Cutting into Color
Matisse evolved in these final years to drawing not the outlines of his figures and filling them in with loud colors as he had in the fauvist years, but instead cutting directly into color. We find in his cut-outs a return to simplicity of decoration, but also a purity in technique that his earlier works strive for but do not attain.
A Tsunami of Tanks Sweeps New York
New Yorkers have a new reason to look up. The American artist, filmmaker and activist Mary Jordan, has commissioned 57 acclaimed artists and innumerable New York City public school children to transform water tanks, fixtures of the city’s skyline, into works of art.
Flirting with Female Figure
Have you ever made an appointment to see a robot? Well, I have and I highly recommend it. Though beforehand, I felt rather scandalous as I shuffled nervously into the mirrored room of the David Zwirner Gallery, not quite knowing what to expect.
The Scenic Views of the New York Subway System
When you think “New York City subway,” the first words that come to mind are probably congested, dirty, loud, among other less-than-positive descriptors. Most of us coming from New Haven associate the descent into the subway system with a sad departure from the grandeur of the Grand Central atrium. But if you take a second »
Crowding out Meaning
If there is a story to be told, it can only be about an individual, because the subjects of her photos seem to have nothing in common beyond the shared space they all occupy.
Artist-Dancer Nick Cave’s wild creations have found their newest home at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, where they will remain until May 4. The Chicago-based artist rose to fame with his Soundsuits, full-body costumes made up of castoff objects from antique shops and flea markets. The suits overtake the body with their metallic, furry, flowery, sparkly materials, and transform humans into something unrecognizable.
Time Will Tell
The projection changes abruptly, maps of Africa popping up and fading away. Clock faces spin out of control, as if to say that time is entirely obliterated — or perhaps irrelevant — in the artist’s nondescript space.
The View from the Farm
Farms can play home to a variety of crops and animals. Those who know me well might think that I am referring to the yak farm I spent some time on last year. However, over 400 acres in the Hudson Valley, there is a farm that raises something stranger than hairy beasts--art.
Taking a Break for Big Spaces
Last weekend, I hung out with the Yale University Art Gallery Guides in an abandoned factory and wandered through tall fields of grass in upstate New York. Art would never be the first word to come to mind when considering these two seemingly opposite spaces. Yet, both the factory and the 500-acre meadow display permanent collections that seem to have been made for them, and in some cases actually were. Dia:Beacon, located in Beacon, NY and the Storm King Art Center, in New Windsor, NY are perfect escapes from the often overwhelming Yale bubble.