Monday, April 15, 2013

Museum shows!

As I mentioned in my last post, last week was frustrating. I think I have been wasting time that I didn't need to, and getting too stuck in my process. The meeting with my mentor on Friday added to that frustration, but in a way that will be good in the longterm. I think I am learning a lot, it just takes me a while to process thoughts sometimes. So leaving the meeting, having to deal with NYC driving/parking and getting a parking ticket because I wasn't paying attention when I put the paid meter slip in my car earlier in the day was making for a very frustrating afternoon. I had wanted to go see a museum show while I was in the city, but by this point I was hungry and tired and just wanted to get the 5 hour drive home over with. Cameron has suggested I see a show at the Whitney, and he thought it would be a really great show for me to see, so despite the frustrations I took his advice and decided I would probably regret not going. Narrowly avoiding a parking garage that wanted to charge $60 for two hours I finally managed to find parking and headed over to the Whitney. 

The show Cameron wanted me to see was the Jay DeFeo Retrospective: . I had heard of DeFeo before, in coordination with her piece "The Rose", which this show is built around. But other than seeing a small photo of her working on it, and reading the story of its removal from her studio in 1966, I didn't know anything about her.
I really love museums and looking at art will usually shake any doubts and feelings of frustration that I have had. This show did that and so much more. The exhibition allows the viewer to walk through DeFeo's life work in a chronological order, with The Rose placed in the geographic center of the space. 

You can read more about DeFeo's life and work here:

DeFeo painted The Rose in the first half of her career, and her struggle with making work is apparent in her use of materials. Feeling frustrated with my own work I was able to really appreciate how much time she spent working on the surface of each of her large paintings. I also really enjoyed seeing the trajectory of her work, through different materials and subject matters. I have always been inspired by work that is different from what I create, and the artists I was looking at felt very disparate (Robert Rauschenberg, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Frank), and I saw all of those inspirations come together in DeFeo's work. 

It was incredibly inspiring and refreshing to see this work.

I also managed to stop by the Met to catch three photography exhibits: 

The street exhibit combines work from the permanent collection that surround James Nares' video "Street". Included are images and works by some of my favorites: Robert Frank, Alberto Giacometti, André Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Franz Kline, Henri Cartier-Bresson, etc.). Another show that reminded me why I am doing this.

It was definitely worth braving New York driving and parking troubles to see these shows.

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