Untitled 1989, by legendary minimalist Donald Judd is installed on the 4th floor of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. As you can see, this very colorful painted aluminum sculpture reaches nearly across the width of the room and, in this way, allows the museum-goer an opportunity to spatially interact with its three-dimensional properties (short, of course, of climbing onto it). I love the bright, primary colors of this piece and the form reminds me of playground equipment, which is always a happy thing to consider.
In addition to his minimalist sculptures, Donald Judd wrote extensively about art, painted, and designed furniture. He was a great and highly influential artist. Judd died in Manhattan of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1994, at the age of 65. We will be featuring another of Judd’s works, also a part of MOMA’s permanent collection, later on in this series.
Although he painted in both realist and abstract styles during his career, Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is best known for his grid paintings of vertical and horizontal black lines with the three primary colors. Composition in Oval With Color Planes I (1914) follows a grid pattern but is somewhat unique in that Mondrian used a pastel color palette.
According to experts, “the geometry of this composition, made two years after Mondrian moved from Holland to Paris, is directly based on sketches of partially demolished buildings, with exposed floors, chimneys and patches of wallpaper. Mondrian believed that horizontal and vertical lines, such as those he used here, expressed an underlying, universal order.”
This piece was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection in 1950.
Hey what’s up. Welcome, to the first installment of a new weekly series debuting today on The Worley Gig, which I am calling Modern Art Monday! Each Monday, I will be posting a classic piece of modern (or maybe not so modern) art photographed by me on a visit to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) or any of the other fine art institutions right here in Manhattan — and elsewhere! Because, when it comes to art, I get around!
This week’s featured work is the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Head of a Warrior (1933). What I love about this piece is how Picasso’s exaggerated proportions make the head look a bit cartoonish. Although the head is crafted from plaster, wood and metal it is meant to emulate the look of a classic marble sculpture.
The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.
Legendary painter Ellsworth Kelly will celebrate ninety years on the planet on May 31st, 2013. In honor of his seven decades spent shaping and contributing to the world of modern art, Matthew Marks Gallery is hosting exhibits of Kelley’s work in three of its Chelsea gallery spaces. These paintings and sculptures are classic representations of Kelley’s signature Color Field works and his grounding in the minimalist school of painting.
Elsworth Kelly (Center) Chats with Friends outside the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd Street at the Show’s Opening Reception
Happy Birthday Mr. Kelly and thank you for your beautiful art!
Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety will be on view through June 29, 2013 at Matthew Marks’ three gallery spaces, Located at 502 and 522 West 22nd Street, and 523 West 24th Street, New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.