Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #30/64

Faceoff #1: Bonnard v. Kitaj

Pierre Bonnard
1867 - 1947

Tied with Richard Parkes Bonington in his initial Round 1 outing, in March 2012.
Lost to Banksy in Round 1.


R B Kitaj
1932 - 2007
American; worked in Britain

Lost to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Round 1.

Faceoff #2: Klein v. Kline

Yves Klein
1928 - 1962

Crushed by Paul Klee in Round 1.


Franz Kline
1910 - 1962

Crushed by Gustav Klimt in Round 1.

Vote for the two artists of your choice! Votes generally go in the comments, but have been known to arrive by email, by postcard, or in a sealed envelope.

Please note that you may vote only once in each face-off.  Opining that both of the artists in one of the two face-offs is superior to the other is fine, but casting your votes for two artists in the same face-off is not permissible.


Morgan said...

Kitaj on top, and Klein on the bottom. I will almost certainly vote against Klein in the next round.

Chuckdaddy said...

You know, last round I really got on my high horse about my dislike for Klein. Which is a little ridiculous when I think some of the other artists I've casted votes for. I'm not sure why, but something about him copyrighting his type of blue really rubbed me the wrong way. But this time I'm going to try to have more of an open mind and I hate to admit it… But that blue is pretty damn soothing. He might be the definition of a one-trick pony, but I think I prefer him slightly to Kline's sloppy calligraphy.

On the top I thought I'd go Kitaj. But as I perused a bunch of Bonnard's, I suddenly I got this eerie feeling like they were life slowly turning into blots of colors. Kind of like backwards painting. Totally trippy dude! Perhaps he shouldn't get credit for this, but he'll get my vote over the interesting but kind of crowded pictures by Kitaj.

Ben said...

Bonnard and Kline.

mrs.5000 said...

I think Kitaj is interesting, but I'll go with Bonnard for his luminous color and enticingly cropped dailiness. I've seen quite a few of his paintings in museums, and they generally delight me. On the lower faceoff, I'll take Kline's bold over Klein's blue.

Christine M. said...

Bonnard and Kline.

Elizabeth said...

Bonnard and Kline for me as well, please.

DrSchnell said...

Kitaj on the first, abstain on the second, since "Bah, humbug," and "kids these days." It looks like 1962 was a good year for getting rid of artists I don't much care for.

pfly said...

Kitaj and ...well, Kline seems like a lesser Motherwell, and Yves had a performance art aspect that is lost by just seeing the results, but still. Kline.

Nichim said...

Kitaj and Kline

Michael5000 said...

Here's an emailed vote for Bonnard. Just Bonnard.

Michael5000 said...

Bonnard! And Klein.

Candida said...

Bonnard and Klein.

Michael5000 said...

OK, up top we've got eight votes for Bonnard against four for Kitaj. Down below, it's Kline over Klein by a margin of six to four. Kitaj and Klein, alas, join to ranks of the two-and-out, but that's just something that has to happen to 25% of our artists!