DAIL ART FIX: William Blake: The greatest visionary in 200 years

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Pity, 1795: “In my brain are studies … filled with books and pictures of old which I wrote and painted … and those works are the delight and study of archangels,” wrote Blake

William Blake “Pity”

There was one time I was moved to tears in a museum. It was in 1997, in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. They were holding an exhibit of William Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job. The images were so small (about 7″ x 5″), but their impact was vast. I was overwhelmed by their presence.

William Blake “Job’s Sons and Daughters Overwhelmed by Satan”

In 2019 the Tate Museum held an exhibit of Blake’s work that I wish I could have seen.

Tate’s comprehensive retrospective, its first in nearly a generation, features more than 300 drawings, paintings, watercolours, woodcuts, and illustrated books, and provides the perfect opportunity to explore the secrets behind Blake’s ever-evolving legacy and to contemplate the emergence in popular imagination of a London eccentric whose ambition was to help us “see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower”, to “hold Infinity in the palm of [our] hand / And Eternity in an hour”.

See the full article here: BBC – William Blake: The greatest visionary in 200 years

William Blake “Behemoth and Leviathan”

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: ARIZONA SUMMER AND THE ART OF TINY LIBRARIES

Art world links which caught my eye…

Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife, on an exhibit we recently took part in.

Splendor exhibit at the Goodyear Library

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My husband Richard and I have been fortunate to have our paintings exhibited

in many wonderful galleries, museums and art-spaces

throughout the years..

but there is something really special about a library.

I was honored to have my paintings displayed

in such a beautiful environment,

surrounded by books

quiet, cool and welcoming..

like an oasis in the desert.

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DAILY ART FIX: The Louvre’s entire collection is now online

Art world links which caught my eye…

Pierre-Paul Rubens, L'Instruction de la reine, dit aussi L'Éducation de la  reine - a photo on Flickriver

On Display at the Louvre

Peter Paul Rubens “Education of the Princess”

There’s so much more than the Mona Lisa there.

Through the magic of the internet, over 482,000 images are available from the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Now this is a wonderful thing, but it just makes me realize how much art I know only through reproductions, presenting an entirely different medium, size and even coloration than the actual works themselves. Since its in France, of course the site is in French. Oh well, I’m still going to be exploring this.

Read the article here: LITERARY HUB – The Louvre’s entire collection is now online

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: A 79-Foot Crocheted Labyrinth Hangs from the Ceiling of a Houston Museum

Art world links which caught my eye…

Neto’s Net

Ernesto Neto “SunForceOceanLife” (2021)

Brazillian artist Ernesto Neto…is known for his enormous, fiber-based installations that plunge viewers into a multi-sensory landscape of organic elements: people are encouraged to walk through canals of stretched yarn and grasp the structural weavings, while spicy scents like turmeric and cumin are often diffused throughout the room.

Our cultural institutions present many things as art which are not art. Now a lot of work went into this, and it looks enjoyable, but it’s another example where a museum wants to act like a funhouse as a substitute for presenting deep, compelling artistic experiences.

See the whole article here: COLOSSAL – A 79-Foot Labyrinth Crocheted by Ernesto Neto Hangs from the Ceiling of a Houston Museum

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

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My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: The Joy of Eighties Art

Art world links which caught my eye…

Kenny Scharf | When the Worlds Collide | Whitney Museum of American Art

Kenny Scharf “When Worlds Collide” oil and spray paint on canvas, 122 5/16″ × 209 5/16″, 1984

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I don’t know how much joy wound up on display, once the curators got their agenda filters inserted. However, in 2017, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted the exhibit “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.”

Key quote from the article:

Starting in the late nineteen-seventies, young American artists plunged, pell-mell, into making figurative paintings. That seemed ridiculously backward by the lights of the time’s reigning vanguards of flinty post-minimalism, cagey conceptualism, and chaste abstraction. The affront was part of the appeal. As with contemporaneous punk music, sheer nerve rocketed impudent twentysomethings to stardom on New York’s downtown scene. The powerful excitement of that moment has been languishing in a blind spot of recent art history, but “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” at the Whitney, a show of works by thirty-seven artists from the museum’s collection, comes to the rescue. Some of the names are famous: Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring. Others, less widely renowned, are solidly established: Susan Rothenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Terry Winters, Carroll Dunham. But even the relatively obscure—including such sleeper heroes as Leon Golub, Robert Colescott, Mary Heilmann, and Moira Dryer—enhance the show’s sense of timely revaluing. What the moment meant, what happened to eclipse it, and how its legacy might nourish the present are questions sharply posed.

Read the full article here: THE NEW YORKER – The Joy of Eighties Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat “LNAPRK”, Acrylic, oil, oil stick, and marker on found paper on canvas and wood, with rope, 72 1/4″ × 66 5/16″, 1982

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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DAILY ART FIX REVIEW: Paracosms – The Art of Larry and Sandra Ortega

Paired Works:

Larry and Sandra Ortega “Canyon Flowers”

It’s always satisfying to observe artists who continue to grow. Whether it’s pushing the boundaries within their habitual mediums, or branching out and applying their skills to new materials, aesthetic development reinforces how art emulates life in its will to thrive. When artists embrace the evolution of their creative processes, they provide a model for living more abundantly – a vital demonstration in a world currently dedicated to lockdowns and limitations.

