in a different way, depending on how abstract you want your paintings to be. If you feel drawn to abstract expressionism, you may want to start painting without any plan and create as big a mess as possible, right away. That is, you paint random forms by instinct, without a preconceived plan. With this approach it's important to know when to stop and start thinking about what you've done. A beginner will have a tendency of painting layer over layer and merging down most of the painting's color.

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Q: Abstract Art Creates a Concrete Effect Through Abstract Wall Art
A: What type of art do you prefer? When selecting wall decor for the rooms of your home, choosing specific pieces can seem like a daunting task. So many styles of decor have existed throughout the history. One of the most common and fascinating types, is abstract one. When we think of it, we tend to think of paintings and sculptures. However, a wide variety of mediums can feature abstract art. However, a wide variety of mediums can feature it.To have a better appreciation for abstract art, we should understand precisely what it is.

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Q: How to Understand Abstract Art
A: When I paint, I am not attempting to capture the likeness of a landscape or figure. My subject is the painting itself. In spite of this, some viewers immediately try to pin down an image they can name in my art. Not that seeing things in abstract paintings is a crime, even if the artist didn't put them there. But you miss an opportunity to see more if you spend all your energy trying to turn the painting into something you can name, like a figure or flower or landscape.What do you actually see when you look at the painting? Color, shape, line and texture are the physical elements that combine to make up the image. A selection of dark, heavy shapes may impress you as somber; light, airy images as mystical; balanced, and temperate forms as peaceful. Shape, color and form have meaning in and of themselves. We react emotionally to these elements even if they create no recognizable object for us to hang onto. Thus, a painting of ragged, angular forms in deep reds will evoke an entirely different feeling from one in soft curves of yellow and white.The handling of space, or the illusion of space, is another element in the artist's toolbox. Are you drawn into a world of three-dimensional space stretching beyond the framework of the painting, as you might be in a landscape? Or are you kept visually taut, as a skater on a pond, skimming across a two-dimensional surface? The impression of depth, perspective, airiness, solidity, and other spatial relations are created and controlled by the artist.The overall composition or design of a painting is what guides the viewer's eye. Have you ever looked at a painting or photograph and felt it was off balance? One of the big differences between amateur snapshots and professional photographs is the quality of the composition. In an amateur photo, perhaps all the action is centered on the left, with nothing but empty space on the right. The lopsidedness gives you a sense of unease. Step back and look at the painting from a distance. What is its impact as you approach it? Move up close and explore the intricacies of brushstrokes, paint thicknesses and compositional details. See how the parts are woven together to form the whole.Give the painting time. No artwork can be understood and appreciated in a ten second glance. Good art should grow on you, becoming more interesting and more enjoyable to look at as you live with it.You may still see things in abstract paintings, finding birds and trees and animals hidden in the forms. This is as natural as turning clouds into recognizable shapes. But by opening your eyes to the possibilities of the world the artist created, you may see more than you ever expected to see in abstract art.

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Q: Season Abstract Art Paintings Discovery
A: As a child, you timed your year by the seasons: school began in fall, Christmas was in winter, springtime brought flowers and the summer was glorious in its relaxation. As an adult, you think in more detailed terms: Christmas is the time to free the holiday china and linens from storage, summer means dusting off the swimsuits and pool noodles for yet another fun time in the water, and spring indicates the time to clear the garden of winter's weeds and plant new flowers to enjoy. Art also has its seasons: the season of summer brings a still life of ripe oranges and pears that appears absolutely perfect next to your foyer hat rack, while a portrait of your spouse holding a bouquet of autumn chrysanthemums means that fall has arrived and winter is around the corner. Seasonal art clarifies our feelings and is an especially precious genre of art, perhaps the most personal.To begin with the most delicate of seasons, spring, seasonal art may hold a palette filled with pastels, pinks and delicate off-whites, greens that are filled with yellow and muted in tone. A portrait of a young girl bedecked in her Easter finest will fill the onlooker with a sense of wonder at she pirouettes before her mirror, modeling her new bonnet and dress for herself only. The pale splendor of water lilies amid a pond filled with new springtime life is another way of connecting with nature by using seasonal art, the way of timeless nature. But portrait or nature painting, springtime is perhaps the easiest season to feel sentimental about.Moving through the year to summer, we see the colors ripen to rich fullness, reds, yellows and blues are at their most intense as summer heat drives the overheated folks to picnics and outdoor venues that contain water. Who has not sprawled in the deepest shade of a tree, a shade so deep it is nearly black in the brightest part of the day? Art is at its most influential in summer, because we are relaxed and thus more open to artistic impressions. If summer has a shape, it is a lazy oval, not quite vigorous enough to form a perfect circle, but far from the angles of a square or rectangle.Autumn may be the most poignant of seasons, as we see the end of our carefree summer days and begin to prepare for Thanksgiving and Halloween.

