Today’s Artists Documentaries and Videos

Today's Artists Documentaries and Videos


Baroque Artists Documentaries and Videos

Our latest additions to our Art History Series are artists from the Baroque movement.
Baroque Art Documentaries

Janet Kuypers’ “in Autumn, Love is in the Air” poetry show 10/7/17

    Below are video links from a October 7th 2017 (10/7/17, or 20171007) poetry performance (with accompanying music “the Ice is Melting” from the HA!Man of South Africa) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions Welcomes Autumn! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center where she read poetry about autumn, as well as poetry about relationships and love, all accompanied by music (as well as a rotating art display).

    Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show, and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “in Autumn, Love is in the Air” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Poems in this show include:
Sepia Leaves
Autumn (2017 Dripping Springs/Bahá’í Center edit)
Who You Tell Your Dreams To
You and Me and Your Girlfriend
The Way You Tease Me
And I’m Wondering
Just by Holding his Hand
Marry You in Autumn
Looking for a Worthy Adversary (an extreme sestina variation)

Famous Modern Artists

Famous Modern Artists


Famous Modern Artists, modern art as we know it begins with Manet and the Impressionist movement. It was Manet who first challenged the driving concepts in art, and who first challenged the viewer, his sensibilities, lifestyle and very interpretation of what art is. What art is, is the question of modern art. Realism and representation are outweighed by interpretation and esoteric meaning. Artist moon as a group, and that is why we think of art in movements. The major Renaissance movement was precipitated by science and culture and each movement thereafter has been similarly affected by technology and cultural movement. Impressionism was preceded by Turner in many ways but artists like our famous modern artists Monet, Pizarro, and Cézanne redefined landscape art. In many ways, Cézanne represents the advent of true modernism because he broke the landscape into abstraction. Also, Picasso can be called the father of modern art, because he is the true father of abstract art. Cubism became the first real challenge of our modern artistic era. Like the Renaissance and the Impressionist movements, the modern movement, as we know it, began with drastic changes in our society. Cubism coincides with the Industrial Revolution of the early 20th century. Abstract expressionism and modern art from famous modern artists of contemporary art represents the result of the Industrial Revolution.

Which Way is Up | Survey | Jade

Our first entry in the category of Which Way is Up Paintings is D. M. Jackson and Jade. He poses the question, “Which three Jades do I kill by signing my painting thereby assigning an orientation?”. If you are an abstract artist, you have probably posed this question. If you can create a “different” expression in all orientations, send it to us.
Just for fun, pick a Jade!

Which Way is Up Survey
Pick a Jade

Women in Art History

The first of a series on women artists. We like what Frieze has done in their new series of interviews, Women in Art History which the appropriately call “Bow Down”. Kudos. We find a big difference in the music from the ladies in our series Female Jazz Musicians. When the ladies are isolated, their music is better than the men. Sorry gentlemen, you need to slow down and quit competing.

Artistic Intent | Statements and Modern Art | Is it the Art or the Words?

“He seeks to represent a didactic response to conceptual perception, preferring to represent color as an alternative to concept rather than as a denial of form.”  WTF?
The painting presented might be pink marshmallows with toothpicks and ribbons. We, the public, are told that we should weep when viewing a Rothko, that Pollock had such control of his “drip” and that we are to understand the statement of intent and connect it to these pink marshmallows. The pink marshmallows may be really good art and it may remind you of that pink chiffon blouse that your Aunt Mabel wore and you buy the art. When you show it to your friends, do you mention a didactic response or Aunt Mabel? Whose “meaning” for the painting is more valid, yours or that of the artist? Which is more interesting, the realization of intent or the magic of individual perception?
When we view the cave art from 35,000 years ago, we discuss and guess the intent but we celebrate the wonderful realization of the art and perception. What was the intent of Michelangelo’s David, the Mona Lisa? Those artists didn’t have to write one. The intent may have been evident in the art. We are left to determine what is said by more concrete evidence in the art than today. The Impressionists didn’t have to say anything, the Cubists were quiet. Even Marcel Duchamp didn’t have to say, “I declare this urinal to be art.” Words were written by others. The artist just put it in front of you and the newspaper would decode the intent.
Modern Art seems to require a resume and words that let us know that the artist has taken a journey we don’t quite understand. Left alone in the museum, we’ll gravitate on our own based upon perception and not intent.

When I visited the Louvre as a young serviceman, I didn’t know what I was seeing. It seemed to my green uneducated eyes that a lot of churches in the past seemed to want a picture of the Crucifixion. All seemed to have the same intent. When your intent is to paint the king, your intent is to please the king. The impressionists also seemed to have the same impressionist intent, to represent the moment. When the art is a radical departure, it needs no statement.
So why is the statement of intent so important today in the art world? The importance of words is right here on this modern page. Art has always been about the words, the discussion. Visit an opening and it feels like a bunch of people standing around talking. It’s not that the art is secondary but modern art needs the words. Duchamp’s urinal is no longer a urinal. It’s art because he said it was, the gallery owner let him say it and the paper wrote about it. The public is informed and educated with words.

Is it the art or the words? The first words on the art are the name of the artist. In that regard, it’s the words. Without the right words there, the statement of intent is for the gallery owner. “Here is what I was going for” and here is my resume. Art has become a job for which we apply.
If we make it, the words tell the public when to weep.

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david-michael-jackson by Kyle Baker

David Michael Jackson is the Publisher of Artvilla and other websites. He’s a poet, a musician and outsider artist. “I write a poem when the blog needs one. It’s like getting on the road without a destination. The poem seems to go somewhere on its own. I like to paint with no intent other than to put paint on the canvas. The next day, I’ll change it without knowing why except that it’s not “there”.  If I’m my only customer I want to discover something or at least go looking . My latest abstract is Painting with No Up or Down. It’s up to you what it means.”

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