His paintings feel close to me. I hope i can see his show in person one day.
Today I came across this traditional Korean martial art for the first time. This was likely depicted in Kokuryo murals possibly originating in the Three Kingdoms period (over 2000 years ago). Song Duk Ki (1893-1987) kept this form alive as it was almost lost during Korean Independence. I continue to be touched by traditions that are almost lost but kept alive by the passionate devotion of an individual or a small group of people. This is the same feeling I have for the Korean folk art and embroidery that inspire my paintings and in my practice of Tai Chi as a martial art. It's the knowledge that these practices and objects are ancient, precious and carefully passed from one generation to another. I want to treasure them and make them alive.
She calls it "...a love letter to Black Britain." It was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery in London. The left is Jamaican palms, the right a map of where Sadie's from. In Katy Hessel's interview, Toyin says she'd most like to meet- Elizabeth Catlett, Frida and the writer of the Tale of Genji, the world's first novel. Toyin's- exploration of uncomfortable storytelling, full of possibility, can't be pinned down.
I saw this on TV when I was a violin playing, church nerd elementary school child of Korean immigrants living in the suburbs of Long Island. It's Woody Allen as misfit turned criminal Virgil Starkwell in the mockumentary, Take the Money and Run. I've never forgotten how hard I laughed, and since then I have followed Woody Allen's career and life. Though I have not seen all 50 of his movies, he is one of the world's great filmmakers and makes among the most complex and interesting cinematic roles for women(E.g.Wonder Wheel).
PS -- I am a Woody defender as he is the target of a calculated revenge using a brainwashed child. Mind bending reality surpasses fiction.
Fantastic interview with Alyce Mahon, curator of Leonor Fini: Theater of Desire exhibit. Also Tracey Bashkoff curator on Hilma af Klimt and Johanna Moorhead on Leonora Carrington. Much to discover in the Great Women Artists Podcast with Katy Hessel. If Katy asked me who I would most like to meet, I might say Leonor Fini.
Another YouTube gem. This reading has made me see Gauguin differently and Keanu too. Keanu says, "..for what we leave behind, for who we want to be... It is the most human thing." PS- Peter Doig's art is in the background which he acknowledges. CRUSH!!
"Leonor Fini: Theater of Desire" was a phenomenal show in 2018. Thank you Museum of Sex curators.
"Don't compete. Don't compare. Don't complain, Don't explain."
You give me courage. I look forward to your next novel.
Young Jean Lee is a fiercely experimental playwright. Here she is in a band! Her voice and stage presence are like an average person singing karaoke except that she is performing songs she has written. With sincerity, sly humor and devastation truth, she weaves story, performance, music, art and play into an offering of comfort for others who may suffer when facing loneliness, getting old, tragedy and death. I was mesmerized, entertained and truly comforted by the wisdom in these songs. The highlight is at 23 minutes in when Young Jean does a song based on her mother's grandmother's comments on aging. So dark and hysterically funny.
I continually question how artists can impact the world in a profound way. Today I came across an answer in Lily Yeh. Through an unexpected opportunity to transform an inner city lot, she went on to do the same in a massive dump site in Nairobi where 100,000 people live and then to build a Genocide Memorial in Rwanda. Seeing the memorial, people said, "When we see beauty, we see hope. Our loved ones can some home in honor and dignity." Lily explains that through art, we travel to the "dustless world" a sacred place of pristine beauty and poignant serenity." This is her Web site. http://barefootartists.org/. There is a documentary on her called The Barefoot Artist.
The Gwangju Biennale 2018 is showing 22 paintings from North Korea to the South Korean public for the first time through the extraordinary and courageous efforts of curator, B.G.Muhn, Georgetown Art professor and artist. My expectation of North Korean art was cartoonish social realism, but in these paintings changed my view completely. I am struck by the expressiveness, the vibrant colors, rhythmic lyricism, playful sentimentality and sense of togetherness and humanity. I wish I knew what the poster behind the bus stop said that no one is noticing. The women around the laptop is a fascinating scene as is the way the pink and yellow fabrics are painted in contrast to the drab surroundings. My father was from Anju in North Korea. His family fled and became refugees in 1943 when he was 9 years-old. Seeing these images feels healing. Thank you B.G. Muhn for pioneering this connection to artists in North Korea. You have made a bridge so that we can see each other with more humanity.
"What matters is looking at the object with love." - Oh Ju-seok in "Special Lecture on Korean Paintings"
"Special Lecture on Korean Paintings" by Oh Ju-seok is the best, most passionate and heartfelt writing on Korean paintings I have found since Dr. Zo Zayong. "A Hen Leading a Brood of Chickens"(middle painting), is one that Oh loves dearly. Surrounding are other works by Byeon Sang-byeok (1730-?) a late Joseon period artist nicknamed "Byeon the cat" because he excelled at painting cats and received the title "master hand" for his wonderful paintings of birds and animals.
Today I ordered Ai Weiwei's book, Humanity. On August 4th, his studio in Beijing was demolished to pave the way for a shopping center. He has lived in Berlin since 2015. Here are some quotes from him book which compelled me to want to read it:
"This problem has such a long history, a human history. We are all refugees somehow, somewhere, and at some moment."
"Allowing borders to determine your thinking is incompatible with the modern era."
"Art is about aesthetics, about morals, about our beliefs in humanity. Without that there is simply no art."
"I don't care what all people think. My work belongs to the people who have no voice."
At the MoMA today, I unexpectedly came across the fantastic work of Congolese artist, Kingelez (1948-2015). Delighted and stunned, I also thought about Gaudi, Hunterwasser and other architect/artists who break all barriers and make us dream. Kingelez uses recycled materials such as cardboard, bottle caps and tinfoil to create a colorful, fantastic vision of a utopian urban cityscape that is a place of abundant color and shapes, beauty, humanity, wonder and optimism.
Kingelez has called his art extrêmes maquettes (English: extreme models),[and has said, “I make this most deeply imaginary, meticulous and well considered work with the aim of having more influence over life. As a black artist I must set a good example by receiving the light which pure art, this vital human instrument, kindles for the sake of all. Thanks to my deep hope for a happy tomorrow, I strive to better my quality, and the better becomes the wonderful. I exhibit a mode of expression which fits me like a glove, and I point out that I am another artist.”
PS- Also at MoMA today, there was a protest of MoMA employees who chanted, "Modern Art, Ancient Wages" as well as "Solidarity Forever."
Here's a video from the MoMA site. https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3889
Below is a video is French that displays his work.
Alice grips my heart when I see her work and think about her life. Andy really meant it when he said that she and Louise Nevelson were the best "girl" artists he knew. Here, he offers himself in such a public and vulnerable way, and Alice responds with her most tender portrait. Alice always painted directly on the canvas without sketching beforehand and with heavy outlines which is technically "wrong". Barkley Hendricks is another one of my favorite portrait artists. It's amazing that they knew each other as well.
This clip is in French, but her work says it all. She is influenced by nature, flower, animals, insects, German and Chinese Folk art, textiles, vintage toys and the atmosphere of the Bloomsbury Group including such writers as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forester. I intuitively understand her. I adore her work. CRUSH!