Sunday, October 29, 2017

09 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Contemporary & 20th Century Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes - 11

Andrew Wyeth, American, 1917–2009
Pentecost,  c. 1989
Tempera with pencil on hardboard panel
20 ¾ x 20 ⅝ in.
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection, Seattle Art Museum

The Christian Pentecost is based on the New Testament, where it refers to the occasion of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. According to Luke, the Descent of the Holy Spirit took place while the Apostles were celebrating the Jewish day of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai. Subsequently, the term Pentecost may refer to the Pentecost of the New Testament and Shavuot of the Old Testament. The Shavuot of the Old Testament is a significant event shared by Jewish and Christian traditions but is not commonly celebrated as a separate holiday by Christians. More on the Pentecost

Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

In his art, Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth often noted: "I paint my life." One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina's World (below), currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This tempera was painted in 1948, when Wyeth was 31 years old. More on Andrew Newell Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth, American, 1917–2009
Christina's World, 1948
Oil on canvas
Museum of Modern Art in New York City

Rafael Coronel, Mexican, b. 1932 
Untitled (Head of St. John the Baptist) 
Acrylic and graphite on paper 
19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches 
Private collection

John the Baptist (sometimes called John in the Wilderness; also referred to as the Angel of the Desert) was the subject of at least eight paintings by the Italian Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610).

The story of John the Baptist is told in the Gospels. John was the cousin of Jesus, and his calling was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. He lived in the wilderness of Judea between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, "his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey." He baptised Jesus in the Jordan.

According to the Bible, King Herod's daughter Salome requested Saint John the Baptist's beheading. She was prompted by her mother, Herodias, who sought revenge, because the prophet had condemned her incestuous marriage to HerodMore John the Baptist

Rafael Coronel (born 24 October 1931 in Zacatecas, Zac.) is a painter from Mexico. He was the son-in-law of Diego Rivera. His representational paintings have a melancholic sobriety, and include faces from the past great masters, often floating in a diffuse haze. There are some paintings of his own in Mexico and in other countries. In what was the convent of San Francisco De Almoloyan y De Asis, located in Zacatecas, there is a museum named after him; in this museum, his vast mask collection is shown. More on Rafael Coronel

Arina Sleutsker
Adam to Eve
Oil on canvas
24x30 inches
Private collection

Arian Sloutsker’s artwork and rock ‘n’ roll record album covers are composed of her favorite subjects: figures in movement, nature in extreme, portraits, and biblical legend.  Classically trained at one of the most prestigious art school in Russia during Prestroika and Russian avant-garde art movements, she combines traditional and contemporary methods. 

She received her Masters degree in Fine Art from St. Petersburg State University.  While a student, Arina participated in many avant-garde movements, and was a member of the “ Fellowship of Independent Artist.”  She worked as a set and costume designer.  Her works were initially displayed in sidewalk shows in Kiji, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Prague, before she graduated into many European galleries and private collections. 

In 1990, Arina immigrated to the United States and to Los Angeles.  She worked in the film industry and television, and for Disney.  While working in the “Rock ‘n’ roll industry,” she created record album covers for Tom Petty, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Outfield.  She participated in the Lollapalooza rock Festival in Canada. 

In 1995, during the Firebird festival of Russian Culture in Los Angeles, she exhibited her highly original oil paintings at Universal Studios’ City Walk. More on Arian Sloutsker

Maqbool Fida Husain, 1913 - 2011
Acrylic on canvas, Diptych
76 x 121 cm. (30 x 47 ⅝ in.) overall
Painted in 1980
Private collection

Mother Teresa, exemplifies the power with which the artist imbued the female form. In a single frame Husain is able to portray a multitude of thematic connotations of resilience, vulnerability, strength, stoicism, and compassion. Husain depicts a young, barely clad, faceless, pregnant woman, her arms outstretched beseeching Mother Teresa, depicted here in triplicate in her trademark white and blue bordered sari, to help her out of her misery and care for her and her unborn child. More about this Painting

Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of Bombay Progressive Artists' Group.

