109: Floral Design, Class 3

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Floral Design, Class 3-Freestyle

In this Freestyle class, designs incorporate abstract qualities inspired by six paintings here in the Museum’s Contemporary Art collection.  Entrants use plant material and other components for their intrinsic qualities of line, form, color, and texture.   These bold designs emphasize space while distributing interesting focal points throughout the artworks.

Franz Kline, Orange and Black Wall, 1959.
Statement of Intent: Chaos Erupts
Hans Hofmann, Fiat Lux, 1963.
Philip Guston, Passage, 1957.
Franz Kline, Red Brass, 1955.
Willem De Kooning, Back Porch, 1975.
Wotan by Franz Kline
Franz Kline, Wotan, 1950.
Statement of Intent: The painter loads his brush and marks the canvas, as start contrast and boldness collide. The New York School, 1950

Wotan by Franz Kline

In the early 1950s, Franz Kline began paring down his paintings, purging them of all color and representational references. Wotan is one of his most austere compositions, focused simply on the stark contrast between his black brushstrokes and their white background. Kline insisted that all areas of his canvases were equal in weight: “I paint the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important.” This iconic image records the power of the artist's vision and the authority of his gesture. The title, Wotan, refers to a Germanic deity of the pre-Christian era. A king of the gods, Wotan could also assume the role of wanderer, seer, and poet. Additionally, Wotan was a central character in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle operas, which Kline often listened to in the art studio. For Kline, the title is not intended to describe the character of his painting; rather, by summoning up a mythic past, Kline claims a similar timelessness for his bold and revolutionary work.