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Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts

May 25, 2018

Artist of the week: Leon Golub

Finally made it to the MET Breuer to see the Leon Golub show just before it closes on May 27th. So amazing to see this work close up, and experience the enormity of both the materials and subject matter. Golub's work is so much about power struggle, and it is expressed so perfectly through his materials. The violent torn and raw canvases, and the dry dragging of paint look almost as painful as the atrocities they depict. If I had to describe Golub's work with one word, it would be Monstrous. 

Excerpt taken from the MET's statement:
His devotion to the figure, his embrace of expressionism, his fusion of modern and classical sources, and his commitment to social justice distinguish his practice as an artist.
Alongside the monumental, terrifying Gigantomachy IILeon Golub: Raw Nerve features paintings from the artist's most important series....  that represent subjects of longstanding interest to the artist, from mercenaries, interrogators, and the victims of violence to political figures, nudes, and animals, all of them rendered in the raw, visceral style for which he is justly celebrated.
Together, these paintings attest to Golub's incisive perspective on the catastrophes that afflict human civilization and his critique of brutality and belligerent masculinity. The artist's work has much to teach us in the twenty-first century, as does his belief in the ethical responsibility of artists.
detail, Two Black Women and a White Man, 1986, acrylic on linen, 120 x 163 inches

detail, Two Black Women and a White Man, 1986, acrylic on linen, 120 x 163 inches

Two Black Women and a White Man, 1986, acrylic on linen, 120 x 163 inches

Installation view at the MET

The Conversation, 1990, acrylic on linen, 92 x 170 inches

Colossal Torso III, 1960, lacquer on canvas, 82 x 96 inches

Tete de Chevall II, 1963, acrylic on canvas, 81 x 81 inches

Combat I, 1970, offset lithograph

detail, Gigantomachy II, 1966, acrylic on linen, 9 x 24 feet

detail, Gigantomachy II, 1966, acrylic on linen, 9 x 24 feet

detail, Gigantomachy II, to show scale

Gigantomachy II, 1966, acrylic on linen, 9 x 24 feet

Leon Golub (1922-2004) was married to artist Nancy Spero (1926-2009)

Further looking and reading:
The Canvas takes Shape, on Youtube
The Paris Review
Leon Golub: Raw Nerve

Champ de Bataille, 1965, oil on canvas, 91 x 66 inches

Leon Golub in his studio

detail, Vietnam II, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 9 x 37 feet

Riot I, Lithograph

The Go-ahead, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 192 inches

December 3, 2013


You know how sometimes when you look at something or hear it over and over again it starts to take on a different meaning depending on what's going on in your life?

For a while now I've had this mantra in my head...

You know the slogan for the cooking channel on cable television, Stay Hungry?

S t a y   H u n g r y

Ambition is a funny thing.  I'm starting to think that it falls into the category of you either have it or you don't..

Last week my mother bought a piano down the same hallway of the American Ballet Theater where I met Mikhail Baryshnikov 25 years ago.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Sometimes you bypass the most important moments of your life. because of fear or doubt or guilt. I wrote a not so good essay when I was 19 years old about a day my dream came true when I danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was the director of ABT at the time I auditioned for their teen program. He just happened to take the class with us that day. the full class. opposite us at the barre. my idol in tights and leg warmers less than two yards away plieing and ronds de jambing along with us. Only a year before, I had made it into the prestigious high school of performing arts in NYC. But I didn't actually go..

I think about leaving NYC after I graduated the School of Visual Arts because my boyfriend at the time didn't stick around, or taking a teaching job instead of the uptown art gallery assistant job I already had... Why did I do that?

I was just randomly watching an old episode of Fame, thinking, was that really the school I could have gone to?

Some people are content to do nothing and some people just want what they want no matter what's standing in their way.

New York City is full of it. My current town has never heard of it.

 It's that driving force that puts a spell on everything you do and think.

What do you think, is ambition a necessary factor to success? Is it something you learn or are you born with it?

the poster that hung in my bedroom for years