Ugo Mulas was an Italian photographer noted for his portraits of artists and his street photography.
While photographing the 1964 Venice Biennale, Mulas met several American artists, art critics, and the art dealer Leo Castelli. This meeting led to his travel to New York City and his documentation of the Pop art scene. This trip to New York and Mulas' resulting book and exhibits, New York, the New Art Scene became his best known work. The exhibit included enlargements of Mulas' contact sheets and environmental portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Barnett Newman and Roy Lichtenstein.
August 28 1928 - March 2 1973
I truly love these portraits.
He makes the artist into his own piece of work, he appropriates them.
Jim Denevan makes freehand drawings in sand. At low tide on wide beaches, he searches the shore for a wave tossed stick. After finding a good one and composing himself in the near and far environment Jim draws, laboring up to 7 hours and walking as many as 30 miles. The resulting sand drawings are made entirely freehand with no measuring aids whatsoever. From the ground, these drawn environments are experienced as places. Places to explore and be, and to see relation and distance. For a time these tangible specific places exist in the indeterminate environment of ocean shore. From high above the marks are seen as isolated phenomenons, much like clouds, rivers or buildings. Soon after Jim's motions and marks are completed water moves over and through, leaving nothing.
Not only do I find his work simply breathtaking, the size, the structure, but what really stuns me is the idea.
His work is completely ephemeral, which is, to me, the definition of beauty, it does not last.