Modern Art in the 20’s

I was talking with a friend on Saturday and it made me think that it’s about time I discuss art that isn’t cursed. Instead, I will be looking at a few famous artists of 2020. My descriptions will be quite brief as I I have selected specific artists from around the world and I will be attaching their links so you will be able to read up their full stories and see some of their artworks.

Donald Judd, New York.

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Donald Judd has created many 3D, large-scale works with aluminium, steel and Plexiglass. Despite this, he has refused to be called a sculptor. He was big in pioneering the field of Minimalism. This year will be the first time in 30 years that the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be giving him a solo exhibition to showcase his works. Below is Judd’s works courtesy of artsy. You can find his artworks and where to purchase them if you’re an art aficionado. https://www.artsy.net/artist/donald-judd

Artemisia Gentileschi, London.

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Heralded as the best female Renaissance painter. She was granted a scholarship in the 1970’s and 1980’s, allowing her to enhance her painting skill. Due to a reassessment of female artists input in art history. Her art has a tendency to depict strong women performing acts of violence. Despite it being claimed that her artwork was an aftermath of being sexually assaulted, this has been brushed aside and she has been praised for the genius in her artworks. The National Gallery of London has managed to acquire her work, Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1615–17). Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/artemisia-gentileschi.

Otobong Nkanga, Berlin.

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This famous Nigeria-born artist combines research, drawing, installation and performance. She uses these tools to explore the interdependent relationship between man and land. In her exploration of how various cultures interpret different parts of nature, she traces how various minerals, goods and people move. Find her works and full biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/otobong-nkanga

Cao Fei, Beijing.

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Cao Fei has started to emerge as one of China’s most important artists since the countries Cultural Revolution. She makes use of multimedia to address critical issues in pop culture, tech and urban development. Her 47-minute film, Haze and Fog(2013) explores her alienation from the world. In it she blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Her UCCA presentation this year will be her first major solo exhibition in China. Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/cao-fei.

Alessandro Tomasetti, Barcelona.

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A Canadian born painter now living in Barcelona. He paints seductive and subversive paintings of men making use of tenebrous palettes and dramatic lighting. Unlike other painters of the male form, Tomasetti depicts the men’s vulnerability and sensitivity. Instead he paints in the same fashion one would to paint a female subject. This is seen through his prose and styling, as well as the glints and reflections used his work. He is a revolutionary painter, going against the norms of society. For more on Alessandro Tomasettie and his artworks click on the attached link. https://alessandrotomassetti.com/

Max Frintrop, Germany

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Frintrop’s incredible bursts of colour and pigmentation create the boisterous and archetypal canvases he is known for. His paintings convey a sense of urgency and directness that only true virtuoso painters can create. Frintrop, originally born in Oberhausen, now lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. His recent solo exhibitions among others took place in Cologne, Budapest and Brussels. Frintrop has also been included in many various selected art groups as a result of his work. For more on Frintrop go to:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/max-frintrop

Tomm El-Saieh, Haiti

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El-Saieh’s prints are large and enveloping swaths of colour with almost linguistic patterns forming grid-like artworks. Haitian by origin, El-Saieh now lives and works in Miami. Building his own encyclopedia of artworks, he creates amalgamations of Haitian painters and abstract American artworks. He takes particular inspiration for his abstract works from Haitian historical artists such as Levoy Exil and Prosper Pierre Louis. Their verve and energy provided him with the needed nudge into near complete abstraction. El-Saieh will be having exhibitions in Miami and Los Angelos. He is also the co-director of the Central Fine run by artists in Miami. For more info on El-Saieh go to: https://www.artbasel.com/stories/elisa-turner-interview-tomm-el-saieh

Tal R, Israel

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Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, currently living Denmark. Tal R was first known for his flamboyant colours and expansive imagery, his works constantly challenge the viewer’s knowledge of perspective and reflection. This technique causes the viewer to question the narrative based on what they know and see. A perfect example of this would be his solo exhibition entitled “Pink Road Through Forest” that took place in 2019. This exhibition takes the idea of visual theory and uses it to put the viewer in the middle of the artistic narrative. Visual theory employs a broad variety of mediums from sculpture and paintings to drawings or textile. This adds an intricacy in Tal R’s works by causing us to question our previously formed conceptions and presumptions of our surrounding reality. For more info on the artist and his works, go to: https://www.cheimread.com/artists/tal-r.

There are many great artists out there that have yet to be recognized. We used to tease my best friend about her art, saying that we would kill her then her art would be worth a fortune. Sadly for a lot of the famous artists of days gone-by this was a reality. Today, however, this is no longer a reality with new artists getting discovered daily. Using technology we are able to go further than any of our predecessors ever could. As demonstrated by the works of Cao Fei. We are able to use platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as a host of other platforms that are being established all the time. The friend who suggested this topic is herself an artist, for more on her art check out her page https://www.facebook.com/cmrencken/. She’s really talented, has a deep passion for art and is constantly exploring new mediums.

