Roulette: Number Five (1964), an assemblage work, is one in a series titled Roulette by Japanese artist Mokuma Kikuhata (1935–2020). The title refers to a game of chance where players guess where a ball will land within a spinning numbered wheel. To make this artwork, Kikuhata combined and arranged what he called “everyday objects—used and unwanted,” including a metal pail, a baseball, and a can.
In 1956, Atsuko Tanaka (1932 – 2005) gave a performance while wearing a sculpture called Electric Dress, which was made from 200 blinking incandescent lightbulbs, and tubes covered in red, blue, yellow and green enamel paint. The concentric circles and circuitous lines of this Untitled painting were directly inspired by that performance. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Untitled By Atsuko Tanaka→
“I visited a Ferrero chocolate factory, and it was incredible: millions of pieces of chocolate just churning out,” Thomas Bayrle once recounted. “It was absurd and somehow funny, but also terrifying and sublime in its vastness.” This sense of awe is conveyed in many of Bayrle’s works, in which he interlaces and repeats a single image to create a complex larger whole – an approach informed by his early training in weaving. Continue reading Eye On Design: Cups Wallpaper By Thomas Bayrle→
In this work of pastel on paper, Goat’s Horns With Blue (1945), Georgia O’Keefe treats the spiral of a goat’s horn as both subject and lens, exploring its distinct materiality, and using it to frame the sky beyond. She found such horns and bones, which she collected in the new Mexican desert, to be “most wonderful against the blue — that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished” (a likely reference to World War II, which ended the year this work was made). Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Georgia O’Keeffe, Goat’s Horns With Blue→