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The MCA strikes gold again with a new retrospective on Merce Cunningham, one of the forefront modern dance artists of our generation. Cunningham is as known for his contemporary dance choreographic innovations as well as for his collaborations with artists from different art forms such as Andy Warhol and Frank Gehry. 

Born in Washington state in 1919, Cunningham followed his heart to NYC and went on to be a soloist for the  Martha Graham Dance company for six years. Afterwards, spending time teaching at Black Mountain College, Cunningham became exposed to different art forms such as theater and visual arts. It was here that he came up with the idea of choreographing to include other disciplines. 

Merce Cunningham Dance Company frequently collaborated with visual artists, architects, designers, and musicians; back then, it was rather pioneering! Over the course of his career, Cunningham choreographed more than 200 dances and over 800 “events,” (site specific) choreographic works. Working to disengage his pieces from being set to music; and in such, springing the music onto the dancers at rehearsal for the first time, Cunningham was able to tell a complete story. So ahead of his time, it's great to see Cunningham's work honored today when people might begin to forget who he was!

Merce Cunningham, 1981.

Image courtesy of: Places Journal, photographed by: Terry Stevenson

Some costumes from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. 

Image courtesy of: The New York Times, photographed by:Gene Pittman

"Common Time" runs at the MCA through April 30th and also, concurrently through July 30th at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center.

Image courtesy of: Concierge Preferred, photographed by: Nathan Keay

If there's one word to describe Cunningham, it'd be "innovative".

Image courtesy of: Chicago Tribune, photograph courtesy of: Alyssa Pointer

Posted in: Culture

From when she first appeared on the scene roughly 20 years ago, people have been drawn (no pun intended) to Cecily Brown. The British-born, New York City-based artist who draws inspirations from a variety of masters such as Edgar Degas and William Hogworth, has been "on fire" with her painting going for asking prices reaching the seven figures.

A recent retrospective, "Rehearsal" was a new view into the artist's process. More than 80 previously unseen drawings were presented at Brown's first ever solo museum exhibition at New York's Drawing Center. How exactly did Brown chose which ones to display from the hundreds of drawings in her procession? Brown thought it best to showcase those that best showcase her close attention to detail and the intricate discovery process she undergoes as she interprets masterworks. Claire Gilman, a curator at the Drawing Center, perhaps said it best, "You can see real sincerity and how deeply felt this process is for her. She is really grappling with every image." We couldn't agree more!

Cecily BrownStrolling Actresses (After Hogarth), 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache and ink, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Cecily Brown.

Here, Ms. Brown derives inspiration from Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" album. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

"Rehearsal", was an amazing retrospective that closed last month, (December, 2016). Brown's drawings have always been very private. She never thought to display them until a curator friend suggested she share her amazing drawings so that people could get a glimpse into her intimate process. We are glad someone was able to convince Brown to do just that!

Image courtesy of: W Magazine

Cecily Brown in her New York City studio.

Image courtesy of: Town and Country Magazine, photographed by: Kevin Trageser

Posted in: Fine Art

There's no mistaking a Piero Fornasetti design object from afar.  They are always bold and graphic and have a surrealist quality to them. 13,000 works were made by this Milanese artist between 1940 and 1980. 

Recently, during Paris Fashion Week, the  Musée des Arts Décoratifs within the Louvre put on a retrospective that drew many familiar faces. Fornasetti's work is fun, creative and whimsical... it's everything fashion and art often isn't. Fornasetti began his career as an artist and drew much inspiration from books. With the thought that no object should be left alone, decorating and adorning soon overtook his works.

You have another month, until June 14th, to view “Piero Fornasetti—The Practical Madness” in Paris. For more information, please click onto Les Arts Decoratifs

A set of Twelve Piero Fornasetti Plates in Four Frutti Pattern, #1 in Series. Courtesy of Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge.

Image courtesy of: InCollect

Placed within the main nave of Les Arts Decoratifs, Fornasetti's magical mind is on display with this example of random and intersecting subjects.

Image courtesy of: Contessanally Blog

This Tea Set and Plate are from Maschere Italiene, circa 1950. Lithograph on porcelain, hand painting.

Image courtesy of: Contessanally Blog


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American artist, Richard Estes, has a way of making his oil paintings look like photographs. His amazingly realistic paintings have, for years, captured the essence of Americana. New York City was Estes' muse... the chaotic city, with all it's many scenes was what made these paintings so remarkable- the millions and millions of stories within each building painted.  

With the use of digital film, Estes photographs his scenes before recreating them on paper. The historical aspect comes in play, for example, in the painting of the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center in the background. Sometimes, he also alters the scenery to create a more interesting portrait. 

Now through February 8th, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is pleased to present, "Richard Estes' Realism". Come pay homage to one of American's earliest, and best, photorealists!

Image courtesy of: Smithsonian Magazine

Posted in: Culture

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