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November 20, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Famous Art School Dropouts

From ArtnetNews:

Some people want the mortarboard; others want the skateboard. Read this list to see who was too groovy to graduate from college. And truth is, famous college dropouts in the art world are deep on the ground.

Dovina With Elephants – Dress by Dior by Richard Avedon August 1955, Paris

1. Richard Avedon, Columbia University
A onetime student of philosophy at Columbia University, Avedon grew up in New York City, where he studied philosophy for two years before leaving to be a photographer for the Merchant Marine. Avedon, who was a contemporary of James Baldwin, eventually found his own fame as a photographer for Vogue Magazine and later drew praise from post-structuralist philosopher Roland Barthes.

John Cage | Déreau, 1982, #22 from a series of 38 related color etchings with aquatint, engraving, photoetching and drypoint, Paper Size: 18-1/2 x 24-1/2″

2. John Cage, Pomona College
Cage studied a variety of subjects over two years at Pomona but failed to see the value in completing his education and left for Europe where he would begin to experiment in music composition. His “silent” musical composition 4’33” (In Proportional Notation) (1952/53) should not be confused, numerically speaking, with his 1982 etching Déreau No. 33.

Three Flags by Jasper Johns, 1958 Whitney Museum of American Art

3. Jasper Johns, The University of South Carolina
Johns, whose work is often cited as an influence for many of the significant movements in art after 1965, was actually encouraged by his professors at the University of South Carolina to move to New York and begin his career, which he eventually did without his degree in 1948 after three semesters at the school.

Arising, an ongoing exhibit by Yoko Ono

4. Yoko Ono, Sarah Lawrence
Shortly after dropping out of Sarah Lawrence College, Yoko Ono became heavily involved in the New York City downtown art scene as a key member of the performance group Fluxus. She has also won two Grammys, one as an artist and producer in 1981 and one as a video producer in 2000.

(Radiant Baby from Icons series), 1990 by Keith Haring

5. Keith Haring, Ivy School of Professional Art and School of Visual Arts
Known for his street murals and subway graffiti as much as his social contacts, Haring left school in Pittsburgh after realizing that he had no interest in making commercial art and moved to New York, where he briefly enrolled in SVA before dropping out to run the streets with the likes of Madonna, who dropped out of the University of Michigan, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who never finished high school.

Robert Hughes Photograph: Najlah Feanny/Corbis

6. Robert Hughes, The University of Sydney
As an undergraduate, Hughes was a key figure in the ‘Sydney PUSH’ movement–a group that included Clive James and was made up predominately of Hughes’ classmates at the University of Sydney. But he left the university without graduating and went on to become one of the greatest art critics of the 20th century. Hughes “never wrote a bad sentence” and was the author of several influential books. He considered himself a painter first and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, despite his lack of scholastic credentials.

Harmony Korine at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

7. Harmony Korine, New York University
The producer and screenwriter, whose paintings were on view this spring at the Park Avenue Gagosian Gallery, attended NYU for one semester before dropping out to focus on skateboarding. Korine’s fortune soon changed after director Larry Clark discovered him skateboarding in Washington Square Park and, taken by the young Korine, challenged him to write a script for what would eventually become Kids.

John Waters photo by Greg Gorman

8. John Waters, New York University
Before becoming one of the most innovate filmmakers of his (or any) generation, Waters, who is currently represented by Marianne Boesky, attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts “for about five minutes” in the fall of 1964. For his part, he claims he has no ill will toward the university, saying, “It wasn’t NYU’s fault, I don’t blame them. I was out of my mind. I never went to class. Back then I was on LSD, Speed, and diet pills. I was up a lot. I had to see four movies a day; I couldn’t be going to class except to steal textbooks and then go sell them back so I had money to go to the movies.”

November 18, 2014 | Posted by | 2 Comments

The Art of Abstracts

Abstract art is a consistently popular category in contemporary art. With so many abstract works out there to choose from, it helps to narrow down the search.

Looking for a structured, linear abstract? Whether you are seeking a repetition of pattern or a minimalist slant, these linear abstracts can provide order to a space:

Surface IV by Erin Galvez on

Feeling: Cultured by Christina Massey on

Shrine by Rebecca Crowell on

Introduction by Jan and Jo Moore on

If it is simply a burst of color that you are seeking, abstracts come in all hues. These vibrant works exude warmth and brightness wherever they are placed:

Steadfast by Elizabeth Chapman on

Monica #9 by Tracy Burke on

The Motion of Orange by Will Patlove on

Banana Tree by Cherry Brewer on

Not seeking a brilliant statement piece? If your needs lie with something more muted, monochromatic abstracts abound. These neutral palates can bring simple harmony to a space.

Untitled 3 by Melissa McGill on

Zipper 8 by Amber George on

Less IS More by Martha Braun on

Neutrino Red by Simon Fairless on

Whatever you are seeking in the original art category, Zatista’s got something for you. Go ahead – check out our on-line gallery!

November 13, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Stay Green

Now that fall is here that means Winter is just around the corner, and for most of us that means Nature will be unleashing a palate of grey, brown and white for a few months. Plan ahead to stave off those winter blues with some bright original artwork to remind you of Spring/Summer and keep your spirits lifted!

