Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil

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Tarsila do Amaral. Abaporu. 1928

Tarsila do Amaral. Abaporu. 1928

Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. Carnival in Madureira. 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. Carnival in Madureira. 1924

I went to Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil at MOMA. It was just as MOMA explained “a rare opportunity to explore the work of this daring modernist” for me. I felt Tarsila’s works were charming and they made me relaxed. Although she had professional education as an artist, her works look more like Naïve art than Modernism or Cubism art.

Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973) is an Brazilian artist. She studied in Paris with André Lhote, Albert Gleizes, and Fernand Léger. The exhibition focuses on her pivotal production from the 1920s, when she navigated the art worlds of both São Paulo and Paris, and charts her involvement with an increasingly international artistic community, as well as her critical role in the emergence of modernism in Brazil.

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Francis Picabia at MOMA

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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.

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rancis Picabia. La Nuit espagnole (The Spanish Night). 1922

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Francis Picabia. Portrait d’un couple (Portrait of a Couple)

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Francis Picabia. La Source (The Spring). 1912.

 

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MOMA

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Matisse at MOMA

What a pleasure to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at a day of middle of winter. I easily forgot we were still in winter. This show brought me spring to my eyes. Simple shapes and colors were blooming at MOMA.
This is a rare occasion to see Motisse’s cut-out pieces extensively. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961!

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA

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Finally I went to the show, Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA. It will end tomorrow.
The Heart Is Not a Metaphor is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation.
This is the first time I saw his works with my own eyes. I had seen his works with photos and I hadn’t been interested in. I had thought that they were too conceptual and dry. But real works were really good. They were conceptual yet sensitive and poetic. They were opposite of my impression I had before. This is a lesson for me to learn that real works and their photos are sometimes different!

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Pablo Picasso Woman Plaiting Her Hair

Pablo Picasso
Woman Plaiting Her Hair

I went to MoMA to see the show, Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness. It was interesting but wasn’t excited at all. So, I went to see MoMA collection.

It was amazing. I haven’t been to their collection room for years. I didn’t realize MoMA had such a collection of modern art. I saw late 19th century to 1940s art works. I know most of artists and their works. I grew up with them. I always loved to see them in books. I really enjoyed to see my old friends!

Vincent van Gogh Portrait of Joseph Roulin

Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Joseph Roulin

Joan Miro Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame

Joan Miro
Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame

Gustav Klimt Hope,II

Gustav Klimt
Hope,II

Henri Rousseau The Sleeping Gypsy (Part)

Henri Rousseau
The Sleeping Gypsy (Part)