Wednesday, April 29, 2015


This Chuck Close painting of Brad Pitt blows me away. The way he uses shades of gray to mimic skin tone is fantastic. I'm also impressed with the size of this painting and the amount of time and effort it takes to paint anything to this scale, let alone a spitting image. I also enjoy how well Chuck puts the focus on and takes the focus off other areas. From experience, I find it very difficult to make a painting out of focus.

Chuck Close

Chuck Close
This is actually a finger painting by Chuck Close. I admire these the most because i think its incredible how he adds so much detail to a painting by just using his fingers. I also like that it is in black and white, because i feel that it looks more authentic.

Lorna- Chuck Close

This work Lorna by Chuck Close looks so much like a black and white photo it's astounding. The medium is jacquard tapestry. Close completed this work in 2006. What really drew me to this piece was not only how real it looks, but also how the use of shading draws the viewers attention to the face. The face as well as the woman's expression is very detailed in nature, while the rest of her; the neck, chest area and hair, are blurred. 

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I chose Emma by Chuck Close.  When I was looking at a lot of his works this one stuck out to me because the baby looked very happy.  The look on Emma's face is what drew me to this work of art.  I think Close's style and talent is amazing, even through everything he has been through in his personal life he still creates phenomenal works of art.


Chuck Close. Leslie/Watercolor. 1972. 
Water color on paper canvas.

When I first looked at this painting, I thought it was a photograph. It looks like it was taken from a camera, with a soft focus. The detail of the woman’s face is amazing, the shadows, her hair, her eyelashes, the lines on her lips are so precise. I was amazed to find that it is actually a watercolor painting.

Chuck Close

I chose this painting, Lucas II because I really like his more colorful and painterly style. Here he is going beyond the hyper reality of his earlier works and elaborates on his interpretation of the act of perception. He's breaking down the visuals into different portions of colors. I especially like the circle background that he has created.

Emma-Chuck Close

I liked this chuck close the most out of the ones i saw, i like his use of colors that you can still see individual squares when you look closer but as a whole it is just a happy painting. This is a woodcut print based on a painting in Close's late signature style. Chuck spent three months on the painting; master printer Yasu Shibata spent two years carving 27 wodblocks to print 113 colors 132 times to make each print. 

Chuck Close - Bill Clinton

*que presidential theme song*

President Bill Clinton
Chuck Close
Oil on Canvas

I really enjoy observing this work in particular.  The artist has chosen an extremely well known iconic person to portray in a different way.  From a far, the viewer sees Bill Clinton with all of his facial expression, while up close, it is various individual designs.  It is artwork within the artwork.... it is a work of art from all angles.  I find his entire process of artwork to be very fascinating. 

Kimberly Sanguinedo

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chuck Close Blog

Chuck Close
Bige Self-Portrait. 1967-'68
Acrylic on Canvas
I chose this piece by Chuck Close because of its hyper realistic nature. I would have never known that it was a painting until I saw the hair on his head which is a little blurred but that could be confused as film imperfections on 35 mm. I am highly impressed with the level of detail, The portion we saw in the feature piece showed the detail of the hairs on his face and I was stunned by his attention to minutia, the equivalent to reaching perfect pitch. The reflection in his glasses is absolutely stunning and really is the main draw for me because of how hyper realistic it was. Hyper realism is the realistic painting to the extreme that happened at the end of the '60s against the '50s abstractionism, taking people and then turning them into cartoons which would happen a lot for pinups. The point of this hyper realism is a part of the "no brush-stroke" movement where there should be no trace of brush-strokes.


 I love this picture by chuck close. It is a piece that I have never seen before. I like how it is not like a usual chuck close painting. this piece titled Brad is a print and multiples piece. It looks so old and antique as if it is an old photo on a glass like from the 1700s.

Chuck Close

 (Americanborn 1940)


Prints and Multiples, Woodburytype
14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm.)
Chuck Close: Radical Innovator, Friday, November 8, 2013–Sunday, January 12, 2014
Price on Request

Chuck Close

Lucas II
Silk on linen
Chuck Close 

I chose this painting by Chuck close because I thought it was interesting contrast based on the grid work he usually does. This painting is different then his others because the squares for this work is not going horizontal or vertical ut are in a circle position. It gives the picture more depth and contrast based on the colors used for the face of his subject. Most of Close's work consisted of thousands of  of square boxes that he would fill with multiple colors to compose skin tones, hair texture and background. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Final Slide Essay

How does Hollywood Films differ from the art films viewed and discussed at the midterm?

Discuss the mass appeal of Hollywood films compared to the limited or special appeal of fine art found in galleries and museums.

Should these Hollywood films be archived in the Museum of Modern Art?  Explain

Final Slide Review

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog #11 Chuck Close- Phil

This painting was made by Chuck Close in 1969 called Phil. It is an acrylic on canvas and I chose this because of the oddness of this self portrait. I like how their is a lot going on with his face like the right eye drooped, the hair being messed up and it looks intimidating to the audience. Also like that this painting was made in black and white and not color. It looks like their is 2 different people or personalities to Phils face on both sides which I thought was intriguing to look think about.

Emma, Chuck Close

I am fascinated by Chuck Close's work of art. He is very talented and has a completely different way of painting, especially portraits. This portrait is called Emma and he did it using the grid technique. After everything is drawn, he paints each grid differently, with different designs in order to produce a glass like appearance. This one gave me the inspiration to paint my own painting similar to this.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chuck Close- Mark

This painting was created by Chuck Close in 1978-1979.  It is called Mark and is an acrylic on canvas.  This painting shows an ordinary man in glasses.  I like this painting because it is very life like.  I chose this painting because I first thought that it looked like a photograph but then found out that it was a painting.  I think that it is cool that you cannot really tell that it is a painting.  

