Month: October 2013

Musings on Arthur Pinajian

I had never heard of Arthur Pinajian before I read the Telegraph’s article, but I find myself fascinated with his art.  Pinajian lived through two world wars and the great depression, born in 1914 during WWI and surviving until 1999, the end of the century. (1) Kurt Vonnegut’s novelic workBluebeard: The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, actually retells the story of Pinajian’s life, whose real life was really very private. (1)  He was one of the great heroes of WWII, but he soon surrendered  weapons for more artistic tools, when he began as a comic book artist for Marvel (3). However, Pinajian found himself more readily drawn to the abstractionist style of art and he eventually move to Long Island, fading into obscurity for the remainder of his life.  (1)  Pinajian another of the many artists more appreciated upon death than during  life, and thousands of his paintings remained buried in garages and boxes until as late as the last decade.  (2)  

The Artist: Arthur Pinajian

Typically, I am not overly fond of abstract art, in fact I don’t particularly like the painting shown at the top of The Telegraph’s article. However, in several of his works, Pinajian successfully pulls together both abstraction and realism.  I appreciate how his works depict landscapes through simple brush strokes and vibrant mixed colors. He utilizes the coloring beautifully to depict contrast and depth, without losing any of the meaning which I feel so much abstract art does.  Here are my particular favorites:

What do you think of his art?

Additional Sources

“$30m of Arthur Pinajian Art Found in Long Island Garage”

“$30m of Arthur Pinajian Art Found in Long Island Garage”

by Nick Allen via “The Telegraph”

“Two homeowners who bought a run-down cottage for $300,000 made the investment of a lifetime after finding a treasure trove of art worth an estimated $30 million in the garage.” Read more of this article at The Telegraph.

Soviet Rapist Sculpture Taken Down

“Russia Condemns Polish Artist Over Statue of Soviet Soldier Raping a Woman”

“Russia Condemns Polish Artist Over Statue of Soviet Soldier Raping a Woman”

via “The Moscow Times”

“The Russian ambassador to Poland has denounced as blasphemous “pseudo-art” a statue depicting a Soviet soldier raping a pregnant woman, which briefly appeared in Gdansk over the weekend.

The offending work of art, entitled “Komm Frau,” German for “Come Here Woman,” had been installed on Gdansk’s Avenue of Victory on Saturday. Polish authorities removed the statue on Sunday, saying that it had been put there illegally, while Szumczyk was brought in for questioning by . . . . “ Read the rest of the article here.

 Jerzy Szumczyk, a twenty-six year old student of the arts, was in the process of researching the Russian Army’s march into Germany when he was struck by what he had been studying.  His studies led him to WWII and Gdansk’s German population (making up nearly 95% of the city in the 1940s) during WWII as Russia moved through Poland on its way to Germany (2).  The army worked (more…)

“German Museum Wants Holocaust Survivor to Return Ancient Gold Tablet”