$75 Million Rothko Leads Sotheby’s Record-Setting Sale

A seminal work by abstract artist Mark Rothko fetched a huge $75.1 million at Sotheby’s Tuesday, while a new record was set for a Jackson Pollock drip painting as the big spenders came out in force. “No. 1 (Royal Red and Blue)” is seen by… Read More

Helen Frankenthaler discusses the fears of artists

Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract… Read More

The Battle over Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting

“Jackson Pollock’s mistress Ruth Kligman said she watched him paint it, as a love token, just before his fatal 1956 car crash. But the Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board, whose members were close with Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner, have questioned its authenticity. Pollock, Kligman, and Krasner are… Read More

An Evening with Frank Stella

The first of a series of public programs from the Toledo Museum featuring renowned artists and scholars. Watch a discussion between the celebrated American abstract artist Frank Stella and Brian P. Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art. Tyler Green, noted art critic and… Read More

The Power of Art – Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, the Anglicized name of a Russian Jewish family which immigrated while he was a child to escape the abusive Cossacks, shortly before father’s dead, initially followed the European painting tradition, but felt it failed to express the most meaningful emotions. After decades he… Read More

Science: Watch a horror film before going to the art gallery

Could fear make art seem more sublime? American scientists did some research, did a couple of experiments and in the end found out that watching scary movies could indeed enhance your gallery experience. Weird Science! Until we tried this ourselves we have to rely on… Read More

Richard Jackson flies a plane into a painting

“Accidents in Abstract Painting” was quite an event. On January 22, 2012 Richard Jackson flew and crashed a large paint-filled, radio-controlled, military model plane into a nineteen-foot painting. On view at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA is an installation and documentation… Read More

Kandinsky Drawing

Kandinsky Drawing

February 28th, 2012 | Abstract Art, Bauhaus, Videos

1926 footage of Wassily Kandinsky at work – Kandinsky was at the Bauhaus at this time. Kandinsky is credited with painting the first purely-abstract works. Writing that “music is the ultimate teacher,” Kandinsky embarked upon the first seven of his ten Compositions. The first three… Read More

Happy 100th Birthday, Jackson Pollock

Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist…. Read More

Pollock Painting (1951)

Paul Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist. He had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most… Read More

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