Monthly Archives: March 2018
When you hear the name O’keefe, who comes to mind? Most likely, Georgia. Her sensual flowers in pastel colors and bright paintings of desert landscapes have become iconic. But what if you were Georgia O’keefe’s sister and wanted to be an artist? Would you be able to abstract from its influence and create your own original images? Artist IDA O’keefe (1889 — 1961) for many decades lost in the shadow of his more famous sister — and only now receives its own recognition.
Georgie was only two years older than IDA, but their characters are separated from each other at a distance of light years. The first purposefully built his career: studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the League of student artists in new York and at the Teachers College of Columbia University. She studied craft and mechanics — technique, perspective, shadows, charcoal, oil, watercolors, the virtuoso brushstroke of William Merritt chase. Continue reading
The XX century was generous with artistic experiments, performances, plexus of different types of art, plotless, symbolic, abstract, provocative actions. But with all this defiant diversity, there is one theatrical production a century ago that still looks avant-garde and bold. It is periodically revived by choreographers for contemporary theater festivals and is constantly quoted: in fashion collections, in photographs, design, stage images. This is Oscar Schlemmer’s Triadic ballet, which premiered in Stuttgart in 1922.
“Triadic ballet” was actually an experimental student production, but, like most of the developments conceived and carried out within the walls of the Bauhaus, it became a cult work and changed not only theatrical art, but also design, painting and sculpture. Continue reading