Category Index
Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

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Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in Frieze (2)

Thursday
Dec052013

Ghada Amer - Baisers #1

Ghada Amer (b. 1963), Baisers #1, 2012. Gold leaf bronze

Egyptian born, French educated and now resident in New York City, Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist working on an international scale. Describing herself as a painter – she is most know for her erotic paintings – she is more a multimedia artist whose entire body of work, be it sculpture, embroidery or painting is infused with her strong ideology and aesthetic concerns. Themes such as celebrating the female, the foolishness of war and violence as well as an overall quest for formal beauty are all expressed through her work.

Baiser #1 is a beautiful, intricately detailed, golden egg-form with sublime images of faces kissing woven through the surface pattern. The word ‘Baisers’  is French for kissing, though these days it is more commonly used as a derogatory word for ‘making love’. I like the juxtaposition of a vuglar word for the name with such a beautiful form; something Amer is strongly associated with.

Ghada Amer (b. 1963)
Baisers #1, 2012
Gold leaf bronze

By Kukje Gallery (Korea) at Frieze London 2103

Friday
Oct182013

Frieze London 2013 - Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt, Safety Cones (After Richard Serra)
23 Sculptures, 2013

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
New York, NY

Whilst I am not sure of the actual link artist Rob Pruitt was making when he referenced fellow artist Richard Serra in his title to this work, his reference was intriguing. And after a bit of google research, I found Serra’s L.A. Cone recently sold at Christies this year for over $4 million dollars.  

Perhaps these little fella’s are intended to surround and guard the precious L.A. Cone, to warn passers by not to get too close - as it tilt’s forward at a precarious angel, imparting the work with an almost imperceptible degree of danger.

Perhaps this is the future of art, being surrounded and protected by body guards whilst in dangerous open space, even if it is by slightly battered, bemused and amusing orange characters.

Jeff Koons work heavily guarded at Frieze Art Fair, London 2013.