Feel like dancing

(But after wandering for hours in and out of the Met’s endless galleries, I do need to sit down).

Art:

1/
Joel Shapiro, 1941
Untitled, 2000-2001
Oil paint on cast aluminum

2/
Al Held, 1928-2005
Mercury Zone III, 1975
Acrylic on canvas

3/
Jennifer Bartlett, b. 1941
Five A.M., 1991-92
Oil on canvas

4/
Alex Katz, b. 1927
Red Coat, 1982
Oil on canvas

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 17th, 2018

Tangled

How my brain feels at the end of this week.

Art:

1/
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)
,

2/
Monoceros
, Ibram Lassaw
|
ronze and manganese bronze fused over galvanized wire

3/
Untitled
, Clyfford Still 
Oil on canvas

Kouros, Isamu Noguchi
Marble 

4/
Attic, 1949, by Willem de Kooning
Oil, enamel and newspaper transfer on canvas

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 17th, 2018

David Zwirner: 25 Years

In 2018, David Zwirner celebrated their 25th anniversary and, on that occasion, New York was treated with a special exhibition of works by some of the artists the gallery represented over the years.

David Zwirner was the only New York gallery on my radar before coming to the City, because they represent one of my favourite Belgian artists, Michaël Borremans. I went to the exhibition hoping to see some of his works and, sure enough, a couple of his smaller-size paintings were on show. This is one of them, but if you’d like to see more of Borremans’ amazing  work, please hop over to my Brussels blog, for highlights from an exhibition held in Brussels, in 2014.

Michaël Borremans


Chris Ofili


Marlene Dumas


Isa Genzken


Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb


Philip-Lorca diCorcia


Suzan Frecon


Jeff Koons


Sherrie Levine


Christopher Williams


Felix Gonzales-Torres


Donald Judd / Dan Flavin


Ruth Asawa


Yayoi Kusama


February 10th, 2018

In The Long Run

If the crystal balls are not helping, there is always hope in dreamcatchers, voodoo dolls and Louise Bourgeois’ Articulated Lair (to this day I have no idea what these black objects, hanging like deflated balloons, might be).

Lee Bontecou
Untitled 1980-98

John Outterbridge
Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series, c. 1978-82

Louise Bourgeois
Articulated Lair, 1986

The Long Run @MoMA, December 3rd, 2017

Guardians

of the Gotham Galaxy

About the art:

Public art sculpture >> The Guardians: Superhero (2013) by Antonio Pio Saracino, in Three Bryant Park

From my collection >> Davros and Baby Groot reading the news about Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, which had just been sold at Christie’s for a staggering $450 million, the most expensive painting in the world ever sold in an auction. The buyer was a Saudi prince and the painting was supposed to go on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi but he exhibition was cancelled without any explanation. Salvator Mundi has gone missing from the public eye ever since. Its whereabouts but also its authenticity are subjects of much debate and speculation.

At the Morgan Library >> An early sixteenth century figure of St. Elizabeth of Schoenau (1129-1165), a German nun who published three volumes describing her divine visions, probably the reason she is shown here holding a book.

November 16-18, 2017

At the end of the day [four]

Just when you think it can’t get any better.

Airplane views of Chicago from The Signature Room at the 95th, a cocktail bar located, well, on the 95th floor of the 360 Chicago tower, better known as the John Hancock Center. The cocktails must be good but who would remember after experiencing these dizzying views?

As if to prepare us for the experience, an explosion of light at the lobby: Lucent, an installation by Wolfgang Buttress, representing the 3,106 brightest stars visible with the naked eye from the Earth’s Northern hemisphere.

And, finally, a smooth landing back to Earth, walking past the iconic Wrigley Building on N Michigan Avenue.

Chicago by night on November 5th, 2017

Agora[mania]

The Greek word Agora (/ˈæɡərə/; Ancient Greek: ἀγορά agorá) means ‘open place of assembly’ and, early in the history of Greece, designated the area in the city where free-born citizens could gather to hear civic announcements, muster for military campaigns or discuss politics. Later the Agora defined the open-air, often tented, marketplace of a city (as it still does in Greek) where merchants had their shops and where craftsmen made and sold their wares. The original Agora of Athens was located below the Acropolis near the building which today is known as The Thesion and open-air markets are still held in that same location in the modern day. [source]

Agora is an installation of 106 iron torsos designed by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz and permanently installed at the south end of Grant Park in Chicago. 

November 5th, 2017