Evolution of Abstractions: Philip Guston Now

Evolution of Abstractions: Philip Guston Now

“I don’t know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing to directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere.”– Philip Guston Philip Guston was continually trying to define painting, calling it everything from an “illusion” […]

Frank Stella: In Pursuit of Ever-Evolving Experimentation

Frank Stella has always been a jazz fan. His earlier work was positively influenced by jazz music which was visible in his paintings and all that peculiar dynamics. Similarly to jazz patterns, when rhythm goes syncopated beats, the composition in Stella’s 1964 work “Hyena Stomp” may seem a little twisted. And yet beautifully off-beat. It […]

The Myth and Genius of Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock in front of ‘Summertime: Number 9A’ for LIFE magazine, 1949 | Image source: kazoart.com

“Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.” – Jackson Pollock Jackson Pollock’s painting technique was far from conventional. Not only were his canvases typically laying on […]

Isamu Noguchi and His Art During Japanese Internment Camp

“For one with a background like myself, the question of identity is very uncertain. And I think it’s only in art that it was ever possible for me to find any identity at all.” – Isamu Noguchi It’s been 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt would sign Executive Order 9066 which relocated and incarcerated […]

American Abstraction: The CIA’s Art Collection Revealed

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, U.S.

Trust the CIA to always be enveloped in a shroud of secrecy to the extent that it was once believed that even its art collection was heavily guarded and highly confidential. To be fair, the museum run by the CIA which is housed at its Langley headquarters and for obvious reasons, is not open to […]