The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced Björk, a massive retrospective dedicated to the Icelandic singer and global musical icon. MOMA Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach spearheaded the project, which will feature elements from Björk’s twenty year solo career, including costumes, instruments, and performances. Biesenbach said in a press release that “Björk is an extraordinarily innovative artist whose contributions to contemporary music, video, film, fashion, and art have had a major impact on her generation worldwide.”

(via MOMA To Host Björk Retrospective : Björk Opens March 2015 | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St., NYC

Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010) was one of the most voraciously experimental artists of the twentieth century. This retrospective is the first to encompass the unusually broad range of mediums he worked with during his five-decade career, including painting, photography, film, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, television, performance, and stained glass, as well as his constant, highly innovative blurring of the boundaries between these mediums. Masquerading as many different artists—making cunning figurative paintings at one moment and abstract photographs the next—he always eluded easy categorization.


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.


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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The old, slow art of the eye and the hand, united in service to the imagination, is in crisis. Itโ€™s not that painting is โ€œdeadโ€ againโ€”no other medium can as yet so directly combine vision and touch to express what itโ€™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.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann recently visited MoMA with his sketchbook and camera, and we got a peek at some of the images he created. We’ll be posting a selection over the next few days on the MoMA Instagram feed

[Alberto Giacometti. Tall Figure, III. 1960. Photograph and illustration: Christoph Niemann (@abstractsunday)]