Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alice Aycock

This piece, Study For A Town ( circa 1977 ) is on view currently at MoMA. I think she is a really interesting sculptor. This work is said to be influenced by the idea of medieval walled towns, and it reminds me a lot of some of those places in Tuscany. I really like the carpentry work.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Robert Morris

I came across this show recently at Sonnabend Gallery in Soho. The sculptures are made from thick, soft, mostly neutral brown or grey felt, and are hung against the wall by way of sturdy metal grommets. They drape themselves into these beautiful shapes because it is the nature of their material to fall in such a way, but also because of the simple and elegant arrangement of the separate elements. Nothing is hidden about the way these are made, and they are gorgeous.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Couple New Pots

Hans Coper / Met Museum nyc

This is called a thistle pot, and the shape really is just like one. Very minimal iron oxide wash decoration. Coper is one of those fantastic potters whose work will just lasso you over from clear across a room to check it out. I've only been able to see his things in museums, and never yet had the chance to pick one up. They are incredibly elegant, and have the ability to seem sophisticated and "natural" at the same time.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Some bejeweled hands in blue from the Met. You will have to believe me when I say that I did not crop these so that the gold/ochre-colored areas at the right side of both these images would line up exactly. In fact, it was only after I posted them next to each other that I noticed how eerily similar they were. Above is the famous and fabulous lady by Ingres; below is part of a portrait of Henry Geldzahler (equally fab) by Alice Neel. There is something about the crazy energy in the way his thumb is sticking out that really has me wondering if Neel could have been quoting from the Ingres a bit.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

David Gibson

I saw this stoneware jar at the new faculty show at Greenwich House pottery. That knob at the handle top is a small cup. I like this glaze a lot, and the sort of chunky container rim.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

bull-shaped pitcher

A very old, very interesting cylindrical vessel. It must have been a fun thing to use in its day. I saw this at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.