The Artist is Present

April 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Day 6, Portrait 24 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

I spent the last 45 minutes browsing through Marina Abramović’s portraits on the MoMa’s flickr set:  778 photos of people who sat in front of the artist during her performance The Artist is Present. Most sitters spent a lot less than that posing for a portrait (taken by photographer Marco Anelli) while staring at the Yugoslovian artist across a table. Visitors of the Museum and a few known faces (Lou Reed above, Rufus Wainright) were photographed under a bright white light in expressions that vary from emotional to blank – a couple of tears, a occasional smirk. The effect is hypnotic and disturbing.

The number of sitters – and portraits – will keep growing to May 31, last day of the performance. The Artists is Present is a new, original work and mark the longest duration of time that Abramović has performed a single solo piece. You can follow the performance on live video during the Museum hours.

Day 38, Marina Abramović by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Marina Abramović

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Anti-Paintings

October 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

If a painter refuses to paint, is he still a painter? If an artist says that a painting isn’t a painting, what is it? What does it take to make a painting not a painting?

These are the somewhat esoteric questions posed by a new exhibit opening Sunday a the Museum of Modern Art, “Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937.” Miró worked furiously during this decade and the exhibit highlights 12 series created as “anti-paintings,” a way for the artist to rebel against the traditional confines of painting.

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