Two panel screen, ink and color on paper, 56 1/2 x 85 inches
Rogers Fund 1957 (57.156.3), Metropolitan Museum of Art
Several years ago I sent a holiday card with a detail from this beautiful screen by Edo Period (1615-1868) artist Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828). I was thrilled to find the whole composition at the current retrospective Silver Wind: The Art of Sakai Hoitsu, on view at Japan Society, 333 East 47th St, through January 6th.
Please take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to see so many exceptional works by Hoitsu, the son of a wealthy and powerful samurai family who became an ordained Buddhist monk in 1797, after enjoying a highly refined education at home in Edo. As a monk he lived in seclusion in Kyoto and then returned in Edo in 1809. His extensive study of art includes the ukiyo-e style, the nanga style and the school of Korin (having been inspired by Ogata Korin, 1658-1716). He revived the Korin School, also known as Rinpa.
Persimmon Tree is owned by the Metropolitan Museum. Most of the works come from other collections, both public and private. Each work features rhythmic mastery and intoxicating tranquility. Plan to spend a while here to relax and savor the occasion.
The exhibition also includes works by his follower Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858), such as this screen you may recognize comes from the Met too.
Suzuki Kiitsu, Morning Glories, Edo Period, 19th century,
Pair of six folding screens, ink, color and gold on gilded paper
70 3/16 x 149 inches, Seymour Fund 1954 (54.69. 1, 2)
Please remember that I'll be in the Met cafeteria on Monday, December 31 (yes, the Met is open tomorrow) at 12:30 pm to talk about the NYAE tours in 2013. We will also bid a fond farewell to Andy and the "gang."
There, we will tour the current show Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, which closes on January 20th. We will also contribute to Yoko Ono's Wish Tree (closing January 6th) and visit Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, 1974-1979 (on permanent view in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Wing).
I recently found this video of Professor Linda Nochlin, one of the greatest art historians on the planet, as she accepted a Sackler First Awardon April 12, 2012. Professor Nochlin reminisces about the important role the Brooklyn Museum played in her childhood in Brooklyn. Here is herbrief speech:
Please join us at the Brooklyn Museum to ring in the new year - a year dedicated to re-discovering New York's wonderful museums and galleries. Reservations at email@example.com. Fee: $60 (this is the last tour of the Fall Season series)
We will meet at Grand Central Station at 11 am, right in front of the information booth, and take the subway together. If you would like to meet me at the museum, please let me know. We should arrive in Brooklyn about 12 noon. The tour will end at 3 pm in Brooklyn.
In the meantime, please share with us your fondest memories of museums. Do you remember your first museum experience? Please post your answer here.
1. It's a Monday. The Met is open this Monday: New Year's Eve Day.
2. It's a great way to ring out the old year before imbibing in the bubbly.
Please join me on Monday, December 31 at 12:30 pm in the cafeteria at the Met to discuss the show and future events offered by the New York Arts Exchange. I'll be in our usual spot: at a table in the back area. We'll share our lunch and then bid farewell to Andy and his Gang.
BTW: in the first gallery of Regarding Warhol, you will find Before and After, 1961
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Before and After I, 1961.
Casein on canvas, 68 x 54 in. (172.7 x 137.2 cm).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Halston, 1981 (1981.536.1).
Henri Matisse, Still Life with Purro (Porron), 1904
Today's tour of the New York Arts Exchange group takes us back to the Matisse exhibition to finish the last few rooms. We were so engrossed in the first half that we decided to stop at the end of the two hours and return on December 19th. This opportunity to see several Matisse paintings and drawings arranged by theme presents a rare occasion to study various versions in person.
I recently received a question about the Still Life with Purro. What is a purro? Is is a Spanishporrón.
Victoria (Vicki) Soto, first grade teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School, age 27.
Mary Sherlach, psychologist, Sandy Hook Elementary School, age 56
Dawn Hochsprung, principal, Sandy Hook Elementary School
Is there any person who has heard of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, past feeling anger and sadness today? I hope not.