Link to Jenny gallery

For my senior project, I want to do a fleshy oil painting inspired by Jenny Saville. I love her disgusting yet beautiful technique she uses when painting. I also love her she takes unconventional beauty and makes it appealing. I posted a link, rather than a picture, because the link leads to a gallery of a few Jenny paintings. I'm not sure what painting I want to focus on, or if I want to focus on one at all.

Pablo Picasso

I found Pablo Picasso's use of cubism inspiring and something that I would enjoy using for inspiration for the independent project. Not only do I find the use of bright and dark colors together, but the utilization of a variety of shapes to recreate an image I find intriguing. The use of such different colors and shapes to create a human face makes the image prone to different perceptions. When I look at the picture I see different things, and my eyes aren't always drawn to one singular area.


Collective Invention

I chose Magritte because he is my favorite surrealist. This is also one of my favorite paintings by him. I like how his work looks clean and simple, because thats the way I like my own work to be. He plays mind tricks with his paintings, and I want to be able to accomplish something similar with my independent project.

The Deep

The Deep by Jackson Pollock
Oil on Canvas

Jackson Pollock’s Drip Paintings became known to the world from 1940s and 1950s when his star was the brightest in his whole career. The American artist’s whole career was based on newly invented technique which is sometimes described as the blend of Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Cubism with his own Drip technique. This blend mostly created a beautiful creation which would get the viewer’s attention and get them instantly interpreting the work. Pollock’s popular work, No. 5, 1948 is a good example of it.

Through The Fence, Him and Her

Michelangelo Pistoletto. Through the fence, him and her. 
2008. Silkscreen print on mirror.

Michelangelo Pistoletto is an Italian painter. His work is considered to be pop art. I choose his mirror paintings as a final project because I think they are interesting. Pistoletto used photographic collages, silkscreen printing and tissue paper paintings to impose a realistic image onto stainless steal. Most of his mirror paintings are life size. They all allow the audience to become interactive in the work. I think they are interesting because of they interact with the viewer. No two viewers view the same image because their own reflection is incorporated into the art piece. The environment in which the mirror paintings are placed are also significant and may change how the viewer interprets the piece.

Jackson Pollock

"The Deep"
Jackson Pollock
oil on canvas.

I find this piece very eye catching. Upon first glance, I thought that it was an enhanced photograph of something microscopic like bacteria.  The more I look at it, the more interesting it becomes to me. I admire the use of dripping paint in combination with brush strokes that give it more texture. It is simple and complex all at the same time. 
Kimberly Sanguinedo


Jackson Pollock's painting, blue poles was originally called Number 11. He was an American abstract painter. This painting caught my attention because I always thought this technique is so original and nice I like the way you can actually see poles going vertically. This type of painting was popular when I went to middle school because some people would even do it on their white shoes to give it an extra pop of color. I know it can not be exactly remade, but I want to use it as my inspiration.

William de Kooning

Woman and Bicycle
William De Kooning
Oil on canvas

I choose for my final project to do a piece that was inspired by William De Kooning. He was an abstract expressionist who had different phases of paintings he had just as Picasso's did. Kooning had portrayed the women in this series to be free spirited indivudal. Even tho his paintings did not show fine lines and clear images of the subjects, as a spectator you can still get the idea of what he was trying to portray. These woman is not in proportion or glamorized, but thats what made his work have a modern take to it. The use of bright colors to contrast the silhouette of the women in the painting. 

Independent Project Artist

I chose Jackson Pollock because all of his paintings grab my eye and attention right away. They seem simple yet they aren't. The technique is so different and the colors seem to clash yet everything flows together. It's very visually appealing, especially this one specific painting to me (#5). I want to be able to create something of this same manner with this drip technique as it is something I have always admired and something I would love to experiment with.

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I chose Convergence by Jackson Pollock as my inspiration for my independent project.  When I was looking at some of Pollocks other works I was immediately drawn to how completely different they were from anything else I had seen before.  I also like the freedom to use all different colors as well as being able to apply them to the canvas without having to use a brush.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mount St. Victoire Watercolor

This is Paul Cezannes watercolor of Mt. St. Victoire. I like his work because he can capture the mood of the landscape. I will use watercolor as my medium of a landscape since i haven't used it much before but like the way it can be used to blend colors. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Just what is it that makes today's homes so different?

This was created by Richard Hamilton in 1992 and it is digital print on paper.  This is a pop art collage and it shows a very muscular woman holding a "stop children" sign, along with a random microwave, and strange planet looking light.  I chose this because it is very different, funny, and interesting.  

Modern Art Blog Post #10: Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
Drowning Girl
Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Drowning Girl is a pop art piece by Roy Lichtenstein also known as Secret Hearts and I don't care! I'd rather Sink!. It's a part of series he did from 1962 to 1964. It's been a part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection since 1971. The source is actually derived from a comic book, Secret Hearts in 1962. I love the mid '60s comic book art style and how Lichtenstein took the cheesy comics for boys and made them into art pieces for adults. The sharp lines and bright colors are very interesting to me. I also like his painting Whaam!, very dark with a splash of color and his use of dots which are some of the defining characteristics of comic books. Drowning Girl is considered to be Lichtenstein's most significant piece.