Posts tagged: art
Jonathan Jones, 2013
mischief accomplished | méfait accompli : 21/11/12
Duchamp Reloaded Reloaded
Jonathan Jones, 2013
Looking through it was the secret, she decided, if you just looked at it the balloon seemed rather dull, a matte surface which would begin to wrinkle, its navel tied with twine. But its red transparency changed everything, the quality of vision, like closing her eyes against the sunlight, and seeing bright red through the lids.
This is quite similar to Monet’s constant thoughts about how he might push through “the bright skin of things.” He knows that if he can break through “the shimmering envelope” to “look through things” he might “show how light and those things it illumines are both transubstantiate, both tenuous.” This is the point of his labors and investment in the garden, and of the endless labors at the easel. Through a great deal of conscious effort and planning, and the sculpting of nature into something considerably more tame and reliable, Monet hoped to perceive something true about the world, or at least some small patches of it, without self-consciousness, as a child might.
Peter C. Baker, 2013
Jonathan Jones, 2012
Hahaha! Even if I agree with Jones on the topic (you can check it at the link above if you care), I am quoting this here first for the sheer beauty of the prose, the dancing words. I also like the sharpness of “the well-meaning lie that virtue equals genius”.
The paintings proceed in pairs or groups aligned by subject.The textbook simplicity of this format is irresistible. The visual self-schooling particular to looking at art kicks in, and almost before you know it your eyes are off and running, darting back and forth, parsing differences in style, brushwork, color, detail and overall effect, the expression of emotion that Matisse said he was always after.
Evolving Toward Ecstasy Matisse Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - NYTimes.com, 2012
Related: Matisse at MoMA: Carving With Color, 2010
This is a note about presenting art in animated sequences, as described (ref posts on the topic by Warren Ellis). Also, when Roberta Smith is in sync with an artist, her prose is literally enchanting.