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Q: Abstract Art Looked Into!
A: It is sometimes quite a problem to, in fact, come to terms with what is called abstract drawings, sculptures and paintings. Often it is a mental or spiritual form of expression of the artist that we see before us.We cannot always see the artists insight on the given subject and, at the end of the day, we can draw our own conclusions as to what we may think it represents. When artists paint, they often get carried away and decide on a title afterwards.Let us face it, this is not always easy! Often other people see things completely differently in a painting and it can be very interesting too, to actually have their input. So, what is the meaning of abstract? This is hard to define. I can only say these paintings seem unrealistic.The art portrayed seems to be based more on intuitive feelings, rather than actually something that has to be seen. Although saying this, often the abstract shape or forms and colours may have been in the artists imagination, with the impression firmly stamped on their minds.You could say abstractionism shows great vision. It is confusing for people, as sometimes, very plain forms are expressed with others appearing very wishy washy and end up being completely misunderstood. It is fair to say it is not always expected of us to understand the workings of the mind of the artist. It could be said that any form that is created artificially is really an abstraction. Jackson Pollock was into abstract expressionism whereby his paint was either thrown at the canvas, spattered, smeared, and in many instances dropped and even dripped. Really, I would say you need a great degree of sensitivity to comprehend this style of art as it may contain only the essence of the original subject, but yet will emit emotions.However, I find that on the whole, this type of work usually holds your interest. As an example, if you see one of these works in a shop, or say on a company wall, you will probably realise that you cannot take your eyes off it. It sucks you in, there is just something about it. In other words, it gains an emotional response from you.So, now, if you have painted an abstract, you can look at it in various ways, if you stop to think about it. Have I set out to convey what I originally intended? Or, was I just wanting to paint what I thought, was something pretty fantastic?Do I really need the buyer to make up their own mind up as to what I have painted? What was I really thinking about when I did this? Did I really have a subject in mind at the time or was I simply distracted and being creative. So, do I really need a title for this or should I leave it untitled as I maybe don't know where this vision originated.It probably doesn't matter to me if it is not understood. It is difficult at times to decide whether to sign your work on the front. I often do not want to go over what I have painted, so go on to sign the back.The other point this raises is, if you sign the front, it makes a definite statement as to which way up the painting goes. In many instances paintings could be hung sideways or upside down, so I often think that I should leave the hanging choice to the buyer!

