On Saturday, I saw the exhibition featuring the works of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Her work is very “woo woo,” spiritual and seance-influenced. Many would say that her work was ahead of its time. Representing the genre of Abstract Expressionism, the body of her work could be as much as a generation ahead of its time. I wouldn’t argue the point. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But, just because a person’s creative work or discovery comes before the critical mass of others’ collective works, does not mean that it was really ahead of its time. After all, af Klint made these works “in her time.” In a way, this is all that matters.
Her works are very much about life itself. She painted her sense of the life cycle, the human spirit, astrology, and the like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Somethings about her art struck me in a raw and personal way. I remembered doodling my own drawings [maybe more like scribblings] when I was a boy. Seeing her work resonated with me as a reminder to a time in the past.
I also felt a great deal of spirituality and from a female perspective. It felt very comforting to examine the warm glow of much of her art. The uses of shapes, often rounded, and most especially the colors, suggest the sensitivity of a gifted artist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was left with this notion that she was called to make this body of work. That she was chosen to receive these very high vibrational insights because she had the gift of painting the visions that she received. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who else could make the invisibly spiritual realm visible by painting it? Hilma af Klint. That’s who. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On top of it all, I’ve been thinking of my mom a lot. Not so unusual, except that, lately, I’ve had heavier thoughts of our spiritual connection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today is the twelfth anniversary of her passing and it’s been creeping up on me and quietly hitting me hard. CONTINUES IN COMMENTS
From @blackartinamerica_ - "Putting Their Money Where the Black Art Is: Museums Collect African American Art" By Shantay Robinson.
Excerpt: "The mainstream art market opened up in the 1990s, allowing non-white and women artists entrée into significant artworld institutions. In a 2004 talk delivered at the College Art Association’s annual conference, Huey Copeland, now Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, cites Amei Wallach from a 1990’s New York Newsday article as writing, “This year outsiders are in… And lots of museums, galleries, magazines and collectors are standing in line to seize the moment with artists whose skin colors, languages, national origins, sexual preferences or strident messages have kept them out of the mainstream.” Interestingly enough, 2018 represents a time similar to 1990, where museums and galleries are clamoring for African American art. The subject matter of African American art, which talks back to the status quo and creates rhetoric around black empowerment and appreciation lends itself nicely to postmodern critique, and may have allowed for its induction into the mainstream. But African American artists have been creating art that espouse black pride and have created artworks steeped in particularly black aesthetics for a long time, yet have not always been accepted by dominant artworld institutions." Read full story: www.BlackArtInAmerica.com. Direct link - https://blackartinamerica.com/index.php/2018/12/14/putting-their-money-where-the-black-art-is-museums-collect-african-american-art/
💖#Image 👩🏿🎨@bisabutler "The Safety Patrol" 75" x 100" is remarkable, vibrant textile art made of fabrics, not paint!
I have a couple of ideas for this account, but it’s about actually putting them into action. I also want to find a better balance in the new year, I hate feeling guilty that I can’t post every single day or feeling rushed to post something “good”. I’ve been posting a couple of art pieces and random nature pics to spread things out and make things easier for myself, but I feel like I want something else along with that. While I do love posting books, sometimes creating something new can be a bit taxing. I’ll figure it out eventually lol. Enjoy two posts in one day! •
CONTEMPORARY MUSLIM FASHIONS EXHIBIT | DE YOUNG MUSEUM. Documentary shots from the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit at the @deyoungmuseum. Set 3 of 3. The exhibition runs until January 6, 2019. You can see the full gallery from my visit at the link in the bio. Shot with a Fujifilm X100F in Classic Chrome with custom color balance.