Wounded Soldier in the Night by Marcel Janco

Wounded Soldier in the Night by Marcel Janco Wounded Soldier in the Night1949DadaOil on cardboardIsrael Museum, Jerusalem Following the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948, Janco created a number of pieces that capture the injured, the praying, and the ones in retreat. In Wounded Soldier in the Night, the soldier is depicted curled up in a foetal … Continue reading Wounded Soldier in the Night by Marcel Janco

Graded Exposure by Kenneth Noland

Graded Exposure1967The Pictures GenerationAcrylic on canvasPrivate Collection Noland ventured into a new territory in the late 1960s with his Striped paintings. With ‘Graded Exposure’ measuring over six metres in width, he painted his stripes progressively thinner towards the top, suggesting the image is receding into the distance. The rainbow-effect also suggests a horizon extending beyond … Continue reading Graded Exposure by Kenneth Noland

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre2007-2012StarchitectureBaku, Azerbaijan Named after the controversial former president of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Heydar Aliyev cultural centre became a signature of the redevelopment of the city that began with Azerbaijan’s independence in 1991. Hadid was chosen as the architect after a competition in 2007. An example of her Parametricist style, it uses … Continue reading Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid

Delta Theta by Morris Louis

Delta Theta1961Colour Field PaintingAcrylic on canvasThe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. USA A classic work, Delta Theta is from Louis’ Unfurled series, which are among the most renowned works by the artist. Louis folded the massive canvas before pouring thinned acrylic paint down its surface. The colour, concentrated in the lower corners of … Continue reading Delta Theta by Morris Louis

Untitled #209, “History Portrait” Series by Cindy Sherman

Untitled #209, "History Portrait" Series1989Feminist ArtColour PhotographThe Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Sherman assumes the persona of the Mona Lisa in this three-quarter length, Italian Renaissance-style portrait. Not a true replica, the photo is intended to call the original painting to mind without copying it, somehow haunting the imitation with the original. Possibly it is suggesting … Continue reading Untitled #209, “History Portrait” Series by Cindy Sherman

Fluorescent Complement by Richard Anuszkiewicz

Fluorescent Complement1960Op ArtOil on canvasThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA An imperfectly geometric work, Fluorescent Complement is formed from warm green dots set against a cool blue background. From the early days of his career Anusszkiewicz was renowned for juxtaposing warm and cool colours in this way in order to toy with visual … Continue reading Fluorescent Complement by Richard Anuszkiewicz

A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon by David Hockney

A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon1984Pop Art, CubismOil on two canvassesMuseum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany Hockney draws on the language of Cubism in creating this view of the Santa Monica Canyon. Throughout his artistic life Cubism has been a strong influence on his style. In this piece Hockney expands the Cubist visual language … Continue reading A Visit with Christopher and Don, Santa Monica Canyon by David Hockney

El Khasné, Petra by Frederic Edwin Church

El Khasné, Petra1874RomanticismOil on canvasOlana State Historic Site, New York Church created several paintings following his travels across the Middle East during late 1860s and early 1870s. Capturing the vista of El Khasné in a dramatic glimpse of the neoclassical columns Petra emerging from the towering dark avenues of stone the revelation of the façade … Continue reading El Khasné, Petra by Frederic Edwin Church

Repeat and Reverse by Josef Albers

Repeat and Reverse1963BauhausStainless steel on concreteArt and Architecture Building, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Albers created the Repeat and Reverse sculpture at the request of Paul Rudolph, the architect of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University. Albers used a simple arrangement of steel bars to produce a three-dimensional illusion of planes that seemingly … Continue reading Repeat and Reverse by Josef Albers

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 19361936Modern PhotographyGelatin silver printCollection of Museum of the City of New York, New York, New York, USA The focus on the façade of the Exchange Court Building appears to define the space in-between the Adams Building and the North American Building. Abbot captured the narrow … Continue reading Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York1932SurrealismGelatin silver printCollection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA In this 1932 photograph by Abbott the white lights in the buildings and headlights of cars contrast starkly with the solid structures of the buildings that dominate the city. Abbot captured New York at night as a representation of the … Continue reading Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine1954Modern PhotographyVintage gelatin silver printCollection of Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse, New York, USA A lone male figure walking down the middle of a two-lane highway as though he owns the road in Maine, USA. Situated in the middle ground of the picture Abbott used to clear grey light to tie the … Continue reading Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Revolving Torsion Fountain by Naum Gabo

Revolving Torsion Fountain1972-3Kinetic ArtStainless SteelSt Thomas's Hospital, London, UK A public artwork, elegantly constructed from curved, stainless steel plates, Revolving Torsion represents the culmination of Kinetic art first explored over 50 years earlier by Gabo’s Kinetic Construction. The central abstract form makes a full rotation every ten minutes as water plumes emerge with various pressure … Continue reading Revolving Torsion Fountain by Naum Gabo

Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes) by Frida Kahlo

Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes)1951Naïve artOil on boardLos Angeles County Museum of Art, USA Weeping Coconuts is exemplary of the late work by Kahlo. She is best known for her psychological portraiture but she painted still life throughout her career. She created paintings of fresh fruits and vegetable produce as well as Mexican objects in her … Continue reading Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes) by Frida Kahlo

I Am Making Art by John Baldessari

I Am Making Art1971Conceptual ArtPerformance video https://youtu.be/u4YJfGmtAH8 In this video, Baldessari makes several arm movements reciting the phrase ‘I am making art’ after each movement. Baldessari, always aware of the power of choice in artistic practice such as choosing to paint something red and not blue or green, is carefully associating his arm movements with … Continue reading I Am Making Art by John Baldessari

La Butte Pinson by Maurice Utrillo

La Butte Pinson1905-08ImpressionismOil on card glued on woodMusée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France This painting demonstrates the lasting influence of Impressionism with its softened brushwork, blurred lines and hazy light. Utrillo‘s placing of leafless trees in the foreground between the viewer and the bright. Colourful huts in the distance creates vibrant, bright spots in a winter … Continue reading La Butte Pinson by Maurice Utrillo

Self Portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait1975Modern PhotographyPhotograph on paper, dry mounted on boardRobert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York, USA A young Mapplethorpe is posed shirtless against a white background for this black and white portrait, with a playful boyish smile and an arm stretched across the background wall, his body remains mostly out of frame. Self-portrait marks the transition from … Continue reading Self Portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp by Rembrandt

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp1632Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasMauritshuis Art Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands Posed awkwardly in a pyramid seven men with bright, white ruffs are watching Dr Tulp intently as he facilitates and anatomy lesson. Dr Tulp commands the righthand side of the painting, as he demonstrates on a male … Continue reading The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholas Tulp by Rembrandt