Mark Tobey and Fashion

Last Saturday (post) we left Tobey in Chicago, where he attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1906 to 1908, but he was mostly self-taught, like others of the Northwest School.
Unfortunately, in 1909 his father fall ill and Tobey gave up academic and artistic studies, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion house, and as a fashion designer for a publishing house.

The fashion industry increase everywhere in Europe and America. The industrial revolution and the feminist movement created new lifestyles, so, new kinds of clothes suited to modern life became necessary.
The first decades of Twentieth Century were the scene of dramatic events - the two world wars, the Great Depression, and the rise of the suffrage movement.




In women fashion were removed hemlines, color palettes, and all those previously constricting clothing in vouge during La Belle Époque (in Europe) and the Gibson Girl (in America) in the late 19th and early 20th century.











Another important element in fashion and in art too was the Orientalism. Since the seventeenth century Orient has been a source of inspiration for fashion designers. The term Orientalism generally refers to the use by western designers of exotic styles and patterns of Asian cultures.










The origin of Art and Crafts Movement

The Art and Crafts Movement took its name from the Art and Crats Exhibition Society, founded in 1887. The exhibition was divided in four section - Britain, America, Europe, Japan.
Who were the major figures of that movement, and what were the principles on which it was based?














The Country where Mark Tobey was born

Here we are at our weekly appointement with Mark Tobey.
I already talk you about how I discovered him (here).
Today we start reading his bio and knowing the historical and cultural context in which he was born and grew.

Mark George Tobey was born in Centerville, Wisconsin on December 11 1890.
The village of Centerville dates back to the early '60s when a Lutheran and a Catholic church were erected there and several stores and a mill established.
He was the youngest of four children. His parents were George Tobey, a carpenter and house builder, and Emma Cleveland Tobey.






Ancestral call by Larry Roberts
What kind of Country was North America by the end of 19th Century?
Before and during the Civil War (1861-1865) America was an agricultural nation, but in the late ninteenth century the United States became an industrial country.
Its population triplied, the farm production doubled, manufacturing grew exponentially, and working-class women were important to the new industrial economy. Millions of peoples moved from the countryside to cities, and also migrants from Southern (Italy) and eastern Europe (Poland, Russia) went to live in the new American cities.


How do I feel while I paint?

Abstract art. Contemporary art.
I'm going to write my personal experience, not a theory.
Some stereotypes show a lady who sets in front of the canvas and with a light touch she slides the brush on it, creating dreamy landscapes, or enjoying the portrait she's making.
Well, I'm not like that seraphic lady.
Painting is not a relaxing activity. The action of painting take my a lot of energy.

I spend a lot of energy before painting, thinking about the subject I want to paint. I think about what I want to say with a new painting. I ask to myself if I really want to say something to who will look my artwork. I also ask to myself if the artwork I'll make is really necessary. Can it be useful? The answer is a "not" often.
Art is not useful, instead a car is useful for our trips. Art is not necessary, instead we cannot live without food.
Art is a futile activity for our daily life and survival
Said that, I could say you that art is fun. It's a playful activity with no practical use.
If this is true why do I feel so bad and tired while I paint?

The amazing experience to discorver Mark Tobey

When I talk about discorvering someone I allude to that particular experience we do when we discover a precious treasure after a long search. When that happens we feel astonished, stunned, and excited.
The research take a long time, and we feel disheartened often, because the treasure is not handy, and we feel alone without  it.
The History of Art is full of great artist sand painters. We learn their names and we know their artworks, but often their names and artworks are so far from us, from our story, from what we've experienced in our life.
That happens to me so many times that I feel disheartened often. But sometimes the miracle happens, and it happens suddenly, as a bolt from the blue.

The digital future of wall art

Wall Art's becoming digital.
Electric Objects is a Company that has the mission to link art, internet and home decor.
On its website... "We believe that in the next five years, we’ll witness a similar dramatic change in the way that we discover, share, enjoy and pay for the visual media that adorn our walls: the art in our homes.
The Internet and the personal computer are two of the greatest engines of creative expression ever invented, and together they have unleashed a total revolution in the way that visual artists create and distribute their work. For millennia we have used our walls to celebrate art, to connect with objects of culture that have meaning to us and to the people around us.
Our mission at Electric Objects is to bring these two things together, to afford to digital art the same time and space that we afford to paintings and photography; to place the most modern technologies available into the service of our most ancient spaces for creative expression: the walls of our homes."

Peggy Guggenheim and the death of Art

Documentario Rai Storia su Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenhein - Rai Storia
Yesterday I watched an interesting tv program about Peggy Guggenheim.
Peggy is (I use the present tense also if she died) an awesome woman. I'd like to meet a woman like her, but it's not simple.
I've thought a lot on what she'd said about the modern (contemporary) artists.
I translate what you can listen in this video at 40.52 min.
"The modern artists? I have to admit that I've been increasingly disappointed by contemporary works. For a long time I tried to keep me updated, buying new artworks, but then I realized after having those paintings for a time that they were not up at all."

Why should I write on my blog?

The first obvious answer to that question is "because I already have one".
This summer I stopped to write on it. The reason is simple and complex at the same time. I'm simple and complex at the same time too.
When I write something for my blog, I say to myself  "I can't write about that topic, so many people already wrote about it. Can I write something that is original? Something that people can not read anywhere else?" I can't.
Anything is really original. What I could wirte is the final point of a social process, and inasmuch as social it's common to many of us. So, nothing new under the sun.
Many artists begin to write on their blog, and after a while they stop. I'm like them, but I want to be different. Then I'm here again.