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Alex Katz - Ausstellungsansicht "Alex Katz at The Met"

Alex Katz – Ausstellungsansicht „Alex Katz at The Met“

Die Ausstellung „Alex Katz at The Met“ zeigt acht tolle Werke des 1927 geborenen amerikanischen Künstlers und umspannt fast den gesamten Bogen der Karriere von Alex Katz mit Zeichnungen, Drucken und Gemälden. Mit dabei sind mehrere Porträts von Ada, der Frau und langjährigen Muse des Malers – u. a. das erste Portrait, das er je von ihr angefertigt hat.

Alex Katz wurde 1927 in Brooklyn geboren und begann in den späten 1950er Jahren, der Blütezeit der New York School, seinen Stil zu entwickeln, der von Eleganz, Einfachheit und stilisierter Abstraktion gekennzeichnet ist. Er ist bestrebt, wiedererkennbare Motive darzustellen, und minimiert Details und Schattierungen, selektiert Details mit Hilfe von kräftigen Konturen, Farbblöcken und gezielten Pinselstrichen. Katz fängt so den Moment ein und vermittelt dem Betrachter das Gefühl, dass er sich in der Situation des Motivs befindet.

Ausstellungsdauer: 09.10.2015 bis 06.11.2016

Website: www.metmuseum.org

ArtKiss-Besuch: 12.09.2016

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Das Whitney-Museum hat in New York ein neues Gebäude in der Gansevoort Street 99 im Meatpacking-District bezogen. An dieser Adresse beginnt auch der beliebte Highline Park.

Das Gebäude des neuen Whitney Museums wurde von Renzo Piano entworfen. Im Vordergrund das südliche Ende des Highline Parks.

Das Gebäude des neuen Whitney Museums wurde von Renzo Piano entworfen. Im Vordergrund das südliche Ende des Highline Parks.

Der Park als Touristenattraktion und das gerade neu eröffnete Museum führen derzeit auch an Wochentagen zu langen Warteschlangen schon vor dem Museum:

Eingangsbereich des Whitney Museums

Eingangsbereich des Whitney Museums

Im Museum selbst ist der Kunstgenuß definitiv durch die Menschanmassen getrübt: Aufzüge und Treppenhäuser sind überfüllt, der Lärmpegel ist hoch und man sieht die Werke kaum. Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass sich das mit der Zeit normalisiert, wobei es sich aber teilweise auch um Designfehler handelt (die oberen Etagen sind z. B. nur mit dem Aufzug oder die Nottreppe zu erreichen).

Nun aber zur Ausstellung: Zur Einweihung des neuen Museumsgebäudes wird die Geschichte der Kunst in den Vereinigten Staaten seit Anfang des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts bis zur Gegenwart gezeigt. Die mehr als 600 Werke stammen alle aus der Sammlung des Whitney. Der Titel „America Is Hard to See“ stammt aus aus einem Gedicht von Robert Frost und einem politischen Dokumentarfilm von Emile de Antonio. Der Titel soll metaphorisch die ständig wechselnden Perspektiven der Künstler und ihre Fähigkeit würdigen, mit der Entwicklung von visuellen Formen auf die Kultur der Vereinigten Staaten zu reagieren. Die Ausstellung ist in 23 Kapiteln über das ganze Museum verteilt chronologisch geordnet (von unten nach oben werden die Werke immer jünger).

Ausstellungsdauer: 01.05.2015 bis 27.09.2015

Website: www.whitney.org

ArtKiss-Besuch: 22.05.2015

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Ed Heck - City Walk © Ed Heck

Ed Heck – City Walk
© Ed Heck

Ed Heck

born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963
Website: www.edheck.com
E-mail: info@edheck.com
Galleries:  The World of Ed Heck Gallery (New York), Galerie Mensing (Germany)

 

Ed, what is Art?

Is anything done artfully, anything that is done with love and passion behind it becomes and is an art.

How do you experience your collectors?

