AUG 29 – An explosion of awesomeness at MoMa

  Do you know a better way to start a day than by visiting an art shop and purchasing a beautiful box of Copic Markers? I made a quick stop at Lee’s Art Shop (220 West 57th Street, (between Broadway & 7th Avenue New York, NY), Ali Baba’s cave of art supplies. I have been researching this for a while, since Copics aren’t really a given. I ended up getting a wonderful 36 colors set of markers and a couple of more on the side that weren’t included.

   Wonderful start. To top this, I went to one of the most wonderful places on earth, the Museum of Modern Art  (MoMa). I’m going back to a point I raised earlier about the architecture of a place and the role it plays in attracting a visitor. It was designed by one of the greatest modern American architects, Philip Johnson. The entrance hall of the museum is huge, with a three-flights high ceiling. Most of the lighting is natural, coming through the large window, from which you can enjoy the view of the “backyard” where concerts and performances take place. 
  The exhibitions that I visited were: 
– Abstract Generation: Now in Print

– American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe
– XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography
– Cut ‘n’ Paste : From Architectural Assemblage to City Collage
– Plywood : Material, Form, Process

Check out some information and works off exhibition!

Abstraction Generation: Now in Print
The term abstraction has been associated with all kind of artistic movements since the early 20th century, abstraction cannot stand on its own anymore. Abstraction exists in every possible shape and language and idea, it goes beyond its boundaries. This exhibition focused on the print medium, highlighting abstraction’s important role in the past decade.

Gem from [2,3], 2011
Tauba Auerbach
Medium:One from a boxed set of six die-cut folios

 Untitled, 1992
John Armleder
 One from a portfolio of sixteen relief prints

Monoprint 1. 2008
 Cory Arcangel. 
Screenprint on watermarked paper

Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston Fly On Braniff (When You Got It—Flaunt It)
Kelley Walker 

Untitled. 2003 

Charline von Heyl 

Cut-and-pasted printed paper and ink on fifteen pieces of paper

American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe
   This exhibition offered a fresh look at MoMa’s holdings of American art, made between 1915 and 1930. They focused on the cultural preoccupations of rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century. You find different medias: photography, prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures, all relevant to the trend of the moment. The subjects vary from urban and rural landscapes to industry scenes to still-life composition. 

House by the Railroad. 1925. 
Edward Hopper
Oil on canvas

American Landscape, 1930
Charles Sheeler
Oil on canvas

My Backyard, 1943
Georgia O’Keeffe,
  Oil on canvas
XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography
   This exhibit was probably my favorite, I must say. I discovered lots of photographers, each one with a different style. It focused on photography’s influential role in contemporary art. The works of 19 different artists from diverse photographic traditions suggest the creative innovations of the medium from 1960 to today. It travels from postwar experiments with darkroom processes, to 1970’s feminists organized performances to political engagements with labor history and globalization in the 1980/90s to end up with historical reconstitution since 2000. I strongly encourage you to look them and get to know more about their works, because it is really interesting. 

 Today Is My Daughter’s Birthday, Hokkaido, Tokyo. 1994

Robert Frank.

Radiogram of Circle. 1962-63. 
Bela Kolarova. 
Gelatin silver print

Tracing Space I, Tracing Space II, and Plan(detail: one of three), 1979
Dóra Maurer

Cafe Waitress, John’s Cafe, Sandy, Bedfordshirefrom the portfolio A1: The Great North RoadMay, 1982
Paul Graham

Rakhil Rusakovskaya’s Apartment, Kiev, Ukraine. July 28, 2012
Stephen Shore

Roberta Multiples. 1977 
Lynn Hershman Leeson.

Physiognomien. 1974–75
Jürgen Klauke. 

Valie Export Smart Export (detail), 1972
Valie Export

Koreatown, Los Angeles from the series Fish Story, Chapter One. April 1992
Allan Sekula. 

The Game of Probabilities. 2007
Oscar Muñoz. 

Autocar−Tangier, Figs. 1–4. 2004
Yto Barrada. 

Riffs on Real Time. 2002–05
Leslie Hewitt. 

It’s the Real Thing!, 1978 from the series UNBRANDED: Reflections in Black by Corporate America. 2006
Hank Willis Thomas.

free fotolab (detail). 2009
Phil Collins. 

Cut ‘n’ Paste : From Architectural Assemblage to City Collage
    Given the fact that I am an interior architecture student and very passionate about architecture in general, this exhibit was very inspiring for me. It offered me a new perspective of displaying your work and projects. The installation revisists early uses of collage to trace its evolution both as an aesthetic technique central to architectural representation and a cultural practice of layers/juxtaposition. You end up with early photo-collage by Mies van der Rohe and avant-garde experiments in photomontage/graphic design/film.
Archigram 1961–74 (Museum für Gestaltung). 1995. 
Ralph Schraivogel.

Interior, 1964 
ScreenprintRichard Hamilton 

Georg Schaefer Museum Project, Schweinfurt, Germany, Interior perspective with view of site 1960-1963
Ink and photo collage with glass on illustration board
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Universal City, from the Linear City Series, project, Aerial perspective of Earth’s horizon, 1966
 Cut-and-pasted printed papers, cut-and-pasted gelatin silver photograph, and ink on boardRaimund Abraham

Plywood : Material, Form, Process

   This last display takes me back to a point I previously raised: I am an interior architecture with an interest in furniture design; this display of breathtaking “classic” modern furniture by the greatest designers. It focused on plywood only, in the mid-20th century.
PS- I can’t tell you the number of people who walked by this and said “Oh look! IKEA!” it made me want to shoot myself in the face.

Charles Eames / Bench
Manufacturer: Evans Products Co., Molded Plywood Div., Venice, CA
Date: c. 1946
Medium: Birch top and molded plywood legs
Charles Eames , Ray Eames / Tilt-Back Side Chair
Manufacturer: Evans Products Co., Molded Plywood Div., Venice, CA
Date: c. 1944
Medium: Molded walnut plywood, lacquered steel bars and rods, rubber shockmounts, and rubber glides

Alvar Aalto / Paimio Chair
Manufacturer: Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland
Date: 1931-32
Medium: Bent plywood, bent laminated birch, and solid birch

   The cherry on top of the cake that is this awesome day, was the outdoor screening of the 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, directed by Terry Gilliman, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. It’s basically a movie about two (psychedelic) drug addicts in Las Vegas. The acting was pretty cool and so were the visuals, the story not so much. The reason I speak so highly of this night is because we were sitting in the Brooklyn Park, overlooking Downtown New York and the Brooklyn bridge. As the sun sets, you see all the lights come on. A beautiful view. 
The view


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