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Q: Understand More About Fire Abstract Art
A: Fire heats our passions to a white-hot flame and fire art seeks to share that feeling in its depiction of the phenomenon of fire. Fire art may be on a canvas as an abstract work, it may be pubic work in the form of fire festivals such as the Burning Man Festival held Labor Day Weekend annually, or in lesser-known venues such as the Art and Fire Project in Wisconsin. Each painting or public art display has this in common: the actual need for fire in our lives, as we need an external focus to bring out the passion that we all have inside ourselves. That passion may be diluted by the workaday world that we all must strive to make a living in, or it may be dragged down by life's bitter circumstances, but whatever the reason, fire consumes the reasons for our downcast attitude and makes us sit up and take notice of the fact that life is good and worth living. Should you paint a fire scene yourself, you will notice that the reds and oranges and yellows will be used up quickly; if you use black for a background to make the contrast between the fire and the surrounding darkness deeper, your dark tones of paint will diminish rapidly, too. No matter --- when your piece is completed, it will all have been worth it, to have an eternally-burning fire hanging on your office or home wall, lighting up your day with inspiration.Finding a public display of fire art means searching for like-minded souls who also don't mind traveling a bit, because by its very nature, outdoor fire art needs air and plenty of space around, for safety's sake. So be prepared to journey to a farm or expanse of wilderness, because a festival will enable many of your fellow enthusiasts to join you as you enjoy a rousing display of fire art.Fire art also includes such magnificent displays as the lantern displays of the Art and Fire Lantern Festival in Wisconsin, due to be spectacular from the efforts of the sponsoring artists, but also from the plain ordinary citizens who construct paper lanterns in various workshops in the several hours' worth of effort that it takes to produce a lantern. Far from arduous, the only limits on the lantern-making process are those of design, as a small one-square-foot lantern made of wet-strength tissue paper and glue with a framework of rattan will take perhaps an hour or two to construct, while a more ambitious project of a nearly full-size elephant will take six or more hours. As your lantern takes shape and the day wanes, your excitement will build!

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Q: The Truth Behind Impressionism Abstract Art Paintings
A: Impressionism was called "The New Painting" and just what did the nineteenth-century artistic world mean by that? How was impressionism compared to the "Old Painting"? First, think of what impressionism is. It sees reflected light and paints its effects at it strikes our eye. For instance, do we see water as an entire entity? No, we do not. We see merely the surface of water, of an ocean, glimmering and shimmering as it sparkles in the morning sun. As the day moves into noontime, we see less white sparkles and more solid hues of blue because the sun is directly overhead.Then at evening, we see the sparkles' return as the day wanes into the fleeing of the sun, glancing its beams to create a sparkling coat in the reverse direction of the morning. When the moon arises, that is another kind of light, softer, more of a glow. An impressionist seeks to portray the reflection of light, almost at a remove from his or her subject, yet the basic impressionism gets through to the viewer via the impressionist techniques of visible brush strokes, ordinary subject matter and unusual visual angles. Add to this list the desertion of the traditional artist's studio for the benefits of working outdoors in natural light, and you shall see that impressionism does indeed deserve to be called "The New Painting."Impressionism seeks to portray the movement that is in our lives, and it did this very well prior to the graphic modern day methods of using a camera or computer technique to blur the image. In its use of small dabs of color, movement can absolutely leap out to the viewer, proving that impressionism portrays movement better than the "Old Painting" with its emphasis on line and the recreation of the subject. Impressionism seeks to show the passage of time, as well, and how could the "Old Painting" accomplish that, short of painting a collage or a multi-framed piece of art? With impressionistic techniques, such as showing a lively scene of a dance party, with revelers arriving, waiting in line to gain the dance floor, and then spinning off in a whirl of movement, the illusion of the passage of time makes its way through to the painter. Granted, impressionism painting is typically opaque and lacks the glazing technique that was so painstakingly mastered by the "Old Painting" proponents, but the advent of photography with its snapshot ability certainly influenced impressionism's speed in producing a finished product.Working in the plain air predictably added to the urgency of completing a painting, for who could know when a sudden downpour of rain would dampen one's canvas and ruin one's carefully executed work for the day? The "Old Painting" which utilized studios did not have this problem, and there is much to be said for that, but impressionism's gains in the immediacy of artistic effects were the richer for their techniques of painting out of doors and using the daubs of paint to enable the viewer to process the visual elements of the painting, allowing his brain to put together the blobs of paints into a cohesive, meaningful whole.

