Sunday, May 9, 2010

Whitney Biennial - HC

This was my first time attending the Biennial at the Whitney. I have to say that I really enjoyed it and can not wait for the next one. I came accross a lot of interesting art during my stay. perhaps my favorite artist was Storm Tharp. - I really enjoyed the use of ink in these pieces. I have worked with ink before and I commend Tharp on how awesome these came out. I also really liked how the artist left their swatches on the border rather than cropping it out when framing. - This artists pieces had me awe struck for quite some time. It took me a good 5-10 minutes to decide whether or not it was actually a piece of fabric folded, unfolded, then framed. In reality it was just painted extremely accurately to portray the depth of a wrinkled from being folded, fabric. - This artist for some reason reminded me of Cailin. I think maybe the tremendous amount of cohesion between the colors in his paintings is what reminded me of Cailin. I have always thought that Cailin has a great sense of color harmony. - I think what captivated me most about this arist was their use of a wide range of media. One piece in particular had flies, condoms, cigarette butts, and even blood. - When I saw this piece I could not decide if I actually liked it or not. I have now decided that I really like it. White captures the simplicity of smoke with the complexity of a woven tapestry.

At the end of the day, this exhibit brought more to the table for me than I really thought it would.

Prior to the Biennial, I went to MOMA. Never being there before I was naturally awed when I saw such masters as Dali, Picasso, and even Van Gogh. Although I did enjoy viewing the previous, I really took to seeing Wyeth's "Christina's World". I have always loved this painting and the story behind it. I spent a good 10 minutes just staring at this painting, trying to take it all in. While at MOMA I also got the chance to see Tim Burtons exhibit. Amazing. That is the only word I really have to describe his work.