These are only a few of the new artists that have made their debut in the art world, but there are many more gifted artists out there. I recommend you look up some of these artists, with the advent of social media it makes it so much easier to discover new artists. I myself am following one I came across on Pinterest (you can find his work on my pinterest page, AvidUpdates).

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God bless you all, my darling avidReaders.

Cursed Paintings

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I heard over the weekend about a painting that was associated with various suspicious activities. A friend had this painting in his house and his accounts correlated with various other witness reports. It got me wondering about this painting and how many others there are out there. I’m going to start out with his testimony in his own words concerning the events around his cursed painting.

“…we had one in our house when I was a baby and well weird and wounded **** happened there and we had a fire in that house…I don’t know the full story [I] was too young but when I got older strange things did happen [and I] heard someone walking around but there was no one. Also heard knocking on walls and stuff like that.”

There are many others out there. These paintings, despite their value as artworks, are almost impossible to sell because of the stigma attached to them.

THE CRYING BOY by Giovanni Bragolin, 1950.

The painting my friend owned is the one famously known as ‘The Crying Boy’. The painting is below.

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This painting was completed in the 1950s by Giovanni Bragolin. Giovanni apparently painted 60 different paintings. Prints and reprints of these paintings have continued into the 80s. These copies all depicted crying children. Howevere, in 1985, these copies stopped. There was an incident in Rotherham which was publicized by The Sun. This incident involved a fire breaking out in May and Ron Hall’s home. This was attributed to chips left frying on the stove. In the years that followed, the painting became well known for attracting fire and misery in boys. Firefighters also report that when responding to these incidents, the paintings always remain unscathed.

A fellow blogger of the unknown shared this testimony with me:

“When I was a young child in the 70s, I became fascinated by a painting in my grandmother’s house. The painting was a cheap print of a well-known piece, and was hung on the living room wall of her small terraced house. The reason I was so fascinated was that the picture depicted a child. The boy was a similar age to me and for some reason looked sad and downcast, tears brimming from his troubled eyes. I was so attached to the painting I even gave the sad child a name. A few years after the painting went up on the wall, there was a devastating kitchen fire in the house. While the kitchen was destroyed, the rest of the house was undamaged. Despite this, the painting of the boy was removed and thrown into a skip along with the contents of the kitchen. For years it puzzled me why my grandmother did this until I read a series of articles about a cursed painting. That painting was ‘The Crying Boy’.” –Exemplore; Hubpages. If you want to know more, go onto her profile at “https://exemplore.com.”

LOVE LETTERS by Andrew King

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In the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Viewers of this painting have some weird things to report. Some claim when they looked directly at it, they felt dizzy or sick. Some viewers have even claimed to have levitated when they closed their eyes to look away from this painting. This painting was created by painter Andrew King. In the year 1887, Samantha Houston, the 4-year old daughter of a US Senator fell to her death down a flight of stairs. Some say that due to her near resemblance to the girl in the painting, her spirit haunts the hotel. It’s been said that the expression on the painting sometimes changes and the phantom of a little girl playing with a ball has also been spotted.

THE HANDS RESIST HIM by Bill Stoneham

THE HANDS RESIST HIM/eBAY HAUNTED PAINTING

Painted in 1972, by Bill Stoneham, “Hands Resist Him” has become famously known as the “eBay Haunted Painting”. It depicts a boy and girl doll standing in front of a shop window. According to Stoneham, the little boy is based on a photo of himself at age 5. The doorway is a dividing line between the real world and the realm of impossibility. The little girl is a guide into this unknown world, whilst the hands represent parallel worlds or possibilities. The painting is supposedly cursed and was first displayed in the 1970s as Stoneham’s sole work. The first claim to its haunting was after it was purchased by a couple off eBay. In the painting’s eBay description, the couple made various startling claims. The description led to a wildfire online and before long everyone was talking about the Hands Resist Him. Amidst the speculation surrounding this painting was reports that its first gallery owner as well as its first art critic were said to have been supposedly killed by the painting.

eBay Description.

“When we received this painting, we thought it was really good art. A “PICKER ” had found it abandoned behind an old brewery. At the time we wondered a little why a seemingly perfectly fine painting would be discarded like that. ( TODAY WE DON’T !!! ) One morning our 4 and 1/2 year old daughter claimed, that the children in the picture were fighting, and coming into the room during the night. Now, I don’t believe in UFOs or Elvis being alive, but my husband was alarmed. To my amusement he set up a motion triggered camera for the nights. After three nights there were pictures. The last two pictures shown are from that ‘stakeout’. After seeing the boy seemingly exiting the painting under threat, we decided, the painting has to go. Please judge for yourself…”

For the full report go to https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/hands-resist-him-ebay-haunted-painting

I have only mentioned three such disturbing paintings, but there are so many out there. In future, I hope to cover the paintings I was unable to in this post. Check out the attached links for more info on these cursed paintings.

God bless you all my avidReaders.