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Q: Great Abstract Wall Art
A: Have you ever tried to remember the first time when you found yourself looking at an abstract wall art or an abstract painting? This article is a reflection of some of our own personal and subjective viewpoints and realities as an artist about abstract art with certain references to facts that are in agreement with what we believe our self as to the nature, birth, growth and the evolution of the abstract art outside the boundaries of the esoteric terms of the art academia. As we evolved through our own representational art and became more acquainted with the history of art, we learned that abstract art had its roots in the very early dawn of human history when man began to draw on the walls of his cave. These early abstract wall arts, abstract drawings and abstract paintings - sometimes embellished with organic dies - often attempted to capture the essential nature and the quality of the objects rather than the actual appearance of them.As the art historians and art critics formulated their opinions and ideas into prints, more esoteric terms spun off the subject under "non-objective art," "non-representational art," and "non-figurative art." In the Western culture, abstract designs are found in many forms. But abstract arts are uniquely distinguished in composition form in relation to decorative art and fine art, where in abstract art, the results of creation, are spontaneous snapshots of the artist's thoughts, emotions, and the introspection by which he creates his artwork.Now, for the sake of simplicity, we could categorize it into only representational art and abstract art. The evolution of art from representational to abstract expressionism required a tremendous level of liberalism and acceptance by those whose help and economic support were instrumental in the survival level of the abstract expressionist painters. In the world of art, where art is traded as a luxury and not a necessity and dependent upon the discretionary money of a few, the arrival of the abstract art in general and in particular abstract expressionism threatened the axles on which the art market was pivoted.Every good painter paints what he is.

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Q: Abstract Landscape Art
A: Abstract landscape art is a form of abstarct art which deals with various landscapes. It mainly involves landscapes like trees, mountains, or different kinds of natural sceneries. This also includes seascapes and weather as two other significant categories that have got developed.In modern times, the availability of more number of landscape abstract art software helps the developers to make exquisite art forms. Real Landscaping Pro is a software program, which is used to develop various landscape portrayals in a much easier manner. It includes visualizing landscape ideas, professional presentation tools, landscapes with slopes and hills, usage of wizards which make the designing much simpler, digital importing photographs to the art, custom models that can be imported, and huge variety and selection of plants and trees. These factors are used to develop a more attractive landscape art form.In general, landscape abstract art ranges from a minimum of $800 for an art which has an excellent finishing work. It also exceeds up to $2,000 or even more than that for some of the best pieces with an incredible expressiveness and finishing work. Landscape art has developed with variations in its size, which also influence the price range. The painting has been categorized into three types, such as up to 50 cm, from 50 cm to 100 cm, and exceeding more than 100 cm. According to the size range, the price range also differs from each landscape art design.Most of the landscape art designs are developed with the use of muslins and oil paintings, which give more attraction and realism to the art. Oil paintings used on canvas can cost you around $20 for a simple selection of the landscape art design. Landscape abstract art is available in many categories. Landscape art that has developed in different stages by different artists are hugely sold for the art lovers. Landscape art developed before 2000, the landscape art created between 2000 and 2005, and very old masterpieces of many famous artists are the common categories one can see before buying.

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Q: Abstract Canvas Art - Thoughts to Ponder
A: Abstract canvas art Paintings were becoming increasingly abstract during the centuries when abstraction made its final break through into the 20th century. Today in the contemporary art circles, artists are free to choose between a wealth of interesting new media, the feeling that abstract canvas art still harbours tremendous potential to translate the contemporary experience of life into a visual language that is universal.Abstract canvas art is art that is not found to be an accurate representation of a form or object. This type of expression can be rendered in many different ways which can include the shape, color, and form. The artist will take the object and then either simplify it or exaggerate it based on his skills and experience. There are many different abstract styles. But in all there are three forms of these styles that really stand out. They are, Cubism, Neoclassicism, and Abstract Expressionism.It is a curiously fascinating aspect of contemporary abstract art today that it can be a powerful means to reach all the hidden layers of non-objective experience shaping ones inner life. Many artists are finding that non-representational abstract art on canvas is very well suited to exploring and expressing emotions and the inner life.Abstract art or abstraction. The creative Imagery that departs from representational accuracy to a variable range of many possible degrees Suprematism is as a Russian abstract art movement that is characterized by the use of just a small number of colors and a few fundamental geometric shapes used by abstract artists. Suprematism focuses on pure form and possible spiritual qualities it contains.Irrespective of the chosen themes that are carefully painted in mixed media for the desired effects of simplicity and clarity of abstraction, the impact and directness of a physical and emotional events, are what we aspire