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Claes Oldenburg, Artist

Posted in Bios K - O on September 18, 2011 by artoutmiami

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of a Swedish diplomat stationed in New York. In 1936 his father was transferred to Chicago where Oldenburg grew up, attending the Latin School of Chicago. He studied at Yale University from 1946 to 1950, then returned to Chicago where he took classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While further developing his craft, he worked as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He also opened his own studio and, in 1953, became a naturalized citizen of the United States. His first recorded sales of artworks were at the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago, where he sold 5 items for a total price of $25.[1] He moved back to New York City in 1956. There he met a number of artists, including Jim Dine, Red Grooms, and Allan Kaprow, whose Happenings incorporated theatrical aspects and provided an alternative to the abstract expressionism that had come to dominate much of the art scene. During this time, artist Robert Beauchamp described Oldenburg as “brilliant,” due to the reaction that the pop artist brought to a “dull” abstract expressionist period.[2]
The most memorable aspects of Oldenburg’s works are perhaps, the colossal sculptures that he has made in partnership with his late wife, Coosje van Bruggen. Sculptures, though quite large, often have interactive capabilities. One such interactive early sculpture was a soft sculpture of a tube of lipstick which would deflate unless a participant re-pumped air into it. In 1974, this sculpture, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, was redesigned in a sturdier aluminum form, the giant lipstick being placed vertically atop tank treads. Originally installed in Beinecke Plaza at Yale, it now resides in the Morse College courtyard.
Many of Oldenburg’s large-scale sculptures of mundane objects elicited public ridicule before being embraced as whimsical, insightful, and fun additions to public outdoor art. In the 1960s he became associated with the Pop Art movement and created many so-called happenings, which were performance art related productions of that time. The name he gave to his own productions was “Ray Gun Theater”. His first wife (1960–1970) Pat Muschinski, who sewed many of his early soft sculptures, was a constant performer in his happenings. This brash, often humorous, approach to art was at great odds with the prevailing sensibility that, by its nature, art dealt with “profound” expressions or ideas. But Oldenburg’s spirited art found first a niche then a great popularity that endures to this day.
Between 1969 and 1977, Oldenburg was in a relationship with the feminist artist and sculptor, Hannah Wilke, who died in 1993.[3] They shared several studios and traveled together, and Wilke often photographed him.
Oldenburg’s collaboration with Dutch/American writer and art historian Coosje van Bruggen dates from 1976. They were married in 1977.[4] In 1988, he and van Bruggen created the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota that remains a staple of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as well as a classic image of the city.
In addition to freestanding projects, they occasionally contribute to architectural projects, most notably the former Chiat/Day advertising agency headquarters designed by Frank O. Gehry in the Venice district of Los Angeles, California—the main entrance is a pair of giant binoculars. The advertising agency DDB is the current tenant.
Another well known construction is the Free Stamp in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This Free Stamp has an energetic cult following.
In 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[5]
In 2001, Oldenburg and van Bruggen created ‘Dropped Cone’, a huge inverted ice cream cone, on top of a shopping center in Cologne, Germany.[6]
His wife died on January 10, 2009, from the effects of breast cancer.
Claes Oldenburg supposedly has a work of art on the moon in the Moon Museum.
Paint Torch is slated for installation in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the fall of 2011. Paint Torch is a towering 53-foot-high pop sculpture of a paintbrush, capped with bristles that will be illuminated at night. The sculpture will be installed at a daring 60-degree angle, as if in the act of painting.[7]
Claes Oldenburg is represented by The Pace Gallery in New York.


Claes Oldenburg, Artist Statement, (Dropped Bowl…)

Posted in Bios K - O, Sculpture on September 18, 2011 by artoutmiami

Dropped Bowl detail

Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels
The site was a wide area surrounded by an eclectic mix of architecture and highways. A centralized fountain in a circular shape surrounded by flagpoles, as projected in the landscape designer’s plans, did not seem to respond to the location. Coosje proposed instead an anti-hierarchical approach, consisting of forms scattered over the plaza. In reference to the conventional shape of a fountain, ours would be round, but resembling a broken plate, with the oranges deconstructed into slices and expressively cut peels. We thought that the jagged fragments would be more interesting if they came from a bowl, coincidentally a nod to a local institution, the football stadium known as the Orange Bowl. Trying out the idea on a model, Coosje dispersed the parts with abandon to introduce chance and irregularity into the orderly grid of the plaza. Cesar Trasobares, director of the Art in Public Places program, likened the effect to a piñata, which spills treasures in all directions when it is smashed. The flying slices, peels, and fragments of the bowl are caught as if in stop-motion, bouncing off the surfaces of the plaza. Pools in the shape of spilled liquid, large and small, were cut into the pavement beneath the sculptural pieces. Jets of water emerge from the pools, programmed at irregular heights and surprising intervals in repeated reenactments of the breaking bowl’s impact.

At the time of its inauguration the Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels could be seen to represent a city in the making, deriving its particular order out of the apparent disorder accompanying Miami’s expansion.

