Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York.He attended high school in New York at “City As School”, but dropped out a year before graduating. By 1979, Basquiat had gained a certain celebrity status amidst the thriving art scene of Manhattan’s East Village through his regular appearances on Glenn O’Brien’s live public-access cable show, TV Party. He later formed a band called Gray, with Shannon Dawson, Michael Holman, Nick Taylor & Wayne Clifford. Basquiat first started to gain recognition as an artist in June 1980, when he participated in The Times Square Show, a multi-artist exhibition, sponsored by Collaborative Projects Incorporated (Colab).By 1982, Basquiat was showing regularly, and alongside Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi, became part of what was called the Neo-expressionist movement. [wikipedia]

Fallen Angel, 1981

Untitled (Boxer), 1982

Far from grafitti, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works were considered paintings and were associated with those of the Italian transavantgarde (he would go on to collaborate with painters Francesco Clemente and Andy Warhol). Photocopied colours were applied on the canvas in some places, while in others dark and grotesque figures were drawn, along with words or formulas, more or less decipherable signs intersecting with harsh colours. Quotations extracted from the media were written, autobiographical fragments also appeared (the crown of SAMO), and elements were borrowed from voodoo cult (assertion of “negritude”).


Alice Neel – Max White

Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 – October 13, 1984) was an American artist known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity. [wikipedia]

Max White, 1961, Oil on canvas, Estate of Alice Neel. [official site]

Talia Israeli – Scratches

Talia aims for her paintings to ”confront and absorb the challenges that photography and digital imagery bring into visual reality” Through these urban landscapes, she hope to raise social and psychological issues of contemporary existence. Official website

Scratches (2009) size: 123 x 87 cm / material: oil on canvas

Talia Israeli was Born in Jerusalem in 1976, and graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and design with a Bachelors in Fine Art with honors in 2002.

While attending Bezalel, two semesters were spent at The Glasgow School of Art, and upon graduating she received two awards: The Elchanani Achievement from Bezalel, and the Sharet Award from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Paul Cézanne who was often called the father of modern art, strove to develop an ideal synthesis of naturalistic representation, personal expression, and abstract pictorial order. Among the artists of his time Cézanne perhaps had the most profound effect on art 20th century. He was greatest single influence both French artist Henri Matissewho admired use color and Spanish Pablo Picasso developeds planar compositional structure into cubist style.

Uncle Dominique The Lawyer (1866)

The Abandoned House (1879)

Les Grandes Baigneuses (1905)

Paul Cézanne in front of his painting.

His father, Philippe Auguste, was the cofounder of a banking firm that prospered throughout the artist’s life, affording him financial security that was unavailable to most of his contemporaries and eventually resulting in a large inheritance. In 1852 Paul Cézanne entered the Collège Bourbon, where he met and became friends with Émile Zola. This friendship was decisive for both men: with youthful romanticism they envisioned successful careers in the Paris art world, Cézanne as a painter and Zola as a writer. Consequently, Cézanne began to study painting and drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts in Aix in 1856. His father opposed the pursuit of an artistic career, and in 1858 he persuaded Cézanne to enter law school at the University of Aix. Although Cézanne continued his law studies for several years, he was simultaneously enrolled in the School of Design in Aix, where he remained until 1861. Read more