Archive for January, 2009

Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando is a noted Japanese architect known for working with exposed cast-in-place concrete as the material of choice for his buildings and structures. Ando is known for his exemplary designs that are closely associated with the aesthetics of international modernism in terms of simplicity and style and the creative use of natural light. Early LifeTadao Ando was born on September 13, 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He was the first half of twin boys. Ando grew up at a time when Japan was recovering from…

Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte was a notable French painter. He was a member and patron of a group of pioneer artists known as the Impressionists. His artwork was known more for their more realistic style, probably considered the most to do so in such a manner. He was also one of the first artists who have considered some interest in photography as a new art form. His works were largely forgotten up until recently. Early Life Gustave was born on August 19, 1848 in Paris, France. He came from an upper class…

Pop Art

After World War II, an art movement began to take shape in the United States and United Kingdom, both are influenced on popular mass culture, which would become one of the most influential styles of the 20th Century. It was aptly called “Pop Art.”Pop art is a visual art movement that challenged tradition because the artist used items associated with popular culture and joins it together with classical techniques. It is characterized by themes and methods that were based on popular culture like a…

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is a notable and distinguished Pritzker Prize winning Canadian-American architect. He is known for his modern and uniquely innovative buildings that have become popular tourist attractions. His architectural creations and designs are quite artistic enough to be considered as large scale sculptures instead of just ordinary buildings. Personal LifeFrank Gehry was born as Ephraim Owen Goldberg on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. As a child, Gehry was already considered as very cre…

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is a museum for modern and contemporary art built alongside the Nervion River. It is one of several museums run by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It is considered as one of the most striking and spectacular of buildings today. Building FeaturesWhat makes the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao quite unique has a lot to do with its striking exterior. The building structure was designed to appear quite random as shown by the different curves the structure take…