PICASSO’S LADIES

PICASSO’S LADIES

As a young man Picasso (Spain, 1881–1973) got inspired by Iberian and African art. Compelled to make something new he left the conventional way of making art behind and created Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907)A portrait of five prostitutes looking provocative at you, some with an african mask-face. Their bodies are wild, sharp and geometric. This painting was the first step to what we now know as cubism and the modern way of painting.

Les Demoiselles d_Avignon

When I visited the MoMa (New York) and came across this painting the first thing I noticed was how big it is. It measures 243.9 by 233.7 cm. There’s a lot of pink, because of all the nakedness. A strange beat is the bowl of fruit on the bottom that mimics the shapes of the women.

This is a painting to put on your bucket list.

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POLLOCK

POLLOCK

One: Number 31, 1950 by Jackson Pollock (1912-56).

A reason I wanted to visite the USA was to look at American art. So I was very exited to see my first Jackson Pollock painting at the MoMA. And it’s a big one, 269.5 by 530.8 cm.

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PUMPKIN

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin, 2016 by Yayoi Kusama (Japan, 1929).

Pumpkins represent a source of radian energy to artist Kusama. Growing up she was surrounded by this beloved vegetable in her family’s seed nursery in Japan. I found this spotted beauty in the courtyard of the Hirshhorn (Washington, USA).
You might also recognize Kusama from her infinity mirror rooms, the use of (polka) dots and her collaboration with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

“Pumpkins bring about poetic peace in my mind. Pumpkins talk to me.” 

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FUTURE BODIES – Bart Hess

FUTURE BODIES – Bart Hess

Bart Hess (1984 Geldrop/The Netherlands) is an amazing artist who draws inspiration on the human body. He likes to experiment with modern techniques and materials. You can find his projects all over the internet as pictures and videos.
Het Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch has an overview of his past 10 years, Future Bodies (24 jun – 1 okt 2017).

Top photo: Echo (2011)
2-4 photos: Background, Shaved (2011); Circel, Lucyandbart (2008)
Last photo: the Grotto (2015)

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UNCERTAIN JOURNEY – Chiharu Shiota

UNCERTAIN JOURNEY – Chiharu Shiota

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (Osaka, 1972) was the 2015 sensation of the Venetian Biënnale. Het Noordbrabants Museum hosted her first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, Between the Lines (24 jun – 15 okt 2017).
She made the installation Uncertain Journey especially for this museum. This giant web installation is a symbol for the connections we all make together in our lives.

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