Friday, October 26, 2018

Fall Art Review 2018

Artistic Impressions
Until you get an understanding of the art community and how to appreciate the art gallery for paintings and sculpture you may find it hard to understand what the artist is trying to present to you and get you to "grasp". 

The artist at the art gallery with their painting or sculpture may be looking at you for your approval of their artistic works and then you stand there and "don't get it". This may discourage the artist because he or she may think you don't like the work but in fact you didn't know what they were talking about.

You could just say that "you don't understand" what they mean when they explain their art to you. Tell them not to take that as a review because you don't know what it is, sparing their probably sensitive feelings.  

You know many artists probably have sensitive feelings anyway because of how they try and express them through artistic works, those sensitive feelings can be the driver of many great paintings or sculptures. 

If you want to understand Art & Sculpture Review the number one thing you need have is education.

Artistic education is the number one thing you need to know to understand artistic reviews and properly enjoy the art gallery. The education could be university or art programs but also has to include an active education of the current artistic community, you would need to know what topics artists are reading about and understand things prevalent in the current art community. 

For example, an artist may tell you that you need to take some classes in certain topics to understand their art or they may tell you to read certain books and follow certain magazines, just like the things they read that later become their inspiration for art.

Following those topics you may see later the same imagery show up in the art gallery, however that is a big category so don't expect everything you read about to end up as a piece of art. You probably won't see everything an artist draws from for inspiration. 

The main point to that is when you see a painting or sculpture their is no "automatic understanding" of the piece of art. People who can "see" what the art means have a background and education in art and can see the meaning because of their education and knowledge of the art community and they have a "history" of topics that they know in advance then they know what the artist is trying to represent based on their own experience in the art community.

So understanding art and sculpture is not something that happens over night, you need to spend a long time looking at art like at the art gallery and then reading about art. 

A great place to start would be a large city art gallery, the "tour guide" at the art gallery would know lots about the paintings and sculptures and can explain to you what the artist is trying to convey to you as a "viewer of art" and then can help you understand the painting or sculpture.

The reason you might not know (also not everyone gets all this) what the artist is trying to convey to you is because you may not have the same education in art as the other people at the art gallery. The guide at the art gallery may be able to tell you what books and materials you need to read and understand to "get" what the artist is trying to convey.

Don't feel bad if you don't know what the paintings or sculptures mean, you may be missing information about the material so you can't understand the painting. 

The art gallery or the artist themselves may be able to tell you what books, materials and education you need to understand to "get" their artistic works, the actual artist or the gallery may be able to write down a topic list for reading for you to help you get the artistic works.

Then go are read all the material and then go back to the art galley and then discuss what you have read with the art gallery and then try and see if you are getting what is in the picture or painting, that is a good way to get started in artistic review but it is  time consuming and you need to read a lot. 

Then you can begin discussing you personal "takes" on the art after you start getting a background in artistic education. The art gallery or artist can then talk you through what they are trying to represent and can show you where the topics are that are supposed to be represented in the paintings or sculptures but it is up to you to read and understand them on your own. 

For this example I did a quick search for "Abstract Art" on Google and this page came up with abstract art prints for about $100 to $800 that I saw and picked two examples.

The first example is this $800 painting called Cityscape and is 30 inches by 24 inches and is available from .

This is a great example to understanding abstract art, when you look at the painting it's called "Cityscape".

So you should "see" that in the painting.

To understand that you have to know what city scape is, so if you don't know what a city scape is you can't understand the painting. 

When you look at the picture it looks like a city skyline reflecting in the water at the water front.

So the top of the painting resembles the buildings on the waterfront and the bottom represents the refection of the buildings in the water. The colors in the painting may represent many different topics like things taking place on the city waterfront, then you say "well if that's the city waterfront, then what does the blue represent?" then when you go to the art gallery and meet the artist you would say "To me it looks like the top of the painting represents the buildings on the city water front and the bottom represents their reflection in the water." Then you would say "if that's supposed to be the city waterfront then what would the blue and yellow represent in the painting because I'm not getting it" then the artist or gallery may be able to explain this to you, in fact the gallery may not even know and tell you that you'll have to ask the artist. 


