Thursday, November 29, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination: Rockwell v. Picasso

Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination continues with this match pairing Norman Rockwell (6-1, 64-24, .727) against Pablo Picasso (7-1, 69-28, .711).  About which, I don't think there's much to say beyond: Norman Rockwell!  Against Pablo Picasso!  

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
Rockwell was a careful craftsman with an ability to represent detail realistically. The subjects of most of his illustrations were taken from everyday family and small-town life and were often treated with a touch of humour. Though loved by the public, Rockwell’s work was dismissed by most critics as lacking artistic merit and authentic social observation.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
Pablo Picasso [was] one of the greatest and most-influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, and the legend lives on—a tribute to the vitality of the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombre…piercing” eyes who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that contributed significantly to and paralleled the whole development of modern art in the 20th century.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Turner v. Escher!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs J.M.W. Turner (5-1, 56-22, .718) against M.C. Escher (4-1, 46-23, .667).  They are quite different!  I wonder who will win more votes!  Let's find out!

J.M.W. Turner
1775 - 1850
He raised landscape painting to new heights of imagination and profundity. His colossal seas explode out of the frame and his skies envelop you in dizzying symphonies of emotion. He is at one and the same time a consummate observer of nature and a poet who paints from soul to soul.... All great art is complex and Turner’s does justice to the complexity of life.
- The Guardian

M. C. Escher
1898 - 1972
The artist who created some of the most memorable images of the 20th century was never fully embraced by the art world. There is just one work by Maurits Cornelis Escher in all of Britain’s galleries and museums, and it was not until his 70th birthday that the first full retrospective exhibition took place in his native Netherlands. Escher was admired mainly by mathematicians and scientists, and found global fame only when he came to be considered a pioneer of psychedelic art by the hippy counterculture of the 1960s.
- The Guardian

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Ladder of Art -- Rung #1

Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday, November 30.  For Rules and Reasons, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.

1581 - 1641

Tournament Record: Placed 507th (tie).  Lost to Donatello and Dosso Dossi. 3 votes for, 21 votes against (.125).

Jean Fautrier
1898 - 1964

Tournament Record: Placed 511th.  Lost to Lyonel Feininger and Henri Fantin-Latour. 2 votes for, 22 votes against (.083).

Stefan Lochner
1442 - 1451

Tournament Record: Placed 507th (tie). Lost to El Lissitzky and Filippino Lippi. 3 votes for, 21 votes against (.125).

Ad Reinhardt
1913 - 1967

Tournament Record: Placed 510th.  Lost to Paula Rego and Robert Rauschenberg. 2 votes for, 20 votes against (.091).

Mark Tobey
1890 - 1976

Tournament Record: Paced 506th.  Lost to Titian and Jacopo Tintoretto. 2 votes for, 20 votes against (.130).

Simon Vouet
1590 - 1649

Tournament Record: Placed 509th.  Lost to Maurice de Vlaminck and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. 2 votes for, 16 votes against (.111).

Jack Butler Yeats
1871 - 1957

Tournament Record: Placed 512th (last).  Lost to Andrew Wyeth and Wright of Derby. 1 vote for, 19 votes against (.050).

Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round TIEBREAKER: Church v. Hopper!

Here's the second half of the tiebreaker duo that started Tuesday to resolve the Caravaggio/Church tie and the Klimt/Hopper tie.

Frederick Church
1826 - 1900
From the first, Church showed a remarkable talent for drawing and a strong inclination to paint in a crisp, tightly focused style. During the late 1840s and early 1850s Church experimented with a variety of subjects, ranging from recognizable views of American scenery, to highly charged scenes of natural drama, to imaginary creations based on biblical and literary sources.... Gradually, however, he began to specialize in ambitious works that combined carefully studied details from nature in idealized compositions that had a grandeur and seriousness beyond the usual efforts of his contemporaries.
- National Gallery of Art
  • Brutalized 13th Century master Cimabue in Round 1.
  • Lambasted Dutch still-life specialist Pieter Claesz in Round 2.
  • Took down the popular Joseph Cornell in what was described as a "cruel" Round 3 pairing.
  • Stunned Paul Cézanne in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Fell hard to Gustave Caillebotte in Round 5.
  • Tied with Caravaggio in his first attempt at the Left Bracket Fifth Round. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

Edward Hopper
1882 - 1967
By the late 1920s, Hopper developed his mature style, characterized by depictions of lonely urban and small town scenes in which there may be only a few silent, solitary figures. Often he shows only the drab architecture, devoid of human life. Hopper’s vision of the American scene was one of alienation and anxiety. His life and art were remarkably consistent: a very private person, he endowed the figures in his paintings with a similar sense of detachment. Hopper divided his time between a small apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village and trips to New England, continuing to synthesize and distill his observations of contemporary life into hauntingly familiar scenes.
- The Phillips Collection
  • Took out French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in Round 1.
  • Knocked Raoul Dufy into the Left Bracket in Round 2.
  • Had a solid victory over Ingres in Round 3.
  • Beat Frida Kahlo in Round 4 by a respectable margin.
  • Lost to Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo in Round 5 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Tied with Gustav Klimt in his first attempt at the Left Bracket Fifth Round. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!