Gabriel Loire, Artist (The Bacardi Building #2)

Posted in Bios K - O on September 17, 2011 by artoutmiami

Bacardi Building #2

Courtesy of Wilkipedia

Gabriel Loire (April 21, 1904 – December 25, 1996) was a French stained glass artist of the twentieth century whose extensive works, portraying various persons or historical scenes, appear in many venues around the world. He founded the Loire Studio in Chartres, France which continues to produce stained glass windows. Loire was a leader in the modern use of “slab glass” (French: dalle de verre), which is much thicker and stronger than the stained glass technique of the Middle Ages. The figures in his windows are mostly Impressionistic in style.

His lifeLoire was born in Pouancé, France, on April 21, 1904. After completing his schooling in Angers in 1926, he went to a stained glass workshop in Chartres, France. In 1946, he founded his own stained glass studio there, which continues under the direction of his son Jacques Loire and grandsons.[2]

He died on Christmas Day, December 25, 1996, shortly after finishing a design for a new window.

His works in stained glassLoire often expressed the view, “La paix donne la joie” (“Peace gives joy”) and particularly liked working with shades of blue, which he said represented to him the color of peace.[1] His stained glass artistry, blending modern and traditional elements, attained wide acceptance, as indicated by the considerable output of the Loire Studio displayed around the world.[1] In addition to more than 450 installations in France, Loire’s works are found in Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Chile, Canada, Australia and the United States of America.

Some of his important commissions were for churches rebuilt after destruction in World War II, in particular the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche) in Berlin, Germany (1960) and the Church of St. Walberge, Xertigny, Lorraine, France (1951–1952). His greatest post-war work is in the Church of Saint Paul, Whiteinch, Glasgow (1960).It consists of 162 Square metres of curved window set in cement and embedded with chipped glass.The main panels depict the life of Saint Paul and are ably supported in the side alter by panels of the Virgin and the roof of the Baptismal font. He has other works in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, Broomhill (1965). Though the technique here is not of chipped glas but more of painted glass. The significance of these works has been noted by the Scottish Government by listing the buildings with, “B” orders.

His celebrated Christ in Triumph over Darkness and Evil was dedicated in 1982 at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, in memory of British war hero Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India.[3]

For St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church in Vancouver, Canada, Loire created three different commissions: in 1969, a set of six windows dedicated to women in the Bible; also in 1969, “The Great Commission”, based on Mark 16:15 “Go ye into the all the world”; and in 1981, a set of eight windows based on Romans 9:4–5.

Other notable works include Loire’s stained glass windows designed in 1962 for Whatley Chapel at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, CO, and in 1980 for Salisbury Cathedral in England, as well as in 1967 for Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

Two large and striking windows were completed for St Augustine’s Chapel in Cork, Ireland in about 1972. These windows measure 12.5 metres in height and about 2 metres wide; the glass is solid coloured, not stained, glass. This glass is approximately 26 millimetres thick and is described as valle-de-verre, flagstones of glass, set in concrete and forming an integral load-bearing part of the building.

Francesco Lo Castro, Artist

Posted in Bios K - O on May 27, 2011 by artoutmiami

Francesco Lo Castro

For over a decade, Francesco Lo Castro has been South Florida’s thoroughfare to the national New Contemporary art scene, as both a respected artist and curator of intrepid art exhibitions.

Lo Castro was born in Catania, Italy in 1976, raised in Germany, and transplanted to South Florida during high school, where he immediately became immersed in the local graffiti, punk and hardcore music scenes. Fueled by a strong family-instilled work ethic and the do-it-yourself attitude of the underground youth movement, Lo Castro quickly found his foothold in the creative arts, making a name for himself as an artist with diverse technical range and strong message.

In 2006, he curated the “We’ll Make A Lover Of You” Exhibition at the Art Center / South Florida, the first Pop Surrealist showcase to be sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. With over 40,000 visitors, the exhibition shattered the Art Center’s previous attendance record, remaining the most successful exhibition in the institution’s history to date.

Lo Castro is CEO & Founder of Pop Art Studios Inc., a creative services company, commercial art & design studio and launch pad for its diverse private art projects. He is also the co-founder of the Gen Art VANGUARD Fair, which merged with AQUA Art Fair in 2009. VANGUARD is the first art fair of its kind to emphasize emerging trends in the New Contemporary movements of Pop Surrealism and Street Art.

Lo Castro has exhibited internationally and has been featured among the 100 distinguished artists to help forge the South Florida art community in the definitive book “Miami Contemporary Artists” released by Schiffer Publishing in 2007. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications, including VICE, Juxtapoz, Art of the Times, NYArts, FEFÉ, La Stampa and The Miami Herald.

Lady Aiko

Posted in Bios A - E, Bios K - O on May 23, 2011 by artoutmiami

Aiko, born in Tokyo, currently resides in New York since the mid ‘90’s. She received her BFA from Tokyo Zokei Art and Design University and MFA at the New School Media Studies in NY. Lady Aiko, as she is better known, incorporates sexy feminine figures, floral designs, and pop culture images utilizing both stencil, spray paint and silkscreen print to create her large scale works.

Lady Aiko

Barry Mc Ghee- Wynwood Walls Project, 2009

Posted in Bios K - O, Graffiti Art on May 22, 2011 by artoutmiami

Barry McGee- Wynood Walls Project, 2009

Os Gemeos- Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo

Posted in Bios K - O, Bios P - T on May 22, 2011 by artoutmiami

Os Gemeos