With the presence of the internet an artist can become involved with your collectors all over the world in real time. This can give you a good sense of what their perceptions and thoughts are on what you are creating.  Now more than ever the collector can play a role in artists work to the extent that you would want of course.

What defines a “good gallery” for you?

A good gallery is one that really gets what you do and supports and gets behind you. This goes for the gallery and the staff selling your work. When the gallery sales people really like your work it shows and they are your connection to the art buyer and collector at the point of sale.

Your opinion on “art and the art market”?

I think as with other artistic markets, music, books, etc. it has become easier and at the same time harder to be noticed.  I have noticed with art that less people go to the art expos and shows than ever before. People may feel they can see everything they need on the computer screen.

I am sad by this because I feel art and music really need to be experienced in person; it brings it to a whole other level.

Is art passion and/or investment?

I think art should always be a passion first, weather as a creator or collector. Artwork should be enjoyed by the collector and viewer and the fact that an artwork is also an investment should be the added bonus.

Ed Heck - Paint Studio © Ed Heck

Ed Heck – Paint Studio
© Ed Heck

Artist – a dream job?

Being an artist is not a job, it’s what you are. As most successful people will tell you “Find what you love to do, and you will never work a day in your life”.  Doing what you love to do, what brings you joy and would do anyway, but you get paid to do it, yes that is a dream.

What dream in the arts should come true?

My dream is to simply have people enjoy my work and support it so I can continue to spend my time creating more.

Who is your favorite artist and what is your favorite work or art?

These two questions I would answer similarly.  I like and I am influenced by so many different artists and their works that I could not pick just one. Each affects me in a different way.

If I was pressed to only pick one I think it would be Vincent Van Gogh the man because of his passion and life. Also favorite work would be „Starry Night“ because standing in front of it I find it alive, magical, and timeless.

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. 1889

Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night
1889, oil on canvas, 73.7 × 92.1 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

What is your favorite color?

As for colors it depends on my mood although as anyone who has seen my work would say it’s clearly the blues and purples that I favor.

Dear Ed, many thanks for this interview and all the best for the future!

 

PS: German fans will have the chance to meet Ed at one of his shows in Hanover, Berlin and Hamburg from 20th to 22th February 2015. More information at http://www.galerie-mensing.de/events

Portrait: John Suchy

Veröffentlicht: 22. Dezember 2014 in Portrait
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John Suchy in front of the MoMA © John Suchy

John Suchy in front of the MoMA
© John Suchy

John Suchy

born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York in 1946
Website: www.johnsuchy.com / www.johnsuchy.de
E-mail: johnsuchy77@hotmail.com


John, what is Art?

I feel art is created when an artist (using various mediums), shows how they see life, how they feel, how they love or hate, what they think they are or want to be. I love to create memories. I think the more years of experience an artist acquires the more powerful their art can be.

How do you experience your collectors?

I enjoy having shows in the same galleries every few years. This gives me time to think and create new images for them to see and hopefully enjoy and purchase. I have done many indoor and outdoor shows where I always bump into people who have bought or collect my art. When I display my art on the streets of Manhattan I always meet people from New York City and around the world who have purchased my art or they have friends that own my art. It’s great when I meet people who have bought art from me on the street when I started in 1976.

What defines a „good gallery“ for you?

John Suchy: A good gallery to me is one that first knows how to treat a customer with total respect. It is very relaxing if I can create a good friendship with the gallery owner. I also think it is important for a gallery to offer the art at a reasonable price and not wait till the customers feet turn toward the door before they say “It’s your lucky day today because we are having a big sale of art now“. The most important thing a gallery can accomplish is to have the customer come back or tell their friends about the gallery.

If a customer goes home and learns that they have be screwed price wise, they will never come back and will tell their friends never to go there. I enjoy making art images that just relate to the town that they gallery is in. There is always a landmark that everyone in the town is proud of.

John Suchy at his Berlin show © John Suchy

John Suchy at his Berlin show
© John Suchy

Your opinion on „art and art market“?

I know many artists that have been displaying and selling their art for the past 30 years in indoor and outdoor art shows around the USA. It is a hard life and the shows cost money.

