Raymond Pettibon has a huge retrospective at the New Museum. It’s 3 floors with over 3000 pieces! Very powerful…and exhausting! His work feels somewhat like ‘outsider art’…like he’s obsessed by visions…his surfaces covered in hastily scrawled messages… with images usually in series… of baseball players, an open maw with the word ‘Vaaa voooom!’ the Iraq war, a surfer and huge waves…all beautifully drawn. This is an experience! After several hours I just wanted a nap. But such an experience. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
Last week we spent 4 days in NYC taking in ART. So some of this week I’ll be sharing with you some of what we saw.
At the Met there’s a show of work by the German Expressionist Max Beckmann. The premise for the show was related to Beckmann’s death in NYC in 1957 as he was making his way to the Met to view one of his self-portraits the museum had included in an exhibit. The first image is the one that was on display... along with many others.
More paintings of dogs. Cramer sees them as icons…I’m not sure I get that from them…religious icons? …social icons?...political ones? But as a dog lover I’m certainly attracted to them! Cramer graduated from RISD in 2016 and seems well on his way!
Wilson was born in Waco Texas in 1941. Graduated from Pratt in 1965 with a degree in architecture. He is known for his work in theater and film and has collaborated with Lady Gaga and Phillip Glass. The list of awards is daunting. Looking at his work it is hard to find a unifying element…which is perhaps the point! The large installation of The Stations of the Cross is difficult to fathom from these still photos. The work is made up of 14 small cabins each holding a scene. There is sound, video, and movement.
Born in 1401 Masaccio only lived to be 26. It’s remarkable to me how much influence he had during his short life. He is known for his ability to create round and solid forms, his use and understanding of perspective, and for the passion he was able to express in his figures. Look at the expressions on the faces of these Biblical characters AND at their body language.
Gloria paints dogs. Gloria loves dogs. Especially Bulldogs. She is an amazing painter. She lives in Concord NH. You can see more of her work at http://www.gloriapaintsdogs.com/ You could commission her to paint your dog!
Finley has numerous images of African Americans painting themselves white. I was really touched by these paintings. They seem like an excellent example of ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’. I’ve also included some sketchbook drawings…pretty beautiful and delicate.
Happy Valentines Day! Here are some extraordinary Victorian Valentines. Enjoy!
Many of us are familiar with Bosch’s depiction of this Biblical theme…but he was not alone!!! Here are a bunch more. They must have provided a real deterrent to bad behavior. Every time you went to church…that’d be daily…you would be confronted with these images. Yikes. It’s important to remember also that these people couldn’t read and there were no books! These murals must have made a huge impression.
More of these little house sculptures. I know I’ve posted other artists who deal with houses, building, etc. These forms never shows up in my work but I find these small sculptures so appealing. They must be so hard to make…take so much patience. I find them really evocative.
Wissing is interested in the beauty of abandoned places…the atmosphere created when nature gradually creeps into architectural spaces. She’s intrigued by light…the way it brings forward edges or filters that edge to pure light. She has an architectural background which resonates in her work.
I am lately reading a series of post-apocolyptical novels by James Howard Kunstler filled with descriptions of the scenes Wissing is creating.
These forms are just the opposite of those from Peter Voulkos. And yet…they too are sculptural forms. These pieces are so refined…there’s no mark of a human hand anywhere! She cuts the clay with scissors!!!! Wow! The clas has to be just the right thickness and the right kind of 'leather hard' to make this possible
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Voulkos was a real rebel. During a period when ceramics was considered a craft and therefore a lesser art he created massive, messy sculptural forms that had a slap dash look to them and were REALLY impressive! And…his gutsy attitude changed it up for all potters!
Giotto was an early Renaissance artist whose influence dramatically changed the development of painting. He created figures with weight and began to use shading to add the feeling of volume. Giotto lived from 1266 to 1337, in Florence. I have chosen several scenes and interior views of his frescos in the Scrovigni Chapel in Padua. This is a small chapel that when I was there, was under reconstruction. There was daylight from under the floor but never mind…the interior was so very beautiful! Unpretentious and very serene.
Rembrandt painted himself throughout his life. Here are some examples…really just a few. He did many, many self-portraits. It’s really interesting to watch him age…and see his ‘take’ on that process.
Kollwitz lost family members in both the first and second World Wars. She was deeply affected by both wars and expressed her anguish and concern through her drawings and prints. They are pretty powerful and still resonate in our world today.
Darger was an Outsider artist. He was a custodian at a hospital for most of his adult life. He lived alone, had no family and only one friend. But…in his free time he made art. These paintings are pages from the 4 books he created. It’s hard to know what they are about. Some of them display girls in play while others are full of catastrophic scenes.
I love love Matisse. He's been my favorite since high school...a very long time ago. I always learn so much from his work...as do many other artists. I have chosen some of his most abstract paintings. I find them beautifully designed with just enough information to make me want to look longer...and to make up the parts that aren't explained. Enjoy!
For years we have enjoyed The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook by Gloria Bley Miller. Great recipes, easy to do…and with great illustrations…by Earl Thollander. It turns out he was a very productive illustrator which also gave him time to paint, make prints…be a real artist with many one man and group shows. Our cookbook is grease stained with love…all the more so for Earl Thollander.
During his career, Earl illustrated over 62 children’s, cooking and travel books. He produced at least 60 one-man showings and participated in countless group and invitational shows. This tireless productivity and focus are a tribute to his insatiable curiosity, love of learning, life and the recording of it through his art. (from his home page)