Wow. Amazing picture. I worry because I feel right away that I understand ‘what’s going on’ here. Sometimes photographs create a void in my brain that my heart and my empathy rush to fill.
There is a Joan Brown retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art through March 11, 2012. I urge you to visit San Jose and see this show. Link to the San Jose Museum of Art: http://www.sjmusart.org/exhibitions
Just so romantic. Christian Dotremont, from the exhibition Dotremont – Salute to Denmark, at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum. Catalog includes translations by Patrick Lennon of “Dotremont in the Land of Nja” and other texts. Link to CHPEA website: http://www.chpeamuseum.herning.dk/ Link to Patrick Lennon Work Blog: http://thisispatricklennon.com/
David Lamelas’s The Desert People is currently on view at MOCA in Under the Big Black Sun. I spent a couple of hours at MOCA being grateful to watch.
Link to auction house: http://www.kettererkunst.com/details-e.php?obnr=111003486&anummer=387
From the Sirak Collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, currently on view. My faulty memory remembers reading on the wall tag the following quote: “My father hated this painting,” Mrs. Sirak said, “as did many of my male friends. My mother-in-law loved it. Strong women love this painting.”
Link to Columbus Museum of Art: http://www.columbusmuseum.org/collection/detail.php?id=12
Weird site, EdouardVuillard.org. On it I find all the oil paintings of Vuillard, from outside I can access a similar trove of James Ensor images, however from within the site I cannot locate a menu to search by artist name.
If the above image were better I’d be happier, but as it is the only image of this installation that I have, I’ll keep it. The room with concrete floors is painted white and the ceilings are low. The light I recall is from bare bulbs – although my memory may be wrong. I looked at this group of paintings and a sculpture that stands against the wall to the right and I thought of early 20th century artisans working in a back room in Russia or an Eastern European country. These men and women make their graphic statements on scraps of Masonite and they slap them on walls – they seem to be not so much announcing the Revolution as searching for, and possibly finding, a truth in making.
For me painting is inherently romantic, and Vlahovich is a clear-eyed, good-humored contrarian. He’s older now than when we first met, but he hasn’t compromised, he’s still working against the grain; and, like my imagined Slavic romantics revolutionaries, finding truth in making. WPA website: http://wpala.com/
“Poul Gernes, Per Kirkeby, John Davidsen, Peter Louis-Jensen and Bjørn Nørgaard are today well-known names on the Danish and international art scene, and though their careers have turned out quite differently, the starting point of their artistic work is the same. They were all part of The experimental art school in Copenhagen during the 1960s.”
The artists of the Ex-school took an interest in pictures of all kinds. Objects and materials could be “image-like”, and political or social narratives contained visual potential.
It is therefore not surprising that even the moving pictures, film, attracted so much attention.
It began around 1962, with the same curiosity and approach that characterised the work of graphic technicians, e.g. Poul Gernes’ string plates which he had run over by buses and cars, or struck with a hammer. Confronted with the “new” media, film, a spool of unexposed film was rolled out on the floor of the school premises and was exposed to rather rough treatment.
Large nails were driven through the strips, and were drawn and painted on. Then they were put into an 8mm projector and played on the wall, so the resulting image sequence could be seen. Pictures were pictures.
All of the above relating to Kirkeby and the Ex-School (and more!) may be found at this site: http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/ex-skolen__exsperiment_art_school_1961-69.asp
Link to the Centre Pompidou: http://www.centrepompidou.fr/
The above from 50 Watts: http://50watts.com/2300960/Death-and-the-Alphabet
Be sure to go by “A is for Zebra” a LACMA exhibition curated by Jose Luis Blondet at Charles White Elementary School, on the old Otis campus near MacArthur Park. The alphabet entire is there for real and much, much more. So, so good.
LACMA show site: http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/zebra
50 Watt is terrifying. Visit and I promise you won’t soon leave. Wow type image archive. http://50watts.com/
Two details from the mosaics at Basilica de San Vitale in Ravenna
… and leave with pictures in your mind.