I love the Walker Art Center, and was thrilled to go with some first timers. The permanent collection is absolutely fantastic, and they rotate it regularly, so it is always worth a visit when in Minneapolis.
I have seen a lot of Agnes Martin’s work, and I believe this is my all time favorite. I cannot capture the color of this piece in my photos, but it was magnificent in person. We can all learn a lot from Martin.
I am not a fan of the color burgundy, unless it is in a wine glass. I adore this Leirner piece, and think the color combination is absolutely perfect.
I really like when museums hang paintings salon style. There were two walls full of amazing work. It’s always fun to test not only your own art knowledge, but that of those you are with. We all did pretty well.
Years ago I saw a John Currin show at The Broad. I’ve been a fan ever since. His work is easy to recognize once you know it.
Of course, Alice Neel’s paintings are particularly easy to recognize. After this year’s retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I’m hoping you, my dear readers, if you’d participated in my little name game, would have scored some points on the Neel.
The Paradox of Stillness exhibition was definitely enjoyable and featured works by “Marina Abramović, Francesco Arena, Vanessa Beecroft, Larry Bell, Robert Breer, Trisha Brown, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Elliot Caplan, Paul Chan, Merce Cunningham, Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, VALIE EXPORT, Lara Favaretto, T. Lux Feininger, Urs Fischer, Simone Forti, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anthea Hamilton, David Hammons, Philip Haas, Maria Hassabi, Pierre Huyghe, Anne Imhof, Joan Jonas, Yves Klein, Paul Kos, David Lamelas, Fernand Léger, Goshka Macuga, Maruja Mallo, Piero Manzoni, Fabio Mauri, Robert Morris, Dudley Murphy, Senga Nengudi, Paulina Olowska, Roman Ondak, Dennis Oppenheim, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pope.L, Charles Ray, Pietro Roccasalva, Anri Sala, Xanti Schawinsky, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schmidt, Cindy Sherman, Roman Signer, Laurie Simmons, Avery Singer, Cally Spooner, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Franco Vaccari, Franz Erhard Walther, Franz West, Jordan Wolfson, and Haegue Yang.” (Walker Art Center)
I am enamored by contemporary tapestries and this one is fantastic. I personally would have preferred it without the live performers on it, but the show was entitled The Paradox of Stillness, and there was a solid performance schedule. I am happy to report that the performers were in fact very still.
“Stillness and permanence are common qualities of painting and sculpture. Consider, for example, the frozen gestures of a historical tableau, the timelessness of a still life painting, or the unyielding bronze or marble figure. Translating these traditional mediums into actions, artists use performance to investigate the interplay between the fixed image and the live body.
An evolving exhibition, The Paradox of Stillness includes up to 15 live performances in the galleries or public spaces. As the presentation unfolds, visitors encounter the unexpected as the galleries gradually become more active. Puppets and automatons dance through space. Mechanized sculptures subtly transform, while paintings and sculptures alike are activated by performers. Organic materials melt and decay, marking time’s passing.” (Walker Art Center)
I loved the Senga Nengudi piece above. The knotting, colors, shadows were perfect, and perhaps the base reminded me of one of the best tips I received in a class years ago. Our substitute teacher, Rupa Palasamudram, in the ceramics class I have taken every Tuesday for the past seven years, taught us how to use old stockings to create weights for use with wet and leather hard clay. I happily took all of my never worn stockings, and filled them with kitty litter. They are my absolute favorite weights to use in my personal ceramics studio.
Turns out that Urs Fischer thought of the banana well before Maurizio Catalan. Catalan’s duct taped banana caused quite the stir at Art Basel in 2019.
On the upper level I really liked a few of the installations at the Rayyane Tabet: Deep Blues exhibition.
Luckily I didn’t miss this which was a bit off the beaten path. Christian Marclay’s 48 War Movies continuous loop video installation (clip below) was absolutely mesmerizing.
And finally, a bonus for anyone who reads the entire post, this is my handsome husband who is always a willing participant in seeking art with me, as well as a terrific Woman Seeking Art blog editor.