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Finding the pose with modern sculpture

September 16th, 2015

I was able to discretely capture this scene of a family at the Metropolitan Museum of Art checking out an untitled sculpture by Joel Shapiro … I like how the father and son have interpreted the minimalist sculpture as a human form, and are mimicking the pose.

sculpture by Joel Shapiro at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Matching up political statements with famous art historical paintings

September 16th, 2015

There was an interesting article in the NY Times about how the Republican Presidential “hopefuls” don’t always sound so hopeful about the state of the country. Donald Trump has been quoted as saying “This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast,” and Ted Cruz was heard saying “Americans will die” with regards to the recent pact with Iran. Jeb Bush has remained optimistic, however, as he was quoted saying “I believe we’re on the verge of the greatest time to be alive.” These are pretty drastic differences in opinion, and we thought it might be fun to illustrate these comments by putting the Presidential candidates within art historical paintings that match up with their respective outlooks.

Below left, we’ve got Donald Trump getting his hair pulled by demons and monsters who seem hell-bent on creating death and destruction, courtesy of this detail from a painting by Matthias Grünewald. Below right we’ve got Jeb Bush rolling up his sleeves and looking up in a scene of domestic prosperity, as depicted by Norman Rockwell.

Please note, Artsology is not endorsing either candidate, nor are we encouraging one to agree or disagree with either candidate’s outlook … we just thought it would be fun to visualize their statements in the context of art.

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Matthias Grunewald, and Norman Rockwell


Graffiti Dreams in Jersey City

September 16th, 2015

I saw this graffiti mural in Jersey City, which reads: “Dreams are the beginning of a new journey.” I like that message … and the art work too!

graffiti mural seen in Jersey City


Jeff Koons and Frank Stella

September 16th, 2015

The New York Times had a story on the artist Frank Stella in this past Sunday’s paper, in which the reporter asked Stella what he thought of Jeff Koons and his art. Stella is quoted as saying, “it’s for very wealthy people with no taste.” Does anyone else find this statement to be a bit ironic? While I do like some of Stella’s early paintings, I’m not a big fan of his sculptural wall reliefs from the 1980’s and 1990’s, and wonder if the same thing could be said of this body of work? It seems to me that they have something in common, as far as making bright, bold, and somewhat outrageous art.

Sculptures by Jeff Koons and Frank Stella


Street poet practicing his craft

September 6th, 2015

I saw this gentleman set up with a table outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. As you can see by the sign at the front of his table, he was offering “free poetry,” and he was drawing a good crowd. I hope (and assume) he got some tips for sharing his talent.

poet reading his poetry near the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Young art critic assesses modern sculpture

September 6th, 2015

I saw this young “art critic” in a pink bonnet taking a long look at Alexander Liberman’s large-scale sculpture titled “Adonai” (made in 1970-71) at the Storm King Art Center today. I wonder if she’ll give it a favorable review?

Adonai by Alexander Liberman at Storm King Art Center


Virtual exploration inside of a meteor crater

September 3rd, 2015

I was looking around on Google Earth and found a meteor crater west of Flagstaff, Arizona, that looked interesting (see satellite image, below left). What surprised me was that as I zoomed in, I was given a chance to switch to “street view” – streets in a meteor crater? No, not exactly, but doing a virtual stroll around the inside of this crater revealed this odd bit of machinery (below right). There’s no clear indication of what this thing is, or what purpose it serves. It kind of looks like some odd steampunk sculpture.

Scroll down for another unexpected find …

steampunk sculpture in a meteor crater

As I continued on my virtual stroll around the inside of the crater, I also happened upon this scene: a fenced-off area with an American flag and a wood cut-out with an opening for one’s head (to pose for a picture) … is this someone’s suggestion that making it to the bottom of this crater is like landing on the moon?

American flag at the bottom of a meteor crater in Arizona


Wastewater Treatment Facility, Gladbrook, Iowa

September 1st, 2015

In the spirit of photographer Emmet Gowin, whose aerial photography witnesses how man’s footprint has visually scarred and continually altered the earth’s surface, I utilized Google Earth to capture this image of a wastewater treatment facility in Gladbrook, Iowa. I like how it becomes an abstract art work when viewed from this vantage point.

wastewater treatment facility in Gladbrook Iowa


Tractor driving creates art in an Iowa field

September 1st, 2015

If you’ve seen my posts in recent days, you’ll see I’ve become somewhat obsessed with finding interesting images via Google Earth. Here’s a view of some farmland intersected by 320th Street, north of Conrad, Iowa. I’m wondering, what was this farmer up to? He’s driving his tractor around in circles and loops, doing who knows what? I like how the aerial view and cropping can turn a simple photograph like this into abstract art.

farmland near Conrad Iowa


Airport runways as abstract art

September 1st, 2015

Who would have thought that airport runways could serve as abstract works of art? I’ve been looking around Google Earth and have found some interesting visuals. Below we have the San Francisco International Airport followed by the Albuquerque International Airport. Is it just me, or does the positioning of the two “H” symbols with the box and curved road below in Albuquerque look like a face with a slight smile?

aerial view of the San Francisco International Airport

aerial view of the Albuquerque International Airport


Vincent Van Gogh at Artsology Artsology offers free online games about the arts, and delivers investigations into topics in the visual arts, music, and literature. Artsology is a good resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages and is enjoyed by students, homeschoolers, and adults. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan of our Facebook page. Pablo Picasso paintings at Artsology

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