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Things for which I am grateful #233 – 274 – Art.


As you’ve probably gathered, the arts are a huge part of my life. And this is my mantra:

 

Without the arts,

We have no culture.

Without culture,

We have no society.

Without society,

We have no civilisation.

And without civilisation,

We have anarchy.

 

Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists are viewed as rebels to society. To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers. They show us new ways of interpreting the world.

Art galleries are my cathedrals. They are the places I go to escape from reality and immerse myself in the presence of their genius.

Here are a few of my favourite artists. (I haven’t included ones that I’ve already written individual posts about, such as Modigliani, Chang or Lautrec.)

As you can see, I’m quite traditional in a lot of respects. What I love about much of the impressionistic work is the space, light, colour, composition and texture. Quite a lot of them have a simple, graphic quality, too. Which, perhaps, is no surprise considering that that is what I studied at art college.

Some famous names missing. Who are your favourites?

Michael McGinn

Michael McGinn

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Yup, Banksy.

Yup, Banksy.

Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Gaugin

Gaugin

Igor Shipilin

Igor Shipilin

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Kees van Dongen

Kees van Dongen

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 2

Kris Kuksi 2

Manet

Manet

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

Matisse

Matisse

Yes, Monet.

Yes, Monet.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

Picasso 1

Picasso 1

Picasso 2

Picasso 2

Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles

Renoir

Renoir

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sorolla

Sorolla

The chapman bros

The chapman brothers 1

The Chapman Brothers 2

The Chapman Brothers 2

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Vermeer

Vermeer

Degas

Degas

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Egon Schielle

Egon Schielle

Gustave Klimt

Gustave Klimt

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Richard Estes

Richard Estes

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

Foujita

Foujita

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Frederick Childe Hassam

Frederick Childe Hassam

Peder Severin Krøyer

Peder Severin Krøyer

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

 

By the way, if any late-comers are wondering what the hell all the numbers are about in the titles of these posts, the reason is: I decided, at the back end of 2013, to write 365 things for which I am grateful – one for every day of the year.

Why? Because, I think a lot of us in the ‘West’, (including me), sometimes forget how lucky we are and take too many things for granted. Which people in other parts of the world would die for, and do so, on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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Enter the Dragon – Kris Kuksi


Welcome to There Is No Cavalry 2012, everyone.

I know I’m a bit late off the mark with my salutations but, what with Chinese zodiacs, Julian, Gregorian and Hijri calendars, (not to mention about 50 others), I didn’t think a couple of days hither or tither would be of consequence.

2012 Year of the Dragon

Of course, we are entering the Chinese Year of the Dragon. As you may or may not know, I too, am a dragon. So I’m expecting some pretty extraordinary things from 2012.

First of all, I don’t want to see another episode of the shambolic Heinz Beans & Sausage debacle where, to my horror of horrors, there were only three frankfurters lurking beneath the beans rather than the requisite four.

For that alone, 2011 could be classed as an absolute shocker.

But I’m nothing if not an optimist. So am looking forward to sharing with you all manner of manna from my creative cassoulet.

First up, for your delectation is Kris Kuksi.

Incredibly intricate sculptures on a biblical scale.

The Emperor, by Kuksi

I urge you to click on the images and visit his website. There you will find a veritable smorgasbord of sculptures that you can zoom in and out of to really appreciate the delicate and painstaking detail that you just can’t see from my screen grabs.

For me, they are reminiscent of the Chapman Brothers and, to a lesser extent, Grayson Perry. I don’t mean that in a bad way, as Kuksi’s work appears infinitely more complex. But I haven’t seen them in the flesh like I have with the aforementioned.

What I find extraordinary about Kuksi’s work is the juxtaposition of religious symbolism and iconography with 21st century western greed, imperialism and materialism. (I know, I can’t believe I said that either.)

Below is a detail of The Retreat of Daphne.

The Retreat of Daphne

You can also see drawings and paintings on his site too. But, to be honest, whilst he is obviously a very gifted draughtsman, they don’t really arrest me in the same way his sculptures do.

Right, that’s all you’re getting for today, it’s time for my dinner – All Day Breakfast in a tin. And woe betide anyone at Heinz if these shriveled up sausages aren’t actually handmade by a master butcher from Cumberland.

Keep reading. More posts to follow shortly. (If my ticker holds out.)

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Grayson Perry Goes Large


The reason I’ve been quiet on the blog front for the past month is that I’ve been away on holiday in France, (which was very nice, thank you for asking).

I didn’t want to say it in advance as I was worried that some of you might actually be burglars. Or, at least, be acquaintances with members of the criminal fraternity.

As stunningly beautiful as Brittany is, my poor soul has been deprived of art this past while so to satiate my yearning for redemption, reflection and inspiration I took the train into Manchester to visit the Manchester City Art Gallery on Mosley Street.

Now, my only experience of Grayson Perry in the past have been as a guest on Have I Got News For You.

So, to see his work for the first time was a bit of an eye opener for me. And I wasn’t disappointed.

His work is quite traditional on one level, in that he’s a very good draughtsman. (Which means he can actually draw.) But on closer inspection the subject matter is quite deviant. Which I also love. I think it’s the adman in me that loves the unexpected.

This particular piece is called: Print for a Politician. It’s done in the style of a Chinese watercolour / etching.

Print for a politician by Grayson Perry

Here’s the blurb that the gallery use:

“Print for a Politician (2005) is only the second print that Perry treated as a major work; it took over a month to draw. The etching shows groups of people including academics, fundamentalists, northerners, parents and transvestites in a landscape setting, each group given a name, like a place name on an old map. All the groups are armed for battle, with weapons of war from different periods and cultures. Perry’s intention for this work is to show the complexity of human society. He hopes audiences will identify with one or more of the groups and realise it is possible to live together peacefully despite our differences.”

What the blurb doesn’t say is that it’s actually quite funny. You look at the ‘groups’ like ‘Middleclass’ and they’re depicted as whip-toting sexual perverts.

Print for a politician, detail.

PFAP detail.

A word of caution if you’re thinking of going: There are only about half a dozen pieces of Perry’s work in one of the smaller rooms. Don’t let that put you off though as there are loads of other brilliant paintings to look at.

What with this depression and all, I think we’re on the cusp of an important era in art.

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