Yinka Shonibare, Leisure Lady (With Ocelots), 2001
From the National Museum of African Art:
Shonibare has made a number of works engaged with leisure pursuits and their attendant associations of class, from his depiction of a British fox hunt to sculptures of exquisitely attired children and adults fishing, riding unicycles and walking on stilts—the latter a playful expression of their elevated social status. As the artist says, “To be in a position to engage in leisure pursuits, you need spare time and money buys you spare time. Whilst the leisure pursuit might look frivolous … my depiction of it is a way of engaging in that power.”
Leisure Lady (with ocelots) features a “lady of leisure” promenading ostentatiously with her three leashed wild cats. Nineteenth-century fashionability, exoticism and the taming or subordination of nature are themes embodied in this work. It is no coincidence that the patterning on the Dutch wax costume worn by Shonibare’s leisure lady features clocks—a symbol of time and its rich abundance.
3:47 pm • 1 August 2012 • 160 notes
George Segal - Couple on a Black Bed
10:24 am • 31 July 2012 • 6 notes
Ghost, Ghost II, 2009
Polyurethane (fourteen parts)
30 3/8 x 33 1/2 x 24 5/8 inches
(77 x 85 x 62.5 cm)
9:37 am • 30 July 2012 • 55 notes
Barbara Kruger on artnet Auctions
Untitled (Belief + Doubt = Sanity) combines Barbara Kruger’s bold text and graphics to appear like the propaganda posters that have become Kruger’s signature.
Suggesting themes of struggle, power, and control, Kruger’s image addresses complicated issues such as desire, sexism, and consumerism, and encourages the viewer to question their own perceptions of these taboo topics.
4:18 pm • 29 July 2012 • 26 notes
Tracey Emin - Sometimes the Dress is Worth More Than the Money (still)
6:49 pm • 27 July 2012 • 12 notes
Here’s artist Tracey Emin with the London 2012 Olympic Flame in the gallery at Turner Contemporary in Margate, where her current homecoming exhibition is open as part of the London 2012 Festival.
6:35 pm • 27 July 2012 • 7 notes
Jacob Lawrence, Dreams No. 2, 1965
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Jacob Lawrence was inspired by the women in his Harlem neighborhood. Like his own mother, they worked hard to support their families and survived on very little money. In this painting a girl rests on a chair in front of two large windows. In one, a tall, elegant lady stands with a bouquet of flowers and in the other, a bride and groom dance and throw confetti. Windows and doorways were focal points of New York’s brownstone neighborhoods, creating a link to life on the streets outside. But the bride and groom are clearly in a landscape beyond the city, and in this sense the windows have become screens onto which the young woman projects her fantasies.
6:34 pm • 27 July 2012 • 268 notes
Marisol, Women and Dog, 1964
From the Whitney’s Audio Guide:
MAXWELL ANDERSON: The four figures in this group of lifesize sculptures by Marisol are self-portraits of the artist. Attached to the wooden head of the woman with the green skirt and pink blouse is a black and white photograph of the artist. The two women with revolving faces are plaster casts of the artist’s face.
MARISOL: They’re a casting of my face. It’s plaster. They always come out different. But this is myself as a child, the small one.
MAXWELL ANDERSON: In 1964, the year Marisol made this work, she also created a sculpture called The Party, in which she plays the host and all of the guests, a work called The Dinner Date, in which she dines with herself, and in a work called The Wedding, she marries herself.
This playful spirit also guides her imaginative combinations of materials. In addition to the wood, plaster, and the black and white photograph, Marisol used found objects—such as the little girl’s pink bow or the handbag of the woman on the far left. And, of course, it’s hard to miss the taxidermy dog’s head. She particularly enjoys working with wood and continues to create sculpture made out of pieces she buys or finds on the street.
MARISOL: There’s no end to gluing and cutting and sanding.
4:58 pm • 27 July 2012 • 11 notes