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His early association with the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group used modern technique, and was inspired by the "new" India after The Partition of 1947. His themes include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career, and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain is also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Some of his later works stirred controversy, as they depicted traditional deities of India in non-traditional ways.

He also directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter. In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, a film he worked on with his artist son Owais Husain, which was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. More on Maqbool Fida Husain

Siegfried Zademack
In the heart of the void
Private collection

Siegfried Zademack (born December 24, 1952 in Bremen ) is a German painter born in 1952 in Bremen, where he still lives and works today. After training as a commercial designer, commercial artist and screen printer , he worked full-time as a commercial artist until 1980. Since attending an academy did not satisfy him, he deepened his self-study in the techniques and compositions of the old masters and developed expertise on colors, pigments , transitions, solvents , etc

In 1975 he had his first exhibition participation in Bremen City Hall. Since 1980 he works as a freelance artist and devoted himself entirely to painting, 1981 was the first major exhibition with more than 50 paintings.

His work is characterized by bonds of the works and painting of important painters in European art history, above all, he leans against the masters of the Italian early and high Renaissance to those of Mannerism on. He calls his style "fantastic-surreal". More on Siegfried Zademack

Milked in Africa - Milk someone, 2016
C-type print on fuji crystal archival print, Dibond mounted Ed M/10
59 1/10 × 39 2/5 in, 150 × 100 cm
Private collection

TONY GUM. In less than a year the South African instagrammarian-turned-artist has exploded onto the world stage. Poster girl for the Johannesburg Art Fair, Cape Town’s ‘it’ girl according to Vogue, shortlisted for the jury prize awarded ‘to an artist of distinction featured in a solo exhibition’ at Pulse in New York, Gum has indisputably captured the popular imagination. More on Tony Gum

Rapture, 2011
Archival pigment print on Canson
39 × 48 in, 99.1 × 121.9 cm

In Christian eschatology the rapture refers to the controversial "predicted" end time event when all Christian believers—living and resurrected dead—will rise into the sky and join Christ for eternity. Some Christians believe this event is predicted and described, using the Greek word "harpazo", "rapio" in Latin, meaning to snatch away or seize. The term "rapture" has come especially to distinguish this event from the event of the "Second Coming" of Jesus Christ to Earth, as some think is predicted elsewhere in the Bible. More on the rapture

Christy Lee Rogers evokes Baroque painting in her luscious color photographs of people submerged in water. Born in Hawaii and now working in Los Angeles, Rogers began working with underwater photography as a reprieve from her film work. Self-taught, she begins her shoots around sunset, using natural light to create chromatic relations that defy conventions of photography. The drama of figures submerged in water creates a dual sense of struggle and purification in the work. “I think at the basic core is that search for freedom and that common bond between all of us,” Rogers has said. More on Christy Lee Rogers

William Eugene Smith, (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978)
A Sleep of Prisoners, 1951
Gelatin silver
8 3/8 × 13 1/2 in

21.3 × 34.3 cm
Private collection

William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978) was an American photojournalist, renowned for the dedication he devoted to his projects and his uncompromising professional and ethical standards. Smith developed the photo essay into a sophisticated visual form. His most famous studies included brutally vivid World War II photographs, the clinic of Dr Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, the dedication of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan. More on William Eugene Smith

Ralph Gibson, (born January 16, 1939) 
Smoking Jacket, Priest, and Ducktail (from Quadrants), c. 1975
Gelatin silver
12 3/4 × 8 3/8 in
32.4 × 21.3 cm
Private collection

Ralph Gibson (born January 16, 1939) is an American art photographer best known for his photographic books. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones. Gibson enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 and became a Photographers Mate studying photography until 1960. Gibson then continued his photography studies at the San Francisco Art Institute between 1960 - 1962. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange from 1961 to 1962 and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films.

Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. In 1969 Gibson moved to New York, where he formed Lustrum Press in order to exert control over the reproduction of his work. To date he has produced over 40 monographs, current projects being State of the Axe published by Yale University Press in Fall of 2008 and NUDE by Taschen (2009). His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. More Ralph Gibson

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