Monthly Archives: September 2014

My favorite artists

It’s about time I honored the Greats of the 20th century (in no particular order): Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Wassily Kandinsky, Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Josef Albers, Jean Arp, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Victor Vasarely, Cy Twombly, Clyfford Still, Niki de Saint Phalle, Georgia O’Keefe, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Moore, Piet Mondrian, Andre Chagall, Salvador Dali, Sonia Delaunay, Sam Francis, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Juan Gris, Hans Hartung, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Morris Louis, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Amedeo Modigliani.

Are there many more Greats? Certainly. But those are the artists I liked first and still like. As you can see, Abstract expressionism features prominently in my selection. Form and color are the two signifiers of choice, and have been for a long time. But now that I have turned figurative, I must open my mind to other subject matters. I know what I don’t like. I don’t like still lifes. As a matter of fact, I hate still lifes. They are too quiet, too still.  The French call them “natures mortes.” Well, at least, that’s honest. After all,  if you’re still, you’re dead.

So much for dead natures.

More on the topic in my next post.