Friday, November 25, 2016

Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art

Finally finding the time to talk to you about a fascinating show I saw in Berlin at the aforementioned museum.  One of the exhibits there was called Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Other.  "Marking the centenary if the Dada Movement, this is the first exhibition about Dada's response to non-European cultures and their art."

I thought I was smart picking up an English guide to the work on display, but I didn't photograph all the numbers that correspond to the guide.  So other than a few Hannah Hochs, most are not IDed.  But here are some highlights.  

I believe this costume is African and boy does it remind me of the work of Nick Cave, the artist, not the musician.

Hannah Hoch
Hannah Hoch  

John Heartfield

Raoul Hausmann

This assemblage might also be by John Heartfield

I did record some video, BUT, don't have a decent video editing software on this laptop... so I'll edit it on the big studio computer and upload it to vimeo and then post a link.... 

more later...

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lovely Louise

Louise Bourgeois has to be one of my favorite artists, not just "women artists".   She was remarkable in that she worked in many media including sculpture for which she is probably best known.  More info on her here.  I was going to a meeting of the UMVA - Union of Maine Visual Artists at the CTN, Community Television Network on Saturday.  I did get there about 5 min late, but the place was locked up tighter than a drum.  We'll see if they will answer me via FB.

But I wandered into the Institute for Contemporary Art which is part of MECA... the Maine College of Art.  On exhibit was Anguish: the Grave Misgivings of Remembrance, and that's where I saw this

An unusual drawing by Louise Bourgeois.  Considering the theme of the show was Anguish, I was puzzled by this choice.  But we all interpret things in a different way considering what we have learned in our lives and what we have experienced.  This is why I think the academic writing about art is a bit far fetched.  But you go see the show for yourself and make up your own mind.  It runs at the ICA space until Jan 14th.  More info here. 

AND a reminder to SAVE the Date - Dec 10th from 10 am to 4 pm
the Running with Scissors Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Open Studios.

I will have new inexpensive, small encaustic paintings and prints.  Also come hand crafted ornaments and some Cuban calendars!