1. Not long after the Second World War, America and the USSR fell out with each other and were trying to get one up on the other for a number of years.

    It’s no secret that some of the methods the CIA and USSR deployed at the time were a bit on the imaginative side. This led to dubious plots such as poisoned cigars, creating exploding seashells and toying with the idea of lethal bacteria and poison pills. Yes, exploding seashells.

    modern artWhether or not these stories are genuinely true or fabrications and smokescreens remains to be seen, but one weapon used to combat the USSR came in the unlikely form of what we have now dubbed “modern art”.

    It seemed like a big ask and a wild stab in the dark as to whether or not the plan to use art as a weapon against the enemy would work. This, after all, was a period where the majority of Americans disliked and even despised “modern art”. So, it would take a lot of work to change public opinion in order to get their noses in front of the USSR.

    The plan was to undermine communism using modern art. Russian art at the time was more easily understandable and thus, more popular. Using “Abstract Expressionism”, or what we now refer to as “modern art”, would show that the art and “Socialist Realism” coming from Russia was more rigid and stylised. It wasn’t creative or expressive.

    America and the CIA, on the other hand, wanted to show the world that their artists didn’t play by any one person’s rules and that as a nation, they were forward thinking. They wanted to show that art from their enemy’s side lacked the freedom of expression and that in America, you could throw whatever it is you wanted at a blank canvas and call it art.

    The CIA fully backed this new movement so that there was substantial proof for the public to see that in the US, creativity and intellectual freedom were celebrated. The US was leading the way in the propaganda war and there was a shift in cultural power that the USSR could not prevent. More importantly, they couldn’t compete.

    All around Europe, American “modern art”, or “Abstract Expressionism”, was featuring more and more in exhibitions. It was also popping up in the film industry, publishing houses and writing. All in all, this propelled America’s new art to a whole new level and helped demonstrate globally that the West and America was devoted to intellectual and creative freedom without artists being dictated to.

    This was a stark contrast to the world in which artists in the Soviet Union lived in. It was only a matter of time before communist artists started rebelling and adding elements of America’s Abstract Expressionism into their own pieces.

    We all know the rest. You can find famous pieces of work from this era and pieces inspired by this movement all over the world today. I don’t just mean exhibitions and museums, but art that came as a result of America and the CIA’s initiative are displayed on walls as decoration in people’s homes, offices and referenced in popular culture.

    Using art as a weapon to combat a nation sounds like a crazy idea, and it was, but the CIA pulled it off. It was only a rumour for many years in the art community until the CIA lifted the lid on the whole operation that led the movement to be “play an enormous role in the Cold War”.

    That’s right. The art in your homes, or at your friend’s or family’s homes could be more than just a decorative piece. They could be a symbol of freedom. So next time you get dragged to an exhibition or someone shows off a newly purchased painting to you, just remember that could well be more than just blobs of paint literally thrown at a canvas.

  • Anyone who has bought or rented a new house or apartment in recent years will know that they have the exact same home as their neighbour above them, next door to them and below them. These mass produced homes are built based on affordability which is great for young couples and first time buyers. However, people have an innate desire to make their home personal to them, we having being doing it for many thousands of years.

    Franz Marc modern artStarting with simple hand print cave drawings fourteen thousand years ago and ending with the grand palaces, stately homes and modern super apartments, people have been adding their personalities to their homes since before they had doors or windows. Decoration is a part of the human desire to be creative, to display and to stand out from the crowd. It’s this innate need that drives us to paint our walls a certain colour, buy specific furniture and hang paintings or pictures throughout the house.

    Wall art is a great way to add personality to you house, making it a home and displaying a part of yourself on the walls. Many people now buy wall art online as it is the most affordable way of owning specific or unique art.

    Modern Art Prints

    Canvas prints have given art to the world like never before. At no time in history has art been as affordable as it is now or the range of art so vast. The catalogue of different styles ranges from vintage movie posters, abstract art, Banksy, music art and much more.

    At Blue Horizon Prints the catalogue of art is large and varied, you are sure to find a piece of canvas art that suits you and your home. If you’re looking to send a piece of wall art as a gift then you will find it there.

    If you are looking for something more personal then you could send them a favourite photograph and have it blown up and placed on a high quality canvas. The prints are all on 100% cotton canvas and are made by specialists.

    There was a time when art was the privilege of the wealthy, now with canvas prints and wall art you can have a piece of art that you love for a price that you can afford.

