Monday, June 6, 2011
As soon as we entered, we were shocked by the way the gallery was laid out. Instead of just having the work of one artist displayed, there were about 5 or 6 that we were able to see out of the gate. Each wall would be sectioned off for a certain artist, complete with their name and about 6 or 7 of their pieces, depending upon the size. The different artists all made art with different themes and out of different media, and each one was able to stand strongly on its own, yet work together with those around it.
We decided to interview Beka Brayer, an artist who was working at the gallery when we visited. Beka explained to us that City Art was a co-op gallery owned by about 200 artists or so, in which each artist would work 2 sets of 4.5 hour-days per month. In order to join the gallery, an artist would have the opportunity sit in front of a jury of around 7 artists once a month, in which they would display their art and explain why they should be a part of the gallery. Once accepted, an artist is only allowed to show in the gallery 9 months per each year, so that everyone has a chance to show their work.
The exhibits at City Art are changed every month, and the gallery closes down for 2 days. Everything about the gallery changes, for example the walls are painted and the setup of the gallery is changed, so that 26 new artists are able to show their work on a fresh and new background.
Because the gallery is recognized by the city and has been awarded each year for it's excellence, City Art is able to attract many buyers for it's artists. Thanks to the gallery's recognition and cheaper prices, huge amounts of the artwork shown there gets sold. There are some months that the gallery has sold $100,000 worth of art, Beka claimed.
In addition, Beka also explained to us how the gallery was different than other galleries. Because the artists owned and ran this gallery, they gave more money to the artists themselves than to the gallery. Regular galleries split the price of art 50-50, the gallery keeps 50% and the artist keeps the other half. City Art, and other co-op galleries are different, in which the gallery gets 10%, the selling artist gets 10%, and the artist who created the work gets 80%. We both loved this fact, for it seemed extremely fair. Emma and I are both avid supporters of an equal art business world, in which all artists have the chance to sell their works to everyone and keep all the money they sell it for. We feel that it is extremely unfair for a gallery to take 50% of the money made by the artist, when all they do is hang the works of art. Because of this, Emma and I were extremely intrigued and interested in the gallery, and we believed many others were as well.
Lastly, we talked to Beka about the differences between art collectors and art buyers for homes, and how they act when they come to buy at studios. Beka explained to us that art collectors are much easier to sell to, for they come into the gallery knowing exactly what they want. Art collectors want the works of art to speak for themselves, for they recognize that the viewers won't get the chance to learn the background information about the work. Because of this, Beka claimed that art collectors don't like to talk or hear from the artist, and instead just buy art solely on it's looks. Buyers, on the other hand, were more interested in forming a personal connection with the art that went just beyond the way it appeared.
All in all, Emma and I very much enjoyed our visit to the gallery and will definitely return soon!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Hutchinson, like many of the other artists we spoke to at the open studios, claimed that he makes art not to sell, but because he loves to do it. Artwork that is being sold these days, according to him, is "so simple and tame," causing it to even turn into its own industry. He claims that artists who make art only to sell it are "getting involved in the whole machine," and that is not his style.
We both loved not only his artwork, but his style of creating it and also his mentality. Hutchinson's art was comprised of both smaller and huge pieces, many of which were comprised of even smaller ones. His art was extremely detailed and time-consuming, with him spending almost everyday of two years working on one piece of artwork.
Unfortunately, Jim Hutchinson has no website, and he even claimed that "if [he] had any brains, [he'd] be on the internet, but [he's] not because [he] is busy working instead."
Thursday, May 26, 2011
This last work is my favorite on the Palestine Wall because it shows a human struggle to fight this wall and what it represents, and that freedom and peace can be seen on the other side. Thus through great human effort and coalition, justice, freedom, and peace can be possible. This piece just seems very hopeful to me.
This photo to me was the most offensive. While I can see that Banksy may have been trying to be ironic, satirical, and funny. It just seems inappropriate to have a message like, "Fuck Pigs" on an actual pig. The pig had no choice in displaying this negative message about its own kind. It just makes me feel uncomfortable. However, I'm sure Banksy would say something like, you're taking this too seriously. But regardless, his work is inciting a negative feeling from me, and I don't like it.
This work entailed a blow up doll being hung from a McDonalds Balloon, which was fastened up in the air. This was placed over Picadilly Circus for everyone to see. It was a criticism of how McDonalds is stealing the lives of children through obesity and other health issues.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
First off, we decided to visit the Koret Visitor Education Center on the second floor, where we were bombarded with books about modern art and the museum itself. We browsed through the books and were delighted with what we saw, so we decided to just head out into the museum and look around for ourselves.
We decided to stay on the second floor, which contained an exhibit of (obviously) various works from the 19th and 20th centuries. We found many pieces of artwork in which we absolutely would love to have in our homes, but hardly any of them would fit in our budget, for both the conservative budget and the larger budget. Here are some of the works of art in which we adored, but don't think we would be able to have as our own.
|Arshile Gorky- Enigmatic Combat (1936-1937)|
|Mark Rothko- No. 14 1960 (1960)|
|Franz Marc- Gebirge (1911-1912)|
|Josef Albers- Homage to the Square: Confident (1954)|
|Roy Lichtenstein- Mirror #2 (1970)|
|Andy Warhol- Self-Portrait (1967)|
|Joan Brown- Noel in the Kitchen (1964)|
|Robert Rauschenberg- Collection (1954)|
|Anna Parkina- Common Field (2011)|
|Clyfford Still- Untitled (1960)|
|Mary Heilmann- Fire and Ice Remix (2006)|
|Joan Mitchell- Untitled (1960)|
|Amy Silman- U.S. of Alice the Goon (2008)|
|Tacita Dean- Beauty (2006)|
|Richard Diebenkorn- Berkeley #57 (1955)|
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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