I wrote another book review! I highly recommend Weaving Modernism to anyone who's interested in knowing about alternative media in the postmodern era with an emphasis on textiles. I especially loved Wells' term, "marketplace modernism." We have so much to explore on the many modes of modern art. See the full review at https://www.arlisna.org/publications/reviews/1747-weaving-modernism-postwar-tapestry-between-paris-and-new-york.
Grids are nothing new to art history. Masaccio used a grid in his Holy Trinity at the dawn of the renaissance in Florence; Agnes Martin engaged in repeated meditative exercises resulting in drawings that must be described as grid-like. But reading K.L.H. Wells' new book, Weaving Modernism, has me conceptualizing of a different gridded space: … Continue reading Warps, wefts, pixels, and the ever-present grid
Lygia Clark (1920–1988) was a prominent Brazilian artist often associated with the Tropicalia and Neo-Concrete movements and closely tied to fellow artist Hélio Oiticica. Clark is perhaps best known for her bichos (animals or beasts) sculptures from 1960, which could be manipulated into many shapes by the viewer. When asked precisely how many shapes, Clark … Continue reading Intimate Topographies: Bookmaking as Formal Inspiration in the Work of Lygia Clark and Relational Gallery Experiences
From Medieval Fortifications to Brutalism I regularly pass by the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Built by Henry Weese in 1975, it is a well-known example of Brutalist architecture. It's notable for its shape, triangular, and its height, 28 stories. The story often told about this structure Weese was notably concerned about the prisoners' well-being … Continue reading Windows and Power
Rebuilding the Present at Weinberg/Newton This weekend I went to see Rebuilding the Present at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery, presented in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation. Intimate scenes painstakingly arranged invite viewer participation through meditative contemplation.We talk so often of the artist's intention that it's worth reëvaluating the term, especially in this context. How can … Continue reading Meditations on Curation