Sarah Sze is best known for dazzlingly intricate installations of found objects, light, and sound. She brings a similar magpie tendency and skittering energy to her work as a painter. In Red Rotation (2020), Sze collages suggestively related images onto the surface three wood panels. Each panel varies slightly in depth, creating a stepped progression seen when the work is viewed from the side.
The celebrated French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844 – 1932) was the quintessential modern star. “The Divine” Sarah had the beauty and talent that heralded her as one of the greatest actresses of her time, making her the perfect foil for Andy Warhol’s fascination with mass media, photography and fame. In this portrait (1980), part of his series Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, her stunning gaze is abstracted through Warhol’s signature Pop Art style: the bold use of luscious reds and pensive blues, stark geometry and incisive line.
Photographed in The Jewish Museum in Manhattan
American artist Fred Tomaselli’s works frequently combine bold graphic forms or intricate patterns with detritus from popular culture, nature, and mass media. His materials include pills and drugs, butterfly wings, and, as in Study for June 2, 2018 (2018), fragments of magazines and newspapers. Tessellating images like the tiles of a mosaic, Tomaselli uses resin and other binding agents to create a flat, unified panel surface.
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The Monokini (1964) was Rudi Gernreich’s swimsuit of the future. The topless design was controversial, making it difficult to find a model willing to be photographed wearing it. Ultimately, only one image of the suit (taken from behind) was published, in Look magazine. At the urging of look editor, Suzanne Kirtland, a wider selection of images appeared in Women’s Wear Daily and later, in Life, where many American readers took note.
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Tim Hawkinson’s body is the foundation of his art, whether a kinetic sculpture of collaged pictures of the artist’s face or intricate animal skeletons assembled out of his fingernail clippings. Fragmentation of the body is typically associated with death, though in Hawkinson’s work, the effect is perhaps more absurd than morbid.
Continue reading Pink Thing of The Day: Tim Hawkinson, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes