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    Museum going and art-loving furs: What art do you like outside of 'furry' art?

    I've always loved art since I was a 'lil kit, and also, going to museums. I could easily spend hours in them, and like many different periods, from ancient to renaissance to modern. But it's odd, I havn't met too many furs who like to go to museums/galleries, or seem to have a lot of interest in art, outside of the furry sphere.

    But, I know you must be out there!

    So, if so, what artists and periods do you like? Any favorite museums/shows?

    Lately, I really have loved the sculptures of Roxy Paine, photography by Nic Nicosia, and drawings paintings by Yoshitomo Nara, on the newer end of things.

    But I also love stuff like Wayne Thiebaud, Warhol and other 'pop' artists, and before that, I'm a huge fan of expressionism, and also the art deco/art nouveau movements, to name a few. I'm also a huge architecture geek!

    So, where's all the artsy furs?

    (I put in some links for examples as opposed to images, so as not to hog up space with the post)

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    feline fine Noxid's Avatar
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    I'm afraid I'm not very learn-ed in regard to the arts (7'-')
    but I've always enjoyed surrealist painters, like Dali and Magritte. I don't have a chance to go to a whole lot of art galleries.

    I've never been big on pop art myself, although architecture is cool. There are a lot of older georgian and victorian style properties around where I live, with the occasional terrifying brutalist government monolith dropped in like some kind of concrete oppression fortress. Just the contrast itself is something to behold.

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    I love me some ukiyo-e. The line quality, the colors, the craftsmanship, the use of space, the surreal quality of it... One of my favorite genres.

    I'm also a huge fan of illustration, which doesn't often end up in museum spaces, but sometimes does (as art noveau has.) Ivan Bilibin is one of my favorites, and shares a lot of visual similarity with ukiyo-e and art noveau, so that may be why I like him so much. >.>

    Celtic art is another one of my favorites, from the iron age pagan stuff to the Christian stuff from the middle ages. I would really love to see the Book of Kells in person one day. I have a soft spot for a lot of medieval religious art (some of that stuff is delightfully weird), but Celtic art in particular has a squishy place in my heart.

    And I enjoy a wide variety of contemporary stuff. Really, I enjoy looking at a lot of art in context. Art movements are usually a reaction to the art that came before, and it's so interesting to see how the predominant styles change in the context of the art that those artists grew up with, or world events. Dada makes no sense without the context of WWI, impressionists were ground-breaking badasses even though their art is the stuff of postcards now, abstraction and the separation of subject from art was an interesting intellectual exercise (even though I personally find the art itself to not be as interesting as the thought process behind it.)

    Art history and its interaction with history at large is very interesting to me, even if my tastes in fine art tend to stick pretty closely to the representational and illustrative.
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    No particular artist or style, but I'm a sucker for socially conscious themes, and beautiful landscapes. I try to go to the special exhibitions at the local art museum frequently; I've been exposed to a lot of beautiful stuff.

    I get a kick out of art made in antiquity. I never ceases to amaze me how such beautiful work was made so long ago. I've seen 1000 year old pieces of pottery with the color almost as vibrant as it was when it was made. I will go out of my way to experience stereotypical "native" art (typically African and Polynesian) as I rarely see examples of those in my everyday life.

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    Retired Staff Tiger's Avatar
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    (NOTE: Some of my links are NSFW and contain nudity) I'm actually an art history major at university so studying art and going to art museums is a huge love of mine. Currently studying the history of Asian art (just finished Indian Hindu art and Indian Buddhist art and a little Islamic art, now looking at Chinese Buddhist art) and Baroque art (Caravaggio, Velasquez, Carracci school, Rubens, van Dyck etc). Also have recently taken classes on Renaissance art (Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, etc.) and Classical art (which is ancient (NSFW, this link contains nudity)Greek and Roman), German art in the early 20th century (including German expressionism, Blue Rider, Bauhaus, and DaDa), and surveys of non-western art (African, Asian, South Pacific, etc.) and art from ~1800s to present day (Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, (NSFW this link contains nudity)Gauguin, Hopper, Klimt, etc).

    My favorite art period is the Byzantine period, more here. I guess it's not the actual art itself but the history behind it- how so quickly we can go from Hellenistic contrapposto (subtle weight shift and more weight placed on one leg such as in, NSFW contains nudity, this sculpture) and Roman wall paintings into much more simplified, flat artworks.

    As for particular artists, I love Bernini, he was a sculptor in the Baroque period, trying to prove that sculpture was superior to painting and created artworks such as the portrait bust of Cardinal Scipione Borghese and (NSFW contains nudity)Apollo and Daphne. When Bernini was looking at models for his portraits, he would ask them to talk as he sketched so when he sculpted them they would look like they were about to talk or just finished talking. I also like Vasily Kandinsky, a Russian artist of the Blue Rider movement (I believe he also taught at the Bauhaus school) who wanted to create art that was essentially visual music, and each instrument had an assigned color. Here's an example from his "Composition" series. I also like the work of Josef Albers; a little more modern. He studied color theory, example here. I like to use him as an example when people remark about more modern art and how can just a few colors on canvas be art. Albers is a good example because his work puts colors next to each other to test their relationships and create illusions with nothing more than colors and squares of different sizes. It's simple but effective and pretty remarkable. And a random artwork I love, Mantegna's ceiling painting of the Camera Picta because the ceiling is actually almost completely flat. The concave appearance is all part of the artwork.

    I also am currently working on a 20 minute presentation I have to deliver in December about Jan Steen's "Gamblers Quarreling". It's a Dutch Baroque genre painting that I knew nothing about when I picked it (and frankly still don't know much about). Right now I'm working on a biography section but plan on discussing movement, iconography, and the caricature qualities of the figures.

    SO, sorry for the long post, but I hope you click on the links that interest you and enjoy

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    I'm particularly interested in advertising art. When used well, I think advertising can be very effective, and even beautiful.

    I've always liked the art of Alphonse Mucha. His artwork has been often imitated, and is probably the most famous person in the art nouveau movement. His linework is very flowy, filled with nature motifs, fine details, and beautiful, smiling women in elaborate dresses. His work appeared on advertisements as varied as absinthe and baby formula.

    I also like cartoonist and advertising illustrator Théophile Steinlein. You may have seen his famous Chat Noir poster, which gets parodied a lot, as well.

    I respect Toulouse Lautrec a lot, because he made advertising what it was, and because he had a fascinating life. He was dealing with alcoholism, dwarfism, was a womanizer, and painted posters for the real-life Moulin Rouge.

    Norman Rockwell was another interesting artist, one whose art I grew up with around the house. I'm American, and whenever I get disgruntled with the country, or things that people have been doing in the general population, I think of Rockwell, and how his work sort of embodied the best qualities of Americana. People coming together, having fun, couples leaning their heads against each others', sharing a milkshake. That kind of stuff.

    Finally, J.D. Leyendecker. Norman Rockwell learned from him, he had a lot of power in his linework, I love the soft colors he used (ditto with Rockwell), and he was one of the most influential gay artists of all time. Wonderful stuff.

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    I like a lot of surrealist art and stuff that just generally involves realistic illustration, such as Caitlin Hackett and stuff like from the Codex Seraphinianus and a lot of mythology / bestiary and renaissance art.
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    I don't have as much of an art history education as others, but I tend to like surreal art that plays around with expectations. I'll never not be amused by Salvador Dali (nsfw? slight boobage) and René Magritte is a favorite of mine as well.

    I also like H.R. Giger, his work always manages to resonate with the darker parts of myself more than anything else.
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