Thursday, December 29, 2011

on the third day after christmas...

the perfect charlie brown tree
found at houston and mercer

Friday, December 23, 2011

a wish for joy

(and snow)
in this and the coming seasons

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

material witness at pavel zoubok

hannelore baron

vanessa german

there are only a few days left
to see this show which i've been
meaning to see since it opened
almost a month ago. it closes on december 17.
or you can see it here

hannelore baron

i went because i've only ever seen the work
of hannelore baron in reproduction.

i expected to be moved by baron's work
and was not disappointed but it was
the figures by vanessa german that were revelatory.
contructed of all manner of found object
attached by different means to black doll figures
they are more than the sum of their disparate parts:
beautiful, moving, troubling.

there are also a series of rose-window like
fabric constructions by donna sharrett.
these are lovely but did not move as the other work did.
it can be viewed on the gallery website.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

the altered page/women in the arts

i'm delighted to be participating in
the latest installment of seth apter's 'pulse'.

the question posed was
'if you could take a class from one artist
from anytime in history, including the present,
who would it be and why?'
and the first chapter of responses is
women in the arts.

fond as i am of o'keeffe's work, the thought
of being in her presence was too intimidating.

i chose agnes martin, probably my most inspiring
artistic hero. seth linked to this wonderful interview
which i had never seen.

Agnes Martin Interview (20:00 version, 1997) from Chuck Smith on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

the sublime x2

conversations in clay - west meets east: a collector's perspective,
at the joan b mirviss gallery in new york
features pairings of ceramic works by western and japanese
artists. i had never visited this gallery dedicated
to japanese art and went after reading a brief writeup
in the new york times. the space is serene and the work is wonderfully displayed. you can see the work on the website

best treat for me, though, was a gorgeous scroll
by watanable seitei featuring two magpies in a pine branch.

if only i had $7500 lying around i would find an empty wall for it.

then i went to view the private collection of robert rauschenberg
at gagosian on madison avenue. no photos allowed. sigh.
the man had an eye and a number of genius friends.
a must see if you're in town between now and december 23.

shows like these make everything
afterwards alive with beautiful possibility,
whether the dirty window of a newspaper box

or a napkin on the sidewalk...

but maybe that's just me...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

snow farm indeed

i have been to snow farm
in spring and summer and autumn.
there are no weeklong classes in
winter and the eccentric october snow
was a rare and wonderful gift.

in my haste to shoot in the snow
i didn't notice that the resolution setting
on the camera had slipped. hence,
to my chagrin,
the smaller images.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

museums and a cold

how can a cold hit full blown -
without a warning scratch in the throat,
a tickle in the nose...

got on the subway at spring street
and stepped off the connecting bus in jackson heights
all sore throat, sneezes, runnynose, aches and
the corresponding damn headache.

excuses, excuses...
there's a little logo
on my blog that's supposed to
free me of guilt
when i don't blog.

so not working.


went to the metropolitan museum on tuesday

coffee at the petrie cafe court and wine bar.

lovely views of cleopatra's needle and the colors of fall in the park

took a preliminary walk though the metropolitan museum's
New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands,
Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia
hereinafter the Arab galleries.
lots of information on the renovation

so much to see at every turn. i was drawn into
the convoluted designs and textures

this is a folio from the mantiq al-tair
- language of the birds - painted around 1600 in iran.
there are chairs for viewing the manuscript pages up close.

the galleries are satifyingly rich
in bird imagery

i was especially excited about the moroccan court
having read about it's construction. therere's a (too) short
video here
on the construction.

on wednesday i went to the museum of modern art
to see 'contemporary galleries 1980-now'

the curry was delicious.

for argentine artist rirkrit tiravanija's interactive artwork
thai curry is served in a sort of deconstructed
kitchen/dining space. (there's water in the fridge)

ben vautier

gallery view jeff koons, keith haring

happily there is a great deal of art by women -
it's still hard not to notice.
among the most affecting pieces for me
were the installations of doris salcedo

Atrabiliaros (1992-93)
from the label:
'..conceived in response to testimony the artist gathered about those who dissappeared during the Colombian Civil War.. Worn female shoes in sealed niches are stand-ins for the missing bodies and evoke reliquaries for the remnants of saints.'

zarina hasmi's piece 'home is a foreign place'
is a portfolio of 36 prints mounted in a
grid, each image representing an aspect of
what the artist remembers/misses about
her birthplace, india.
see and read more here
(god i love the internet.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

everything print

remarkable new interactive website from MoMA -
the printed page
based on the publication and exhibition
of the same name. focusing on the history
of images, from cave markings to
the digital now
and beyond.

check out the depth of the links to
relief printing and digital processes

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