“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Arnold Newman’s portraits of the most loved and known artists of the 20th century, caught my eye at Howard Greenberg Gallery‘s booth at The Art Show.
Visit Arnold Newman’s artist website here.
Arnold Newman, Louise Nevelson, New York, NY 1972.
Spent the past week strategically catching as many of the art fairs and art happenings around NYC. Through the nearly constant side-stepping to dodge being an extra in someone’s art selfie or instagram post, I can’t help but wonder how many of the artists that fill the booths today will actually make it into the history courses and how many are leftover having their moment now that is just as fleeting as the flash on the camera that comes between today’s viewer and any true experience with art.
this and that. Norma Marley, Untitled. More Work Here.
James Turrell, Air Apparent 2013 @ the Arizona State University Art Museum. Photos by Brad Jones. More Info Here.
Curly, Graduation Anxiety street art 2013. Website here.
Amy Boone- McCreesh, The Simple Life 2011. Artist Website Here.
Abelardo Morell, View of Central Park Looking North- Fall from Camera Obscura 2008. Artist Website Here.
I received a text this morning from a dear friend wondering if I was alright.. “because you aren’t blogging.” This made me smile, because my friends realize how important this blog is to me, even in the midst of a massive natural disaster. I survived my first hurricane, though my apartment didn’t fare so well. My buildings first floor is completely flooded and we won’t have power for a week. For now I am crashing on friends couches. I am lucky though because there are so many people up here who have it much, much worse. I plan on taking advantage of this extra break from school and my friends HBO but I can’t wait till I am back to my own computer and can share with ya’ll my trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil last week. Until then..
Jennifer Johnson, Abandoned Couch 2008 artistwebsite.
Abandoned Couches, 2009 found on flickr here.
Waltar, 132 North Avenue 56, Highland Park 2008 moreimages.
I finally saw the much talked about blockbuster exhibition, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at the Met this past week. Although it wasn’t the most thought-provoking or mind-boggling exhibition I have ever seen, it certainly was fun. It featured all the predictable artists influenced by Warhol and his Pop Art mentality, but it didn’t really have anything new to add to the canon. I did thoroughly enjoy finally experiencing Cory Arcangel’s Super Mario Clouds though. I know I should probably write a real review of this show going into the details of my criticism, but truth be told, I have spent the last week studying for my midterm on.. Pop Art. So I think I am going to reserve my thoughts for a time when I am not crammed full of dry academic jargon. The show is up until December so this is.. to be continued.
In the meantime, check out Roberta Smith’s review of the show & 2 links to a slideshow of the exhibition. Have ya’ll been to see the show? What did ya’ll think?
Cory Arcangel, Super Mario Clouds 2002 artistwebsite.
A write up of the different sections of the exhibition HERE.
*Also I am sorry for the less than ideal photographs, those security guards certainly were attentive!
Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. Once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again. – Andy Warhol
also I am going to start adding an art piece a day to my tumblr. no content just photographic evidence.
this week in… Instagram
1. I celebrated Sondre Lerche’s birthday with him at the Bowery Ballroom 2. I hung around 30rock for NYC Fashion Night Out 3. I randomly saw a Blue Man Group Flash Mob at Saks Fifth Avenue 4. It was the most randomly awesome thing that’s happened to me since I’ve gotten to the city.
5. I’ve been studying a ton at the NYU Library 6. I decided to change up my studying routine so I camped out in the silent hall at the New York Public Library. It was beautiful. 7. I made it through my first week of Grad School reading.. & 8. I love it when it pours in the city and the streets turn into mirrors to the skyline.
This week in… Links
I enjoyed Roberta Smith’s cheeky review of the new blockbuster Andy Warhol exhibition at the Met. Can’t wait to go this week. I loved this excerpt by A Photo Editor on the stance that photography isn’t about being present, but rather about being present. I read American Suburb X’s feature on Larry Sultan’s last series, The Valley. I laughed with this artist who makes tiny things in a ‘big world.’ I learned about the website Paddle 8 that is quickly revolutionizing the artworld by pulling it in the digital world. and finally, I watched this video which really just speaks for itself.
