Saturday, February 03, 2007

Targeting art

Local artwork in the neighborhood combined with abstract sunlight. Vaguely reminiscent of Jasper Johns, whose work is featured in a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in DC.

Here’s an excerpt from the Associated Press article about the exhibit:
"When Jasper Johns decided to reinvent himself as an artist in 1954, moving away from abstract expressionism, he destroyed all his work. Perhaps the most notable image he used to start over was the American flag. The target, or bulls-eye, was second. For Johns, the targets are instruments for "seeing across space" and imply that "seeing" is an act of potential violence."

This local art appears more playful than potentially violent, although the lightning bolt may be questionable…

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Here’s a little of what’s playing in other parts of the country:

Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Doug Aitken’s outdoor installation, "Sleepwalkers", which features videos of people from different walks of life displayed on the outside of the museum. It’s only viewable after 5 p.m. Reminds me of old drive-in theaters.
Also on display is a retrospective of Paul Klee’s work.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Featuring Alexander Girard’s designs of furniture, household items, and textiles.
Also, The Art of Design, which focuses on architecture, and industrial and graphic designs, ranging from historic to modern.

Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Fashion photography of the past 100 years, including photos by Edward Steichen and Richard Avedon. Also on view: the 2006 fashion designs from the top Paris designers.

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Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.
– Nido Qubein

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