If you are an artist 👩🎤, you need to be a little bit insane and this is the price you should pay for your talent. You can’t create something new and unique and use the same way of thinking as lots of people. ***
The museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Swipe left 🙋🏼
1-2. Pablo Picasso
3. Kazimir Malevich
4. Piet Mondrian
5. Frida Kahlo
6. Salvador Dali
7. Vincent van Gogh
8. Jackson Pollock
9. Claude Monet
10. Henri Matisse
I’ve been digging through texts on Hilma af Klint since last winter in preparation for her first major American survey, “Paintings for the Future”, and I was still unprepared for how evocative and powerful her work was.
A well educated artist who came to her studio in the 1880’s, a time when spiritualism was a major cultural interest and major breakthroughs were coming to light in scientific fields, af Klint was also part of a 5 woman group who participated in “mediation with the spirits” through automatic drawings. She says in her diaries that she was asked by spirits to create a “series for the temple” (an eerily perfect fit for the @guggenheim, as Hilla von Rebay commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design its iconic spiral building as a “temple to the spirit”), which she did over 9 year, and 193 paintings. Observing paintings morph from representational figure to abstracted form as depiction of spiritual evolution steeped deeply in the esoteric and scientific ideas of theosophy brought to mind so many questions and themes now relevant again in today’s society and culture. How do we respond to troubled times? How do we grapple with change and fear? What do we believe during times of scientific breakthroughs and human traumas? af Klint didn’t trust her contemporaries to understand or reckon with her body of work or its abstracted presentation (in fact, that she created abstracted work puts pressure on our ideas of the timeline of abstraction’s “birth”, as it predates our accepted acknowledgement of the movement), and stated that she wanted it withheld from public view for 20 years after her death. She died in 1944 and many of us are seeing her work for the first time now, but it’s incredible to think of how nearly 100 years after her “temple series” was conceived it will undoubtedly inspire and influence contemporary art now, when as a society we all struggle for answers and understanding. Put aside the ideas of spirits for a moment and consider, what was she saying and responding to? What message was she receiving from herself during times of civil and world wars? What does one’s own human spirit say to the self as guide through that which cannot be understood
Construction of the new #statueofliberty museum is steadily moving along ahead of its May 2019 opening. Designed by @fxcollaborative with exhibits from @esidesign, the museum features three immersive gallery spaces with one wing showcasing #ladyliberty ’s original torch. Plus, a landscaped roof will boast native meadow grasses and picture-perfect views. Get the full scoop and see more construction shots by clicking the link in our bio! 📸 by @kateglicksbergphoto
A) The inside of my nose during a particularly nasty cold.
B) The results of a glue factory explosion.
C) A cavern of mozzarella that eventually lead me to a nice lady who gave me real, actual pizza.🍕 #museumofpizza
A great review about the current exhibition in London #StrangeDays , organized with @thevinylfactory and @thestoresdotcom: "This exhilarating buffet of video art offers stories of metamorphosis and plant sex, Harlem life and queer fratboys. It’s overwhelming – but at least there’s somewhere to lie down."
— @guardian "Strange Days: Memories of the Future," 2018. Exhibition view: The Store X at 180 The Strand, London. Photo: Jack Hems