From online dictionary, the definition of collage is: "A piece of art made by placing different materials such as photos, paper, or fabric onto a substrate".
Artists through out time have created collages. Henri Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Romare Bearden are fine examples of this, but many art 'snobs' have refused to call it an art form. I would like to present to you this month an abbreviated "The History of Collage" by Sandy Diamond followed by some collages I have completed recently.
"This is the way I remember what I was taught in art school long ago. I cannot swear it is accurate; in fact I swear it isn't. And yet - even if history proves me wrong - I'm sticking by my story.
Collage - from the French word "to paste" - was invented by Picasso and Braque during the First World War when artists' pigments were used for bombers. Slowly all the painters ran out of paint. It still breaks my heart to think of it. They write to each other, asking "Perhaps you have some extra blue?" I have seen the correspondence of an Impressionist who told his friends: "Pissaro is out of alizarin! For God's sake, can you help?" But the dates are wrong, perhaps that was an earlier war.
I wish I had been there when Braque or Picasso saw a scrap of blue paper in the waste basket, plucked it out, smoothed the creases.
What I love about collage is how the touching or not touching of torn edges suggests desire. And its promise of redemption: you arrange fragments into a pattern paste them down, call it your life."
Now for some of my current collages.
MUST NOT MISS
- MOMA now offers an illustrated children's book "Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity" which tells the artist's life story.
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens November 1st.
- The National Geographic announced that Antonio Banderas will star as Picasso in its second season of "Genius" which will debut in 2018.
- Jasper Johns plans to turn his Connecticut home & studio into an artist's retreat.
- The Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado continues the photography of Fazal Sheikh through November 12th.
- Vivo Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico presents "The Rich World of Perception" through October 31st.
- The Santa Fe Book Arts group annual show is on view at The Round House, Santa Fe, New Mexico through December 15th.
- The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico's latest show is "T.J. Mabrey: On the Square" from October 6th through the 30th.
- The Taos Museum of Art at the Fechin House, Taos, New Mexico latest exhibition "Walter Gonske: A Retrospective" is on view through January 7, 2018.
- "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's" will remain on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio through January 14, 2018.
- "Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins" is on view at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas through February 25, 2018.
- The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri presents "Through the Eyes of Picasso" from October 20th through April 8th, 2018.
- "Modigliani Unmasked" continues at the Jewish Museum of Art in New York City through February 4th, 2018.
- "Max Ernst: Beyond Painting" is on view at MOMA in New York City through January 1, 2018.
- "Walker Evans" is on view at MOMA, San Francisco, California through February 4, 2018.
- "Basquiat: Boom for Real Review" is on view at the Barbican Centre, London, England through January 28, 2018.
- "Matisse in the Studio" is presented at the Royal Academy of Art, London, England through November 12th.
- "Kader Attia" can be viewed at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia through November 19th.
- "Paul Klee" will remain on view at Fondation Beyeler, Basel in Basel, Switzerland through January, 21, 2018.
I will close by wishing you a beautiful autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and a gorgeous spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
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