You have to count on good weather and the economy. They travel and always have to work on their inventory. It is very hard to have a normal family life making a living this way. However it helps them control their prices and cut out the middle man so they make more profit. Many of them don’t want to sell to the galleries at a lower price and have the galleries sometimes make more than them. Some artist find representatives who find art galleries to sell their art & little by little the price of the art goes up & up. Sometime everybody is making money but the artist is still struggling to pay their bills. Some artists hit the jackpot and make a lot of money. I use to sell in the late 70’s on the street with James Rizzi and watched him rise to the top of the art market. That was great! Over the years I have met many representatives and art gallery owners who were very fair and many who were unscrupulous! It amazes me at the prices that some people will pay and how some artists can accomplish tremendous success in a short period of time and the prices that their art demands. Many artist come and go no matter how talented they are. It is nice to see an artist reach a high level of success and stay there for the rest of their life.

Is art passion and/or an investment?

Most people that buy my art because they like it or want to give it to someone who will enjoy it. Many times my art brings back good memories of places or experiences that they have had. My drawing of the pigeon lady is one of those drawing that brings out a story from so many people that I met. In the 80’s and  90’s bought tremendous amount of art for investments. I think most of them wished they didn’t. It is fantastic when you hear stories of people who have hit the jackpot with their art investments.

Artist – a dream job?

After art college I worked for 12 years in the advertising business. In the beginning I did mechanical drafting, layouts, story boards, presentations and finally became an illustrator.

For years I did drawings for books, magazines and newspapers. Finally as my art became very detailed and time consuming I got tired of all the changes the client wanted to have made. It took me so long to make the art that any small change meant, I would have to so the art all over again. I started doing drawings of my neighborhood on the upper westside of Manhattan and selling them on the street corners. This eventually led me into drawing many scenes of Manhattan. If five people asked me if I had a drawing of a certain scene I would make sure I did that scene. Selling on the streets helped me learn what people like and didn’t like as far a buying art. It was a crazy time in my life but I loved it! I have been very lucky in my art life and have many dreams come true. It’s not all about the money however. Every artist is first lucky if people tell them they enjoy their art! After that some get lucky and some don’t! The people that just do their art for their own pleasure and not for a living are the real lucky ones!

John Suchy - NYC canvas  © John Suchy

John Suchy – NYC canvas
© John Suchy

Who is your favorite artist?

Draftsmen – Heinrich Kley (Munich, Germany)  and Gustav Rehberger (Austria)
Painter – John Singer Sargent and Vincent Van Gogh

What is your favorite work of art?

The Frescoes of the Sistine chapel by Michelangelo

What is your favorite color?

When I was younger it was green (money) but over the years it has become cobalt blue.

Dear John, many thanks for this interview and all the best for the future!

Roy Lichtenstein hat 1994 im Auftrag der Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) ein 16 m breiters und 1,8 m hohes Wandbild hergestellt. Das Werk wurde aber erst 2002, fünf Jahre nach Lichtensteins Tod, in der New Yorker U-Bahn-Station Times Square – 42nd Street installiert.

Das Wandbild wurde aus Emaille auf Stahl gefertigt und war ein Geschenk des Pop-Art-Künstlers an seine Heimatstadt. Da die Sanierung des Times Square verzögerte, wurde das Wandbild acht Jahre eingelagert und am 5. September 2002 nahe dem Haupteingang an der 42nd Street und Broadway enthüllt.

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Das „Times Square Mural“ enthält viele für Lichtenstein typische Elemente, darunter Comicfiguren und Science-Fiction-Themen. Lichtenstein integrierte auch visuelle Hinweise auf die New Yorker Weltausstellungen 1939 und 1964.

Website: web.mta.info

ArtKiss-Besuch: 30.09.2013

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Website: www.moma.org

ArtKiss-Besuche: 14.09.2013 und 01.10.2013

ArtKiss-Wertung:
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Website: www.moma.org

ArtKiss-Besuche: 14.09.2013 und 01.10.2013

ArtKiss-Wertung:
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