Modern Canadian Artist Sandra Chevrier: a Hyperrealistic Painter of Women

September 21, 2018

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Sandra Chevrier – Canadian artist, born on September 23, 1983.


Sandra Chevrier currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. She is a full-time artist and single mom, who works out of her home studio. Chevrier, who calls herself a “gaze collector,” creates hyperrealistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer.

Reinterpreting the superhero mask, Chevrier covers these images with a collage of comic book prints, using scenes from Superman and Batman to conceal the faces of these idealized women. Her ‘Cages series’ is about women trying to find freedom from society’s twisted preconceptions of what they should or shouldn’t be.

Her work is shown in Canada, as well as in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. The series ‘’Superhero Cages’’ garnered international acclaim. Her artwork is found throughout varied collections across the globe, in Europe and North America, and in such countries as The Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Russia.

Chevrier selects sections of comic books that portray “fragile heroes,” promoting the idea that vulnerability often underlies heroism.

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Contemporary Artist Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE

September 13, 2018

Artist Robert Indiana would have turned 90 today.

Robert Indiana. Photography by Irvin Serrano.

“My goal is that LOVE should cover the world” – Robert Indiana.


Who was Robert Indiana?

Robert Indiana was an American artist, greatly recognized for his hard-edge painting, bold colors, and popular imagery, which quickly made him a member of the Pop art culture. Specifically best known for his iconic LOVE & HOPE series, HARTLEY ELEGIES series, NUMBERS & LETTERS series, among many other creations reproduced in various formats and languages, ranging from large public and non-public sculptures, paintings, to postage stamps.

Early Years

Robert Clark at age 2-3 years.

Robert Indiana was born on September 13, 1928. He was adopted as an infant and grew up in and around Indianapolis in a financially unstable environment. When Indiana was nine, his parents divorced and his mother went to work as a waitress. His mother was a free spirited woman who frequently moved; by age seventeen, Indiana had lived in twenty-one different locations. “I’ve always been fascinated by numbers. Before I was seventeen years old, I had lived in twenty-one different houses. In my mind, each of those houses had a number.” – the artist said.

Early Interest in Art

Indiana’s early interest in art started after his first grade teacher spotted his natural gift and thrilled him when she asked him to keep a few of his drawings because she knew he would be a famous artist one day. Forty years later, Indiana visited this teacher who showed him the saved drawings; he then signed them again, but this time, as the famous artist she once told him he will be.

After graduating from high school, Indiana enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, intending to fund his college studies through the G.I. Bill. In 1949, with his service completed, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before earning his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1954.

In 1958, four years after Robert graduated, he changed his last name from Clark to Indiana, taking the “nom de brush” of his home state, acknowledging his roots in the American Midwest.

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Robert Indiana in New York City in 1963.

Accomplishments and Signature Art Style

Indiana liked exploring the American experience using everyday objects, language, and commercially inspired graphic designs. As a contemporary artist, he combined these with traditional elements of fine art, in this way, enhancing the viewer’s daily experience and folding it into a history of art and American identity.

One indication of his success was the appearance of his immensely popular multi-colored “LOVE” on a United States postage stamp on Valentine’s Day of February 14, 1973.

The US Postal Service put Robert Indiana’s design on the very first “LOVE” stamp. Over 323 million of these stamps were printed.

Indiana quickly gained recognition as one of the most creative artists of his time. He was featured on influential New York shows such as New Forms – New Media at the Martha Jackson Gallery (1960), Art of Assemblage at the Museum of Modern Art (1961), and The New Realists at the Sidney Janis Gallery (1962). In 1961, the Museum of Modern Art acquired The American Dream, I (1961), the first in a series of paintings exploring the illusory American Dream, establishing Indiana as one of the most significant members of the new generation of Pop artists. His artwork has been also featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world.

His signature art style mainly consisted in creations and exhibitions that often displayed strong cultural statements about life and political issues.

Robert Indiana’s LOVE in Manhattan, NYC.

