Dancing Dali

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of the great things about Surrealists is their multimedia-style. In addition to Dali, take Svankmajer and his movie on dreams. I think these videos expand their expression to a different dimension.

I really love this particular film by Dali and Disney. These are both the greatest artists and the music, the dance, and of course the animation are just gorgeous. Finding new face to an artist is always exciting (though in research just complicating).


September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Edouard Manet, Peonies in a Vase, 1864

Berthe Morisot, Peonies, 1869

Eva Gonzales, Peonies and a June Bug, 1871

Art reveals a lot without words.

Thoughts on Contemporary Art

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

My opinion on contemporary art has changed significantly since the the time started studying art history. Contemporary art was what brought me into the world of art, but when I started studying classic art, I just could not accept contemporary art anymore.
Now, it feels different. I look at contemporary art and I enjoy contemplating on it. 

In my opinion, the purpose of contemporary art is to provoke thinking. Contemporary art is hard to understand. What does it represent and what does it tell? Though people seem to accept it the way it is.

Maybe it’s cool to like contemporary art. But I think that people are becoming more independent in the modern society. People earn information on their own; be it from books or from the internet. Any kind of information has become more and more accessible and people in the same region could have very different opinions. Contemporary art brings people together by inspiring questions, then making them want to talk about it. Contemporary art, thus, brings communication.

This is what I mean when I say: “I think art is a great conversation starter.”


August 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

by Gustav Klimt

by Egon Shiele

Klimt was one of my first crushes of Western art. I instantly fell in love with the Kiss. Strongly influenced by Japanese gold screens, his use of flat surface and lavish gold leaves powerful impression. Naturally, I read a little on Klimt and met Danae. It was just one of his many lush painting, until I saw Danae by Egon Shiele. I had a chance to see it in person at Philadelphia Museum of Art last summer(2013), next to a Klimt painting (not Danae, though). I thought at first, it was another Danae by Klimt, but Shiele’s is influenced by Klimt’s — Klimt’s is a year or so earlier.

The representation of bodies on both paintings are flat, but has some sense of soft flesh that makes them sexually attractive. The facial expressions and the fingers too evoke sensual feelings. 

Long Live Curiosity

August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Prints of Edvard Munch

August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I have been slacking off after arduous writing assignments, so I’m back on blogging.

So, Munch. Lately, I often come across his painting and prints on the internet, and it turned on my curiosity. To me, Munch was just Scream. That was the one and only Munch to me. But his prints are very interesting.

Check this out: Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print, MoMA collections.

According to the website, this exhibition was at the North Carolina Museum of Art with the collection at the MoMA. Munch’s art can sometimes be too showy about emotions, as in Scream, but his prints are a bit more subtle but still obviously expressive. It may sound supercilious, but to me, Munch’s art is soul-less. It’s not about agony and suffering. It’s more about hopeless and helpless surrender to life.

But how beautiful surrender can be. When you drop everything and throw your hopes out, the empty world is suddenly beautiful in its own way. That’s how I feel when I see Munch’s art: depression isn’t all that bad.

Museo Del Greco

August 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

I love museums as much as I love art. I love museums as architecture and also as a home for art. How cool is it that everything about and surrounding the great art is housed in beautiful architecture? I am no specialist on architecture (not that I am a specialist on anything though), but the competitions and history of museum architectures are really interesting.

I have never visited this museum, or have I known about it for a long time. This was just a random find on the internet.

I was looking for some art to write about on this blog, There are many paintings and sculptures etc that I want to write about but I wasn’t feeling it. I was looking at El Greco and found this magazine blog post. (Dezeen. Looks like a really cool magazine!)
This is Museo Del Greco.