Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer 2013

Rain Room
May 12 - July 28 2013
Random International’s immersive environment Rain Room (2012), a major component of the MoMA PS1 exhibition EXPO 1: New York, is presented in the lot directly adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art. A field of falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected, Rain Room offers visitors the experience of controlling the rain. Known for their distinctive approach to contemporary digital practice, Random International’s experimental projects come alive through audience interaction—and Rain Room is their largest and most ambitious to date. The work invites visitors to explore the roles that science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment. Using digital technology, Rain Room creates a carefully choreographed downpour, simultaneously encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage and creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.The entrance to Rain Room is on West 54 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Guggenheim: James Turrell
June 21 - Sept 25 2013
James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. At its core is Aten Reign (2013), a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, the installation reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture—its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space—as one of Turrell’s Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus the Roden Crater Project (1979– ). Reorienting visitors’ experiences of the rotunda from above to below, Aten Reign gives form to the air and light occupying the museum’s central void, proposing an entirely new experience of the building.

Rockabilly Night Market
July 4 2013

Sleep No More
The brainchild of the British theater company Punchdrunk, the show takes place at imaginary McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, where 93 rooms on six levels have been meticulously transformed with props ranging from hair samples to taxidermy animals to drying herbs. Audience members (who wear masks to distinguish themselves from the actors) are free to open drawers, flip through books and sample real treats from a candy store as they roam the hallways and hidden corridors in search of the action. Yes, this all sounds a bit mysterious and may be difficult to grasp. But the less you know, the better. Just know this: There's no right way to experience "Sleep No More." Follow an actor. Follow the crowd. Follow the music. Second, ditch your friends or significant other and take your own journey. (You won't succeed in trying to stay together anyway.)
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Rooftop bar of the McKittrick Hotel.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Study: The Death Bed

Joseph Dionysius Odevaere. Lord Byron on his Death-Bed. 1826. French Neo-Classicism.

Joseph Dionysius Odevaere. Death of Phocion. 1804. French Neo-Classicism. 

Jacques-Louis David. Death of Socrates. 1787. Neo-Classicism.

Henry-Joseph de Forestier. La mort de Jacob. 1813. Neo-Classicism.

Jean-Pierre Granger. Antiochus renvoie son fils à Scipion. 1800. Neo-Classicism.

 Claude Monet. Camille Monet on her Death Bed. 1879. Impressionism.
Jerome-Martin Langlois. Priam at the Feet of Achilles. 1809.

Dmitri Belyukin. Portrait of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. 1993.

 Rembrandt. Diana Bathing With Her Nymphs, With The Stories Of Actaeon And Callisto. 1634.

Bartolomeo Manfredi. Mars Chastising Cupid. 1613.

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. The End of the Game of Card. c. 1870.

Michel-Martin Drolling. La colère d'Achille. 1810.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Study: Body I

Pablo Picasso. Woman Ironing. 1904.

Pablo Picasso. Boy Leading a Horse. 1905-1906.

Marcel Duchamp. Nude Study: Sad Young Man in a Train. 1911-1912.
Duchamp’s primary concern in this painting is the depiction of two movements, that of the train in which we observe the young man smoking and that of the lurching figure itself. The forward motion of the train is suggested by the multiplication of the lines and volumes of the figure, a semitransparent form through which we can see windows, themselves transparent and presumably presenting a blurred, “moving” landscape. The independent sideways motion of the figure is represented by a directionally contrary series of repetitions. These two series of replications suggest the multiple images of chronophotography, which Duchamp acknowledged as an influence, and the related ideas of the Italian Futurists, of which he was at least aware by this time. Here he uses the device not only to illustrate movement, but also to integrate the young man with his murky surroundings, which with his swaying, drooping pose contribute to the air of melancholy. [x]
Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. 1912.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault (Part I)

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Le Radeau de la Méduse. 1818-1819.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Study of Feet and Hands. 1818-1819.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Heads of Torture Victims. 1818-1819.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. The Study for The Raft of the Medusa. 1818-1819.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Scene of the Deluge. 1818-1820. 

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Portrait of a Negro. 1823-1824.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. Nude Warrior with a Spear. 1816.

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault. The Wounded Officer of the Imperial Guard Leaving the Battlefield. 1814.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Spring. 1894.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The Roses of Heliogabalus. 1888.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Sappho and Alcaeus. 1881. 

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Silver Favourites. 1903.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. A Roman Garden. 1878.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. A Lover of Art. 1868.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Dealer in Statues. 1867.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Expectations. 1885.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Roman Emperor Claudius. 1881.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Ask Me No More. 1906.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Study of a Left Hand and Arm. 1901.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

State of things.

Caspar David Friedrich and the Sublime

Caspar David Friedrich. Abtei im Eichwald (Abbey Among Oak Trees). 1808-1810.

 Caspar David Friedrich. Der Mönch am Meer. 1808-10.

 Caspar David Friedrich. Der Chasseur im Walde (The Chasseur in the Forest). 1814.

Caspar David Friedrich. Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog). 1818.

Caspar David Friedrich. Kreidefelsen auf Rügen (Chalk Cliffs on Rügen). 1818.

Caspar David Friedrich. Frau am Fenster (Woman at a Window). 1822.

Caspar David Friedrich. Mann und Frau den Mond betrachtend (Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon). 1830-1835.

Caspar David Friedrich. Küste bei Mondschein (Sea Shore in Moonlight). 1835-1836.