A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #7)

Acrylic on canvas in blister package with printed card
23 1/2 “ x 19 in

I never truly understood the KAWS phenomenon. My friend Jayson, with whose art opinion I almost always agree, kept telling me about how Brian Donnelly (KAWS) is the guy to watch. I listened to an interview with Donnelly last year, but I still didn’t quite get it. I’ve paid attention to the prices KAWS’ work has been selling for, and the hype surrounding him. Well, I get it now. I listened to a fantastic interview with the Brooklyn Museum show’s curator Eugenie Thai and Donnelly, and now I’m totally in his fan camp. A good interview really matters. A graffiti artist from back in the day when I was living in NYC, seeing his work on telephone booths, I couldn’t be happier for his success.

Approximately 130 feet long
Mt. Fuji, Japan.

This is fun to watch about KAWS: JAPAN.

I have tickets purchased for the show KAWS: WHAT PARTY next month at the Brooklyn Museum. Of course I am taking my daughter to see Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party there as well. Let’s hope she won’t mind me sharing a photo of her in front of the Theodora place setting!

If you’ve been reading my blog, along the way you will know that I really like Katherine Bradford and her paintings. I saw an interview with her this week, talking about her current show at Canada in New York. This woman is prolific, and you would never guess, as she was moving around huge canvases during the talk, that she was born in 1942.

This week in the jewelry history course I’m taking at the 92nd St Y, we were shown work from 1920 to 1945. Below were my favorites. The Suzanne Belperron bracelet sold at Christies in 2018 for $852,500.

Suzanne Belperron, Diamond “tube” bracelet, 1942
18K white gold and diamond pave bracelet

The above ad appeared in Vogue, Paris, 1948
The Claudette Colbert Starfish: A Ruby and Amethyst Starfish, 1937
Brooch designed by Juliette Moutard for Rene Boivin, Paris
Rene Boivin, Digitalis, Tourmaline and Emerald Foxglove Brooch

I cannot wait to travel freely again. I now really want to go to Dallas to see The Warehouse in person. I have been absolutely loving their twice-monthly, lunchtime talks. Next I need to figure out how to get a tour of the Rachofsky House!

De Wain Valentine, Concave Circle Pale Rose, 1968-2017
Cast polyester resin
23 1/2” x 23 1/2” x 9 in
The Rachofsky Collection
Robert Irwin, Untitled, 1958-1969
Acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plaster
Diameter: 54 inches
Dallas Museum of Art, fractional gift of The Rachofsky Collection
Robert Irwin, Little Jazz, 2010
Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
72” x 81 3/8” x 4 5/8 in
The Rachofsky Collection

I know I’ve mentioned this book in the past, but if you want to understand Robert Irwin, you really need to read this book. I’ve done so more than once.

Mary Corse, The Cold Room, 1968/2017
Argon, Plexiglass, high-frequency generator, light tubes, monofilament, compressor, refrigeration panels, plaster
50 x 50 x 6 1/2 in
Kayne Griffin Corcoran

I was fortunate to see Mary Corse: A Survey in Light at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2018. It is hard to show images due to the interactive surfaces. You really need to see her work in person to fall in love with it. I did.

Roy Lichtenstein, Goldfish Bowl, 1977
Painted and patinated bronze
77” x 25” x 18 in
The Broad

This past weekend I participated in another Harvard Ceramics artist studio tour. The artists they find are always interesting and I had not heard of Sanam Emami, or even her work before. She was lovely, so I did a bit more digging after the session to see more of her work. I really liked her tulip vases.

Having had to make tulip vases (or tulipieres) for a class I take with Carol Gouthro I have a whole new appreciation for how difficult the construction can be. Below is Carol’s most recent tulipiere commission, which she finished just in time for tulip season! I will not be showing you mine.

Finally, if you’ve made it this far, I’ll leave you with a great video my husband forwarded to me this week. It’s so basic, yet so brilliant!

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