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RIP: Vito Acconci Has Passed Away at the Age of 77

April 28th, 2017

Vito Acconi, via huffington post
Vito Acconi, via Huffington Post

Vito Acconci, the groundbreaking artist, architect and performer whose impact on the field of contemporary art counts among the most influential of the 20th Century, has passed away at the age of 77.  Acconci suffered a stroke this week, from which he did not recover.


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Marciano Art Foundation Prepares to Open in LA

April 28th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via LA MagazineLA Magazine profiles the soon to open Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire, and the long-running efforts to open the converted Masonic Temple. “I wanted to have a place not just to exhibit art but rather for the artists to come and get inspired and do whatever they want. We’ll just let things happen,” says Maurice Marciano.
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Art Newspaper Examines Art Policies of French Presidential Candidates

April 28th, 2017

Le Pen and Macron, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles the contrasting policies towards the arts of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who are set for a run-off on May 7th.  Macron is pushing to maintain the arts budget, and will embrace EU-centered policies, while Le Pen’s staunch isolationism sees her pushing for increased funds for conservation and a halt to the sale of buildings to foreigners. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Lucian Freud

Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985 via Jaksview.wordpress.com

b. December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany

Education:
Central School of Art (briefly)
Cedric Morris’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham
Goldsmiths College – University of London

Lucian Freud is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He began drawing profusely around the age of 10. Early paintings of Lucien Freud were influenced by surrealism, featuring people in strange compositions. For the rest of his career, he would focus on portraits, most of them nudes. Style would also develop from thin, flat paint to thick, less blended strokes.

Sleeping Head, Lucian Freud, 1979-80 via IMMA

Kate Moss, Lucian Freud, 2002 via Sydney Herald

Freud’s subjects are often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters, lovers, children. To quote the artist: “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.” He has painted Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. His oeuvre also includes a controversial portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, various ex-wives, countless dogs, his assistant, and a pregnant Kate Moss.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud, 1995 via Clusterflock.org

On the canvas, Freud tends to place the most emphasis on the sitter’s face or body – not shy about depicting bold postures or expressions. He is known for attaching additional pieces of canvas after the body is finished to accomodate it. Freud is also a notoriously slow painter, which has been said to cause his subjects chagrin.

Girl With a White Dog, Lucian Freud, 1951-52 via tendreams.org

He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1989, awarded annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Freud’s retrospective at the Tate Museum in 2002 garnered much attention in the press and the general public – he is regarded as one of Britain’s most popular artists.

Now in his 80’s, Lucian Freud still dedicates himself to his chief obsession, art.

Wikipedia Entry

More info about the artist coming soon.

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