    Check out the great range of prints and give your home some of your personality.

  • Buying modern art is fun but not always easy because there are different styles to choose from together with individual pieces from artists that are following no style at all.

    As with anything, if you are a complete novice when it comes to modern art you probably don’t know the different styles that are out there.  Take some time to visit local art galleries or art fairs that are displaying contemporary art so you get a feel for the different styles.  This can be quite eye opening because a painting that you might have really liked before, you might not like now just because you have seen a new range of styles.

    This can also be really useful in developing your tastes for modern art, you might find a style that resonates with you and you think would fit well in your home.

    Delaunay - Inspired by Sonia CanvasGo with what you like

    If you want to continue to enjoy the art in your home over many years it is often a good idea not to be swayed by current trends in art.  Don’t choose a piece just because it’s trendy because in a few years when it’s no longer in fashion you might not like it any more.  Choose a piece of art because you really like it yourself.  This can often be quite personal, so remember this when you are looking at what’s out there.

    There are different styles of modern art such as Conceptual Art, Cubism or Pop Art but also art that isn’t anything, it’s just inspiration from an artist that can’t be classified as anything.  If you are looking to build up a large collection you might want to section part of your collection by it’s style and type or you just might want to know what period your art is from so you are able to explain to people when they ask.

    Modern art is abstract

    The fact that modern art is abstract means that when you are choosing it for your home you often don’t have to be too fussy.  Modern art will fit in surprisingly well with many interior decor styles and can actually compliment even traditional styles.

    Choose the right art for where it is going to go

    If you have found a particularly striking piece that you think will fit in well with your home, think about how it will hang on your wall.  If you want the painting to have a visual impact make sure that it has space around it on the wall.  If a painting has space around it, it will seem more prominent and be more striking.

    Is the space light or dark?

    If you are placing the art on a dark wall a bright piece is often not the best type of painting.  Contrary to what you might think, the bright piece probably won’t lighten up an area it will just look out of place.  Whereas a dark painting won’t be shown off well if there is a lot of direct sunlight on it.  Before you buy the art, plan where it is going to go because some of the best art work won’t look good if it’s hung in the wrong place.

    Use your imagination

    Before you buy the art, imagine it in your home.  See it in on the wall you think it should be placed in your mind.  Imagine living with it, going past it every day and think of it being there in years to come.  This will enable you to feel what the art will be like in your home.  If you take time to do this and do it over a period of a few days you will get a clearer idea about whether you are going to like the painting or not.

    This article was written by Clarendon who are a London based company that have significant experience in arranging the decor of serviced apartments.

  • Most of us will eventually reach a point when we look around our homes and just sigh.  The furnishing and decorations will just have reached a saturation level where just we don’t want to look at them any longer.  When you need to freshen up your home, to get a new outlook and feeling, you’ll find that modern and contemporary canvas art prints have the ability to give the entire house or apartment a ‘facelift’ that will make your home a pleasure to be in once again.

    split canvas printThe modern art movement has challenged all of us to take a fresh look at the world, and you can invite this new perspective into your home with a work such as Kandinsky’s ‘Landscape with Rain’.  The bright colors, juxtaposed with both angular and curved shapes hint at buildings, water, and sky while still leaving plenty of room for our own imaginations.  Simply because the forms in the painting are so indefinite, this canvas print would fit in with almost any room design, and the colors would form an intense focal point in a neutral scheme.

    And if one room in the home is looking particularly drab, there could be no better way to cheer it up than by hanging a dramatic and eye-catching canvas print of ‘Red Room’ by Matisse, http://www.bluehorizonprints.com.au/canvas_art/1/77/product_details/.  By using the original work of art for their starting point, Blue Horizon Prints has been able to capture all the intensity and depth of color exactly as Henri Matisse painted the canvas originally.

    Still another approach to enlivening your living space is by using Abstract and Contemporary canvas art prints.   You will find yourself mesmerized by the swirls of color in many of the canvas art prints, such as ‘Burning Night’ or ‘Electric Waves’.  Canvas prints can be chosen for the ability to blend in with existing furnishings or to form a contrast that will accent the qualities of the décor.  ‘Circular Radiance’, with its emphasis on soothing pink tones will help calm you after a frazzling day, and you can definitely find yourself energized by ‘Light Flower’.

