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April 24, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Radiant Orchid

In case you missed it, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. If you already knew, it’s worth revisiting.

I have a deep respect for the colors that Pantone chooses to spotlight each year, and I happen to find 2014’s color incredibly beautiful and calm.  Searching through Zatista by color is an interesting path if you haven’t tried it before. I typically search by medium, theme, or price, but I haven’t searched by color before now.

Here is Pantone’s color of the year:

When I search the website for purple, I absolutely love what I find. Not all of the pieces are monochromatic, but they all incorporate shades of purple in some way.

Gracie’s Seat, a photograph by Marc Plouffe is available here for $600. I find the simplicity of this image quite stunning. While the scene is nothing spectacular, the colors make it almost unreal.

Gracie’s Seat, a photograph by Marc Plouffe on Zatista.com

I love the running of the colors and the passion portrayed in Franck De Las Merecedes’ painting, Love Ink. 2, which is available here for $127.

Franck De Las Merecedes’ painting, Love Ink. 2 on Zatista.com

As you can tell, I love simplicity. This photograph by Michael Filonow is appropriately called “Pink” and is available here for $110. This would be gorgeous in an entryway or foyer.

Pink by Michael Filonow on Zatista.com

These vibrant pieces are nothing short of radiant, and they also incorporate the color of the year: orchid. I find that many purple artworks are very soothing and relaxed. Next time you’re checking out our friendly on-line gallery, think about searching by color with no medium or style in mind. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find!

 

April 22, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Getting Avant-Garde with Loren Munk

image: www.lorenmunk.com

Avante-garde

noun
1. the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.

adjective
2. of or pertaining to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.

Modernism

noun
1. a deliberate philosophical and practical estrangement or divergence from the past in the arts and literature occurring especially in the course of the 20th century and taking form in any of various innovative movements and styles.

image: lorenmunk.com

Artist Loren Munk works in two mediums – as a video artist he chronicles New York art exhibits on his YouTube page, under the name James Kalm. For his painted works, Munk’s artistic style is to create intriguing and colorful flowcharts showing different types of art throughout the last century. Within his paintings he dives deep into philosophies that we barely touch on when we’re considering most new art pieces. As you would expect, many buyers decide to purchase artwork based on its look and the way it makes them feel. Another option – looking deeper into what a painting is saying takes some time and effort, and adds up to a special experience for collectors.

This chart goes through each decade and explains what type of art was popular during that time. This is just the type of poster I would stop and stare at if I saw it on the street or in a classroom. What I love most about his work is how much it makes you think. It isn’t a black canvas with one splatter of red paint across the top right corner. It makes you read, contemplate and compelling enough that you remember the information.

I really love this piece that shows the pain of BAD art. I don’t necessarily feel pain when I look at unflattering pieces, but I do know the feeling that a piece just “shouldn’t be considered art.” Then again, who am I to say what is or isn’t art? It’s all relative. Munk’s maps and descriptions are busy, colorful, confusing and in my opinion, very fun to look at.

 

April 17, 2014 | Posted by | 1 Comment

A Different Type of Art?

These two were acting like complete teenagers. When I walked up, she was nuzzling her head against his shoulder. She giggled the entire time I talked with them, while he kept a big goofy grin on his face. And whenever I asked about their relationship, she clutched his arm, looked at him just like this, giggled, then said: "We're not telling!" Image: HONY Facebook page

When I tell people I work for an online art gallery they typically envision sculpture, painting and mixed media pieces. Photography is a large and amazing part of Zatista’s gallery too, but photographer Brandon Stanton is a different type of photographer than we’re used to. Or is he?

"I just want to be financially independent while I'm still young enough to enjoy it." "Are you close?" "Well, I've still got two daughters that need to go to college. So no." Image: HONY Facebook page

Stanton began taking pictures of strangers in 2010. His initial goal was to photograph 10,000 strangers in New York and learn a bit more about their lives. Not surprisingly, the HONY (Humans of New York) project became much more than that – there are now over 4 million followers of HONY on social media, myself being one of them. I look at posts daily, and I only wish Stanton would post more often. Here’s an example from the HONY Facebook page:

"For the longest time, I was so focused on being deaf in my left ear, that I almost forgot my other ear was perfectly fine." Image: HONY Facebook page

This type of contemporary photography depicts a certain realism. Of course paintings, photographs and mixed media works can also fall under the genre of realism, but to me these photographic images and snippets about the subjects dive deep and paint a vivid picture in an instant, which I find truly amazing. Now, when I walk through downtown San Francisco, Chicago, or even through an airport, I see people in a different way. I picture them as a part of HONY and I imagine what their quotes might be.

