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
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.
Like his friend Willem de Kooning, Kline used abstraction to commemorate specific people, places, or events. Dynamic line and powerful brushstrokes loaded with paint reduce his compositions to a few large forms. Both the white and black areas seem to project from the work with equal force; this dramatic surface tension releases and yet controls the energy of his process. Kline’s dialogue of black and white in Siskind evokes the abstract photographs of Aaron Siskind, his close friend, to whom this work is dedicated.
📸 Kim bell
“Lot Fleeing from Sodom “ 🔥 by #BenjaminWest 🎨 #1810 oil painting on panel owned by Detroit Institute Of Arts.
This is an original oil painting of Lot fleeing his city of #Sodom as #GOD⚡️ destroys the Valley area 🔥 where people are living wicked with vice.
Extraordinary body of work by Los Angeles based artist Cleon Peterson.
With a strong interest in human conflict throughout history, Cleon’s new body of work reconciled violent history in comparison with present-day violence. Usually depicted through flat, collage-like compositions in which characters of different colors are engaging in physical, blood-thirsty clash, Read the rest of this entry »
Frank Stella, in full Frank Philip Stella, (born May 12, 1936, Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.), American painter who began as a leading figure in the Minimalist art movement and later became known for his irregularly shaped works and large-scale multimedia reliefs.
Frank Stella works are influenced by Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline and Caravaggio. This 3 D Stella pictured above is one of my favorite paintings at the Detroit Institute Of Arts museum.
Photo 📸 Kim Bell
Beckmann often represented himself in disguise or costumed to express his own view that life is a series of roles to be played. In this late self-portrait, the artist seems to have shed disguise: unsmiling, he stands plainly dressed, close behind an easel. The figure is rendered in the strong black outlines characteristic of Beckmann’s rather flat painting style. Tight space presses in around the figure, conveying a claustrophobic sense that underscores Beckmann’s physical presence and close proximity. His gaze is challenging, but it also creates a sense of immediacy in its directness.
Photo 📸 Kim Bell