8.11.2010

A Life in Art, Times Three

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I'm going to keep this post short today and instead direct you to posts on two other blogs. The theme: a life in art.

From Art in the Studio: Lee Bontecou's studio now (above) and in 1962
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. Over at Art in the Studio, Nancy Natale has posted pieces on two artists: Lee Bontecou and Hedda Stern. She tells Bontecou's story in two parts, including historical images as well as photographs she took at Bontecou's MoMA show, All Freedom in Every Sense (up through the 30th of this month). Stern, who just celebrtated her 100th birthday, is less well known, but she's one of the pioneers in the high-testosterone art world of the 1950's. She's the lone woman in the famous "Irascibles" photo taken by Nina Leen for Life in 1951.
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. And at Geoform, editor Julie Karabenick has just posted a long and wide-ranging interview with George Ortman, an artist who for 60 years has been, he says, "exploring the possibilities presented by the picture plane and expressing new ideas with materials and process. " Ortman lived and worked in New.York City long before Chelsea, or even SoHo, at a time when the galleries were on 8th Street and then on 57th. He has moved around a bit since then, but his work has remained focused on geometric expression. The interview features a nice selection of images that give us the opportunity to see an artist's work and thinking unfold over time.
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Click on over. I'll meet you back here in a couple of days with the first of several posts on what I saw and did on a weekend trip to the Hudson Valley.

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From Art in the Studio: Hedda Sterne in 1951, the lone female "irascible" in the famous Life photo of 1951 .
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From Geoform: George Ortman working on Language in his studio in Castine, Maine
Photo: Lynn Braswell
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2 comments:

Nancy Natale said...

Thanks so much for linking to me, Joanne. I hope everyone finds these two unique artists as fascinating and inspiring as I did.

ken weathersby said...

Great stuff, Joanne, and I'm so glad you linked to the interview with George Ortman-- it's a good one!

--Ken