Born in Czechoslovakia in 1938, Josef Koudelka is an extremely gifted and prolific artist, whose black and white photographs miraculously combine decisive and often painful moments of documentary with the beauty of elegantly controlled compositions.
Among the most well known and commercially successful American artists today are Kehinde Wiley and John Currin, both figurative painters of amazing skill, and both drawing inspiration from the art of Old Masters.
Several graffiti writers were approached and given an opportunity to go to the Getty Research Institute and examine the rare manuscripts, and to grant them the opportunity to be a part of the entire process, from birth to execution.
We all have a social responsibility to continue the defragmentation process if this city is to become a world-class city, and whatever your tools and strength may be, that should become your weapon of choice.
Most of my ideas of what contemporary art looks like are based on seeing photos in magazines and jpeg images on the net. Unless you live in a major city, and are devoted to visiting museums and galleries, you likely have the same problem.
For the first time in 823 years, July has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. There are still three fabulous July weekends to enjoy, even if next weekend is the much anticipated Carmageddon!
When oil tycoon J. Paul Getty died in 1976, he left his boutique Malibu museum nearly his entire $700 million dollar personal fortune--transforming it overnight into the world's wealthiest art institution.