Best Living Artists of Abstract & Photo Paintings

Best Living Artists of Abstract & Photo Paintings
A survey by Vanity Fair searching for only 6 of the greatest living artists falls short of all the artists whose work we know and love. I’ll discuss Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Cindy Sherman, and others.

Drumroll please. In a 2013 poll taken by Vanity Fair, Gerhard Richter was voted #1, receiving 24 of 100 votes cast by top art experts in the world (artists, professors of art, and art curators).

Other recipients of this title were: Jasper Johns receiving 20 votes, Richard Serra with 19, Bruce Nauman with 17, Cindy Sherman with 12, and Ellsworth Kelly with 10 votes.

Do you agree? Huffington Post called the results: "very talented, very white, selection" and the winning artists being: "older, American, and mainstream."

Gerhard Richter’s 1965 photo-based painting, "Woman Descending the Staircase"
could have been influenced by abstract artist Marcel Duchamp’s "N*de Descending a Staircase" (1912).

Duchamp’s painting can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Richter’s work mentioned above can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Although Gerhard Richter has the ability to paint both in the abstract as well as photo-based, he said in an interview by Robert Storr in 1996 to have only used a photograph as reference in one instance: that of bather(s).

I have sent a personal message to Mr. Richter via Twitter, asking if he was referring to "Bathers" (1967) or "Small Bather" (1994). I would guesstimate his answer to be "Small Bather."

Richter’s "Bathers" (1967) has similarities to the juxtaposition of figures in Paul Cezanne’s "Large Bathers" (1898-1905).

This is a photo of Gerhard Richter’s "Vase" (1984) taken by the author Camille Gizzarelli at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston during "Art in Bloom" 2015.

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The other living artists I find most fascinating are: photographer Cindy Sherman - best known for her "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-1980) consisting of 69 black and white photographs, and (in my opinion) one of the best painters of photo realism - Richard Estes, whose work is amazingly real.

I salute all living artists who have received awards and accolades from their peers and admirers, for they deserve our respect and admiration.

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