Rain of Light

My title, not the artist’s. The artist left it untitled so I thought, what if I call it ”Rain of Light”, isn’t it more fitting? Presumptuous may be, but it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw it illuminating the stairwell, making it an integral part of the museum rather than a solely utilitarian feature. I instantly thanked myself for choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift.

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Ambience

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
”Untitled” (America), 1994

Twelve light strings, each with forty-two 15-watt lightbulbs and rubber sockets, at the stairwell of The Whitney Museum of American aRt.

September 10th, 2016

No Sex, No City: Miranda

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Steward Uoo
No Sex, No City: Miranda, 2013 (detail)

Polyurethane resin, epoxy, ink, pigment, acrylic paint, wires, cables, clothing, accessories, ferrofluid, razor wire, steel, feathers, human and synthetic hair, makeup, glitter, synthetic eyelashes, maggot cocoons, flies, dust, and other materials

When the unrelated, the unexpected and the repellent get together to form a thing of beauty.

At the Whitney Museum of American Art

September 10th, 2016

Slumped against the pillows

Feeling

…Exhausted…
…Bored…
…Don’t mind me, go ahead…
…Melancholy…
…Wake me up the day after the day after…
…Mellow and relaxed…
…Waisted…
…Pretty fucked up…
…Peaceful…
…Alone, together at last…
…Too old for this…
Happy, tired and excited… (as seen through the humorous eye of Gil. You can check Gil’s funny, happy, tired and excited cartoons on his blog les dessins d’humeur de gil).
……..
(fill in the blanks)

I am the female version of this man, if only for a few minutes on any given day. Except bored – I’m never bored. And haven’t had a hangover in a long-long time.
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Rudolf Singel

Untitled (After Sam), 2005-6
Oil on canvas

The Whitney Museum of American Art

September 10th, 2016

New Yorkers I

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Howard Kanovitz
New Yorkers I, 1965
Acrylic, graphite pencil, fabricated chalk on linen

This painting depicts composer Richard Rodgers who, together with Oscar Hammerstein, co-wrote such legendary Broadway musicals as Oklahoma!, South Pacific and the Sound of Music. Howard Kanovitz based the painting on a newspaper photograph because he was impressed by its low definition quality which suggested an isolation of the figures from their environment. It was the same quality that made me want to capture the detail on the first photo above.

September 10th, 2016 at The Whitney

Ethel Scull 36 Times

Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol is one of the most important pop icons of the twentieth century, his art still gaining both in popularity and value. I’m on the side of the haters to be honest, but that doesn’t prevent me from admiring some of his works like the Screen Tests or this very screenprint of Ethel Scull – enough to borrow and use it as my blog profile.

”Ethel Scull 36 Times” was one of Warhol’s first commissioned portraits for which he escorted Ethel Scull, a patron and collector of modern art, to a Photomat in Times Square. There, under his direction, they took more than a hundred photos with Ms Scull posing with or without sunglasses, making serious or playful faces, in short having some silly fun. Warhol chose 36 of these poses and here is the end result. What attracts me most about it, is this personification of joie de vivre with a certain je ne sais quoi, emanated from every pose.

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Andy Warhol
Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963
Acrylic and screenprint on canvas

The Whitney Museum of American Art

September 10th, 2016

Marilyn Pursued

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Marilyn Pursued by Death, 1963
Rosalyn Dexler
Acrylic and paper collage on canvas

From the accompanying caption: [… On the day this source photograph was taken in 1956, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were to announce their upcoming marriage; in the frenzy to cover the event, a car carrying reporters crashed, killing at least one member of the press. Drexler’s painting is an eerie evocation on the sometimes tragic results of our society’s insatiable desire for celebrity news.]

The Whitney Museum of American Art

September 10th, 2016

This Gentleman

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Self Portrait, 1925-30
Oil on canvas

Edward Hopper’s wife Josephine was the model for this painting. She was 78 at the time but Hopper chose to depict a much younger version of her.

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Edward Hopper
A Woman in the Sun, 1961
Oil on linen

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Study for Office at Night, 1940
Fabricated chalk and graphite pencil on paper

A precious albeit brief encounter. Always a pleasure dear Sir!

September 10th, 2016 at the Whitney