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A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily. 

German painter and sculptor, Anselm Kiefer, was "fortunate" enough to have had the entire continent of Europe as his canvas. Born in 1945 in postwar Europe, Kiefer has spent his entire career exploring how his country rebuilt itself in the aftermath of World War II.

Kiefer is unique in that he never steered clear of, or avoided, his country's controversial past history. The guilt and horror of the Holocaust and the Nazi rule wasn't something represented in art previously. Kiefer took on that subject with a vengeance. Early on, Kiefer incorporated German mythology into his works; and in the following years, he tested out the idea of the Kabbalah. His themes, throughout his career, have continued to include Hebrew and Egyptian history. As you can see, his range is quite wide. 

Incorporating materials such as ash, clay and straw, the pieces Kiefer creates aren't filled with hope and lightness. Nevertheless, they are important in ensuring that we understand the pragmatism of regaining a corrupted culture after the horrors of it's past.

Through August 27th, Anselm Kiefer displays pieces of ugliness and war at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Art Museum.

"The Fertile Crescent”.

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How beautiful... and striking!

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“Die Orden der Nacht” (“The Orders of the Night,” 1996), acrylic, emulsion, and shellac on canvas (Seattle Art Museum).

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Anselm Kiefer, “Margarethe” (1981) oil, acrylic, emulsion, and straw on canvas (The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

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Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: Anselm Kiefer PAINTER GERMAN ARTIST NSU MUSEUM

Donald Sultan's new style

April 16, 2017

Born in Asheville, NC to artsy parents, Donald Sultan became interested in art early on. Getting his MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago, Sultan became best known for his large-scale compositions of flowers and fruit set against dark backgrounds. Most familiar to many, "New Image" treatment is what Sultan's movement became known as. 

Sultan's "New Image" works might be the most recognizable, but it's his Industrial Paintings that we especially love. It's the dark side of Sultan... the" Disaster Paintings" were recently shown together for the first time in a national tour. The 11 paintings (from a larger series of more than 70) were created between 1984 and 1990. Depicting a dark palette and "everyday" disasters of modern life, they're meant to provoke apprehension and tinker on the verge of unconsciousness... just as you're awaiting for "something bad to happen".

Sad but gorgeous. It's appropriate that during this time of so many worldly disasters, we take notice and "take it all in".

Switching Signals, May 29 1987

Now through April 23, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will feature Sultan's show.

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Donald Sultan, Polish Landscape II, Jan 5, 1990 (Auschwitz), 1990. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of The Broad Art Foundation. Courtesy of Lowe Art Museum.

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Firemen March from 1985.

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Donald Sultan, in front of one of his "iconic" New Image paintings.

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Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: DONALD SULTAN INDUSTRIAL PAINTINGS

With each growing up in Russia and graduating from a prestigious St. Petersburg Art Academy; it must be meant to be as Igor and Marina eventually got married and now collaborate on each wonderful piece of art they make. What makes this possible is that they come to the canvas from completely different perspectives. Igor is masterful in appreciating how to play off abstract images. He also has a great sense of color... it's never the color that overpowers the subject. On the other hand, Marina draws new images based off Old Masters' paintings, specifically those of the Italian and Dutch Renaissance eras.

It was studying the techniques of religious Russian art, becoming especially inspired by the work of Andrei Rublev and Dionysius alongside those of the West European Renaissance, that brought Igor and Marina to where they are today. And by researching the deeply spiritual figures of more modern masters such as Chagall and Kandinsky, Igor and Marina were able to meld additional techniques into their works. 

What we love is the subtle Russian influences that blend in seamlessly. Clearly influenced by their childhood, both Igor and Marina pay beautiful tribute to their strong heritage.

From the collection of "The Other Side of the Looking Glass", we especially love "Soul Mates", Oil on canvas, 46/70" (117/178 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor and Marina

Another beauty... "Isabella" triptych. Oil on canvas, 68/124" (173/315 CM) from the collection of "Renaissance That Never Was".

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marnia

How pretty is the gold leaf application? "Rite of Spring" comes from "All the World is a Stage". Oil, acrylic with a 23K gold leaf on canvas, 3D. 60/48" (152/122 CM)

Image courtesy of: Igor & Marina

This talented duo says that their strongest influences are those of the Russian icons. Lucky for us, Igor and Marina live near our hometown of Chicago (in Evanston). We are very excited about their upcoming April show at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery!

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Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: IGOR & MARINA RUSSIAN BORN PAINTERS

The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is opening Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, on April 1st. The exhibition is the first dedicated to Davis (1892–1964) in 20 years.

Stuart David was a key player in the development of American Modernism. Approximately 75 works have been compiled for the show. Together they reveal Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, and the rhythms of jazz into colorful works. We are looking forward to seeing the show in an upcoming trip to San Francisco.  

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, oil on canvas by Stuart Davis, 1945–51. 

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Stuart Davis, 1939.

Stuart Davis, 1939 Jan. 25/Sol Horn, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Digital ID: 2053)

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Stuart Davis, Summer Landscape #2, 1892 - 1964.
 
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Stuart Davis, Report from Rockport, 1940.

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Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: DE YOUNG MUSEUM

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