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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine July/August 2018

Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

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mood, movement and music

The days of summer arrive like a love ballad, with an upbeat tempo symbolizing the quickening of life and the joy of existence. Much artistic expression—be it painting, music or dance—mimics nature’s rhythms to reawaken us to this wonder and beauty. In this issue we explore a range of artists and artistic movements and techniques that foreground this impulse to capture the essence of life’s sublime, ever-shifting harmonies. We learn about the avant-garde art happenings of the 1960s (page 52) and how action painter Jackson Pollock became famous using compositional techniques he picked up from figurative muralist Thomas Hart Benton (page 74). Contemporary painter Fran O’Neill picks up where Pollock left off with equally ambitious gestural works (page 58). Conversely, Jasper Johns built his early paintings with gesture-free encaustics and real-life…

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TANYA COOPER “ACTS OF ART” Tanya Cooper is an Australian illustrator with a love for bright colours, HB pencils, faux woodgrain and knitted cardigans. As someone who tends not to take life too seriously, Tanya brings a lighthearted approach to her work, trying to inject a bit of fun and wit wherever possible. To see more of her work, visit tanyacooper.net. C.J. KENT BUSINESS OF ART: “A SITE BETTER” C.J. Kent came to love art while sitting in her aunt’s watercolor studio in the wilds of Nevada, which led to her work with artists from New Mexico to New York. Raised abroad but now settled in New York City, she received a Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She writes about art, literature, business and anything else that takes…

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behind the cover

in this issue of Artists Magazine we celebrate the relationship between music and art. In particular, we explore some of the ways that fine artists were inspired by musicians and composers throughout the early and middle decades of the 20th century—years that saw the development of Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and Conceptual Art, alongside the rise of jazz and modern music. Collage and assemblage were cornerstone practices for many artists during this period, so for our cover image we commissioned the Brazilian illustrator André Bergamin, who specializes in such techniques. Bergamin describes himself as having grown up on bebop and Abstract Expressionism, and the assignment proved a happy fit with his style. His illustration embodies the fractured, chaotic and compelling energy that propelled much of the art and music from this…

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josef albers the magic and science of color

artists have spent hundreds of years pitting design against color as the most important element in painting. The influential artist, writer and teacher Josef Albers (1888–1976) placed his bet on color. Initially trained as an elementary-school teacher, Albers didn’t commence his artistic studies until age 32, when he studied under Johannes Itten at the groundbreaking Bauhaus school, in Germany. Albers subsequently joined the faculty—a murderers’ row of artists that also included Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. After the Bauhaus was forced to close by the Nazis, Albers immigrated to the United States, where he taught at the equally groundbreaking Black Mountain College and later became the head of the design department at Yale. Over the course of his teaching career, Albers developed a methodology that emphasized experiential learning, challenging his students with…

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orange is the new black

In the stress of our day-to-day lives, it's all too rare to stop and appreciate the sunset. It's a shame, too—because there's nothing quite like taking a moment to feel the day's worries fade with the warm light as your mind and body adjust to the rhythm of the evening. John Frederic Kensett clearly understood this feeling. His painting Sunset on the Sea captures the orange tones of the setting sun, suspended between the tranquil complementary blues of sea and sky. Sunset orange calls to mind not just the magnificence of the evening sky but the unique contentment of reclining on your beach towel after a long day of swimming and sunbathing. Take a moment to appreciate that liminal space between day and night, and allow yourself to enjoy the warmth…

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the allure of loft living

the artist-rehabbed industrial building 475 Kent, in Brooklyn, New York, isn’t unlike most loft conversions cycling through the real estate development process. The building’s first occupants arrived in 1997 to find a leaking roof and cinder-blocked windows. Plumbing, heat and electricity were largely nonexistent. With sweat equity, the building was slowly brought up to legal-occupancy code. This effort, coupled with updates to the city’s loft law, provided temporary protection to the building’s long-term tenants. That said, the building was sold in 2017 for $56 million, which has put the resident artist community at risk. Grégoire Abrial, a furniture and interior designer, creates objects from found and reclaimed materials. He has been living in 475 Kent with his wife, Hang Pham, for eight years and associates this community with the atmosphere of…