Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Semi-Finals: Sheeler v. Signac!

"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Fifth Round Match.  It pits Sheeler (4-0, 32-13, .711) against Signac (4-0, 28-17, .622). They beat Schwitters and Sir Stanley Spenser, respectively.

Charles Sheeler
1883 - 1965
Sheeler found and captured the beauty of the functional design of factories, barns, and skyscrapers, but also the allure of the inherent geometric abstraction of these structures. He was considered one of the artists most in tune with the modernization and industrialization of America, as his work revealed how the American pioneer spirit had transferred from exploring natural frontiers to the technological and industrial progress of the nation. - The Art
  • Beat Cindy Sherman in in Round 1.
  • Defeated Jan Siberechts easily in Round 2.
  • Beat Georges Seurat in Round 3 by a two-vote margin. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Kurt Schwitters in Round 4 by a safe margin.

Paul Signac
1863 - 1935
Signac's style changed substantially as he incorporated the techniques and theories of Neo-Impressionism (also known as "Divisionism" and "Pointillism") that he developed in collaboration with Georges Seurat.... While he is best known for his paintings and well-developed preparatory sketches, Signac was also an innovator in his extensive experimentation with a variety of media, from printmaking techniques like lithography and etching to watercolor and pen-and-ink, including painstaking sketches for paintings produced in tiny dots. Regardless of the medium, he persistently created forms without relying on line, which imposed a consistent level of abstraction on all of his work. - The Art
  • Defeated Luca Signorelli easily in Round 1.
  • Beat Paula Modersohn-Becker in Round 2 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Got past Rennaisance Estonian Michiel Sittow in the Third Round.
  • Beat Sir Stanley Spencer in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

First guy! I love the urban art that he has done here.

mrs.5000 said...

My man Charles Sheeler! May I point out he did lovely domestic interiors also? And rural landscapes? Mmmmmm, focus. As for Signac--I don't mind the pointillists, but could do without that lurid cotton-candy glow.

Morgan said...

Neither of these feel strong enough for the Fifth Round. Sheeler.

boonec1974 said...

Nora love Signac, saying, "I really like that you can see all the dots that he made it out of. It makes it look really cool. Also, even though he didn't use realistic colors he used colors that a sunset would have and sunsets are really pretty."

I'll go with Sheeler. Ive more down on both of these artists than other voters, but less down on Sheeler.

UnwiseOwl said...

I'm backing Signac. I wouldn't be heartbroken if Sheeler beat him, though.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes-by-mail for Sheeler

Michael5000 said...

I really like the new Sheeler, and I don't like the last Signac at all -- or any pointalism applied to human figures, really -- but, you know what? I think I prefer Signac's abstractions of form to Sheeler's.

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pfly said...

Interesting.... Sheeler for me.

Michael5000 said...

Who says Americans can't paint? No one, as far as I know, but if anyone did they'd surely be silenced by Sheeler becoming the third Unitedstatsian to push through to the Sixth Round. We can call him "Charles the Antipointelist, since he's now knocked out the two most high-profile representatives of that method. In this one, it's eight votes to four.

Signac will wait over on the Left to see whether he'll be taking on Rivera, H. Rousseau, Sisly, or Rosa.

Michael5000 said...

Looks like it's gonna be Rivera, if you were wondering.