Art in Print

Charles Saatchi's Great Masterpieces: the painter who inspired da Vinci and Michelangelo

Masaccio born in 1401 and died in 1428 made the greatest influence on Italy's Renaissance just for a few years in his short life. His first known work, a small triptych, painted in 1426,  for a church in the town of Cascia shows intense realism and his interest in wanting to render the human body with heightened gestural and emotional expression. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, the majestic artists of the Italian Renaissance studied Masaccio carefully, recognising his monumental figures and sculptural use of light as quite breathtaking. 


Via: The Telegraph



McArthur Binion, Massimo De Carlo, London — eloquent geometry

At Massimo De Carlo’s London Gallery, the current exhibition DNA: Sepia, the exhibition presents the latest in the “DNA” series which the Chicago-based, Mississippi-born artist began in 2013. Using a mix of oil stick, ink and paper on board, Binion transfers negative copies of his autobiographical detail on to his surfaces which covered with multiple strata of complex grid patterns after then. In doing so, he undermines the older artistic credo that the grid is the basis for creating an image rather than its means of erasure. 


Via: Financial Times


William Gedney: a photographer exiled in his own land

Willian Gedney’s photo book Only the Lonely which caught young Americans’ lives in I1955-1984 is published by University of Texas Press and a retrospective of his work is at the Pavilion Populaire, Montpellier, until 17 September. Although he remains relatively unknown in the history of American documentary photography, once seen, his quietly powerful photographs cast a haunting spell. “It is like he is using the camera as a tool to see beyond what is visible in people’s lives,” says Margaret Sartor, one of the book’s editors, “their hopes, desires, disappointments.”


Via: The Guardian