A Fairytale Come True – The Admont Abbey Library
Not Just Architecture, But Artitechture
The Admont Abbey Library in Austria, designed by the architect Joseph Hueber, is the oldest monastic library in the world. While the abbey itself was completed in 1074, the library (late Baroque) was not completed until 1776. At 70 metres long, it is also the largest in the world and features flamboyant ceiling frescoes, wooden sculptures and gold busts.
Featured Artist: Gérard Willemenot
Gérard Willemenot is an incredible French artist who seems to be a quite a recluse, we weren’t able to find out much about him in English. One look at his art and one can see he is a master of observation and technique, rendering in minute and detailed realism. Painting in old school egg tempera, his imagery hearkens back to the mysticism of the Middle Ages with a bit of modern illustrative cartoon style thrown in.
Andrea Kowch, An Eclectix Artist Interview
There is a beautiful and surreal haunting quality to Andrea’s resplendent imagery, with an overall ambiance of frozen moments in time. Magical female personas share sisterly relationships confronting the viewer, and dominating stark landscapes. Feasts are prepared from farmed abundance while ominous birds flock and insects alight. Clouds of wild hair fly askew in a contrary wind and fields of wheat bow under pressures.
Exhibit Preview: Odd Nerdrum, Pupils of Apelles
Opening this weekend in L.A. is Odd Nerdrum’s Pupils of Apelles exhibition, a definite must-see show full of masterful works which cross all boundaries in the art world, with visionary grace and aplomb.
Odd Nerdrum has a very interesting persona in addition to his paintings, with a wealth of insight and perspectives on contemporary art.
Hieronymus Bosch Complete Works by Stefan Fischer
Taschen has recently published a wonderful huge volume of the complete works of Hieronymus Bosch. One of our standard Eclectix questions we ask artists when we interview them is -“If you could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, what would it be?” And a vast majority of artists always reply - Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. So we knew we had to share this sumptuous new release from Taschen with all his fans… feast your eyes on the father of surrealism!
Artitechture: Lost Art
Today, on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we thought we’d take a look at some of the fantastic art that was lost to the world forever. Many works of art were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed. Some were also destroyed during the rescue efforts.