Spring – Flowers are the epitome of Spring. From photographs to paintings, these lovely florals will keep a smile on your face.

Hello by Katina Desmond on

Lavender Field by Linda Yurgensen on

Purple Zebra by Frank DeSantis on

Blue Nebula by Michael Filonow on

April Flowers by Franck De Las Mercedes on

Three Red Tulips by Thurston Howes on

Summer – Nothing reminds us of summer like the beach. These original works should have tropical breezes wafting through your mind in no time!

Seaside Glow by Timon Sloane on

Palm Boogie by Roxene Sloate on

Santa Monica Beach Lifeguard Stand by Warren Keating on

Shangri-La by William London on

Colorful works of art not only brighten up a room, but they can also brighten your mood. With good art, there’s no need to suffer through those Winter blues!

November 11, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

How Old Is The Oldest Artwork?

A handprint found in Indonesia and believed to be at least 39,900 years old Photo: Kinez Riza via Nature

Reported by Alexander Forbes,

A group of cave paintings discovered on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was created at least 40,000 years ago, reports the journal Nature in its October 8 edition. That likely makes the paintings the oldest artworks ever to be discovered.

The oldest of the newly-dated cave paintings is a silhouette of a hand, which appears to have been created by blowing red pigment over a hand placed against the cave wall’s surface. Using uranium decay dating, the Indonesian research team working on the project determined that the 10 millimeters or so of calcite grown on top of the painting was at least 39,900 years old. The finding suggests that the painting underneath is therefore slightly older.

Cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were found more than 50 years ago, but until now the dates of origin were not known. The art shown here has not been dated, but is stylistically similar to other art in the area now found to be around 40,000 years old. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAXIME AUBERT, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA

The researchers were also able to successfully date a painting of two animals, thought to be a species of “pig-deer.” The work is estimated to be at least 35,400–35,700 years old. If accurate, the dating would make the painting the earliest known surviving figurative representation made by humans.

Aside from the discovery’s intrigue from an archeological and scientific standpoint, it is also yet another blow to the view that art and culture, and the more advance cognitive capacity of the early Homo sapiens who produced it, was a European invention. Many Eurocentrist—and indeed some factions within the European political extreme-right—have held up discoveries of 35,000–40,000-year-old cave paintings in Spain’s El Castillo cave and France’s Chauvet cave as evidence of Europe’s cultural primacy.


“It allows us to move away from the view that Europe was special,” Australian archeologist and leader of the team Maxime Aubert told Nature. “There was some idea that early Europeans were more aware of themselves and their surroundings. Now we can say that’s not true.”

At the very least, the findings suggest that humans developed abstract cognitive abilities at approximately the same time worldwide. The El Castillo painting of a red disk dates to 40,800 years ago. The Chauvet painting of a rhinoceros dates to approximately 35,000 years ago.

The oldest dated hand stencil in the world (upper right) and possibly the oldest figurative depiction in cave art—a female babirusa (a hoglike animal also called a pig-deer)—were found in Leang Timpuseng cave in Sulawesi, an island east of Borneo. NGM ART. SOURCE: M. AUBERT, ET AL., 2014, NATURE.

Other archeologists suggest that the paintings point towards the existence of such abilities before our distant ancestors dispersed from Africa. That means many older cave paintings may still await discovery. “We can expect future discoveries of depictions of human hands, figurative art, and other forms of image-making dating to the earliest period of the global dispersal of our species,” Aubert’s team told the New York Times.

“Compared with Europe, Asia has seen little fieldwork, and new finds will keep on challenging what we think we know about human evolution,” added researcher Wil Roebroecks when speaking to the AFP.

Maxime Aubert, right, and a team member work inside one of the limestone caves on Sulawesi where ancient cave art was found. PHOTOGRAPH BY KINEZ RIZA

The newly-dated Indonesian cave paintings’ existence has been known for over 50 years. However, researchers had done little further work to date them as they believed the region’s climate would have already caused anything over 10,000 years old to vanish.

November 6, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Top 10 Private Contemporary Art Museums

If you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of a private art museum, go check it out if you haven’t already done so. You will almost surely avoid the large crowds normally found at the museums that everyone has already heard of. Plus, you might just be in for a few surprises in terms of the collections themselves. Remember, this is artwork that someone with the means really wanted to call their own, not what a curator thought would please a crowd. So, you’ll often see a collector’s obsession or get a peek into how the rich and famous spend their disposable income, which can be interesting, curious and enlightening. Some of these museums in the US and around the world are in the collector’s former home, which adds another dimension to the group of artworks on display. Schedule a day out of the house to go view art!

The following is reported by ArtnetNews:

Interior of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.
Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Founded by Peter Brant in 2009

The Brant Foundation has primarily an educational focus, but features long-term exhibitions from the foundation’s collection as well, including a recent survey show of Julian Schnabel—the artist’s first in this country since 2002—and an ongoing Dan Colen exhibition.

