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A Life and Art Full of Contradictions

Can you name a renowned woman artist primarily associated with Taos, New Mexico?

Well, yes, there’s Georgia O’Keeffe. But there is also Agnes Martin.

The Canadian-born painter (1912-2004) had a life and career that were full of fascinating contradictions. She began painting traditional narrative themes, but made her name with art that has most often been classified as Minimalist. (She thought of herself as an Abstract Expressionist.) She lived off the grid in Taos, New Mexico – what was then a remote, unfashionable outpost – but became influential in the art world and a wealthy woman late in life.… Read More

Reflections on Photorealism

Photorealism arose in the 1960’s in part as a counterpoint to the Abstract Expressionist movement. The rejection of all representation by Abstract Expressionist artists of the 1940’s was meant to allow the viewer to focus purely on emotion and expression without the need for a deep cultural knowledge. It was intended to remove elitism from art. Ironically, the very lack of subject matter, rather than being democratizing, confounded many viewers.… Read More

Alexander Calder’s Path to Abstraction

Alexander Calder was an artistic “jack of all trades,” working in metal, from jewelry to large-scale public sculptures, in paint, as a theatrical set designer, and as a lithographer. What makes Calder – in any medium – so compelling is his wit and energy. Skinner’s Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction on January 22, 2016 features four lots of Calder’s work.

Alexander Calder was born in 1898, the second child of artist parents—his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter.Read More