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Six Remarkable Contemporary Artists

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All six artists can be appreciated at artnet's Artist Works Catalogues.  Hunt Slonem, Peter Beard and Jamalii are new to OEN; but Idell Weber, Burhan Dogancay, and Wangechi Mutu are featured in previous articles. 

As in every article at OEN which I've posted with images from artnet's Artist Works Catalogues, the pictures are arranged on the page according to one criterion: how they appear most strikingly, in my opinion, when viewed sequentially from the top of the page to the bottom.

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Hunt Slonem, Guardians and Monarchs (2008)

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"My work represents the total experience of 45 years of observing nature and spirit in paint." ~ Hunt Slonem

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Idell Weber, Teatime (1993)

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My article with four of Idell Weber's protest art pieces appeared on November 24, 2008, and can be found here.

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Peter Beard, Giraffes and Zebras (2007)

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"When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen.  Kenya's population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless "wild-deer-ness" - it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game - so enormous it appeared inexhaustible.

Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya's population of over 30 million drains the country's limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.

The beautiful play period has come to an end. Millions of years of evolutionary processes have been destroyed in the blink of an eye.

The Pleistocene is paved over, cannibalism is swallowed up by commercialism, arrows become AK- 47s, colonialism is replaced by the power, the prestige and the corruption of the international aid industry. This is The End Of The Game over and over.

What could possibly be next?  Density and stress - aid and AIDS, deep blue computers and Nintendo robots, heart disease and cancer, liposuction and rhinoplasty, digital pets and Tamaguchi toys deliver us into the brave new world."

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Burhan Dogancay, Black Patches (1999)

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My article with four of Burhan Dogancay's protest art pieces appeared on October 7, 2008, and can be found here.

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Wangechi Mutu, From The Ark Collection (2006)

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My article with four of Wangechi Mutu's protest art pieces appeared on October 30, 2008, and can be found here.

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Jamali, Dancing Master (2005)

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"Jamali's artistic career had unconventional beginnings, true to the maverick's path that he always followed. Thirty years ago, a vision came to him and a dream guide commanded him to paint. In response, Jamali invented a unique style of "mystical expressionism," a marriage of contemporary consciousness and art's most ancient traditions. Jamali's fusion of these opposites--the contemporary and the timeless--has produced a life work unmatched in its scope, variety, and spiritual depth. 

Jamali's complex surfaces and mystical imagery have been compared to the neo-expressionists Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. His gestural techniques link him to Jackson Pollock and the New York school. But the pre-eminent art critic Donald Kuspit has seen that Jamali's singular method requires its own name--mystical expressionism.... 

Jamali's 'Mystical Expressionism' and charismatic persona have attracted a select circle of prestigious collectors. His artwork is in several important private collections in the United States, including those of notable celebrities such as Raquel Welch, Oprah Winfrey, and Jack Welch.... 

The mission of Jamali's galleries is to culminate into his ultimate goal - the Jamali Museum. He will be using support from the Jamali / Susan League Foundation, Inc. to realize this achievement.  The pieces for curation have been carefully selected and held in Jamali's private collection.  These coveted works have significant meaning to Jamali and will memorialize his achievements and contributions to art, and preserve his legacy."

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(For Hunt Slonem, courtesy and copyright of the artist.  For Peter Beard, all images and information copyright of the artist.  For Jamali, courtesy and copyright of the artist.  For Idell Weber, Burhan Dogancay, and Wangechi Mutu, see their referenced articles.  And for all six artists, courtesy of artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  At its AWC, there is this: "artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues.") 

 

I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 
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They are all great paintings to be sure, but the o... by John Little on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 7:57:45 PM
Here's the direct link to her pieces at artnet... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 8:32:53 PM

 

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