Saturday, January 01, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH TITIAN

Titian at the Gardner: read all about it in Franklin Einspruch's Artfuse review.

And view it here: the miracle of alabaster bodies being carved into landscape formations...

Flinging shards of lake, crimson, orange whilst cavorting across the canvas.



In 2021 after lockdowns abated I promised myself the best exhibitions, traveling the country to catch as many as I could: Soutine/deKooning, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Titian, Joan Mitchell, and late Helen Frankenthaler, not to mention the stellar shows in New York: Cezanne drawings, Picasso's late drawings, Ruth Asawa, and others documented here (not all). 

These photos repeat, bringing you more deeply into the exhibition as you scroll. 


Happy to report this is the last post with an iPhone 6S. Finally upgraded.

Titian a master of whites with a gentle, dry brush that coaxes oyster to pearl.

The power and might of the ox, the delicate garb of the maiden and her plump body, the roiling of waves, brushed by the greatest.


A narrative emerged of encircling bodies, flinging color through the air.



With sylvan moments of escape beyond the larger human drama.

We are back with the ox-bearing maiden, noting transitions of edge as well as hue.

the contortions of the body, can they be real, and do we care?



This cycle of paintings may never be seen together again. Exult in some of the finest painting ever, and may the exhibitions bring just as much joy in 2022 as they have in 2021. Thank you to all the galleries, museums, curators, directors, artists, writers, and witnesses to such spectacular shows~

 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Chelsea Run: Zwirner Blowout + Jaune Quick to See Smith: Woman in Landscape at Garth Greenan Gallery

Portia Zvavahera: I Was Made to See the Dark Side (Ndakaoneswa murima) at David Zwirner last month

Large paintings, opening and closing compositions, bare canvas and wild patterning as if poured from the tip of a nozzle



Ghost imagery with pattern







All Is Possible, the unspeakably brilliant survey of Ruth Asawa at Zwirner curated by Helen Molesworth



Molesworth's feat was to include a variety of Asawa's drawings, here patterned




With a set of doors the artist carved for her home

The drawings were shown with small sculptures

Revealing a hybrid language of doodle and ink painting


Chrysanthemum motif, I'd think traced from an ink study







Grounded by drawings from the hand, etheral forms fashioned from nature itself


Revealing shadow as a major protagonist for line






In the first room intimate drawings made on the fly of her child



Dreaming in a welter of pattern that later, distilled, forms the most basic elements of our world.

Sol Lewitt in the simply stellar Seen In the Mirror: Mickey Carton Collection exhibition at Zwirner

Sol Lewitt - the finest line

Joseph Yoakum, one of several gorgeous landscapes in an amazing compendium of work throughout  history

Joseph Yoakum

Joseph Yoakum

Whoops--part of an accordion book of subway drawings--loved this

I think, Jess

Durer

Rembrandt etching

Durer

Charles LeDray's glass shelves with hand-made, household objects.

Morandi

Morandi

The idiosyncratic logicof Mickey Carton's vision: outsider artist Martin Ramirez and Morandi. Thanks to the gallery for the epic overview of a private collection.

Jaune "Quick-to-See" Smith's trenchant critcal work recently on view at Garth Greenan

Remapping lanscape with her experience.


Happiest 2022 ~ Raise our glass to a beautiful world.