Over the past few years, with the widespread growth of both digital cameras and the blogosphere, there’s been a rising trend among amateur and professional photographers experimenting with “light paintings” or rather, photographs in which a slow shutter speed captures a light source that is moved to create illuminated shapes and effects. Last year, I blogged here about Freddie Wong, an insanely popular YouTube filmmaker (his channel have over 2.4 million subscribers), who shot a crazy action sequence using this light painting technique…
Above is a scribbled handwritten list by Picasso of artists he recommended should be in the bellwether Armory Show which opened in New York City on February 17, 1913. Fantastic art find, Internet!
Painting, sculpture, drawing – you decide.
“On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century” isn’t MoMA’s first exhibition on drawing and it won’t be its last, but this latest curatorial effort is a much more inventive take on the genre than in previous shows. Connie Butler, the museum’s Chief Curator of Drawings and Catherine de Zegher, former director of The Drawing Center, have amassed a collection of works that span just over a century and include mediums beyond simple graphite on paper. One of the earlier works is a short film of the dancer Loie Fuller from 1897. Fuller experimented with what might be called early versions of ribbon dancing by using lengths of silk to create a sort of moving, visual line. She also sewed pieces bamboo into her skirts to stretch them into flat planes of fabric, and what is a drawing if not a line on a plane?
Picasso’s “Portrait of a Young Lady (After Cranach the Younger)”
Even Picasso’s admirers have to admit that their beloved painter would be nothing without the masters. I don’t mean only as sources of inspiration but as actual source material. Owing his legacy to his famous interpretations of even more famous original paintings like Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” and Velazquez’s “Las Meninas,” Picasso is one of the great cover artists of the 20th century. But what he lacked in original composition he more than made up for with a long and prolific career that included nearly every medium available to him. The medium that the new MoMA exhibit is concerned with, however, is printmaking. “Picasso: Themes and Variations” (a real snoozer of a title, unfortunately) showcases 100 of his etchings, lithographs and linocuts, many of which are based on the work of other artists like Rembrandt and Lucas Cranach the Younger (and the Elder too).
From the time capsule from our youth, check out this old segment of the Cookie Monster teaching and singing about museum etiquette. The big takeaway here is that even if it looks yummy, don’t go eating the paintings. Maybe the woman who recently fell into the Picasso at The Met should have watching this segment…