This kind of art is about all I’m doing right now. I have lots of paintings I need to finish, but keep putting them off. Terrible. Everything I paint, I keep seeing things I want to add to it or do differently. I have lots of ideas for paintings, but I no longer get ideas for writing anything longer than a Tweet.
I hope to progress beyond these decorative kinds of paintings which can be classified as zentangles and/or optical art. They are so easy to do while watching TV. I love the English mysteries they have on PBS, like Grantchester, my very favorite right now. I’m 74 now and am starting to physically slow down. I figure that I can learn from doing these kinds of paintings and move on. I grow very fast.
A few things I have done to contribute to the world of the Decorative Arts. Things like these help brighten up a room. Markers on 12″ x 12″ canvas. In this “Age of Trump,” a person needs an outlet to get their mind off of politics, at least for a few minutes.
Performance art became a big thing during these two decades, which is something I never really took to, probably because I didn’t understand it. Performance artists usually document their work with photographs, which many are on display at the Whitney. The lecture lasted about a 1/2 hour, then we went to the fifth floor to look at examples of work on display that had been talked about in the lecture. All by artists with whom I had been totally unfamiliar until last night. These lectures are free to members of the museum. It’s certainly worth the price of joining just for them.
These performance artists express some kind of social agenda, like Aids, or women issues. The women’s movement became big in the 70’s after the Vietnam war ended, and women performance artists dug their nails into it. Performance art is a much more in-your-face” type of thing than looking at a painting. However, when I think of the 80’s in art, the first people who come to my mind are Basquant and Warhol. I don’t think any performance artist would come to any one’s mind.
“Museums are places to hang out.”
Mary Heilmann, whose site-specific installation, Sunset, inaugurates the Museum’s largest outdoor gallery
The 5th floor of the museum has two wonderful wall-to-wall windows on each side. One faces south and the Hudson River, and the other East. The windows have long couches in front of them for people to sit and contemplate and take photos if they want, which is what I wanted.
For you who missed reading the front page of the New York Times this morning, I will reiterate the story that was honored concerning Alexander Calder, whose smallest mobiles sell in the range of $1,000,000. I guess the art world and market interests me to no extent, so it’s a taken that I would write about it on my blog. Why I love Calder is that every time I look at one of his mobiles, I say to myself “I want to make one of those, too.” I think all people like the people who inspire them and want to make them do things they haven’t done before. For me the challenge of mobiles is that there is a slight degree of science involved in that they have to be physically, as well as visually, balanced. [“A lot of times maturing as an artist is just starting to do the things you like to do.” —John Currin during the 2013 Walter Annenberg Lecture on October 29.]
The long and the short of it is that Calder’s heirs are accusing Calder’s agent of Fraud. They said he sold fake Calder’s and stashed many away for himself. I thought that the juiciest bit of gossip was learning that Calder had a secret Swiss bank account into which his dealer deposited all of his earnings. [for complete story in the Times, click here]