Guggenheim in New York, NY

After seeing Eva Hesse’s Expanded Expansion exhibition, I walked through the rest of the Guggenheim. The permanent collection is always worth a visit, and I enjoyed seeing the Cecilia Vicuña and Vasily Kandinsky shows.

I hadn’t yet been to see the Kandinsky show, as I have seen a lot of his work in my day, and there is only so much time to see all the art I want to see. Below are a few of my favorites from Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle. Kandinsky’s work does look amazing at the Guggenheim, and I’m glad I saw the show.

Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, 1908-09
Oil on canvas
Vasily Kandinsky, Black Lines, December 1913
Oil on canvas
Vasily Kandinsky, Painting with White Border, May 1913
Oil on canvas
Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Painting, January 1924
Oil on canvas board
Vasily Kandinsky, Dominant Curve, April 1936
Oil on canvas
Vasily Kandinsky, Yellow Painting, July 1938
Oil and enamel on canvas

I had not heard of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, but I really enjoyed the show Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene. Read this to learn more about her.

Cecelia Vicuña, Extermination Quipu, 2022
Wool, natural plant fibers, horse hair, metal, wood, seashells, nutshells,
seeds, bone, clay, plaster, plastic, and pastel
Another view
Another view
Cecilia Vicuña, Autobiography, 1971
Oil on canvas
Cecilia Vicuña, Three Spirals, 2022
Oil on canvas
Cecilia Vicuña, La Vicuña, 1977
Oil on cotton canvas
Cecilia Vicuña, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, 1971
Oil on canvas
Cecilia Vicuña, Little House to Think What Real Situation Suits Me, 1971
Oil on double-sided canvas panels, mirrors, painted wood, steel hinges, and silk ribbons, twelve paintings hinged in three sections
Another view
Back view

The galleries off the main Guggenheim circular path are never to be missed. Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction is worth a trip in itself if only to see the Carlito Carvalhosa piece.

Carlito Carvalhosa, Untitled, 2019-2020
Oil and wax on wood, with acrylic artist’s frames

Carlito Carvalhosa unfortunately passed away in May of 2021. I adore his work, and it was a good reminder that I need to post about a beautiful show in Chelsea I saw of his work this past May. I need an assistant!

Jorge Eielson, Quipus 20 A 1 (la fleur), 1966-71
Acrylic on canvas
Senga Nengudi, Water Composition 1, 1970/2019
Vinyl, rope, water and food coloring

The Guggenheim never disappoints. I renewed my membership.

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