10 modern art-works which are visually stimulating

10 modern art-works which are visually stimulating

  • Posted on: October 4, 2014
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By : Neelakshi Chakraborty

There are images, and then there are images. Be it abstract or figuration, oil or mixed media, canvas or installation, very few images have the power to evoke emotions on a grand scale, and invite introspection. There is really no fixed reason why we feel a sense of being drawn more by certain art-works (leaving aside inducements to sensationalism), but the reason we ascribe might just be a combination of emotional and/or intellectual reasons.

Art is enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in the 21’st century. We at Artsome present to you some modern images which are definitely works of art, and yet, at the same time, visually arresting. The challenge is to look beyond the surfaces, and decipher the reasons in our own subjectivity, as to why these appeal to us.

1. Monarchie und Alltag (Monarchy and Everyday Life) by Alexander Gutsche 

Alexander Gutsche (b. 1970, Potsdam, Germany. Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany), "Monarchie und Alltag (Monarchy and Everyday Life)," 2012, acrylic on canvas, 240 × 160 cm (94 1/2 × 63 in.)

Alexander Gutsche ,”Monarchie und Alltag (Monarchy and Everyday Life),” 2012, acrylic on canvas, 240 × 160 cm (94 1/2 × 63 in.)

2. Blackout by Tala Madani 

Tala Madani (b. 1981 Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in LA, California, USA), "Blackout," 2012, oil on linen, 59.7 × 44.5 cm (23 1/2 × 17 1/2 in.) Image credit: © Tala Madani.

Tala Madani , “Blackout,” 2012, oil on linen, 59.7 × 44.5 cm (23 1/2 × 17 1/2 in.) Image credit: © Tala Madani.

3. The Ideology of Love by Julia Wachtel 

Julia Wachtel (b. 1956, New York City, New York, USA. Lives and works in London, England) The Ideology of Love, 2013, oil on canvas, 101.5 × 249 cm (40 × 98 in.)

Julia Wachtel ,The Ideology of Love, 2013, oil on canvas, 101.5 × 249 cm (40 × 98 in.)

4.The Love Doll by Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 29 (Nude with Dog), 2011, Digital print, 10 x 7 in (25.4 x 17.78 cm)

Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 29 (Nude with Dog), 2011, Digital print, 10 x 7 in (25.4 x 17.78 cm)

5.Lift by Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks, Lift, 2010, Oil on linen, 54 x 82 in (137.16 x 208.28 cm)

Alyssa Monks, Lift, 2010, Oil on linen, 54 x 82 in (137.16 x 208.28 cm)

6. Portraiture ( untitled) by Carlos Henrique Reinesch Photography

Carlos Henrique Reinesch , Untitled, 2013

Carlos Henrique Reinesch , Untitled, 2013

7. Photographic Print by Henry Clarke

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 8. Concetto spaziale by Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana, 'Concetto spaziale' Oil on canvas 36x28 in (1960)

Lucio Fontana, ‘Concetto spaziale’ Oil on canvas 36×28 in (1960)

 

9. Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled (Skull)" (1984)

Untitled (Skull)” (1984)

 

10. Polaroid Self-Portraits by Stevie Nicks

Self-portrait by Stevie Nicks

Self-portrait by Stevie Nicks

 

All these images have something which grabs you by the neck, holds your attention, and refuses to let go. If you notice carefully, they all have different elements – some are cluttered, some are aesthetically pleasing, some are almost stark. But all of them have one thing in common – the sublime. They evoke that feeling of transgressing the usual, challenging the convivial  They attempt to ask questions. And that, my friends, makes us reiterate the power of art.