    Blue Horizon Prints dedicates as much attention to the quality of its Modern and Abstract and Contemporary artwork as it does to its photo portraits.  You will have the choice of having your art printed on canvas or paper, both of which are archival quality.  Whether your art comes already stretched or unstretched is also up to you, and the self-wrapped edging means that no frame is needed.  Available in sizes from small to extra-large, you’ll be thrilled at the color and form statement that will transform your home from ordinary to terrific.

  • Modern art is a great way to complement the interior décor of your home. However, with the ease of printing growing, modern art has become corrupted through multiple reprints and printed pictures of modern art pieces are still subject to traditional wear and tear.

    When you place modern art photos on canvas you are forever adding permanence to a memory, a person, a thought, or an ideal which might otherwise be lost in a single picture print stuffed into a photo album or damaged through endless shuffling. With canvas prints you can stretch a photo onto a cotton canvas, enforced by a wooden panel. Creating a three dimensional effect for your modern and contemporary home décor can be done by allowing the canvas printing shop to stretch the end of your picture over the wooden panel so that it appears to continue behind.

    With Banksy canvas prints you can take original Banksy street art otherwise featured on bridges, streets, and walls and place it in your home as a unique form of modern art. With online photo to canvas features, contemporary graffiti art from the painter and political activist Banksy can incorporate the stencilling techniques and epigrams so famously combined with his graffiti and street art. Your home can showcase some of the most popular pieces including the artwork painted in London, in the United States, and elsewhere around the world. You can also make more subtle statements inside of your interior décor with more mellow modern art reproductions printed on canvas material.

    When you turn to canvas photos as a means of showcasing your personal taste through modern art prints, you can also enjoy the fringe benefits of enhancing the quality of your personal taste through unique and classy modern art prints. While previously printing your photographs onto art paper still had to stand up to the effects of time, canvas offers a sturdier means of fighting the effects of time and traditional wear and tear. By using online photo editing tools you can enhance an existing modern art piece and then print it as a single canvas print or as multiple canvas prints of varying sizes with amazing results. You can enjoy the photograph details which will now fight back against decay, fading, or yellowing often associated with photos. Your personal taste in terms of modern art prints can now enjoy the same protection as classic artwork.

  • Contemporary art is, and always will be, loved by many people. This art is widespread, and its canopy surrounds the world. Everywhere you look, you can find an example or two of Contemporary art. Presently, art tourism is thriving due to the abundance of different forms of artwork and museums where they are kept. Exhibitions are held throughout the world to appreciate contemporary art and its predecessors. In this article, we listed the top five Museums that have taken Contemporary art to a new level.

    Centre Georges Pompidou.  Located in Paris, this is an atypical museum. The architecture is very different and the building is comprised of steel and concrete.  Several exhibitions are held throughout the year here, and it is a blossoming tourist destination in France. Modern art lovers will find plenty of inspiration here, and it is a popular meeting place for aspiring painters. This museum is extravagant from outside, but is equally wonderful inside displaying fantastic works of art, pictures, photographs, and many other artistic structures. When in Paris it is a must to visit this museum.

    Stedelijk Museum. This museum is in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Stedelijk Museum actually means Museum of the city of Amsterdam. This museum has several thousands of artifacts, and someone who wants to study art, and distinguish between various forms of art, can surely do so by viewing the endless amounts art here.  The Stedelijik Museum has an array of art forms from different periods of history. It was established in 1895, and has abstract expressionism, pop art, modern art, impressionism and other art forms in abundance.

    Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Located in the US, is the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. One outstanding feature of this museum is its commitment towards Modern Art. Its programs include lessons, suitable for people in every age group, who adore Modern art and want to use it as a means to express their flair. Art analysis is also a distinctive feature of this museum. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is situated in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

    Tate Modern. Situated on the banks of the river Thames, London, this museum is an epitome of Modern art in the United Kingdom. The various levels Tate Modern has to offer in Contemporary art is commendable. Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Cubism and other branches of Modern art are exemplified at Tate modern.
    Museum of Modern Art. Also known as MoMa, this museum is situated in New York. It is acknowledged to be the most prominent of Modern art museums in the world. If you are in New York, and an aficionado of modern art, you ought to pay a visit to MoMa. Some of the featured artists in MoMa include Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and is reminiscent Pop art at its best. There are also works of Henri Rousseau and Claude Monet that redefine art couture in this museum.

    So next time, when you pack your bags and look forward to your next vacation, make time to visit at least one of these museums, and explore the beauty and passion that is, Contemporary Art.

