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Great Art Exhibitions

Jan 27, 20160 Commentsblog, exhibitions

Here are two great art exhibitions I’ve seen lately. The first at MOMA is the Picasso Sculpture Show which I’ve seen three times. It closes Feb. 7, 2016. The second is the Frank Stella Retrospective at the Whitney. I’ve seen that twice and will probably go again. I loved them each for different reasons.

To think that sculpture was not Picasso’s main art producing activity is astounding when you see this show. He used any and every material, both traditional and found object to create a body of work that is innovative and fearless. Here is one of my favorites.

Picasso at MOMA

To make a bull’s head out of handlebars and a bike seat takes an imagination that is unique. The forms are simple and say it all. He also brings a wonderful sense of humor to many of his pieces. Here is another example.

Picasso at MOMA

The next piece is a small round stone that could fit in your hand. But the simple carving of a face in relationship to the size and shape of the stone make it seem monumental.

Picasso at MOMA

Last but not least is my favorite of a girl jumping rope. It seems to defy gravity and makes me smile.

Picasso at MOMA

Frank Stella at the Whitney is a harder exhibition to comprehend and appreciate. But he is also an artist who is fearless in trying new things whether new materials or concepts. From some of his two dimensional paintings to his three dimensional paintings or off the wall hangings he pushes the boundaries.Stella at Whitney

I especially loved his 3D works that were still considered paintings by him. They are not traditional sculptures because they don’t sit on the floor and you can’t walk around them. I loved that he painted the surfaces.

Stella at Whitney

Stella at Whitney

Stella at Whitney

These are all monumental in size and seem to pulse and breathe in the gallery space. Stella repeatedly uses certain shapes and forms but constantly finds new ways to use them. There are layers and layers of “stuff” to discover in every piece.

I recommend going to see these art exhibitions for yourself. No amount of writing about or seeing pictures can begin to describe the thrill of seeing this art for real.

www.MOMA.org

www.Whitney.org

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