I recently experienced an exhibition which displayed what happens when persistent focus and discipline is applied to recognized potentials. Paracosms: The Art of Larry and Sandra Ortega was the spring exhibit at the evolving space of Obliq Art, currently located in Sunnyslope, Arizona.

It wasn’t only the artwork that showed the strides these artists had made during the generalized 2020 paralysis. In Paracosms the concept of how an exhibit can be done was also scrutinized, suggesting a new approach for a possible post-commercial gallery art scene.

Larry and Sandra Ortega

Larry and Sandra Ortega

In earlier artworks, both Larry and Sandra worked extensively with the effects of light. They understand light as a spiritual quality. Larry’s cast resin sculptural pieces used translucency for atmospheric effects. Sandra’s pastel paintings often utilized shining gleams and reflections as focal points. In Paracosms, the use of light by the artists has reached intense new aspects. 

Larry’s pieces were formerly often geometric and iconic, classically ordered. However, Larry is also interested in movement, building off his experiences as a surfer in his earlier days: “Living in Hawaii added perspective to my ocean nature as an artist as it provided a vision from the tropical waters and creatures,” Larry explained. “Surfing became an endeavor of dancing with waves. As a consequence, I often think about riding the airwaves swirling in the canyon. I see hawks hovering above the jagged mountains and I want to join them.”

Larry found a way to add that dynamic by turning to the desert landscape. His structures have been enhanced with casts from organic elements such as aloe and agave. This addition of natural forms stirs the pieces which incorporate them. They deepen the mystery. The works could be bioluminescent deep sea crustaceans, or glowing alien species. The spikes and barbs displayed add a subtle menace to the smooth surfaces and appealing colors. The addition of exotic rare earth minerals create magical lingering glows, especially when exposed to UV light. This is artwork which looks amazing even in the dark, as they emit their own inner light when charged.

Larry Ortega “Prometheus 1” Mixed media

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While Larry advanced in a medium he’s been working in for years, Sandra’s pieces were in a medium she only started working in relatively recently. Sandra described, “In 2018 I began another artistic direction, in the medium of cold wax & oil. The process of cold wax and oil is an exercise in very loose boundaries, color mixing, and mark making. The decisions of composition, color combinations and textures are in the planning process. The laying down of wax and oil layers has all the exciting possibilities.”

Sandra has applied this technique to her own evocation of desert landscape. Now her light becomes space and distance. There are enough tangible marks to ground her works as the earth and sky. The rich colors become the volatile atmosphere and the enduring terrain, a sense of vastness contained within a small space. The “Haboob” pieces refer to Arizona’s epic dust storms; Sandra shows their turbulence and grandeur.

Sandra Ortega “Earth, Wind, and Dust” cold wax and oil 18″ x 18″

Sandra Ortega “Above the Wind” cold wax and oil 18″ x 18″

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In addition to showing recent individual works, this husband and wife pairing also made pairings out of their extremely different yet complementary offerings. It’s surprising how the colors and shapes, formed from such different processes and concerns, synchronize together.  

Larry and Sandra Ortega “Engulfed”

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Paracosms was a public exhibit, but was installed in Larry and Sandra’s home. It’s an intriguing set up, as if the show was an extension of the ambiance of their living space. Experiencing the art where the artists live and work adds an intimacy not found in the white box of a mainstream gallery. What better way forward? As Larry describes,

“The pandemic accelerated the re-development of Obliq Art. Most importantly, version 3.0 utilizes our desert domain in more ways than in the past.

“Live events were canceled overnight and as a consequence art galleries, like all live event venues, closed the doors and canceled events. And then, temporarily closed became permanent.

“As a consequence, artists who use the art gallery platform as a means of selling work found themselves without a source of income. The trend in Phoenix and throughout the US the shrinking of traditional art venues especially the local art gallery showing local art. Closures came partly from gentrification in downtown Phoenix.

“The pandemic and the speed of technology accelerated the development of the digital platform. It widened a bridge to art, the artist, and the gallery. As a result, digital art galleries became like a retail version of Ghost Kitchens: The artist’s style and work could be viewed from a digital perspective and could be purchased with a few clicks of the mouse. Instagram replaced the in gallery viewing.

“What’s missing? What was missing is the art gallery personal visit. The opening night of a show is a social event.”

Larry and Sandra Ortega are now using their house as a combination live/work/display space, open to forming connections with the interested and interesting. What a great way for artists to find their audience.

Virtually Visit here: Obliq Art

Larry Ortega: The Alchemist in his Laboratory

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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DAILY ART FIX: Down Under Indeed. Works from The National: New Australian Art 2021

Art world links which caught my eye…

Nature/Nurture (2020) by Judith Wright, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Lowdown on Down Under

Sydney, Australia’s 2021 National Art Show – How Postmodern Art Fails on a Global Scale

In art, anywhere the Postmodern virus takes hold ends up looking much the same.

