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"Art Study" by Kim Bell

“Rusting Red Car in Kuau “ by Jean Michel Basquiat

Rusting Red Car in Kuau “ by Jean Michel Basquiat was executed in 1984 during one of #Basquiats jaunts to Hawaii, made obvious both from the painting’s title as well as the astute handling of color and line exhibited within the work. The paintings and drawings the artist completed while in Hawaii show exceptional precision and attention to detail, a characteristic made evident by the manner in which the red car is fully rendered as the focal point of the painting. The historical significance of this painting is threefold. In addition to the subject and origin of the work being of particular importance in the context of Basquiat’s career, Red Car in Kuau was completed around the time that Basquiat’s relationship with Andy #Warhol began to mature. Many speculate that this work is said to be in reference to Warhol’s car crash images of the 1960s. Red Car in Kuau is a preeminent example of Basquiat in conversation with Andy Warhol, preceding their formal collaboration, which began later that year. @diadetroit

#1984

Oil stick and oil on canvas

72 x 96 in .

Pablo Picasso “The Guitarists” (1965)

A life-size musician with large, clumsy hands, disjointed body parts, and wide, piercing eyes strums a guitar. An equally arresting head in the lower left corner is thought to be a self-portrait of the artist and a kind of visual signature for the aging Pablo Picasso

Souvenir II by Kerry James Marshall

Souvenir II by Kerry James Marshall is set in Marshall’s aunt’s living room where a memorial hangs above the couch. The memorial reads “In Memory of” and features President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and centered between the Kennedys is Martin Luther King, Jr. In clouds floating above, Marshall depicts – as angels – individuals associated with the Civil Rights Movement who were violently killed between 1959–1970. The most prominent part of the work is that of a black angel with gold wings, preparing the living room’s memorial setting, holding a vase with flowers, inviting the viewer into the scene. Souvenir II is one of four in a series, narrating the loss of leaders in politics, literature, arts and music.

Among the angels depicted in the clouds is Detroit native Viola Liuzzo, a housewife and 39-year-old mother of five. She was shot by Ku Klux Klan night riders on Highway 80 in Montgomery, Alabama making her way home to Detroit after participating in the Selma to Montgomery marches in the wake of Bloody Sunday. To this day, she is known as the only white woman killed during the Civil Rights Movement. The other angels in the artwork include Medgar Evers, Fred Hampton, Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Malcolm X and others who were murdered for their work during the Civil Rights Movement.

Pablo Picasso “A Girl Reading a Book”

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Murakami

Andy Warhol “Mao” (1972)

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Mao (Mao Tse Tung) 1972

Screenprint printed in color ink on wove paper 36×36

Kim Bell

Hebru Brantley “No Foul” (2016)

Hebru Brantley piece from his 2016 collection.

Mickalene Thomas (2008)

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971)

“Something You Can Feel, 2008”

rhinestone, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panels 96 x 120 in.

Acquired by Detroit Institute of Arts (2015-present)

photo: Kim Bell

Damien Hirst (2007)

Damien Hirst “Beautiful Artemis Thor Neptune Odin Delusional Sapphic Inspirational Hypnosis Painting” (2007) Household gloss on canvas 96 x 240 in.

photo: Kim Bell 

Ed Ruscha “Heavy Industry” (1962)

Ed Ruscha (b. December 16, 1937) in Omaha, Nebraska.

One of the most important postwar artists, Ed Ruscha came into prominence during the 1960s pop art movement. First recognized for his associations to graphic design and commercial art, Ruscha became admired for his meditations on word and image. Working in a variety of media and taking the environment of Los Angeles as a guide, Ruscha creates candid, comic presentations of familiar ideas and locations that continue to impact contemporary art.

Heavy Industry
1962
oil and pencil on canvas
67 x 71 5/8 in. (170.18 x 181.93 cm)
📸 by Kim Bell