Memeage, because I haven't done a public post in awhile.
Comment with the words "Top Ten" or "Top Five", and I will reply with a subject for which you will generate a top ten (or top five) list. Post the listand instructions in your own journal.ironed_orchid
asked for my top five artists. I'm going to go with "artists I really dig at the moment" rather than "artists whom I think are the best artists ever," because the former is more fun. It's a bit slanted towards Russians and Germans, though.
1. Käthe Kollwitz
: My favourite artist. If you've ever doubted that a piece of art can make you cry, pay a visit sometime to her museum in Berlin. Weavers Rebellion
and Peasants War
are my favourites.
2. Georg Grosz
: After I stopped being so obsessed with Dada (admit it—Dada gets old after awhile) I still liked Grosz. He went beyond the "hee hee, random fish" and painted actual absurdity.
3. Otto Dix
: Giant landscapes of mutilation, pain, and suffering. Yay!
: You all know who Bansky is, because you're all obsessed with him too.
5. Alexander Rodchenko
: My favourite of the Russian Constructivists. I may have a soft spot for socialist realism, but the avant-garde, pre-Stalinist art is still way better.
Bonus artist: Rocky Dobey
: If you hit that link, you'll notice that there are only two images there, and one is of Rocky. If you live outside of Toronto, chances are you've never heard of him (though you might have one of his posters on your wall). If you live in Toronto, you probably pass his anonymous plaques (to forgotten history, dead homeless people, etc.) all the time.Edit:
Also, it is a sign that my wee brain is not caffeinated enough yet that I forgot Francisco Goya
, who ranks higher than several of the artists I mentioned in my top five.