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          Above: 'The Dance', Henri Matisse. Detail.
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    Madonna Enthroned with Angels and Saints (with detail)
    Tempera on panel, 45 x 26 cm
    Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna


    Max Beckmann: Kleines Selbstbildnis, 1913, Drypoint

    After working exclusively with lithography, Max Beckmann did not address the medium of etching until 1912. In his small 1913 self-portrait, the doubts and depressive moods that assailed the artist at thirty have been rendered with consummate skill in emphatic line and hatching. Accentuation by means of a strong contrast between dark and light areas adds up to a distinctive portrait of the artist.

    (via blackpaint20)


    Christine Kim: Intricate Hand-Cut Paper Sculptures

    Toronto-based artist Christine Kim cuts and layers paper together into beautifully intricate geometric sculptures. Through cutting, Kim feels as though she “liberates the work from the confines of the original surface.” Her artwork is delicate and complex, and she is constantly finding new ways to work with the everyday material.

    Kim has completed a variety of projects including Paper Orbs (below) and Scribble (far below) that show off her amazingly meticulous techniques. Her recent paper installation, Accumulation (above), will be featured as part of the Toronto Design Offsite festival in January 2014. The series of hand-cut sculptures consist of small orbs that explore light and shadow through intricately composed forms. According to the project statement, “This is an investigation of what a line can do when it is folded, cut, curved, and gathered.”

    (Source: f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s, via asylum-art)


    Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects - Maskull Lasserre

    Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre extracts the most delicate anatomical forms of animals and humans from common everyday objects like  picture frame, hanger or a bed corner.

    Born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, he has lived in South Africa and Ottawa and now lives in Montreal. Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.

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