Book 2: Extreme Abstraction Revisited. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo has had some spectacular abstract art exhibitions. In 2005 Extreme Abstraction took place and resulted in the book Extreme Abstraction Revisited. Extreme Abstraction showed the works of some 173 painters and sculptors from around the world and exhibited a very wide range of practice. Artists included Jean Arp, Agnes Martin, Linda Benglis, and many contemporary artists. I loved the plastic bag installation by Jim Lambie. The book concentrates on the more contemporary works. This is a colourful picture book showing installation views. Makes me really sorry I missed this show.
Being a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, I am allowed an alumni card to borrow books from Weldon Library. The collection of art books at Weldon is really great – extensive and current. I love to be informed about contemporary abstract painting practice. I will use this blog to talk about the books that I have read and find informative. Book 1: abstrackt abstract. An exhibition catalogue for an international abstract art show of the same name at the Museum Moderner Kunst Karnten in 2008. Artists include Bernard Frize, Mary Heilmann, Gunther Forg, and Albert Oehlen. Excellent introductory essays, excellent photographs, good variety of practice. These artists are all seen as referencing Modernism but reshaping historical abstract art and going beyond.
I decided create a Pinterest Account. It not only allows me to ‘pin’ my work but also to pin work from other artists. I have a board called Contemporary Abstract Art where I pin work from artists whom I admire. I find this board very inspiring and return to it often. I can also contact people who have pinned my art to their boards.
Went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to see the exhibition Kent Monkman: The Four Continents. We loved these paintings! The detailed imagery, the humour, the story telling, the mixing of contemporary and classical art. Great stuff! Thank you KW Art Gallery for bringing that show.
I have been a member of Fine Art America since 2011. Since then I have had visitors locally from Ontario and from across Canada as well as from around the world – the UK, Italy, the US and China. Fine Art America sends members a weekly report on visitors, where they live and what work they looked at. It is very exciting to have people from all over the world curious about your work. I believe that it is a good way to attract people to my website. Today I updated the Fine Art America website to include my work from 2016.
Today I created a Saatchi Art Online account. This took several hours and it was gratifying to see that before I logged out there were 14 hits on my first image. I think Saatchi’s layout is excellent and it is easy to set up. I am hoping that this is a good way to increase my web presence and to make contacts in the art world.