I went to an exhibition of new work by Wangechi Mutu at Gladstone Gallery. The title for this exhibition comes from the Gikuyu words for mud and trees, the prima materia for this body of work. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Wangechi Mutu received her MFA from Yale University. There were so many people at the opening night.
I wish you a wonderful holidays : )
I went to see the show, Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction at MOMA.
I knew Francis Picabia but didn’t know much about his works. It was amazing to see entire his career! Its styles ranged widely—and wildly—from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from Dadaist provocation to pseudo-classicism, and from photo-based realism to art informel. He mastered each style. The show looked like works of ten different artists. I love the fact that his works has the sense of millennium.
rancis Picabia. La Nuit espagnole (The Spanish Night). 1922
Francis Picabia. Portrait d’un couple (Portrait of a Couple)
Francis Picabia. La Source (The Spring). 1912.
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I originally made this image with pen drawing.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.