This painting is called "Greencicles" and is available at for $300 and is 24 inches by 18 inches.

So when I saw the name greencicles I took this as icicles an in frozen ice or frozen water droplets. 

When you see the painting and the name, you need to know what something else is like ice to understand art. You need to learn what they are talking about. 

I am assuming form this painting that the "greencicles" are like frozen icicles only it's not winter so their is grass there instead. The "greencicles" would be icicles shaped like frozen water only they are the colors of grass and other "summer" topics. 

So it is supposed to look like frozen ice, but it has summer colors in it so you get the colors or grass in the painting instead. In fact the blue may represent water that isn't frozen, along with grass in a summer scene, and in fact this could represent a reflection in the water during summer.

Then the artist mixed all the summer colors together and made them look like icicles in the summer in a green and blue setting with other summer colors like yellow, hence "Greencicles" meaning potentially the colors of summer in winter icicle format. 

To me the artist may have been sitting around in the summer thinking about the winter and made a winter scene out of summer colors in abstract art format. 

Of course, I don't know if any of that's true or not but that's what it represents to me and is the whole point to art anyway. It's what you get out of it, but I'm sure that would go along with what the artist is trying to represent if you ask them about it. 

In recent years I have been more drawn to artistic sculpture then paintings at the art gallery and I am really enjoying large art sculptures like city projects and also smaller art sculptures inside at the art gallery. 

Why do you ask? Well, after viewing a lot of paintings what I noticed about abstract sculpture is that they are like paintings. 

For example, the artist made a sculpture instead of the painting. Discussing this with the art galley curator and tour guide on a recent trip they both agreed. 

The sculpture could be a model for a painting, so instead of picking a topic and doing a painting of it, they made a model for the painting and just made a sculpture out of it. 

So the artist could have made a model and used that as a source to make a painting of the same name, but instead made a three dimensional model of the art instead. 

Lately, I've been really into the sculpture end of that for example instead of getting a painting of a table with a coffee cup and a pencil on it, I've been enjoying the actual sculpture where someone glued a coffee cup and a pencil to a table and put it in the art gallery, I'm finding that super fun right now and I'm getting more out of the sculpture than the painting, although it could have been the same expression as a painting or a sculpture. 

Red Cube pictured above from 1968 is a large outdoor sculpture located at 140 Broadway in New York City. 

Lately that's what I've really been enjoying is these kinds of sculptures, it must be the mood I'm in lately. These large pieces of art are like paintings and Red Cube could have been a painting but instead it s a large piece of abstract art outside in New York City.

In fact, I think that Red Cube is much better represented outside as a large sculpture that it would have been as an indoor painting. 

I'm not sure what the artist of this sculpture is actually trying to represent but some of the time they leave it up to you to interpret and see what it means to you, then you are supposed to go back and tell them. 

To me Red Cube is a great sculpture, and works great outside in the New York City landscape. My artistic impression of the sculpture is that it looks like an individual dice (or die) they call it dropped from a large office building in New York City, like a gamble in business, and it stuck in the ground on it's corner in the concrete. 

Mysteriously the dice (or die if it's just one dice by itself) only has the number one dot on it, then when you look at it the one dot is a hole and you can see through it at the office buildings behind it. 

My only conclusion is that when you look through the hole in the sculpture where the number one dot would be and you see the building behind it, that's where the dice must have come from that is embedded in the ground. 

Those are my artistic impressions of that sculpture and I think it works great as a large outdoor sculpture in the back ground of the business driven New York City. 

Knowing all that and how to learn to view art and sculpture you can see how fun it is to go to the art gallery and enjoy paintings and sculpture.


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