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Picasso Sculpture at MoMA

Saturday, December 19, 2015

I squeezed in a visit to MoMA’s incredible exhibit of Picasso Sculpture this week. While I appreciate Picasso’s genius, I also get tired of seeing his most famous work (i.e. paintings) in museums. Whereas his paintings show a very linear, outside view of his career, his sculpture shows a much more personal and intimate side of the artist. This probably has something to do with the fact that many of his sculptures were personal works he did not intend to exhibit. The show was eye-opening for me; in fact I was surprised to learn many new things about Picasso. The exhibit is absolutely worth a visit.

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT PICASSO AT MOMA:

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– –   He loved children.  – – –

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[dolls for artist’s daughter]

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– – –  He was very adept and humorous in his portrayal of animals.  – – –

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.– – –  He made art with cardboard.  – – –

[And other unusual materials.]

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[guitar made of cardboard]

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[sculpture with cardboard imprint]

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– – – He made ceramics. – – – 

[Picasso took up ceramics in adulthood, mastered it, then broke all the rules.]

[Sound familiar? He did the same with classical painting as a teen.]

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– – – He made complicated works in metal. – – –

[with the technical help of other artists.]

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– – – He made tiny art! – – –

[He engraved faces in pebbles and made tiny works in clay.]

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– – – He brought his female figures to life in 3-D. – – –

[Using paint on sculpted sheet metal.]

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Images: MoMA,  NY Times,  Hyperallergic,  Art News,  Gothamist,  Bonnie Hislop,  another eye opens

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Artist Crush: David Pottinger

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Melbourne ceramic artist David Pottinger makes incredible, patterned ceramics that look like marble or mosaics. They are so exquisite that it’s hard to fathom they were made by human hands! He was interviewed by the Australian design blog, The Design Files.

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Artist Crush: Svenja Deininger

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Viennese artist Svenja Deininger is showing at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, where you’ll find most of these large-scale abstract paintings. Isn’t it amazing how beautiful and inventive abstract art can be, even after more than 50 years?

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Artist Crush: Hilary Harnischfeger

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hilary Harnischfeger is a well-known artist who has been written about by Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz. She was born in Melbourne and currently resides in Brooklyn. These works (particularly the first three I’ve included below) resemble fossils, composed of layers compressed over thousands of years.

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Hidden Faces: Sandra Beer

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sandra Beer is an illustrator based in Frankfurt and this is her series Hidden Faces at Kombinatrotweiss Gallery.

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