Our class went to the Art Gallery of Alberta last week. It was a much needed stress reliever as the final days of our semester comes closer, but you already know that. These images are in black and white because the shades & colour in these pieces of art should only be seen in person. Go see the gallery for yourself.
I was really excited for this field trip/ get away, and I was more than shocked to see some amazing work that I never would've expected to be there.
Lets start with the iconic photographs by my favourite photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. I was speechless. He is considered by many as the godfather of street photography. His timeless photographs capture the human condition and "the decisive moment." He was truly a master and his photographs will live on forever. We were so lucky to have the chance to see them up close.
Another iconic photograph! A Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill captured by Yousuf Karsh in 1941 during the second world war. The story behind this image is legendary. Here is quoted text from Karsh's experience.
"He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all that he would allow me as he passed from the House of Commons chamber to an anteroom. Two niggardly minutes in which I must try to put on film a man who had already written or inspired a library of books, baffled all his biographers, filled the world with his fame, and me, on this occasion, with dread."
"Churchill’s cigar was ever present. I held out an ashtray, but he would not dispose of it. I went back to my camera and made sure that everything was all right technically. I waited; he continued to chomp vigorously at his cigar. I waited. Then I stepped toward him and, without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, “Forgive me, sir,” and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant that I took the photograph."
I find this absolutely incredible. It just goes to show you that it takes guts to the best.
If you want something in life, reach out and take it.
In this case it was a cigar.
Andy Warhol Alert!
I find Andy Warhol quite fascinating. I mostly know him from his campbell soup can paintings. So to see an actual print of his was a blessing.
Warhol created this print of Wayne Gretzky in 1984 to bring attention to the Canadian art market. This is one of 300 prints ever made. The most interesting thing is that Warhol was not a big hockey fan. He saw Gretzky as more of an entertainer than an athlete.
Here is a photo of our class being told not to touch the art before we head in...
This incredible work of art was created by Evan Penny. It is titled: Arnaud. Variation #1, 2013. It is made with Hair, pigment, silicone and metal. It was the most detailed piece of art I have ever seen in person. You definitely need to see this one up close.
This is a historic photograph.
Eadweard Muybridge, “Annie G.” galloping, c. June 1884‑11 May 1886, printed November 1887. Gift of Dr. Robert W. Crook, Ottawa, 1981. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer known for his pioneering work in studies of motion. He solved the mystery of the horse's gallop that all four hooves come off the ground at one time.
Fun Fact: In 1874 Muybridge shot and killed Major Harry Larkyns, his wife's lover, but was acquitted in a jury trial on the grounds of justifiable homicide.
I am going to end the blog here. I hope it inspired you to head down to the Art Gallery and check out some amazing work for yourself. I will post the rest of the images below!