Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Walking Man

"L’Homme qui marche I (The Walking Man I or The Striding Man I, lit. The Man who Walks I) is the name of any one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, and which is sold for about $104.3 million the most expensive sculpture, until May 2015, when another Giacometti work, L'Homme au doigt, surpassed it." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 2013, digital print on vinyl at the National Gallery of Art

"A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) reopens the East Building Tower Gallery after nearly three years of renovation to the space. Inspired by the Gallery's recent acquisition of Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) (1987/2014), the exhibition comprises related images of faces and figures in profile over which Kruger has superimposed her striking phrases and figures of speech. The distinctive direct address of Kruger's texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on, contrasting with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit." ~ National Gallery of Art

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Decoration with Masks (Detail)

Henri Matisse, "Large Decoration with Masks", 1953, gouache on paper, cut and pasted on white paper, mounted on canvas

Saturday, March 18, 2017

La Scienza della Fiacca (Detail)

"Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick." ~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lick & Lather

I smelled the chocolate before I realized that half the busts were made from chocolate.

"Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist, who creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography. Antoni's works focus mostly on process and the transitions between the making and finished product." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Just a short break from visiting the National Gallery of Art to mention #WinterStormStella. The true blizzard others experienced farther north and east of us never materialized here.