Thursday, August 15, 2013

Finding Ed Ruscha at Timothy Taylor's and Big Idea # 188 is Classicism

Nice Gallery
When I look as my Blog Stats I'm (slightly) surprised to see that so many visitors have looked at the Ed Ruscha posting, I'm slightly over awed by the man's work and wandering in London's West end just near Bond Street I found an exhibition (Timothy Taylor's Gallery)  called  Secrets of Sunset Beach'  which included Ed's 'Nineties' - sad to say the show ends 16th August but I really liked this gallery and the people there (as well as the works).
Nineties is dramatic and impressive and as I expressed an interest in the artist one of the people showed me another of his works (2000's) they have at the gallery as well as (amongst others)  a coloured work Bridget Riley - so thanks for this Timothy Taylor's staff you're great.
The 2000 painting has a great use of Trompe-l'oeil which you need to see up close to fully appreciate.

Nineties - needs to be seen 'in the flesh'

For those interested in Ed there's a nice Guardian Podcast on an exhibition of his work here.

Big Idea  number 188 is Classicism

Some 'Classic' Pillars

Classicism is described as "a tendency in the arts" which follows that of ancient Greek or Roman principles (of the period around 500-338 BC ) and style in art and literature and is generally
associated with harmony, restraint, and adherence to recognized standards of form and craftsmanship.
Classicism places emphasis on form, simplicity, proportion, and restrained emotion.
The attributes of classicism most clearly seen in architecture can be seen in detail here.
The Renaissance period in European history revisited the Classic age and built on its fundamental tenets in music as well as the visual arts.


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