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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

On a Day Like Today, Romanian Sculptor Constantin Brâncusi, was Born

 DOG STAR's favorite artists include today's birthday celebrant, Constantin Brancusi.  We first discovered Brancusi in the Museum of Modern Art and later found that he had a huge impact on Isamu Noguchi and the way Noguchi would forever make his own sculpture (more abstract, hands-on work with the materials, no longer trying to represent the figurative world).




Constantin Brancusi is the latest person to be celebrated with a Google Doodle - on the 135th anniversary of his birth.  The Romanian sculptor was born on 18 February 1876, and would produce more than 215 sculptures by the time of his death in Paris on 16 March 1957.Romania's Communist government turned down the collection bequeathed to it on his death, and instead it was the French government who benefited from part of his body of work.  During his time working in Paris from 1904, Brancusi mixed with a vibrant artistic community and was encouraged by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. His circle of friends included Pablo Picasso, Man Ray and Henri Rousseau.  Brancusi revolutionised sculpture by introducing abstraction to the art form, and his influence on sculpture was rated as significant as Picasso's paintings were to the development of modern art.  Danaide set the high mark at $18 million in 2002, surpassed three years later by the $27.45 million paid for Bird In Space - the sculpture used to make the 'l' of the Google Doodle. In 2009 Madame L.R. fetched an extraordinary $37.1 million.



His works are housed in the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Museum of Art of Romania (Bucharest), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), as well as in other major museums around the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art currently has the largest collection of Brâncusi sculptures in the United States.

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