How can we, citizens of the US, continue to let this violence occur in our country? What could we have done to prevent these murders? When will our governments (federal and local) recognize that these events are acts of domestic terrorism (for indeed this incident has terrorize a community, a nation and a world that has seen too many individuals use arms against private citizens)?
We need legislation. We need a groundswell of activism. We need each other to make this kind of danger disappear.
Please seek out and sign petitions against domestic violence, freedom to carry weapons, and homeland terrorism in our nation. Please ask for laws that can restrict or outlaw ownership of guns at home. (To the NRA: why not set up rental offices that control the use of firearms through ID, licences, breath-olizers, and so forth, for your hunting - not that I approve of this sport, but I understand your freedoms too).
We must stop the madness. We all must act to save lives.
Our gratitude goes out to all the teachers, school staff and first-responders who knew the drill. They were courageous and selfless in their dedication.
May all who have suffered losses and trauma accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Leon Bakst, Un Augure (An Oracle/Soothsayer), 1911
Watercolor, 21 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches
Collection of Mikhail Baryshnikov
Courtesy of ABA Gallery, New York
Quick - before it closes on Saturday, December 15 - run to ABA Gallery (7 East 17th Street) for a rare opportunity to see "The Art I Have Lived With: Collection of Mikhail Baryshnikov." Baryshnikov is known to audiences as an outstanding artist in his own right: dancer, choreographer, actor, photographer, and director of the Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC).
Here you will find the incomparable beauty of watercolors and paintings by artists and designers for the theater. Among the best known of the early twentieth century are the designers for the Ballets Russes: Leon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau. My favorite find was a fabulous sketch of Sergei Diaghilev and Vaslav Njinsky by Jean Cocteau, who created the infamous modern ballet Parade for the Ballets Russes in 1917 (collaborating with Pablo Picasso, Eric Satie and Léonide Massine).
The hours of the gallery are 12 to 5 pm.
A snippet from Parade with commentary.
What delicious sugarplums to dance in front of our heads.
If you are not able to visit ABA Gallery before the exhibition closes, please visit their website to view highlights of the Baryshnikov collection.
Please join us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to savor the exhibition Matisse: In Search of True Painting. We will certainly talk about this fabulous Fauve's extraordinary palette and also about his iconography.
Wednesday, December 12 (12 -12 -12), at 1 pm.
Tours a la carte: $60.
Please confirm your reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
But before you scoot out the door, imagine shopping in this "beehive" in Amsterdam:
This video brings a whole new meaning to "shop-portunity." Bijenhorf (beehive) is a fashionable chain of stores in The Netherlands.
Perfect for the season that celebrates the rebirth of light, master Shodo artist Masako Inkyo brings us her beautiful interpretations of classic Japanese literature in her new show Ilumination, opening at Onishi Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, on Thursday, December 13th, from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition continues through December 22, 2012.
Ms. Inkyo's hand appears in the Infiniti advertisements. Here is a YouTube of one performance at Japan Society, where Ms. Inkyo offers classes:
The art hordes have arrived in Miami to attend numerous art fairs that challenge those lacking robust art appetites. Forum Gallery sent me this photograph of William Beckman's impressive charcoal drawing in their email announcement, which seems comical given the context. I imagine the whole scene in Miami feels like raging bulls stampeding the pavilions, creating this enormous crowd press that is so unsuitable for enjoying art. Give me a quiet museum or gallery exhibition any day.
For those of you who are reading this blog anywhere other than Miami - count your blessings. Here are a few websites that offer an insiders' view as you perch outside in comfort.
Edouard Manet, The Railway Station (Gare St. Lazare), 1873.
Would that we could beam to Toledo, Ohio in order to see the Toledo Museum of Art's exhibition Manet: Portraying Life, closing on January 1, 2013. Here is the website: Toledo Museum of Art
And here is a charming video that update's Manet's Railway Station, aka Gare St. Lazare.
Ellen Levy, from the video Stealing Attention, 2009,
Courtesy of Michael Steinberg Gallery, as seen the Brooklyn Rail.
This week's art tour takes us to Ellen K. Levy's studio for an exclusive conversation with this brilliant artist.