Rob Pruitt gradient paintings at the de la Cruz Collection. At left: Felix González-Torres Untitled (Portrait of Dad) (1991). At right: Rob Pruitt Us (2013). Photo: Courtesy the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, Florida.

Founded by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz in 2009

The de la Cruz Collection, which focuses on contemporary art as well as art education, has been open to the public since 2009—though its director, Ibett Yanez, points out that people had been able to privately ask to see the collection for the previous 25 years. The collection is housed in a distinctive building that is also an extension of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s home. Built in the middle of the Miami Design District, the Collection has been a seminal attraction for art world migrants attending Art Basel in Miami Beach since the fair launched in 2002.

The interior of the El Segundo Museum of Art. Photo: Courtesy ESMoA.

Founded by Eva and Brian Sweeney in 2013

An offshoot of the ARTLAB 21 Foundation, the El Segundo Museum of Art was founded by architect Eva Sweeney and real estate developer Brian Sweeney. Described as a “laboratory,” the museum shows the Sweeneys’ impressive and eclectic collection, which includes a range of modern and contemporary artists including Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and Claude Monet.

Installation view of “Legacy: Photographs from Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of Art.” Photo: Courtesy the Fisher Landau Center for Art.

Founded by Emily Fisher Landau in 1991 (open to the public since 2002)

The Fisher Landau Center for Art was originally built in 1991 as a private storage facility for much of Emily Fisher Landau’s collection, and in 2002 it opened to the public. The center boasts 1,500 works, most of which date from “1960 to the present.” The Fisher collection includes works by Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, and Ed Ruscha, among many others. Landau is a trustee of the Whitney Museum, to which she has donated works by Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Carl Andre, and Kiki Smith, to name just a few.

View of Glenstone. Photo: Scott Frances. Courtesy of Glenstone.

Founded by Mitchell and Emily Rales in 2006

Though Glenstone has held only four exhibitions at its 200 acre Potomac, Maryland, estate since 2006, the depth and strength of its collection can be seen in larger public museums on the east coast and in Europe this year alone. One of the Rales’s holdings featured prominently in the New York Jewish Museum’s recent Mel Bochner retrospective (see “Mel Bochner’s ‘Strong Language’ at The Jewish Museum”), and two others are on view in MoMA’s “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness” exhibition (see “Christopher Williams at MoMA: The Aesthetics of Smartypants”).

Exterior of the Goss-Michael Foundation. Photo: Courtesy the Goss-Michael Foundation.

Founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007

Founded by pop-singer George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss, the foundation is based in Dallas, Texas, and showcases their personal collection of British contemporary art, including works like Damien Hirst’s Saint Sebastian Exquisite Pain. The foundation, whose first show was curated by Hirst, also provides exhibitions for emerging British artists who may not have gained much exposure in the US.

Olafur Eliasson, Waterfall (2004). Photo: Courtesy the Hall Art Foundation. © Olafur Eliasson.

Founded by Andrew and Christine Hall in 2007

The Hall Art Foundation was created by Andrew J. Hall, a former Citigroup trader who also dabbles in organic farming, and his wife, Christine. They have also partnered with Mass MoCA for a long-term installation devoted to the works of Anselm Kiefer from the Halls’ collection. In addition to Kiefer, the Halls’ collection of over 5,000 pieces of postwar and contemporary art includes works by Joseph Beuys, Eric Fischl, Andy Warhol, and Malcolm Morley, among others.

Daniel Joseph Martinez, Beauty…it rubs against one’s tongue it hangs there hurting one insisting its own existence finally it gets so one can stand the pain then one must have beauty extracted (2006). Photo: Mark Menjivar. Courtesy the Linda Pace Foundation.

Founded by Linda Pace in 2003

The Linda Pace Foundation was founded by its namesake in 2003. Linda Pace, an artist and collector, died in 2007. Her foundation manages and exhibits a collection of about 500 works, which is mostly focused on contemporary art from US artists, and includes works by Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Dario Robleto, Isa Genzken, and others.

The interior of Pier 24. Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

PIER 24, San Francisco, CA
Founded by Andy Pilara in 2010

Billing itself as a “place to view and think about photography,” Pier 24 is a 28,000-square-foot warehouse space that serves as a home for the Pilara Foundation Collection. Its free admission (with appointment) offers the public a chance to see what is probably the largest dedicated space for photography on the West Coast, if not the entire country. In addition to exhibiting works from the Foundation’s collection—which includes virtually every major figure in contemporary photography, from Richard Avedon and Lee Friedlander to Catherine Opie and Jeff Wall—Pier 24 also mounts special exhibitions.

Sterling Ruby, Installation view, “American Exuberance,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami, 2011-12. Photo: Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection.

Founded by Donald and Mera Rubell, 1964 in New York (in Miami since 1993)

Housed in a 45,000-square-foot former DEA facility, the Rubells’ museum counts artworks by Andy Warhol, Kara Walker, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons in its collection. While it is considered to be one of the founding “Miami Model” private collecting institutions that helped spawn Art Basel in Miami Beach, several of the RFC’s recent exhibitions have traveled to public institutions including the Brooklyn Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.


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