Friday, August 20, 2010

Fragonard - The Stolen Kiss

Just another simple composition analysis. Horizontal and vertical divisions into thirds and quarters and the connecting diagonals, along with the Golden Section (technically 1/ϕ = 1/.618 = .618) from each corner.

Jean Honoré Fragonard
The Stolen Kiss (1780s)
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Click to enlarge

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Mourners at the Met

The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy at the Metropolitan through May 23,2010.

An exhibition of the thirty nine carved alabaster mourners by the artists Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier, each approximately 17 inches high and dating from the mid 15th Century. This is the first time that "these figures will be seen together outside of France and provides an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate each sculpture as an individual work of art." [FRAME]

The installation is a procession of two rows down the middle of the Metropolitan Medieval Sculpture Hall. Removed from their original architectural niches and now illuminated from above, these modest alabaster figures glow solemnly. They are recontextualized into the present era, to be seen as two rows of objects distilling the metaphors of grief.

A composite of four images from the Met website which I color corrected a bit to more accurately reflect what I felt was the startling luminosity of the alabaster figures.
[PR] "The Mourners from the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy are deeply affecting works of art. Beyond their evident visual and narrative qualities, we cannot help but be struck by the emotion they convey as they follow the funeral procession, weeping, praying, singing, lost in thought, giving vent to their grief, or consoling their neighbor. Mourning, they remind us, is a collective experience, common to all people and all moments in history."
[ Sophie Jugie, Director, Musée des Beaux-Arts. Dijon http://www.themourners.org/about.html ]

Links:
The Met About the Mourners page
The Met Index to the 39 Mourners page
The FRAME website: Additional information on the Mourners 3D Photography Project

Exhibition Schedule
The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy will be touring the United States as follows:

March 2, 2010 - May 23, 2010: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, NY)
June 20, 2010 - September 6, 2010: Saint Louis Art Museum (Saint Louis, MO)
October 3, 2010 - January 2, 2011: Dallas Art Museum (Dallas, TX)
January 23, 2011 - April 17, 2011: Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN)
May 8, 2011 - July 31, 2011: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
August 21, 2011 - January 1, 2012: Legion of Honor (San Francisco, CA)
January 20, 2012 - April 15, 2012: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tino Sehgal at the Guggenheim

At the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street), Exhibition dates: January 29–March 10, 2010. I liked the Tino Sehgal pieces very much but I am not interested in writing a review. Instead I am writing my responses and reactions to the piece in the comments section.

London-born, Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal constructs situations with people that defy the traditional contexts of museum and gallery environments, focusing on the fleeting gestures and social subtleties that define lived experience rather than the material aspects of conventional art making. His singular practice has been informed by his studies in dance and economics, yielding ephemeral works that consist only of the interactions among their participants and are not visually documented. Organized as part of the Guggenheim's 50th-anniversary celebrations, Sehgal's exhibition comprises a mise-en-scène that will occupy the entire Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. One facet of the artist’s practice, quasi-sculptural choreographed movement, will transform the ground floor of the rotunda into an arena for spectatorship. On the spiraling ramp, another aspect—direct verbal interaction between museum visitors and trained participants—will predominate. Sehgal's works expand the concept of what constitutes a contemporary art object, offering the viewer an immediate engagement with the realization of the work presented.[Guggenheim PR]


A little slight of hand blogging separates this post from where it started in the comment section of the previous one.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Watusi and The Snail


The Alma Thomas on the left is rotated 90°.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Giorgione and Titian or Cariani ?

Who really painted Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman
This drama reminds me of a long forgotton TV show, What's my Line? Whatever, Tyler Green has a nice series of posts on Modern Art Notes about the latest round in the attribution of this painting. Personally I think the attribution to Cariani is wrong, but what do I know? I'm no expert on the period. To satisfy my curiosity I ran it through the gridmaker.

Giorgione and Titian
Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman, c. 1510
oil on canvas
Overall: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The yellow divisions are the Golden Ratio's of the height and width (.382 and .618). The reddish lines are 1/4 and 1/2 divisions and the 1/2 diagonals. The green and cyan are 1/3, 1/6, 1/9 divisions and the 1/3 diagonals. The National Gallery link has photographs and more information

Monday, August 17, 2009

Paul Cezanne - Large Bathers

Residual influences from the academy and good eyeballs at work here.

Paul Cezanne
Large Bathers
1899-1906
Oil on canvas
81 7/8 x 98 in (208 x 249 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The yellow divisions are the Golden Ratio's of the height and width (.382 and .618). The reddish lines are 1/4 and 1/2 divisions and the 1/2 diagonals. The green and cyan are 1/3, 1/6, 1/9 divisions and the 1/3 diagonals.

Piero della Francesca - Baptism of Christ

This panel was the central section of a polyptych. It may be one of Piero's earliest extant works. Side panels and a predella were painted in the early 1460s.

Piero della Francesca
The Baptism of Christ
1450's
Medium: Egg on poplar
Dimensions: 65.75 x 45.7 in (167 x 116 cm)
Collection of the The National Gallery UK


The yellow divisions are the Golden Ratio's of the height and width (.382 and .618). The reddish lines are 1/4 and 1/2 divisions and the 1/2 diagonals. The green and cyan are 1/3, 1/6, 1/9 divisions and the 1/3 diagonals. The National Gallery link has photographs and more information