  • During the latter part of the 19th Century, there were a rising number of painters who began to break the trend of socially acceptable methods and careful execution of their artistic compositions. Artists began receiving opposition from the churches as they explored subject matter differing from the overly used heroic interpretations of that day. More and more artists began immerging, displaying works of art that depicted ordinary lifestyles in day and night scenes that completely changed the direction of its contemporaries. Since then, the Modern Art era is considered to be composed of artistic interpretations from 1860 to 1970, and will always be considered a turning point in where traditional forms of artwork made a significant change, as artists began to experiment with new colors and subject matter.

    Over the years Modern Art and the movements that have followed its creation, has been characterized by any type of work that has pushed past its origin. For example, when Modern Art first hit the scene, the world was rapidly changing and artists wanted to depict these changes in their work. Since this form or art greatly differed from all previous formats, it opened up an unlimited supply of inspiration and criticism. This particular era lasted till around 1960. After this time period, workings created were known to be of the post-modernism time frame. Today, most of the 20th century “modern art” styles are really a very diverse range of movements. However, Modern Art, in all its forms has completely shaped our interpretation and appreciation for artwork of all types.

    Much like with any type of change, at first many people did not take lightly to the new direction in modern artwork. Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso shocked and amazed people with their twisted interoperations of life scenes and mature subject matter. At first, these painters were considered outlaws in their own right, however, as time passed, so did the naivety of their viewers. As time passed, people understood the artistic genius behind famous paintings such as Dejuener sur l’Herbe, Starry Night, and The Scream. This revolution in artistic expressionism is only thanks to a handful of brave pioneers who paved the way for other extremely talented artists, who after seeing these famous pieces were inspired to do the same.

    The benefits to this form of expressionism can be seen today. In architecture, many building structures follow the same patterns that artists create when designing shapes and patterns. Many people have adopted the “modern” concept when decorating their homes. Different color schemes, furniture styles, and centerpieces all have some form of modern art incorporated into their design. We see this type of artwork everyday in magazines, posters, commercial art, and on virtually every landscaping scheme. Most people don’t realize how much modern artwork has shaped their preferences and their overall lifestyles. It is only fair then, that we pay respect to the young artists of the 19th century, who through their brave exploration of their artistic abilities were able to create what we know today as Modern Art.

  • During the latter part of the 19th Century, there were a rising number of painters who began to break the trend of socially acceptable methods and careful execution of their artistic compositions. Artists began receiving opposition from the churches as they explored subject matter differing from the overly used heroic interpretations of that day. More and more artists began emerging, displaying works of art that depicted ordinary lifestyles in day and night scenes that completely changed the direction of its contemporaries. Since then, the Modern Art era is considered to be composed of artistic interpretations from 1860 to 1970, and will always be considered a turning point in where traditional forms of artwork made a significant change, as artists began to experiment with new colors and subject matter.

    Over the years Modern Art and the movements that have followed its creation, has been characterized by any type of work that has pushed past its origin. For example, when Modern Art first hit the scene, the world was rapidly changing and artists wanted to depict these changes in their work. Since this form or art greatly differed from all previous formats, it opened up an unlimited supply of inspiration and criticism. This particular era lasted till around 1960. After this time period, workings created were known to be of the post-modernism time frame. Today, most of the 20th century “modern art” styles are really a very diverse range of movements. However, Modern Art, in all its forms has completely shaped our interpretation and appreciation for artwork of all types.

    Much like with any type of change, at first many people did not take lightly to the new direction in modern artwork. Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso shocked and amazed people with their twisted interoperations of life scenes and mature subject matter. At first, these painters were considered outlaws in their own right, however, as time passed, so did the naivety of their viewers. As time passed, people understood the artistic genius behind famous paintings such as Dejuener sur l’Herbe, Starry Night, and The Scream. This revolution in artistic expressionism is only thanks to a handful of brave pioneers who paved the way for other extremely talented artists, who after seeing these famous pieces were inspired to do the same.

    The benefits to this form of expressionism can be seen today. In architecture, many building structures follow the same patterns that artists create when designing shapes and patterns. Many people have adopted the “modern” concept when decorating their homes. Different color schemes, furniture styles, and centerpieces all have some form of modern art incorporated into their design. We see this type of artwork everyday in magazines, posters, commercial art, and on virtually every landscaping scheme. Most people don’t realize how much modern artwork has shaped their preferences and their overall lifestyles. It is only fair then, that we pay respect to the young artists of the 19th century, who through their brave exploration of their artistic abilities were able to create what we know today as Modern Art.