"He sings to each of his kids individually when it's time for them to go to bed." Image: HONY Facebook page

The HONY phenomenon has prompted many people start their own forms of HONY, such as Humans of: Sarah Lawrence, Oslo, India, San Francisco, Berlin, Toronto and many more. This doesn’t necessarily make every photographer an artist, or does it? I believe we’re all artists in some way, shape or form.

"She made me take ballet." Image: HONY Facebook page

What do you think? Are these photographs traditional art, or do they convey a different message? You can check out more work from Humans of New York here. Let us know what you think on WallSpin!

 

April 15, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Sidewalk Chalk Done Right

The Interrupted Tea Party by Kurt Wenner Pavement Art kurtwenner.com

Taking street art to a new level, Kurt Wenner, former NASA scientific space illustrator, creates his masterful sidewalk art pieces with inspiration from mythology, literature and much more. He can’t make you fly in the air, but he can make you fly on the ground. His work has appeared across the globe including these pieces from China, America, and Italy respectfully.

Sky Woman by Kurt Wenner kurtwenner.com

The Flying Carpet by Kurt Wenner kurtwenner.com

Another pavement expert is Julian Beever. His 3D art has a special view where they are perpetually stories. From self-portraits to fantasy buildings beneath the ground, these scenes give New Yorkers and Glasgow Scotland an exciting sight as they walk the streets.

Times Square in Times Square by Julian Beever julianbeever.net

Swimming-Pool In The High Street by Julian Beever julianbeever.net

Here we see the Swimming-Pool, drawn in Glasgow, Scotland, but viewed from the "wrong" side. These drawings only work from one viewpoint otherwise the image appears strangely distorted. julianbeever.net

Edgar Muller says that he enjoys giving passer-byes a new look of their streets. Since he was 25 he had dedicated himself to street art. His version of the ground which he calls 3D pavement art, is not one you would want to step on but, you can!

Where Do I Go by Edgar Muller metanamorph.com

Lava Burst by Edgar Muller metanamorph.com

Emerald Cave by Edgar Muller metanamorph.com

When you are enjoying your stroll around a new city, watch your step. These and many other artists have taken to the streets to create their optical illusions for everyone to enjoy!

 

April 10, 2014 | Posted by | 1 Comment

The Largest Outdoor Art Show

Nighthawks, 1942 Edward Hopper The Art Institute of Chicago

Reported by Deborah Vankin/LA Times:

Among the denim-clad glamour girls and blockbuster movie stars staring down from the billboards of the Sunset Strip, images of great American artworks will be displayed this summer in what organizers are calling “the largest outdoor art show ever conceived.”

Five museums — the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York — have come together with the Outdoor Advertising Assn. of America to execute Art Everywhere, a sweeping, interactive art campaign.

American Gothic, 1930 Grant Wood The Art Institute of Chicago

Along with billboards in Hollywood, the images will be displayed in Times Square and bus stops, subway platforms and signs around the country.

The public is invited to vote on its favorite American artworks from a master list of 100 that the museums have curated from their combined collections, the frenetic color-drippings of Jackson Pollock and the fluid curves of Georgia O’Keeffe’s oil blossoms among them. The 50 most popular images will then be featured throughout August on about 50,000 billboards and signs in select U.S. cities.

Classic Landscape, 1931 Charles Sheeler National Gallery of Art

The campaign, which follows a similar program in England last year, may be a publicity play for the museums, but it’s also an effort to raise awareness of art nationwide.

Untitled, 2008 Cindy Sherman Whitney Museum of American Art

“Images out of sight may be out of mind,” LACMA Director Michael Govan said. “Art Everywhere puts marvelously diverse American ideas and stories told through images in the open air with public involvement — reminding us of the many more great images that are accessible in our museums.”

The Water Fan, 1898/99 Winslow Homer The Art Institute of Chicago

Voters will be asked to consider not just paintings but photographs, multimedia works, drawings on paper and decorative objects from the 18th century to 2008. Grant Wood’s now-iconic “American Gothic,” of a rigid-looking farmer clutching a pitchfork beside his daughter, was nominated by the Art Institute of Chicago. LACMA’s black and white John Baldessari photograph from the mid-’60s, “Wrong,” is also in the mix.

Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth, c. 1890 Martin Johnson Heade National Gallery of Art

“In a way, it’s a mini history of American art — and an opportunity for people to identify which works resonate for them personally,” said Dallas Museum of Art Director Maxwell L. Anderson. “I hope families and individuals will have a fresh look at our collective cultural heritage and see the potential in their lives of visiting museums and appreciating great works of art.”

White Center, 1957 Mark Rothko Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Voting will take place at ArtEverywhereUS.org, where the final list of artworks will be announced June 20. Among the artists whose works are on the ballot: Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Frank Lloyd Wright.

PH-143, (1955-No.2), 1955 Clyfford Still Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“The beauty of this project,” Govan said, “is that we can share these masterpieces of American art with people all around L.A. and the rest of the country — no admission necessary.”

 

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