Roy Rothschild Neuberger the 107 year old financier, art patron and leading modern art collector has died. Orphaned at 12, he painted and studied art until 1928, then in a career move took on Wall Street just prior to the 1929 stock market crash that he anticipated and survived. Neuberger began his art collection in the 1930s to help support living artists. Neuberger collected works including those from Jackson Pollock, Ben Shahn, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, and especially Milton Avery a favorite. Neuberger also donated art works to various institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art along with many college and university museums. The Neuberger Museum of Art was opened in New York during 1974 with a donation of 108 of his collected works.

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Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.