I oftentimes write myself notes when I visit a museum or gallery. These are some of the thoughts I jotted down while touring the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this summer.
Mark Bradford - from Scorch Earth
- The idea of "modern art" for work made in 2016 seems silly.
- I need some sense of order or formality.
- Some junk art is junk.
- People love a story.
- Noah Purifoy is new to me.
- The work I see in the big museums is often no better and sometimes less resolved than what I see in regional museums. Not a new thought but good to be reminded.
- I enjoy objects embedded into or onto other objects.
- Humor or irony is +++
- Noah Purifroy - African American. He is a problem solver.
- Build things outdoors so weather impacts much of his (Purifroy) work.
- Wonder full assemblages - Now Dig this Art and Black Los Angeles - 1960-1980
- Kiki Smith - dead birds - this is imagery she uses lots - google it
- Well placed shapes in big space
- Art can be made from anything and the "finish" can be whatever is appropriate for the piece.
- One man forging through the galleries....must be on a schedule.
- Truth or Dare
- I was prepared to hate the new work of artist Mark Bradford based on the images I had seen but love them in person. They are huge, rough, black white, gray. Lots of texture. Complex surfaces. ( Mark Bradford - Scorched Earth )
- This work is elegant, frenetic, clumpy,dirty, orderly, organized, random.
- Very personal process.
- Work is huge.
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