“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol Andy Warhol working on ‘Self-Portrait’ and ‘Holly Solomon’ (1967) (left) and working on ‘Elvis I and II’ (right). Images from the book Andy Warhol “Giant” Size.
Poet, artist, printmaker, visionary William Blake (1757-1827) is an unique representative of the (pre-) Romantic period. His work is strongly symbolic, philosophical, mystical and very expressive. Many of his views were unusual at the time; he strongly opposed organised religion (although the New Testament God is often present in his work) and he believed in sexual and racial freedom. Blake professed to have visions from a young age and much of his imagery seems to be […]
Today I just happened to stumble onto the website artisaway.com and was inspired and humbled by the story of multimedia artist Elsa Mora and the lovely, funny and wise things she does. But her blog is also a showcase for other creators, allowing beauty, creativity and imagination to be seen. I feel I have met a kindred spirit even though we have never met and our roads are so different. Long live the internet. So, […]
It is hard to describe the wonderful and weird BARONESS ELSA VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN (1874–1927): A Dada poet, a vagabond, an anarchist, a shoplifter, a radical performer, a living Dada artwork, she dressed up in found objects (tin-can bras, shower curtain rings, live canaries around her neck). Marcel Duchamp said: She is not a futurist, she is the future. No spinsterlollypop for me! Yes! We have no bananas I got lusting palate I always […]
Bertha Boynton Lum (1869 – 1954) was an American artist and printmaker. In the early 20th century she travelled to Japan to learn the art of wood block printing. She would return often to the land of the rising sun and often used Japanese folklore as the subject of her prints. She also lived in China in the 1920’s and helped to introduce wood block techniques in the west. Song for today: […]
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. – Émile Zola (1840-1902), French writer Song for today: Nouvelle Vague – In a Manner of Speaking (Tuxedomoon)
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things […]
Suzanne Valdon (1865 – 1938) Artist, muse, model, broke Erik Satie’s heart Song for today: Pokey LaFarge – The Devil Ain’t Lazy