Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at MoMA.
Rarely have I had such opposite reactions to two art shows in the same building. It was a member preview for the Good Design show, filled with objects that I usually enjoy seeing, so I went and thoroughly hated the show. Maybe it was me, not MoMA…but this was sad and brown and old. Did I really want to waste more time at the Nauman exhibit, I think that I will probably hate that too. Boy was I wrong, I loved it. I’m now a Bruce Nauman fan. His work is powerful, hard-hitting, rough, full of life and it must have triggered a visceral reaction in me. There’s nothing subtle about Nauman’s work. I liked that for this watercolor, the last of a quartet of museum-people paintings that I have recently produced. That this neon piece of art caused the room to photograph pink was also an unexpected surprise; how could I pass up the chance to paint cool people and all that magenta? This was fun to paint, now I will move on to perhaps a snow scene or something similar in a landscape.
Moral to story: try to look at art in person, not on some iDevice. Be open to things, give it a chance. I am always surprised.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 20″ x 14.25″