22. Mai 2007
Looks Like Rain
Partly cloudy with a high chance of neuroticism
I am in awe
Gottfried Helnwein is incredible. His images are so disturbing, especially with his repeated use of imagery of innocence in perverse situations like wounded children or Donald Duck in dark alleys. Harry Parker III, the Director of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco says that "For Helnwein, the child is the symbol of innocence, but also of innocence betrayed. In today’s world, the...predatory influence of modern media assault the virtue of children....Many people feel that museums should be a refuge in which to experience quiet beauty divorced from the coarseness of the world. This notion sells short the purposes of art, the function of museums, and the intellectual curiosity of the public. The Child: Works by Gottfried Helnwein will inspire and enlighten many; it is also sure to upset some..." I stumbled on his website from random browsing on Wikipedia, and wow he is amazing. Not only does he paint in hyperrealism, he also does photography and performance art.
Epiphany I (Adoration of the Magi)
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 1996, Denver Art Museum
Kindskopf (Head of a Child)
oil and acrylic on canvas, 1991, 600 x 400 cm / 236 x 157'', Ludwig Collection in the Sate Russian Museum
Beautiful Victim I
watercolor on cardboard, 1974, 53 x 73 cm / 20 x 28''
Leda and the Swan
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 2003, 142 x 203 cm / 55 x 79''
I haven't posted the more disturbing images but if you want to see them most of them are on his website.
Posted by Lisa at 9:34 PM
Labels: art

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