Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)
One of my favorite still life subjects of Van Gogh, the cut branch in a glass, I ran across this one with the book behind creating a complicated compositional element. Note also the use of complementary colors, red and green, creating a vibration in the painting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kiki Smith

Happy Birthday Kiki Smith!! Kiki Smith was born in 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany, but raised in South Orange, New Jersey. Her father, Tony Smith, was a sculptor and her mother, Jane Lawrence Smith an actress and opera singer. She studied in Connecticut at Hartford School of Art and works in sculpture, mixed media pieces and printmaking. Although sometimes a bit disturbing, her work addresses social and political issues; Kiki is described as a feminist artist. The Brooklyn Museum awarde Smith their Women in the Arts Award in 2009. She continues to live and work in New York. The images I am including today are from her Constellation installation in the "Unnatural Science" exhibition in 2000, at MassMoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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