Museum outings and expeditions
The end of the semester has led me and fellow NYSS-ers to exploring new areas … like the Brooklyn Museum, where the art we saw was quite surprising.
We started off with a tour of African art by El Anatsui, whose art essentially consists of found pieces of almost everything. I got a shot of Gravity and Grace (pictured). This work wowed them at the Venice Biennale six years ago and has been getting first rate exposure ever since. It’s proven to be a centerpiece of the world’s most prestigious contemporary showcase.
In another section of the museum there are several hundred pieces of watercolor by John Singer Sargent. We spent some time here and could have been here longer. Sargent’s work is worth a close examination and frequently there will be a small iPad located next to the painting with a demonstration of the work in production. For sure we will return to the Brooklyn Museum. Getting to the train after the party was a new experience. (Note: Walking the street to the train was not something i want to do again.)
Other expeditions have led me and Deanna to wander the streets of classic Village areas after Mass and grab lunch at a delightful place where I got a fantastic grilled cheese and tomato soup and Deanna had a spicy duck burger. I had a bite and it was better than okay. We have also discovered a tea and coffee company on Christopher Street (not unlike Anderson’s in Austin). The place is called McNulty’s Tea and Coffee.
At the MET we saw the first of the cubist work in the process of being donated to the by an Estee Lauder heir. The full gift will be in place and fully curated early in 2014. We saw Picasso’s first cubist work, the only one in place at this time. The colors are mostly browns and blacks with some yellow. This was done in about 1910, I think. Then there’s a section of Bonnard and Vuillard, always stunning. It’s hard to believe that David Ohlerking said the my early art (which I gathered the courage to show) had a Bonnard quality. I’d like to ask more about that at some point. My main goal was to spend time in the Cézanne collection, especially transposing his wife paintings. You may recall that Cézanne is given credit for being the originator of the cubist style of painting, which Braque and Picasso took on as their own. Of course, there were many others like Leger, Gleize, Lewitt, and even Schiele.
This week holds a trip to Mt. Kisko in Westchester County where we will be guests at the Louis-Dreyfus Collection, which includes Graham Nickson’s work. The Noguchi Museum Benefit was last night, and by Saturday we’ll be at Canopy in Austin, where we’ll hope to see our Texas friends.
With seeing such vast art (i.e. El Anatsui and Nickson’s large-scale pieces), I am profoundly confronted by scale — the monumental nature of their work — and how the colors and form envelop the viewer. It’s impressive food for eyes and thought.
Hope all is well with everybody. I would love to hear from you.
The time is drawing near for us to return to our home in Austin for a few weeks this summer. Beautiful weather in NYC, and we will miss that as we move into heat.
My critique is behind me with Deanna taking good notes. I’ll digest those more carefully later. In general, the art evaluators were clear in their remarks and were positive and helpful. I’ve made reasonable progress in the past semester with form, shape, color, and perception. As there is still much to learn in a classical sense, I spend several hours in the library each week studying the art work that has gone on before me.
Today, for example, Leger was my focus and I slowly worked my way through two of his books. He was a cubist more than anything else in his efforts and a variety of color. I think our Dean, Graham Nickson, is not much in favor of spending time and effort in this path. I’ll be careful with the energy I put out and turn to a more traditional format. I can always return to some aspects of this at a later time.
I’m going from this classical world of art in New York to Austin and my studio where fellow Canopy mates are putting together a weekend show to introduce patrons to our new work/show space. That will happen on Saturday, May 11. Amanda Winkles, my studio assistant, is putting together an acceptable introduction to the space at Canopy. A great group of artists is coming together there, and I look forward to meeting and knowing each of them.
Thanks for staying with me in my ramblings. Please keep me posted on yours.
Photo: View from my NYSS studio
Happy Spring: Art life continues
Art City Austin 2013
The event is sponsored by Art Alliance Austin.
Come for the art, music, food, and come for the art.
Art read: The death of galleries?
“These days, the art world is large and spread out, happening everywhere at once.”
Fellow artist and friend Laurie Frick directed me to this interesting article by Jerry Saltz about the economics of art and the (imminent?) death of the art gallery (as a result of the simultaneous rise of the art world’s online life).
Any thoughts on this one? Do you visit galleries more or less than you did five years ago, say? Where do you go for art?
Oil on canvas
On exhibit at the New York Studio School
All the same model; art on right cubist version
Jack King Art
For those who aren’t going to get to the Met to see the Matisse exhibit, here is Rebecca Rabinow, whom I wrote about in a previous post, with some thoughts on the master’s work.
Art, art. Everywhere.
We enjoyed a beautiful sunshiny Saturday in NYC. After the snow, rain, and general slush of the previous day, the sun was most welcome. I think we have about seen the last of “winter”.
There is an enormous amount of art all over this city. The yearly event called the Armory show started last week and went through the weekend. It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1913 show. In addition, there is an Armory show on Piers 92 and 94 with two huge spaces that jut out into the water. Then PACE has two large shows featuring people like Jim Dine and Kiki Smith. Yes, as best I can tell this is the Pace that originates in San Antonio. Pace seems to be all over town. We went to a three-story Pace gallery on the upper east side last weekend and mostly it was good art and fun to see; then MOMA opened yesterday with a display of Henri Labrouste, the architect who invented the modern library.
In Chelsea, an art fair sponsored by the Art Dealers Association of America is up and running. Some 40 galleries are spread over three floors of the Dia building. We made this one last year but may miss this time. We will do well to get to the two versions of the Armory show. Then, as if that’s not enough, The New York Historical Society on Central Park West is showing Audubon’s Aviary. On display are the paintings of Audubon from the 1820s. This show will run through 2015 so plenty of time.
Just so you know: New York City is opening up the path to shuffleboard — 12-foot-long wooden tables — a hands-on bar game if there ever was one. I have been known to play, and if I get close to the seven places where they are set up for this bar game I’ll try to stir up some old memories. Join me?
Finally, a word about my activities at NYSS. I was given a slot for an art show at the school with another student, Sirena La Burn. The show will be Friday April 12 from 6 to 8 PM. It turns out Sirena is originally from Beaumont, Texas. She lives in Germany when she is not attending NYSS working on her MFA. We will both have about 10-15 pieces of art that has mostly been produced here in our ateliers. We spend most of that Friday preparing our art to hang, painting the walls of student gallery, and getting ready for the show. Deanna will be starting her trial in D.C. but may be able to take the train and have some time at the gallery. We will try to have some Texas tidbits for snacks and whatever goes with that.
More to come later,
Art, color, and beauty
Finally I’m getting up some photos from the City Hall People’s Gallery exhibit in Austin from a couple weeks ago. The work, which comes from something like 100 Austin artists, will be up for a while so if you’re in the city take an opportunity to go see it. The opening reception was a delight to attend, and there was some impressive work.
Also, the NYT has another interesting read on design. The article, Why We Love Beautiful Things talks patterns and forms and mathematics of such. Even more: bad design costs us more than just aesthetics. An excerpt:
It should come as no surprise that good design, often in very subtle ways, can have such dramatic effects. After all, bad design works the other way: poorly designed computers can injure your wrists, awkward chairs can strain your back and over-bright lighting and computer screens can fatigue your eyes.
Enjoy the photos and the week.