Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Andy Warhol

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol!! American Pop artist, born in 1931, Andy Warhol began his career as a commercial artist. Fascination with the pervasive, mass produced objects of the culture led Warhol to become the most prominent figure of the Pop movement of the 1960's. His work ranges from paintings to silkscreen, from film to installations.  Much of his art is housed in a seven-floor warehouse in Pittsburgh, which I visited in 2000. As you exit the elevator on each floor you enter yet another aspect, another world, through Warhol's eyes. One of the most memorable was his Silver Clouds installation, a room filled with amorphous helium filled silver clouds made of mylar which floated and gently caressed and nudged you as you dared to venture in. His most prominently exhibited work is probably his portraiture, as he immersed himself in the world of popular society figures as well. I am including his familiar Marilyn Monroe silkscreen image here.

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