For more than 25 years, Cecily Brown has transfixed viewers with vivid color, bravura, brushwork, and complex narratives that relate to some of Western art history’s grandest and oldest themes. After moving to New York from London in the 1990s, she also helped revive painting for a new generation at a moment when critics and artists were questioning its relevance. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Cecily Brown, Selfie
Unemployment (2016), another chapter of Josh Klein’s ongoing cycle, is a stark series of installations set in the 2030s or 2040s – a vision of a near-future in which automation has replaced the majority of administrative office jobs.
In this oil painting from 2021, Gillian Wearing expands on her Lockdown self-portraits by inserting herself into a 1877 painting by the French artist, Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 to 1904) entitled La Lecture (The Reading). The original painting depicts two women in a domestic setting, one of whom reads aloud from a book, while the other sits beside her listening. In her version, Wearing takes the place of the listener, but crops the image, shifting the focus from the act of reading to the relationship between the two figures. As in her Spiritual Family photographic series, Wearing assumes the identity of a historical figure, but here she plays the role of a subject rather than an artist. Carefully studying her female companion, she imagines herself in a time and place that limited women’s social lives to private spaces – not unlike those featured in Lockdown.
Photographed in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.
Welcome to your second Holiday Season of rocking a mask to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Masking-up is such a part of everyday life now, it doesn’t even seem weird anymore. If you are like me and are mostly wearing the KN95 or blue medical mask, it’s fun to dress those up by layering them with one of the many colorful Pomchies masks I have in my Mask Wardrobe (which is now a thing). Let’s look at some of the seasonal ways you can coordinate your “leaving the house” look by matching your mask to your hair accessories with new looks for the holidays from Pomchies.
The pandemic has shown us some new ways of living. From working from home to online education and even vacationing in unique ways — there have been both ups and downsides of this global crisis. The fear of stepping outdoors and getting infected has kept people from holidaying at faraway locations, and that’s how the concept of a staycation became popular. Instead of traveling too far from home, you can select a location nearby for a visit — and these staycations can be both on your own or with your family. It goes without saying that since the destination is nearby, it is comparatively safer to travel.