Thursday, March 02, 2006

Artist Date with MoMA :)

Well, not really. I went last year to NYC and MoMA when I applied for the Teaching Fellows Program. But at the time I bought this book on the collection, and since then it has been sitting. Until now! :) I am making my rounds on the Modern Art Museums slowly having visited the Albright-Knox, in Buffalo, NY. Obviously world-class. :) As well as the Phillips Collection, Hirshorn and National Gallery in Washington D.C. AND MoMa in NYC. Also saw an extensive traveling collection from the Wadsworth Gallery in CT.

And now I shall take you all on my tour :) Ready?

Vasily Kandinsky
Picture with an Archer

Vincent van Gogh
The Olive Trees and The Starry Night

"He felt that both pictures showed, in complementary ways, the principles he shared with his fellow painter Paul Gauguin, regarding the freedom of the artist to go beyond "the photographic and silly perfection of some painters" and intensify the experience of color and linear rhythms."

Henri Matisse
The Back (III)

The Red Studio

John Marin
Brooklyn Bridge

Paul Klee
Twittering Machine

Joan Miró
The Birth of the World

Willem de Kooning
Woman, I

Salvador Dalí
The Persistence of Memory

Pablo Picasso
The Frugal Repast

"This etching was executed early in Picasso's career, when he was a struggling 23-year-old artist and had recently returned from his native Spain to Paris and settled in Montmartre. The Frugal Repast reveals the artist's feeling for humanity, especially for the poor and others on the fringes of society. Haunted, lonely people, often itinerant circus workers, populate the artist's compositions during this period."

Edvard Munch

"Alluring and inviting, disturbing and threatening, Munch's Madonna is above all mysterious. This erotic nude appears to float in a dreamlike space, with swirling strokes of deep black almost enveloping her. An odd-looking, small fetuslike figure or just-born infant hovers at the lower left with crossed skeletal arms and huge frightened eyes. Forms resembling sperm pervade the surrounding border of this print. Little about the Madonna seems to conform to her holy title, save for a narrow dark gold band atop her head. This haunting apparition reflects Munch's alliance with Symbolist artists and writers."

Gustav Klimt
Hope II

"A pregnant woman bows her head and closes her eyes, as if praying for the safety of her child. Peeping out from behind her stomach is a death's head, sign of the danger she faces. At her feet, three women with bowed heads raise their hands, presumably also in prayer—although their solemnity might also imply mourning, as if they foresaw the child's fate."

Kazimir Malevich
Suprematist Composition: White on White

Jean Arp
Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance

Jackson Pollock
The She-Wolf

Frank Lloyd Wright
Fallingwater, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, Mill Run, Pennsylvania

1 comment:


Did you see Four Seasons, by Cy Twombly. I was at the MoMa in 2000. It was my favorite.