Leon Polk Smith – Hiding in Plain Sight at Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

March 12th, 2021
  • “Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight” installation view, Photo: Heard Museum, Craig Smith

    Leon Polk Smith Hiding in Plain Sight

    Heard Museum, Leon Polk Smith – Hiding in Plain Sight on display through May 31, 2021.

    (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)

  • (Artforum Spotlight Heard Museum)

  • Leon Polk Smith Foundation

    Lisson Gallery – Leon Polk Smith

    wiki- Leon Polk Smith

    Artnet – Leon Polk Smith

    Leon Polk Smith was a Cherokee American painter known for works which blended Native American design and hard-edge geometrically-oriented abstract paintings on unframed canvases of unusual shapes. While his style had originally been inspired by artists such as Piet Mondrian, he took geometric abstraction a step further, cultivating the Hard-Edge and Minimal painting styles in the late 1950s. “I can’t imagine that there is an end to space. It tells us that we are to keep going, to be optimistic,” he commented on his conceptual exploration of space through art. Smith was born on May 20, 1906 and grew up on farms and ranches among Choctaw and Chickasha Native American communities in present-day Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State College (now East Central University) with the intention of becoming a teacher and then moved to New York City in 1936 to study at Columbia University’s Teachers College. It was there that he was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s paintings and Constantin Brâncuși and Jean Arp’s sculptures at the Gallatin Collection. While his early art career utilized Surrealist and Expressionist styles, he developed his own style over time that leaned more towards Modernism. In 1954, he produced a series of tondos, which helped to place him at the forefront of movements such as Hard-Edge, Color Field, and Minimalism. One of his most famous works is a series of modular paintings he created in 1967 known as The Constellations, each of which comprised multiple canvases that could be arranged in different configurations, making the walls they were hung up on meaningful parts of the installations. His works have been exhibited in museums all over the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, MACBA in Buenos Aires, and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Smith passed away on December 4, 1996 in New York City.

  • RE: Carmen Herrera and Leon Polk Smith

    In 1939 she moved to New York and swiftly made connections in the Downtown art scene: Barnett Newman and Leon Polk Smith become lifelong friends. (via)

    Carmen Herrara is 105 years old today.

    A virtual talk, a deeper look at Leon Polk’Smith’s artistic practice (Youtube)

  • Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021)

    March 7th, 2021
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  • (Michinoku)

    Focus art of Toko Shinoda

    Toko Shinoda wiki

  • Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021) was a Japanese artist working with sumi ink paintings and prints. Her art merged traditional calligraphy with modern abstract expressionism. A 1983 interview in Time magazine asserted “her trail-blazing accomplishments are analogous to Picasso’s”.[1] Shinoda’s works have been exhibited at the Hague National Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Art Museum, and other leading museums of the world.

  • See more from Artnet – Toko Shinoda

  • Shinoda Masahiro (retired filmmaker, husband of Shima Iwashita)is her cousin – (via Asahi )

    Goodbye Arturo Di Modica – Sculptor of Charging Bull on Wall Street

    February 22nd, 2021
  • Artforum obit

    Sicilian sculptor Arturo Di Modica died on February 19 in his hometown of Vittoria, Italy, at the age of eighty, following a years-long battle with cancer, his dealer Jacob Harmer confirmed. Di Modica, who operated outside the confines of the traditional art world for most of his career, is most widely known for his massive bronze 1989 sculpture Charging Bull, which has greeted passersby in New York’s Bowling Green for more than thirty years.

  • Early Days At The Studio Di Modica On Crosby Street, Which Arturo Built From The Ground Up With His Own Hands.

    Charging Bull

    Arthur Di Modica wiki

    Di Modica received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1999.

