Pink Panther (1988) depicts a 1950s pin–up, modeled on the American B–movie actress Jayne Mansfield, with one hand covering a breast bared by a garment that has slipped down—a predicament for which Mansfield was notorious. The stuffed Pink Panther she clutches with her other hand is cheekily extending his tail toward the waistband of her skirt. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Jeff Koons, Pink Panther
Fittingly, artist Roger Frey (1866 – 1934) memorialize the public debut of Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio in a painting that represents a group of Matisses artworks arranged in situ. A Room in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition (1912) is the only surviving visual documentation of Pinneau Rouge on display at the Grafton Galleries in London in 1912. The gentleman on the leather sofa is probably the artist Duncan Grant, an admirer of Matisse who had been welcomed as a visitor to the studio at Issy. Grant was one of several members of the Bloomsbury Group (a close-knit circle of British artists and writers) who worked with Fry to organize the show.
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
At college in San Francisco, Suzanne Jackson (b. 1944) encountered the 1960s counterculture, whose social, ecological, and artistic movements often find mystical expression in her work. These two panels conjure the elements – wind and water – that give life and bring change. Commissioned by Sonny Bono, of the musical duo Sonny and Cher, Wind and Water (1975) reflects the psychedelic influences of the time. Dreamlike landscapes and allegorical figures abound in Jackson’s paintings, which are is steeped in the spiritual symbolism of 70s Afrocentrism as they are in the natural world of her Alaskan childhood. “If…the symbols reflect my culture, my upbringing, my environment, and especially my femininity, ” Jackson says, “that is simply in everything of beauty and value that I want to do.”
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
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A headless cow? A bench to sit on? Actually, it’s both! German-born artist Julia Lohmann (b.1977) investigates the contradictions in our relationship to animals using off-cuts of leather, and other meat-industry waste products in her design. The Waltraud Cow-Bench (2004) is an appropriately cow-shaped upholstered leather bench, a “bovine memento mori,” the designer calls it. Continue reading Eye On Design: Waltraud Cow Bench By Julia Lohmann
In the early 1980s, Sherrie Levine (b. 1947) began making copies of artworks by famous men and presenting them as her own. Exhibiting in downtown commercial galleries, Levine shocked audiences with her ‘theft.’ She questioned the authenticity, originality and value of the artworks and, like her peers Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, confronted the myth of the heroic male artist. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Sherrie Levine, Large Check: 1 – 12