The Storm, 1893, Edvard Munch
Madonna, 1895-97, Edvard Munch
Despair, 1894, Edvard Munch
I was lucky to notice The Met Breuer was showing works of Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch (1863–1944). The title of the show is Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed which was the title of his one of his self-portrait.
Munch’s works are well known for his depictions of human anxiety. Because in modern society, everyone seems living with depression, I think his works reveal one aspect of our modern society. Thus his works are very contemporary.
His most famous work is The Scream, which was not there. It was very disappointing. However, I enjoyed the show. Munch is one of my favorite artists but I didn’t have a chance to see his works at the same time.
I went to “the must-see” show, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at Metropolitan Museum. It was very successful show. So many people! Met announced that the 10th most visited exhibition in the museum’s history. It’s brought more than 700,000 visitors for three months. I was one of them. It was so many (but not too many) works. They show not only his works but also other artists who worked with him. I’ve never get tired of seeing those masterpieces! Just beautiful.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Bacchanal of Children. Red chalk. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for Christ in the Pietà of Úbeda for Sebastiano del Piombo. Black chalk. Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques, Paris (716)
I went to see Kathe Burkhart show at Mary Boone gallery. Though I missed Women’s march, I could make this feminist artist’s show.
In one word, I would say her work is bold. I love that straightforwardness. I also love the way she uses collage. I think the materials of the collage connects between visual image and reality of our life.
Blueballs: from the Liz Taylor Series, 2007
Get the Fuck Out: from the Liz Taylor Series, 2017
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 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 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 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.