Posted: November 30, 2013 Filed under: Art, Sculpture | Tags: 1983, 80s, advertisements, Bruce Nauman, colours, commercial, desire, dream, hope, human, irony, language, lights, need, neon, words
Human/Need/Desire. Bruce Nauman. 1983.
Posted: November 29, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1928, 20s, Frida, Frida Kahlo, Latin American Art, Mexico, portrait, white, woman
Dama de Blanco. Frida Kahlo. 1928.
Posted: November 28, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 19th century, meditation, oil paint, Tate, thinking, thoughtful, William Edward Frost, woman
Meditation. William Edward Frost. (Date unknown).
Posted: November 27, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1890, 19th century, Brittany, fox, France, Gauguin, Juliette Huet, loss of virginity, nature, Paul Gauguin, sexual awakening, virginity
La Perte de Pucelage (The Loss of Virginity). Paul Gauguin. 1890-91.
The Loss of Virginity relates a young girl’s sexual awakening to the natural landscape. Gauguin referred to the fox – a recurrent motif in his work – as the ‘Indian symbol of perversity’, though Breton folklore also identifies it with sexual power. The crowd of figures in the background may be a wedding party coming to meet the deflowered girl. Although painted in Paris at a time when Gauguin was closely involved with Symbolist writers and critics, the landscape is recognisable from other works that he made in Brittany. The model was Juliette Huet, a seamstress. She was two months pregnant at the time, and gave birth to their daughter Germaine while Gauguin was in Tahiti.
Text from Tate
Posted: November 26, 2013 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: 1970, 70s, garden, hands, path, photogram, photographer, Sue Ford, untitled
No Title (Photogram of Two Hands and Garden Path). Sue Ford. 1970.
Posted: November 24, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing, Performance/Installation | Tags: Bath Spa, british, canvas, delicate, layers, machine, Natasha Kidd, painting machine, sculptural, texture, white
British artist Natasha Kidd makes painting machines. These machines plunge blank canvases in and out of vats full of white paint for weeks as they build layer upon thin layer of paint, forming bumps, ridges and drips in the process. The resulting paintings have a sculptural beauty and are surprisingly delicate to be the product of a machine.
Painting machine III. Natsaha Kidd. 1999/2000.
Aluminum, steel, rack and pinion, motor, timers, relays, Perspex, canvas and white emulsion paint