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Art of the Day – 03/08/17 (The First Real Target?, Peter Blake)

Daily Artwork — “The First Real Target?, Peter Blake, 1961”

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The foundations of Pop Art in America were laid during the 1950s by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Like Blake, both these artists incorporated images taken from popular culture into a fine art context, and Blake has acknowledged their example. This work refers to Johns’s work in particular. Whereas Johns had taken a familiar object – a target – and executed this motif on the canvas in a painterly style, Blake took this further by using a real archery target purchased from a sports shop. The work of art is consequently less like a painting and is even closer to the real world. Blake thus questions: is this ‘the first real target’? [MUSEUM CARD]

1961 — The First Real Target?.  Enamel on canvas and paper on board.  Pop Art style. Peter Blake (1932-).  Tate Modern, London, UK.

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Art of the Day – 03/07/17 (Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth)

Daily Artwork — “Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth, 1948”

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The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist’s neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, “was limited physically but by no means spiritually.” Wyeth further explained, “The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless.” He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery. [GALLERY LABEL]

1948 — Christina’s World.  Tempera on panel. Magic Realism style. Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

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Art of the Day – 02/15/17 (Harlequin with Guitar, Juan Gris)

Daily Artwork — “Harlequin with Guitar, Juan Gris, 1919”

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1919 — Harlequin with Guitar.  Oil paint on canvas. Cubism style. Juan Gris (1887-1927). Private collection.

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Art of the Day – 02/10/17 (Non-Objective Composition (Suprematism), Olga Rozanova)

Daily Artwork — “Non-Objective Composition (Suprematism), Olga Rozanova, 1916”

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1916 — Non-Objective Composition.  Oil paint on canvas. Suprematism style. Olga Rozanova (1886-1916).
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Art of the Day – 02/08/17 (The Shoemaker, Jacob Lawrence)

Daily Artwork — “The Shoemaker, Jacob Lawrence, 1945”

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1945 — The Shoemaker.  Watercolor and gouache on canvas. Social Realism style. Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000).  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA.
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Art of the Day – 02/06/17 (The Supper, Leon Bakst)

Daily Artwork — “The Supper, Leon Bakst, 1902”

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1902 — The Supper.  Oil paint on canvas. Art Noveau style. Leon Bakst (1866-1924).  The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Art of the Day – 01/27/17 (Spectrocoupling, Peter Phillips)

Daily Artwork — “Spectrocoupling, Peter Phillips, 1972”

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1972 — Spectrocoupling.  Screenprint on paper. Pop Art / Figurative style. Peter Phillips (1939-).  Tate Gallery, London, UK.
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