Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More de Kooning

Today artist Jay Rolfe visited Rosemont College's Lawrence Gallery to see the Contemplative Spaces exhibit of sculptor James Fuhrman. It was a strong exhibition and is on display through November 29. I generally like modern and contemporary sculpture and really liked these. Stop in and see it if you can.

Artist Jay Rolfe's photo of the day is another Willem de Kooning painting, "Woman I" painted 1950-52 and on display at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. The link to MoMA's website is http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=79810. Here's part of the description of the painting on the gallery label:

"The hulking, wild–eyed subject draws upon an amalgam of female archetypes, from Paleolithic fertility goddesses to contemporary pin–up girls. Her threatening stare and ferocious grin are heightened by de Kooning's aggressive brushwork and frantic paint application. Combining voluptuousness and menace, Woman, I reflects the age–old cultural ambivalence between reverence for and fear of the power of the feminine."

De Kooning was married. Do you think this painting's depiction of a woman helped or hurt his marriage? I'd bet on hurt!

That's the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's Unique Artistic Idea, his Hyper Representational 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at http://www.3dssc.com/. Artist Jay Rolfe uses vibrant color, 3-D, recognizable shape, and huge size to reveal beauty, touch emotion in a positive way, and create an Uplifting Conversation Piece.

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