Instead of moving and mysterious displays of talent honed by meticulous skill, count on predictable, slipshod propaganda and absurdity. It’s not about the art; it’s about ostentatious virtue signaling and tiresome activism.

As stated in an article in The Guardian:

The National 2021 (TN21) continues its forward/backwards embrace of ideas and themes, with works – including 39 new commissions – addressing a number of contemporary issues: climate change and the environment, Indigenous rights, political protest, sociality, kinship and intergenerational learning among them.

In the images below, behold the poor showing in what is supposed to be a presentation of Australia’s finest cutting edge art, shown across three galleries in their capital city.

Psychic’s House (2021) by Darren Sylvester, at Carriageworks for The National 2021.

I Wonder if the Artist Knows What I’m Thinking

Narrbong Galang (2021) by Lorraine Connelly-Northey at Carriageworks, for The National 2021.

The Postmodern Art World is a Basket Case

Like a Dull, Unfinished Science Fair Gone Wrong

Maybe Saying it 28 Times Will Make It Less Vapid

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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DAILY ART FIX: In the Arizona desert, James Turrell is creating one of the most ambitious artworks in American history.

Art world links which caught my eye…

James Turrell's volcanic masterpiece: a trip inside the crater with Kanye  West's favourite artist

A view of the sky from inside the volcano

In early 2001, shortly after I moved to Arizona, I was fortunate enough to see a James Turrell exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Turrell creates incredible illusions through precision architecture and the manipulation of light. The strange effects he conjures through these mediums have to be experienced in person. Photos do not do justice to the impact of the environments he designs.

The show was a major art event in Arizona. Turrell was installing one of his Skyspaces at the museum, and had many other pieces on display. I remember one where I entered a plain white room which had an enormous blue rectangular painting hanging on the opposite wall. I had to draw closer to realize I was not seeing a flat surface of a painting at all. It was a hole in the wall; I was looking through that opening into another room illuminated by a blue glow. Turrell managed to make a void seem like a solid. Another room seemed to be full of a whitish-lavender mist. However, there was nothing there, but light.

Another piece was a dome you had to lay inside of. It projected the most vivid, gradually shifting colors all around you. It felt like they were bypassing my eyes, and laying directly on my brain. It was stunning.

Knight Rise | Scottsdale Public Art

Scottsdale’s Skyspace

The great art critic Robert Hughes came and gave a lively lecture I attended. He conjectured on Turrell’s Quaker upbringing as influential on his art; holiness expressed in sunlight pouring through plain glass windows. But the best topic of the talk was on Turrell’s Roden Crater-an artwork designed to last thousands of years.

Since the 1970s, Turrell has been sculpting a two mile wide extinct volcano in northern Arizona into a giant combination artwork, observatory and monument. Smithsonian Magazine recently gave an update on his progress:

The volcano is different. It is Turrell’s most ambitious project, but also his most personal. He has spent 45 years designing a series of tunnels and chambers inside to capture celestial light. Yet Turrell has rarely allowed anyone to visit the work in progress. Known as Roden Crater, it stands 580 feet tall and nearly two miles wide. One of the tunnels that Turrell has completed is 854 feet long. When the moon passes overhead, its light streams down the tunnel, refracting through a six-foot-diameter lens and projecting an image of the moon onto an eight-foot-high disk of white marble below. The work is built to align most perfectly during the Major Lunar Standstill every 18.61 years. The next occurrence will be in April 2025. To calculate the alignment, Turrell worked closely with astronomers and astrophysicists. Because the universe is expanding, he must account for imperceptible changes in the geometry of the galaxy. He has designed the tunnel, like other features of the crater, to be most precise in about 2,000 years. Turrell’s friends sometimes joke that’s also when he’ll finish the project.

See the full article: SMITHSONIAN – THE LIGHT FANTASTIC In the Arizona desert, James Turrell is creating one of the most ambitious artworks in American history. Here’s an exclusive look

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – The Cruel Stories of Paula Rego – Animated

Art world links which caught my eye…

The Policeman's Daughter, 1987 - Paula Rego

Paula Rego “The Policeman’s Daughter” acrylic on paper on canvas 84″ x 60″

One of my favorite contemporary painters is Paula Rego (born in Portugal January 26, 1935). Her artistic career took place in England, where over the years she moved away from abstraction into cartoony works, and ultimately more representational paintings. Her imagery took on a compelling, dark fairy tale atmosphere.

Les contes cruels de Paula Rego” (The Cruel Stories of Paul Rego), a 2018 exhibit in a French museum, produced promotional video, which put some of her eerie imagery into motion.

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DAILY ART FIX: Yayoi Kusama’s Giant Polka Dot Sculptures Take Over the New York Botanical Garden

Art world links which caught my eye…

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens

The polka dot-obsessed artist’s work invade New York.

See the full article here: MYMODERNMET – Yayoi Kusama’s Giant Polka Dot Sculptures Take Over the New York Botanical Garden

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