We looked at some art while at the art institute, I promise. Thanks to the recommendation of a good friend who is a installer there we decided on a whirlwind tour of the (kind of) new modern & contemporary wings.
First, my obsession with anyone I once wrote a paper about in undergraduate…. here is quite a bit of Max Ernst.
Max Ernst, Spanish Physician, 1940
Max Ernst, Forest and Sun, 1928
Max Ernst, The Blue Forest, 1925
Max Ernst, Summer Night in Arizona, 1944
…and here’s the Max Ernst at the Albright Knox that moved me to write said paper in Art History 102…. I learned a lot about frottage…(I obviously like Age of Forests the best of all)
There was also the usual parade of abstract expressionists there…
While still a bit dismissive of these guys, a few of them (actually, only Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and sometimes Helen Frankenthaler) have started to inch themselves into my heart & sub-conscious. Mark Rothko has become particularly impressive after spending quite a bit of time in his Tower installation at the National Gallery in Washington DC.
Unfortunately, I think he’s at his best when not crowed out by all the other action painters usually placed next door.
(I forgot, Clyfford Still wormed his way into my esteem lately as well…sigh. I guess I may like those guys after all)
This one is always a winner….
Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed, 1938
The institute also had a special dark room for works on paper to be displayed. It was actually dark in there! (hence, no photos)
Some more companion pieces to more familiar ones from the Albright’s collection.
Chaim Soutine, Dead Foul, 1926
Chaim Soutine, Carcass of Beef, 1925
This time I prefer the Institutes Dead Foul to the Albright’s Carcass of Beef.
Although, the Albright’s Soutine period frame is way more kick ass. (believe me, I’ve had to watch its delicate corners during transporting)
Franz Marc, both Awesome, both made in the same year!
Franz Marc, The Bewitched Mill, 1913
Franz Marc, The Wolves,1913
Guess who this guy is!
Farm near Duivendrecht, 1916
Bet you didn’t think it was Piet Modrian!
Never heard of this person but they warrant some future research.
Nathalija Gontcharova, Spanish Dancer, 1916
And last, but not least, The Robert Delaunay that inspired my first Etching in my introductory Intaglio class at SUNY Buffalo.
Robert Delaunay, Champs de Mars: The Red Tower, 1911/23
…and heres my subsequent print in response to The Red Tower and a family trip to Norfolk, Virginia (after my instructor told my I wasn’t in high school anymore and I couldn’t turn in another dinosaur still life)
Amanda Maciuba, Norfolk, Virginia, Intaglio, 2006
Leaving you with that winning image….