CONTEST: Celebrate Sol LeWitt’s 84th birthday (yesterday, Sept 9) by baking or decorating your own LeWitt-inspired birthday cake! Winner gets a MASS MoCA tshirt (and endless bragging rights). Photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 16.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Teresita Fernández and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Stephanie Barron.
Fernández has created a major new series of installations for MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Titled “As Above So Below,” the exhibition moves through the museum’s architecture to create enormous vistas and smaller, more intimate moments with sculpture. The show includes three large-scale installations that are informed by Fernández's interest in landscape, art about landscape, and our perception of landscape, including Black Sun, Sfumato (Epic) and Lunar (Theatre). Curated by Denise Markonish, “As Above So Below” is on view through March, 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a sleek, handsome 96-page book.
This is Fernandez's Black Sun as installed at MASS MoCA. Click to expand it to 1,200px wide.
In 2005 Fernández received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship, and she currently serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MOCA North Miami, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Artpace, the ICA Philadelphia, Castello di Rivoli outside Turin, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and others.
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Teresita Fernández (@teresitafz) created As Above So Below in response to the old factory space that houses the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (@massmoca) as well as the light that surrounds it. “The color in the works is meant to radiate a glowing light that changes with the tone of daylight pouring in through the windows of the space,” the artist says. “In many ways, the shapes and color of the works are like cinematic dissolves that seem ephemeral.”
The vivid colors and monumental scale of the works make them popular to photograph. “All of the works in the show deal with the idea of the viewer as a figure in the landscape,” Teresita says. “Visitors have captured that sensibility and played with that idea in their own photographs.”
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Do you know who created these eerie jars of light for us, and when?
Update: Thanks for answering, as always! This piece is called “Room of the Host” and is by artist Lim Young-Sun. It was featured in our 2000 exhibit “Unnatural Science.”
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Jason Middlebrook and art historian David Anfam.
This summer MASS MoCA is presenting the exhibition “Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape.” Curated by Susan Cross, it will be on view through April 7, 2014. The show continues Middlebrook’s examination of the intersection between the man-built environment and nature, especially the incursion of one into what seems to be the domain of the other. The show includes a hanging, Fallingwater-recalling mobile made from discarded material and many of his painted planks, which juxtapose abstract natural forms against painted abstractions.
This is one of those planks: Once Again a Version of Nature Through My Eyes (2011).