Ellen creates art that delves into Complexity Theory: the overlapping of various sciences, technology, culture, cognition and art. In her interview with the Brooklyn Rail, Levy describes her recent projects which investigate these areas of study.
"In my art I explore complex relationships between nature and culture by building a dialogue between the handmade and the technological. I draw inspiration from a range of inventions, including plans to generate unseen forces of energy or to shape living matter. I initially select images and text of patented inventionsfrom digital archives that highlight the convergence of economic and political interests. I alter these minimal black-and-white diagrams through re-drafting and computer programs. Then I cut, displace, glue, and paint over the printed paper surface, engaging the materials and underlying wood support as significant visual components. I paint new images over the surface, taking cues from the inventors' descriptions and titles. In so doing, each public document becomes a unique work of art "
The New York Arts Exchange group will meet between 12:30 and 1 pm. Our tour begins at 1 pm sharp.
Please confirm your reservation in order to receive information about our meeting place.
Tour fee: $60 a la carte.
Ellen K. Levy will also moderate a panel on "Neuroscience and the Arts: Shared Interfaces" at Location One, 26 Green Street, NYC, on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm. This is an opportunity to hear artists address the interrelationship of the body, mind, consciousness, neuroscience and art.
LANE (aka Stephen Lane) deals in "time-based materiality, where items such as a bus ticket and diary writings from the
era of the Cultural Revolution carry a myriad of associations, which -- in
combination with the artist’s writings on art theory -- forms a partial visual
language of the artwork."
Please join me to celebrate the installation of Cultural Revisionism 1-326 at Coohaus Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues (Chelsea), on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 8 pm.
The exhibition opened on November 29 and continues through December 12.
"You might get the wrong idea from the dab of clay on the bridge of the nose of Saint Jerome; that is, on the original clay model built by Bernini for his figure of Jerome as it now stands at the back of Saint Peter's, in Rome. The dab of clay may appear gratuitous, or spontaneous, or private: it's the posture of being all three..."
"Bernini. Sculpting in Clay." at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Today, 287 Spring Gallery and Performance Space announced that their current exhibition, Malcolm D. MacDougall III: Parallel Worlds, has been extended to Saturday, January 12, 2013. A closing reception will take place on Friday, January 11 from 6-9 pm.
Address: 287 Spring Street, NYC 10013 (between Varick and Hudson Streets).
Malcolm D. MacDougall III, Parallel Worlds of Truth and Illusion, 2009
Cast Bronze and Steel, 42" x 26" x 16"
Courtesy of the Artist
MacDougall's enormous Microscopic Landscape, 2010, remains on view through January 2013.
(Seen here on Purchase College campus.)
For more information about MacDougall's work, please read my review of his work posted on About.com: Art History. Or, better yet, purchase the exhibition catalog. It's $20, available at 287 Spring Gallery. (I wrote the catalog essay and curated the show.)
Maxwell Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, has announced a new policy of free admission for his institution, beginning January 21, 2013. It's a bold move that one hopes will inspire other major museums within the near future.
Please visit the Dallas Museum's website for details: www.dallasmuseumofart.org.
Patricia Cronin was so wise to send me her invitation yesterday, since her opening fell right after the one-two punches of Hurricane Sandy and Nor'Ester Athena. (What was I doing on November 8th - oh, right: digging my car out of the snow to get to work with the little gas I had left in my tank. May we never forget all the losses and hardship Hurricane Sandy has brought to our NY, NJ and CT community, especially those who continue to suffer today.)
Fortunately, Cronin's show continues at ford Project, 57 West 57th Street, through December 21.
And what a show she has created for the holiday season: Dante's Inferno with an emphasis on the 9th Circle, the place for traitors, deceivers and frauds. (Sounds like a Wall Street Christmas Party.)
For more information about Cronin's life, work and technique, please read her interview with Phong Bui in this month's Brooklyn Rail. Truly enlightening.
NB: Gallery hours are only Monday-Friday, 10-6 pm. Or by appointment: 212-219-6557
Patricia Cronin's sculpture Memorial of a Marriage (2002) was showcased on my blog Beth New Yorkin February 2012.