    (Arturo Di Modica 1970, Henry Moore Inspired Bronze)

    (via -Wikiwand)

    RIP Barry Le Va – (1941 – 2021)

    January 26th, 2021
  • (Barrt Le Va on Center on Edge Shatter

  • Artforum obit

    Barry Le Va, a leading practitioner of Process, post-Minimal, and post-studio art whose sculptures and installations investigated the order of chaos and vice versa, has died at age seventy-nine, according to New York’s David Nolan Gallery, which represents the California-born artist. Gaining renown in the 1960s with innovative sculptures that he called “distributions,” in which a variety of materials were dispersed on the floor, Le Va was seemingly influenced more by mystery novels than by traditional art history, and helped redefine the medium of sculpture through his explorations of procedure, unconventional materials, two-dimensional space, impermanence, and chance.


  • How to Understand Hélio Oiticica – His Organze Delirium

    January 12th, 2021
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    Hélio Oiticica (July 26, 1937 – March 22, 1980)

    Hélio Oiticica (Portuguese: [ˈεlju ɔjtʃiˈsikɐ]; ) was a Brazilian visual artist, sculptor, painter, performance artist, and theorist, best known for his participation in the Neo-Concrete Movement, for his innovative use of color, and for what he later termed “environmental art”, which included Parangolés and Penetrables, like the famous Tropicália.[1] Oiticica was also a filmmaker and write

  • Story of Helio Oiticica and Tropicalia Movement (See a video from Tate. org UK)

  • Helio Oiticica to Organize Delirium

    How to Understand Hélio Oiticica’s Journey From Art Visionary to Coke Dealer and Back Again

    (Hélio Oiticica parading with the Samba School Estação Primeira de Mangueira, Rio de Janeiro, circa 1965-1966. Courtesy the Hélio Oiticica project.)

  • Hélio Oiticica – Dance in My Experience

    Lisson Gallery

  • Passing of Art Critic & Historian of Modern Art Barbara Rose at 84.

    December 28th, 2020
  • Artforum obit
    Artnews Obit

    via (scroll down)

  • See the photo of Barbara Rose and Frank Stella with Barnet Newman and others here

  • (Barbara Rose)

    Deborah Solomon

    A fond farewell to Barbara Rose, the great art historian, art critic, nurturer of talent, Spainophile, and walking Britannica of 20th century art—she died on Friday at age 84. RIP

  • What Critic Barbara Rose Did for Modern Art?

    Through her practice, Rose helped define the major art movements of the latter half of the twentieth century, while consistently advocating for painting, a medium which many at the time claimed was dead. Exploring postwar art and its contradictions, she wrote about culture with an authority informed by her close friendships with two generations of artists in New York and abroad. She will also be remembered as the critic who championed Minimalism during the 1970s and a great promoter of art made by women.
    Throughout her career, Rose continually worked to advance the art careers of women. In 1971, she wrote the first major monograph on Helen Frankenthaler and, in 1983, she organized the first museum retrospective of Lee Krasner’s work. She also furnished the text for definitive monographs on Magdalena Abakanowicz, Nancy Graves, Beverly Pepper and Niki de Saint Phalle.

    Magdalena Abakanowicz (previous post)
    Barbara Rose wrote a book on Magdalena Abakanowicz.
    Barbara Rose championed these artists.
    Susan Rothenberg
    Bevery Pepper, A Sculptor of Monumental Lightness

    Ron Gorchov

    Ed Moses

    Elizabeth Murray

  • Barbara Rose Wiki/Legacy/

    In October 1965, Rose published the essay “ABC Art” in Art in America magazine, in which she described the fundamental characteristics of minimal art. In her essay, Rose considered the diverse roots of minimalism in the work of Kasimir Malevich and Marcel Duchamp as well as the choreography of Merce Cunningham, the art criticism of Clement Greenberg, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and the novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet. In examining the historical roots of minimal art in 1960s America, Rose drew a distinction between Malevich’s “search for the transcendental, universal, absolute” and Duchamp’s “blanket denial of the existence of absolute values”.[17] Rose further argued in “ABC Art” that minimalist sculpture was at its best when it was inhospitable to its audience: “difficult, hostile, awkward and oversize”.[18]