He liked expressing the essence of his beliefs on important topics meaningfully and simplistically. Among many other political related artwork, Indiana painted Jimmy Carter, the 39th US President (1977-1981) at the time of his presidency, showing support, as well as the distinguished piece titled “HOPE” in the style of his “LOVE”, as Barack Obama ran for US president in 2008. The ladder was created in honor of the candidate and his message of change. The lettering was widely marketed and earned more than a million dollars for Obama’s campaign. “I wanted to help him.” – Indiana said of the work.

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Artist Robert Indiana poses at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, who in the 1960s created the pop icon LOVE, now has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Death

On May 18, 2018, a company that had worked with Indiana for years filed a lawsuit against the artist’s caretaker/art dealer who handled all of his affairs. The next day, Indiana died at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, of respiratory failure at the age of 89. His will leaves most of his art and property to his nonprofit whose mission is to develop his home into a museum featuring his works. The two people Indiana named to manage his Star of Hope organization are his caretaker/art dealer and lawyer. The document did not contain a detailed list of assets that Mr. Indiana, who had no immediate family as survivors, left behind. However, the court filing fee for the will, which is based on the value of the estate, indicated it was worth about $60 million.

From living in twenty one different locations by age 17 to a successful international career in the art industry, Robert Indiana’s passion for painting mixed with his authentic positive outlook in life allowed him to create iconic pieces during his lifetime and to attained world-class recognition in the world of fine art.

Today, Indiana’s works are in the permanent collections of important museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the Museum Ludwig in Vienna, Austria, the Shanghai Art Museum in China, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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Sources: Biography.com, Biography: “Robert Indiana”; Britannica.com, Biography: “Robert Indiana”; GallArt.com, Artist: “Robert Indiana”; Murray Carpenter (May 25, 2018), New York Times:“Robert Indiana, Artist at the Center of Legal Fight, Left a Estate Worth $28 Million”; TheArtStory.org, Artists: “Robert Indiana”; David Sharp, (Sept. 12, 2018), U.S. News: “Untangling Pop Artist Robert Indiana’s Estate May Take Years”.

 

 

 

 

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2018

Today marks the 17th Anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, now also known as “Patriot Day” in the US.

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Family and friends of those who died gathered near the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan, as they do every year, to pause, reflect and pay tribute to the nearly 3000 lives that were lost that day; to its survivors and selfless heroes.

Since then, new edifications have been made in and around the area where the Twin Towers once stood. World Trade Center (WTC) One, Three, Four and Seven are now open and occupied.

This past weekend, the new WTC Cortlandt St. Subway Station began running again. Thousands of new residents have moved to the location as well, helping with the rebirth and revival of the place.

World Trade Center One, Three, Four & Seven surrounding the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The hope is that people will take some comfort in being surrounded by new signs of strength at the site.

We can all pay tribute, in solidarity with the victim’s families and friends by observing moments of silence at any of the following times observed as part of the official 9/11 anniversary ceremony held at Ground Zero: 8:46 a.m.; 9:03 a.m; 9:37 a.m.; 9:59 a.m.; 10:03 a.m.; 10:28 a.m.; and/or by posting an appropriate picture or remembrance on social media or your company’s website in honor of the many innocent victims, survivors & heroes.

Let us also remember the relief efforts of artists such as Peter Max to help all those who suffered. As a New York resident, he was profoundly affected by the attacks. “I tried to do as much as I could to help the victims and raise money in support of them” – stated the artist.

At the time, Max proceeded to create a series of 9/11 art pieces. Proceeds from the sale were donated to the Survivor Relief Fund. Separately, the artist created portraits of the 356 firefighters who lost their lives during the rescue mission; an American flag individually wrapped the 356 paintings when presented to each firefighter’s family.

9/11 SERIES

 

 

PATRIOT DAY

 

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Sources: Peter Max, Victor Zurbel, Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Universe of Peter Max”.

Wishing You a Happy Rosh Hashanah

Sept. 7, 2018

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