Karasu uri, Mieko Arai
The artist and her painting
Raijin, Mieko Arai
Fujin, Mieko Arai
Sakura, Mieko Arai
I went to Japanese painting, Nihonga and calligraphy, Syodou show at Gallery MC. Most of the paintings are steel life. And the subject matters are nature like flowers. The artist, Mieko Arai has a long Nihonga career. I asked her if she paint without seeing real objects. Her answer was “nature is the greatest teacher.” You can learn art by seeing nature. So, painting from real object is crucial part of Nihonga. I think this is an essence of Japanese art.
The Self Defense Force- Rhino / Sachika Iwata 2016
I originally made this image with pen drawing. I silkscreen printed it last week. I always love simple color of print. I think even though this silkscreen printed image and pen drawing one are almost same, they have different feelings.
I saw Martin Wong show at Bronx Museum by accident. I had never heard this artist. It was a great accident. He is a Latino Chinese American artist. His paintings are reflection of searching for his identity. They are very powerful and moving. There are so many great artists whom I don’t know.
The Museum of Modern Art is showing Picasso Sculpture. He is famous as a painter but not so as a sculptor. My impression is he is also great as a sculptor. I love all of them. They are gorgeous. The lines of sculptures are strong and bold yet their colors are so subtle and complicated. This is a show you must see. It’s until February 7. Hurry!
Do you know that de Kooning made not only painting but also sculptures? Here is a show at Skarstedt, de Kooning Sculptures, 1972-1974. I saw one of his big sculptures at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston years ago. I didn’t like it. I thought he was a great painter but not a sculptor. I was wrong. How beautiful his sculptures are. This show opened my eyes.
I am participating Astoria Art Festival 2015. My works are showing at Bareburger, 33-21 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106. If you live or have a chance to come Astoria neighborhood, please stop by Bareburger. They serve delicious organic burgers.
I went to The Morgan Library and Museum to see Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland.
This is not the show about Disney animation but the original book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Sir John Tenniel.
It was so many people. By my surprise, many guys were there and looking very carefully. Because the main character, Alice is a girl, I thought that only female readers love this book so much. But I was wrong!
I went to Storm King Art Center to see Linda Benglis : WATER SOURCES.
It was first time me to go Storm King Art Center. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. This is a huge beautiful sculpture garden. It was a really nice day trip from New York City. I enjoyed sculptures in natue.
Lynda Benglis: Water Sources is the first exhibition centered around the outdoor water fountains that the artist has been developing since the early 1980s. More broadly, this presentation takes as its point of departure the interest in water and landscape that Benglis has explored throughout the last thirty years of her career.
I am not Christian so I have no business with Easter thing. But after such a cold snowy long winter, I would join Easter celebration. Happy Easter!
I went to a very interesting show, On Kawara – Silence at Guggenheim Museum. Since On Kawara is a well-known Japanese artist, I know his work quite while. But I had never seen this volume of his work. This is the first full representation of Kawara’s output, beginning in 1964 and including every category of work, much of it produced during his travels across the globe: date paintings (the Today series); postcards (the I Got Up series); telegrams (the I Am Still Alive series); maps (the I Went series); lists of names (the I Met series); newspaper cuttings (the I Read series); the inventory of paintings (Journals); and calendars (One Hundred Years and One Million Years).
I think his work is performance art in funny way. We are not seeing when he is performing but seeing the record of his performance.