Claude Monet. Museum of Modern Art. Midtown. Water Lilies. 1926. Oil on canvas. French. In 1915 Claude Monet built a large studio near his house about forty-five miles from Paris. He built the studio to create large, elaborate paintings of the lily ponds and gardens he had created on his property. He created these painting between 1915 and 1926, the year of his death at the age of eighty-six.

Claude Monet Water Lilies magnet set.

The old, slow art of the eye and the hand, united in service to the imagination, is in crisis. It’s not that painting is “dead” again—no other medium can as yet so directly combine vision and touch to express what it’s like to have a particular mind, with its singular troubles and glories, in a particular body. But painting has lost symbolic force and function in a culture of promiscuous knowledge and glutting information.
—  Peter Schjeldahl on a new show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Select photographs from the retrospective for the musician Björk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, March 8–June 7, 2015. Photographs by Blair Prentice (iheartmyart).

Divided into three experiences, the exhibition endeavors to give a glimpse into the immense audio and visual landscape created over the last 20 years by the ground breaking experimental musician Björk and her collaborators. 

As visitors enter the museum lobby, they encounter the otherworldly sounds of experimental instruments - a gameleste, pipe organ, gravity harp and Tesla coil - which were created specifically for Björk‘s Biophilia (2011) album. 

Perched above in a pavilion specifically created for the exhibition, the Songlines experience invites the viewer to take an audio-guided journey through Björk’s albums designed to complement the displays of her costumes worn on tour and in music videos. The most intriguing artifacts are Björk’s notebooks which contain the original notes for the lyrics she penned to some of her greatest hits.

The highlight of the exhibition lies in the MoMA commissioned sound and video installation for the song Black Lake from Björk’s new Vulnicura (2015) album. The video features a radiant Björk as she emerges from the depths of a deep cave as she overcomes the deep pain of her breakup with artist Matthew Barney.  


The exhibition Björk will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from March 8–June 7, 2015. 


Photographs by Blair Prentice (iheartmyart)

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