Alighiero Boetti is an Italian artist who became known for his involvement with the modern art movement Arte Povera. I was introduced to his work through his mid-career retrospective at MoMa, Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan that is on view until October 1. The large bright textiles demand the attention of the (often chaotic) arena that is MoMa’s atrium. I particularly appreciated Boetti’s interest in chance and process. Between 1971 and 1979 Boetti would often travel to Kabul, Afghanistan where he became interested in textiles and embroidery. He collaborated with local artisans to create works like, Tutto and Mappa. He made many maps during this time period, by tracing a world map onto canvas, color coordinating with each country’s map and then giving the outline to Afghan craftswoman to create the final tapestry. In 1979, unfamiliar with images of maps and with extra fabric to be used, the embroiders colored in the oceans with excess pink thread. Boetti welcomed and appreciated this chance change in process and continued to let the craftswomen choose what colors they wanted to use. I was impressed with how accessible Alighiero Boetti’s work is and the way the giant embroideries engage the space.
I highly recommend you read more about his background and story here & go check out his retrospective before it closes at the end of the month.
and I am back! For the past week I have been in Texas for my brother’s official homecoming. It was such an amazing experience and the Welcome Home Party I have been planning for the past month, went off without a hitch. I had a blast crafting and decorating Cadillac Pub with an insane amount of patriotic gear. The entire room was vibrating with nothing but love and happiness as all our family, friends, past teachers and the mayor, gathered to welcome my brother home. I even mustered enough courage to give a brief speech! I could not be more proud of my big brother and the party was the perfect happy ending to such a dark year.
(can you spot the cardboard cut out of my brother in one of these pictures? His friends made it of him while he was in Afghanistan so he could still be in the pictures at his best friends wedding.. ridiculously awesome.)
During my stay in Texas, I somehow managed to abstain from the internet the entire trip. No art blogs. No news/gossip sites. No googlereader. I watched an embarrassing amount of Duck Dynasty, savored every second with my cat, George (I can’t take him to NYC with me..) & hung out with my brother. Very relaxing but It’s back to reality.. and I have a ton to catch up on. Be back after the weekend with lots of artthings!
Stefan Sagmeister is an artists/designer who uses typography, video and imagery in a fresh and innovative way. I visited his exhibition, The Happy Show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia over the weekend. The playful show invites the viewer to enter into the mind of Sagmeister and embark with him on his quest to find happiness. For his film The Happy Film Sagemiester attempts to train his mind to learn happiness by experimenting with meditation, therapy and mood-altering drugs. The first 14 minutes of the film, which won’t fully premiere until next year, is shown as part of the exhibition along with sculptures, videos, photographs, images and his trade-mark writing which literally invades nearly every wall in the museum. His personal narrative is an integral point of this show and activates the in-between space between the art, the museum and the viewers. There is so much more I can say about my experience with this exhibition, but I think the work can do the explaining.. for now, I will just tell you I left feeling.. well happy. Happiness Symbol Survery, 2012 (visit the Happy Tumblr HERE & Flickr HERE to see entries.)
Documentation of Banana Wall, in collaboration with Joe Shouldice 2008
Over Time I Get Used to Everything, 2007 (I loved this piece because on the wall next to it he explains how he has lived in New York City for 10 years and the things he does in this video are things he has never done before.
A video I made of the neon sign piece. Basically when you walk into the gallery you are confronted by this giant neon sign that says “Seek Discomfort.” There is a bike in the middle of the room with really, no instructions.. I had a hunch what was going to happen once someone started riding the bike, but as I was waiting for my friend to finish the film he was watching so that he could film me, this girl beat me to it! It was still quite beautiful.