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!


Morgan said...

A vote for Yeats, who was the most obviously-harmed-by-seeding artist in the entire tournament. I fully expect him to place first.

A vote for Reinhardt, who I like better than the other five remaining artists.

I don't think anyone here particularly deserves a negative vote, nor does anyone else catch my eye. My last two votes will be abstentions.

Candida said...

For: Domenichino, Lochner, Yeats, Tobey.

boonec1974 said...

This is all very exciting! I’m already looking forward to voting for Chagall!

I’ll cast a vote for Lochner (who I like a lot), Domenichino, and Vouet. Reinhardt and Tobey don’t do much for me. And I almost like Yeats’ Impressionism squared, but they’re all just a bit too sloppy; it’s like they’re melting.

I will take this chance to vote against Fautrier, as I believe the rules have afforded me. His paintings, though unique, I find ugly; which matters right?

boonec1974 said...

I decided to answer my own question, and realized I sometimes do like ugly art, if it's trying to elicit an emotion. After some research, I was unable to determine the purpose behind the corroding lady but found his Hostages series (based on his experiences from WWII), and they were just as discomforting as intended. (I also came across his Objects series, that I liked a bit.) I guess I shouldn't have to know his purpose, but it helped me at least give him chance. Not enough to earn a vote but enough to lose my negative one.

Which gave me an extra vote, which I certainly plan to use. Black-on-black painters are definitely worthy of negative vote IMO, but I kind of liked Ad's earlier cubist paintings. And anyway, the more I look at them, the more I like the intricate Tobeys. So my anti-vote for Fautrier will need to be switched to a vote for Tobey. The Ladder: What a journey already!

DrSchnell said...

For: Domenichino, Yeats, Tobey
Against: Reinhardt

Chance said...

For: Vouet, Domenichino.

Some of these artists I would enjoy never seeing again.

boonec1974 said...

Elliott: "I Like Vouet a lot. And Domenchino. Oh, and I'll definitely vote against Reinhardt.

Nora votes for Domenchino, Tobey, Vouet, and Lochner. When asked if she'd prefer to cast a pro vote against someone, said, "All art is art no matter how it looks."

Michael5000 said...

Somebody on FB -- hey, it's me! -- says "Yeats for sure, then Lochner and Reinhardt, and... yeah, I'm going to say Fautrier."

mrs.5000 said...

What fun! I like Tobey, Lochner, and Vouet. Then I'll go with--hmmm, Yeats over Fautrier, but only by a hair.

Michael5000 said...

Susan says: "I VOTE for Stefan Lochner & Jack Butler Yeats. The rest should rest in their obscurity!"

UnwiseOwl said...

Phew, just in time.
I vote FOR Vouet, Domenichino and Yeats and AGAINST Reinhardt.
I strongly endorse making the tournament ever more complicated.

Michael5000 said...

Rung #1 is closed. Rung #2, however, is now open!