Currently @ the MFA in Boston
February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment
One of the great advantages of living near the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is that I can drop everything and visit this sanctuary of priceless works of art that spans throughout history. After being out of town for a few months I visited the museum as a spontaneous decision not expecting to see much change in the exhibits, but I was pleasantly surprised.
In the Clementine Brown Gallery is an exhibit of over 50 works on paper by New York artist Terry Winters. The power and strength of the imagery hit me as soon as I walked into the gallery.
As a printmaker I was particularly interested in this Folio series of lithographs. The prints are impressive while viewing them in person which reveals more clearly the complexity of the multiple layers of ink. Even the black inks are more than one black, along with white and silver inks.
This exhibit alone was well worth the trip as I was inspired by the organic imagery and technicality of the artistic processes. Simplicity merged with complexity is visual compelling.
A Making Modern exhibit is currently on view in several galleries in the Americas Wing of the museum. It features several important pieces of Modern Art from the 2oth century. This small painted sketch (approx. 8″x10″) by Georgia O’Keefe was a personal favorite as it encompasses an ethereal landscape while verging on the abstract.
Another favorite was this illustrative painting by Stuart Davis. Apparently it belongs to a series of work inspired by the streets of Paris that where visited by Davis in 1928. Although he never returned to Paris this style of painting architectural compositions with thick paint in a two-dimensional style continued throughout his career.
Any opportunity to explore Frida Kahlo along with her friends and family is thought-provoking. One of the galleries has a display of various photos by well-known photographers, sketches by Diego Rivera and the recently acquired Dos Mujeres painting by Kahlo altogether that creates a clearer vision of her life and times.
Although I’m not very familiar with the work of Helen Torr, this smaller painting by her drew me in to investigate further. She was the wife of artist Arthur Dove and they lived and worked together for many years in Long Island, New York.
In the Frances Vrachos and Mary Stamas Galleries are the Wilson/Cortor exhibits through August 6, 2017. These two artists where dedicated to the exploration of the African American experience through their art. This particular sketch was by John Wilson that was used in the 15-year development of a bronze head sculpture entitled Eternal Presence that was commissioned in 1982 and completed in 1987 for the grounds of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury, MA.
These are just a few of my favorite pieces currently on view at the MFA. To truly appreciate these works I recommend visiting the museum in person to be genuinely inspired.