Tag Archives: The Whitney

Untitled (America)

IMG_4347.jpgUntitled (America) // Felix Gonzalez-Torres // 1994 // twelve light strings, each with forty-two 15-watt lightbulbs and rubber sockets

Cascading down the staircase at The Whitney are strands of glowing lightbulbs. The utilization of lightbulbs is a signature medium for artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. After his partner Ross Laycock died of AIDS in 1991, Gonzalez-Torres created this work, and many others, as a metaphor for life. As the lightbulbs burn, they will eventually die. But not all at once. One might burn out, then months later another. Just as you notice the lightbulbs burning out, you might notice people in your life passing away. The lightbulbs symbolize life and eventual death.

IMG_4300Untitled (America) // Felix Gonzalez-Torres // 1994 // twelve light strings, each with forty-two 15-watt lightbulbs and rubber sockets

 

Black Friday

IMG_4359.jpgBlack Friday // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // digital video, color, sound; 16:36 min  & The Litany // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // Sand, glitter, glass, smartphones, computer screens, tablet computers, and USB cables, with multichannel looped digital video, color & black-and-white, sound; durations variable

In a darkened room a tall, vertical screen looms over a pile of sand scattered with partially working electronics. Various scenes flash on the screen including a mannequin face, people riding escalators and scenes from shopping malls in the Middle East. The video work, titled Black Friday, and the electronic installation titled The Litany, explore  consumerism and the adaptation of the shopping mall into the Gulf Arab nations, something the artist, Sophia Al-Maria, calls “Gulf Futurism.”

img_4351The Litany // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // Sand, glitter, glass, smartphones, computer screens, tablet computers, and USB cables, with multichannel looped digital video, color & black-and-white, sound; durations variable

In Full Swing

img_4316Little Giant Still Life // Stuart Davis // 1950 // oil on canvas

Art is in full swing at The Whitney Museum of American Art, especially with their exhibition of works by Stuart Davis, In Full Swing. Davis combines bright and bold colors with his love of abstraction and consumer slogans and products to create his works such as his champion painting Little Giant Still Life and his material object painting Super Table.

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img_4314Swing Landscape // Stuart Davis // 1938 // oil on canvas

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Place Pasdeloup // Stuart Davis // 1928 // oil on canvas

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Super Table // Stuart Davis // 1925 // oil on canvas

Mirror Cells

FullSizeRender 36Little Lips (Grey) // Liz Craft // 2016 // ceramic

One of the latest exhibitions at The Whitney was a group exhibition titled Mirror Cells which showcased Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Elizabeth Jaeger, Maggie Lee and Win McCarthy. Together these artists use everyday materials such as wood, yarn, clay and aluminum to create works that hark to another world, a utopian society.

IMG_4291Spider Woman I (Stripes) // Liz Craft // 2014 // papier-mâché, yarn & mixed media

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Computer Love // Liz Craft // 2016 // ceramic, aluminum & wood & Spider Woman V (Ceccaldi) // Liz Craft // 2016 // papier-mâché, yarn & mixed media & Spider Woman IV (Fishnets) // 2015 // papier-mâché, yarn & mixed media

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No Where, Now Here // Rochelle Goldberg // 2016 // stainless steel, ceramic, wood, grass & carpet

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Clock (Lavender) // Liz Craft // 2016 // ceramic, aluminum & wood

Virginia Overton

IMG_4337 Untitled (Whitney Sign) // Virginia Overton // 2016 // Fluorescent lights, vinyl & metal

On the balcony of the newly designed Whitney Museum of American Art, Virginia Overton has created a blossoming oasis. Large basins teem with water grass and lilies of brilliant pinks and purples. Two tall windmills tower above providing energy and power to help sustain the potted ecosystems. If the New York summer is too hot for you, Overton brings the outdoors inside with her sculptures and installations.

IMG_4345Untitled (Pneumatic Aquatic Botanic) // Virginia Overton // 2016 // power-coated galvanized-steel windmill aeration systems, painted galvanized-steel tanks, wood benches, water, rubber cable protectors, polyurethane air hose, plants & underwater lights

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 Untitled (Pneumatic Aquatic Botanic) // Virginia Overton // 2016 // power-coated galvanized-steel windmill aeration systems, painted galvanized-steel tanks, wood benches, water, rubber cable protectors, polyurethane air hose, plants & underwater lights

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Untitled (Long View) // Virginia Overton // 2016 // metal pipes, nylon slings, metal shackles & wood

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Untitled (Quartered Pine) // Virginia Overton // 2016 // eastern white pine

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Untitled (Waterfall)  // Virginia Overton // 2016 // trunk with decal, tissue box & white noise machine