New York

art, Exhibition, feminism, history, Installation, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Lassnig, New York, sculpture, Uncategorized

It’s  nearly 2 weeks since we returned from an amazing visit, that came out of the Blue. Friend Liz Smith had opportunity to sing as part of an international choir in Carnegie Hall, and her kind friends Revd’s Brenda Husson and Tom Faulkner offered accommodation to her and this unknown woman.

What an opportunity for me to see art! and the rest of New York.  Tom as a sculptor offered daily advice on planning what to see which was appreciated greatly. My own photos seem to be very much the outside of buildings. Sometimes I was so overcome by the site of a work that I recognised. This particularly included the Whitney where a compilation of American art gave me a context, and there was Alice Neel’s Pat Wheelan   union official and activist.

Pat Wheelan

Look at his hands. You know how it is when you see  something that is so real? so much to see in that exhibition and then also in the Whitney, ‘an incomplete history of protest 1940 to 2017, everything possible from Vietnam war protests, to Guerrilla girls, feminist action,  Aids epidemic, black rights.
All so individually important in the history of civil rights.

 

 

 

Then to Moma with my niece Amy Scragg who just happened to be in New York at the same time, obviously Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, rediscovery of Louise Bourgeois for textile artist Amy, and discovery for me of photographer Stephen Shore     , this is beginning to sound like a travelog!

Then to PSI an addition to Moma, P1000076.jpgthe retrospective on Carolee Schneemann, ‘Kinetic Painting‘,  this extraordinary performance artist who used her own body to becoming the ‘image and image maker’10_Carolee Schneemann Eye Bodyand avant guard of the 60s 70 and 80s. Her film on making apple pie in the American meaning was quite  hilarious,with all its connotations /America.

A trip with so many more discoveries that are impossible and too long to list, lots about American history, conflict, emergence of civil rights so much more, and in the present situation wow!

and then music Carnegie Hall, wonderful concert, and a play with history comedy and music, Farinelli and the King- Philip 111 of Spain  madness eased by music, an actor and musician playing the part of the counter tenor by pairing and working symbiotically together.

 

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Maria Lassnig exhibition

art, Body, Maria Lassnig, Uncategorized

Maria Lassnig

 After a number of months wishing to get to this exhibition I made it last week! On Maria Lassnig a Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007. This has been touring internationally for a number years.

It demonstaed how her work progressed, She started working abstractly in geometric form, and there were examples of abstract monotone work in the 1950s. Thereafter moving to colour and then the transformation into paintings focused on how she focused her own body experience . Her work has been compared to that of the surrealists. Her education was interrupted by the war and I am unclear quite what happened to her artistic and other education with the annexation of Austria. I would assume neither her abstract or figuration would fit with acceptability of the Nazi era

 

A description of her work from Hauser and Wirth in the gallery in which ‘she captured physical sensation as felt from within. Lassnig devoted much of her career to recording her physiological states through a direct and unflinching style, believing that truth resides in the emotions produced within the physical shell.’

 

A quotation from the artist displayed in the exhibition perhaps are art work itself ‘I stand as it were, nude in front of the canvas, without intention, without plans, without a model, without photography, and let things take shape. But I have a starting point which arose from the realisation that the only truly real things   are my own sensations, which transpire within the house of my body; they’re psychological, the sensations of pressure when sitting and reclining, of tensions and spatial extension- such things are rather difficult to depict.

Frequently used animals perhaps a frog where one might see a human limb emerge.

 

Fascinating to introduce another who has no knowledge of her visceral work