In the early 1960s, Robert Rauschenberg dedicated himself to a different kind of image-making, one that involved photographic transfer onto canvas. It was the birth of his celebrated series of Silkscreen Paintings which anticipated the post-modernist idea of appropriation, later one of the protagonist techniques of Pop art. What’s interesting is that in 1964, after he won the International Gran Premio for Painting at the Venice Biennale, the artist promptly phoned home to order that all of his remaining silkscreens be destroyed, to end the series.
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel hosts a fascinating and outspoken conversation with Robert Motherwell. From the Video Archive in the Duke University Libraries.
Born: Cologne, Germany, 1967
Lives and works: Berlin, Germany
“Michaela Eichwald’s alchemical paintings and sculpture are simultaneously hypnotizing and visceral—integrating the artist’s hand in a manner that is both base and instinctually human. Whether its pouring resin into paper bags or injecting cooked mussels and hair elastics, among other things, the difficulty in digesting these works is intentional. In her attempt to ignore art historical tropes, Eichwald’s work evokes Outsider art and disarms the audience’s desire for narrative. The romanticism of the German painting tradition, grounded by Dieter Roth and Gerhard Richter, also influences her output and links it to a figurative inclination. Linking object and image, Eichwald forces her audience to reconsider the facades of realism and artificiality.”-artspace.com/michaela-eichwald
Corey D’Augustine (educator and independent conservator) discusses the techniques Mark Rothko used in the course of making his paintings.
filmed by Plowshares Media
Images courtesy of Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Music by Chris Parrello
Chris Parrello, Ian Young, Kevin Thomas, Ziv Ravitz
© 2010 The Museum of Modern Art
Franz Ackermann is a multimedia artist whose practice is entwined with the action and implications of travel and tourism. His works encompass painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and, perhaps most famously, immersive installations. In his installations, Ackermann is known for incorporating the architecture of a space, at times making use of the ceiling, floors, and hallways of a gallery space. His works are made in part during his own excursions, and in part in his studio, based on memories of experiences. One of his first major series, “Mental Maps” (begun 1996) is a series of watercolors created around the world, which mixes factually precise maps of a city along with his own interpretations. Other works address themes of globalization, and the glamor and waste of commercialization.
As part of The Mistake Room series on Contemporary Art and Thought,TMR Director and Chief Curator Cesar Garcia interviews artist Oscar Murillo. Los Angeles, 2014. 62 minutes.
Palermo was born Peter Schwarze in Leipzig, Germany, in 1943, and adopted as an infant, with his twin brother, Michael, by foster parents named Heisterkamp. He adopted his outlandish name in 1964, during his studies with Bruno Goller and Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf between 1962 and 1967. The name refers to Frank “Blinky” Palermo, an American Mafioso and boxing promoter who managed Sonny Liston. Continue reading BLINKY PALERMO