    Rose grouped some 1960s artists as closer to Malevich, some as closer to Duchamp, and some as between the two; she argued that the work of some minimalists constituted a “synthesis” of Malevich and Duchamp.[13] Closer to Malevich were Walter Darby Bannard, Larry Zox, Robert Huot, Lyman Kipp, Richard Tuttle, Jan Evans, Ronald Bladen, Anne Truitt. Closer to Duchamp were Richard Artschwager and Andy Warhol. Between Malevich and Duchamp she placed Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Dan Flavin. Her conclusion was that minimal art is both transcendental and negative:
    The art I have been talking about is obviously a negative art of denial and renunciation. Such protracted asceticism is normally the activity of contemplatives or mystics…Like the mystic, in their work these artists deny the ego and the individual personality, seeking to evoke, it would seem, the semihypnotic state of blank unconsciousness.[19]
    She also contrasted minimal art with Pop Art:
    …if Pop Art is the reflection of our environment, perhaps the art I have been describing is its antidote, even if it is a hard one to swallow.[20]
    Rose is also credited with having popularize the term Neo-Dada.

    Dennis Oppenheim

  • Carl Andre’s hilarious Barbara Rose Interview

  • Barbara Rose filmography

    See Barbara’s loft from here.

  • Artist, Grace Knowlton (1932–2020)

    December 25th, 2020
  • Grace Knowlton – Homepage

    Steel Twists

    Grace Knowlton (1932–2020) was an American sculptor who was known for her outdoor sculptures.
    She studied privately with Kenneth Noland.

    My sculptures are closed spherical forms of various materials – clay, concrete, styrofoam and paint, steel and copper. They are created by an ancient technique involving the laying on of hands.

    Drawing is the most direct and vital of the art forms. It can be powerful, yet questioning; tentative, yet full of conviction.
    read knowlton’s essay: “How to Draw Wrong”

    Happy Covid Christmas -2020

    December 21st, 2020
  • Tree

  • Soviet Santa (How Santa Survived the Soviet Era)

  • Edgard Varese, Frank Zappa Connection
    Frank Zappa – Birth date, December 21
    Edard Varese – Birth date, December 22

  • See Marilyn as a streetwalker with Charles Laughton

    Goodbye Suh Se Ok, Korea’s Art Abstract Pioneer

    December 6th, 2020

  • (Dancing Two People)


    See more at artnet


    Art News Obit

    Artist Suh Se Ok, Pillar of Korean Contemporary Painting, Dies at 91

    Effie Gray, Portrait of Ruskin, & Bronte Sisters

    December 4th, 2020
  • Effie Gray wiki – scripted by Emma Thompson

  • “Effie Gray is more than just an ordinary costume drama”

  • Ruskin Effie Marriage

    Portrait of John Ruskin by Millais

  • Bronte family biography

    Brontes Sisters

  • Brontes Sisters – Modern Family – art forum

    Sensitive to the extreme limits the Brontë sisters faced owing to their sex, Téchiné is careful not to overdramatize the fact that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all published, in 1847, their first novels under male pseudonyms (becoming, respectively, the “brothers” Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell). The director’s insistence on understatement—though never at the expense of diminishing the anguish and thwarted desire the sisters endured during their too-short lives (all died before reaching the age of forty)—clearly guided the performances as well.

    Roland Barthes as an actor

    Roland Barthes

    Noguchi Sculpture for White House Rose Garden

    November 24th, 2020
  • Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s piece, titled “Floor Frame,” is displayed in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Washington. Noguchi is the first Asian American artist to be featured in the White House collection, according to the first lady and the White House Historical Association. He died in 1988. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Noguchi Sculpture for the White House Rose Garden

    Art News

    Isamu Noguchi’s American Story: How a Small Sculpture Made a Big Impact at the White House

    Previous post (Isamu Noguchi, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, + tea ceremony with Charlie Chaplin etc)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    RIP Aldo Tambellini, Pioneered Electric Intermedia

    November 13th, 2020
  • Aldo TambelliniHe pioneered electronic intermedia, and is a painter, sculptor, and poet. He died at age 90, in 2020.

    Art news Obit

    Guardian Obit

    Aldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New York.

    Aldo Tambellini (born 29 April 1930) is an Italian American artist.

  • (R)evolution in Art & Physics: The All-Round Genius of Aldo Tambellini

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