Sunday, April 30, 2006

Ben Shahn

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Lajos Szalay

Lajos Szalay was born in Őrmező , Hungary in February 26, 1909 and died April, 1995, at the age of 86, in Miskolc, Hungary. He left Hungary in 1946 and went to live in France. In 1948 he emigrated with his family to Argentina and became an art teacher in Tucuman. In 1960 moved to Chile and then to America.Charles Phipps writes:
"A short time later, after settling in New York City, Szalay became a sought-after illustrator of books and articles but, in the decades of Pop and Minimalist Art, never attained a major gallery exhibition. As he said in 1970, "Only drawing suits the aesthetic asceticism I demand of myself." Perhaps, the ascetic outlook of the poet, as well as his acerbic personality, kept him less than well known by all but the American-Hungarian community."
After returning to Argentina and Paris he settled in Hungary in 1986.
Szalay was an extraordinary draughtsman, He influenced a whole generation of Argentinean artists and I modestly like to count myself among them. In a private house in London I saw dozens of his drawings. The original of the one with the yellowish background is hanging in my living room.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Jack Levine

Old mortality, 1979
Orpheus in Las Vegas, 1984
1932 (in memory of Georg Grosz), 1959 St. Jerome, 1930
King David, 1952
Jack Levine was born in Boston in 1915.
Great painter, great social critic, great man.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Why is he forgotten now?

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sábats New Book

This book by Uruguayan caricature maestro H. Sábat is just out. It has 40 full page caricatures of artists and is beautifully produced. Unmissable!
The bioinformatic number is: ISBN: 987-558-061-9

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Edmund Sullivan

Edmund Sullivan was born in London in 1869 and died in 1933.
After news of German atrocities in Belgium and the execution of Edith Cavell, Sullivan produced a book of drawings called The Kaiser's Garland (1915). This book was used as part of the First World War propaganda campaign against Germany.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Click on the pictures to enlarge.
Last night we watched a DVD of Federico Fellini's "Satyricon" (Italy 1969)..It is an unbelievably beautiful film to look at...Photographed by Giuseppe Rotuno, is possibly one of the most gorgeous colour films I ever seen.
Naturally the copyright belongs to MGM, I only show these pictures for educational and admirational purposes.