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Here comes Turrell

James Turrell: Meeting

After reading the New York Times article, “How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet”, I got all tingly and did 3 things:

1) Rushed over to MoMA PS1 to get a little Turrell fix. (thanks Sarah Morgan)

2) Made a small donation to become a friend of the Roden Crater.

3) Marked my availability for the Turrell Trifecta: concurrent Turrell exhibitions on view this summer at LACMA, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Sophie Calle at the Hara Museum

Sophie Calle, For the Last and First Time
March 20 – June 30, 2013

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

This exhibition consists of two parts. The Last Image (2011) is an installation that weaves together text and photographs taken by the artist about people who have lost the power of sight. Voir la mer (See the sea) captures on film the expression of persons seeing the ocean for the first time to the sound of waves. Calle’s installations quietly contemplate questions that she has been exploring since her work The Blind in 1986: What is beauty? What does it mean to see? The Voir la mer (See the sea) installation was moving and thought provoking.

Voir la mer (See the sea) (detail), 2011, video installation ©ADAGP, Paris 2013 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong &Paris – Gallery  Koyanagi, Tokyo

Voir la mer (See the sea) (detail), 2011, video installation ©ADAGP, Paris 2013 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong &Paris – Gallery
Koyanagi, Tokyo

The Last Image (detail), 2010, color photograph ©ADAGP, Paris 2013 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong &Paris – Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

The Last Image (detail), 2010, color photograph ©ADAGP, Paris 2013 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong &Paris – Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

“…My work Voir la Mer, meaning “to see the sea”. I found people in Istanbul who had never seen the sea before, despite living in a city surrounded by it. Then I took 15 people of all ages, from kids to one man in his 80s, to see it for the first time.

I went with each person individually, such as this man in his 30s. Before we arrived I made him cover his eyes. Once we were safely by the sea, I instructed him to take away his hands and look at it. Then, when he was ready – for some it was five minutes and for others 15 – he had to turn to me and let me look at those eyes that had just seen the sea.

I only took photographs of each person’s back but captured the whole process on video, including their facial reaction as they turned around. If I had stood in front of them it would not be the sea that they would see for the first time, but the camera instead. I felt that the back held a lot of emotion anyway, and it was stronger being behind them and watching the sea, like them.”
– Sophie Calle

The Art of Scent at MAD
Olfactory art in an interactive salon!

I was at the Museum of Art and Design last night for an AIGA event which luckily was running late. So I had the opportunity to cruise up the stairs checking out, floor by floor, the exhibits. I was so charmed by the Art of Scent on the third floor. The interactive installation designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro was the major reason I loved this exhibit.

I walked into the room to see 12 rather beautiful depressions in the walls. At first they looked like organic space pods and then they looked like men’s room urinals. I chose to see them as pods. As I approached the wall a projection appeared displaying the title and explanation of the work. Looking around, I see other curious vistors placing their heads into the pods. Okay, what? I put my head in the rounded space, which triggered a slight mist of perfume. Yep, it was Drakkar Noir and then I immediately thought about an old college boyfriend, French Denis, who so sweetly picked me up at Charles de Gaulle and never said a word about my newly dyed “fire engine red” and newly permed hair and my little sister who “helped” me with the dye/perm job on comet view court in san diego and how I cried and dreaded going to Paris the next morning to see French Denis and meet his French family who smoked and seemed to only eat desserts. All that from one mist.

So go see this show. Museum is open to 9:00PM on Thursdays and Fridays. I suppose there might be less people milling about in the evening.

Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA

On view through 2033!
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition.

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Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA, a set on Flickr.

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts
Fri, March 25 – Wed, March 30, 2011
Park Avenue Armory – presented by the American Folk Art Museum

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety …

“My husband asked me what I wanted. I told him, two things: something I had never seen before, and a gift for New York City. I thought, one thing I’ve never seen is these quilts all at once.” So began the installation of Mrs. Joanna Semel Rose’s six hundred fifty-one red and white quilts. Truly amazing sight to see. Wonderful patterns – spiraling through the cavernous Armory. I’m not really into quilting but I was totally into this show. Go see it!

Her views on collecting are notable and interesting– “I’m not a collector.” “We used to say I’m an accumulator, but I’m a treasure hunter. A collector is always bettering what he has. I only have accumulations of things.”

More flickr pics

John Baldessari | Pure Beauty

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hooray ~ I finally made the 15 min walk across the park to see the Baldessari exhibit. Thanks to @newyorkology for the heads up the exhibit was closing today. Got a few coat check pics- no photography in the exhibit.

Baldessari (b. 1931, National City, California) turned from an early career in painting toward photographic images that he combined with text, using the freeways, billboards, and strip malls of Southern California as his frequent sources. In his groundbreaking work of the late 1960s, he transferred snapshots of banal locales around his hometown onto photo-sensitized canvases and hired a sign painter to label them with their locations or excerpts from how-to books on photography. Throughout the whole of his career, Baldessari’s sharp insights into the conventions of art production, the nature of perception, and the relationship of language to mass-media imagery are tempered by a keen sense of humor. The exhibition brings together a full range of the artist’s innovative work over five decades, from his early paintings and phototext works, his combined photographs, and the irregularly shaped and over-painted works of the 1990s, to his most recent production. The exhibit was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with Tate Modern, London.

Great interview here