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Stopped in my tracks….

So, there I was, enjoying the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, wandering from Walker Evans to Louise Bourgeoise  when I was stopped in my tracks by this work of art…..

Wedding Portrait, 2012, Njideka Akunyili Crosby

It was such a compelling piece that a complete stranger and I struck up a conversation.  We were both excited about the image, (acrylic paint, pastel,coloured pencil, marble dust, transfers and custom fabric on paper) and wanted to share our enthusiasm and admiration for Wedding Portrait.

If you’re interested, take a few moments to look at my photo of the artwork (which, of course, doesn’t do it justice.)  Notice the shapes, the layering, the negative spaces…..it’s a work beautifully composed.  It’s intriguing to have the face of the (presumed) groom absent, even though the other figures focus on him.

Click here for a link to Akunyili Crosby’s website.  There are many more images to savour there.

The Baltimore Museum of Art opened a solo show of her work today!   Front Room:  Njideka Akunyili Crosby / Counterparts closes March 18, 2018. That gives us plenty of time to plan a trip to Maryland.


Romare Bearden

In my last post, I mentioned the artist, Romare Bearden.  I first became aware of him on a long ago visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art.  The show of prints was stunning:  strong colours used in abstracted scenes, such as jazz musicians playing.

He was an incredible artist, working in a large variety of media.  His collage work is notable, and was used on the covers of Fortune and Time magazine in 1968.  His artist talent spread to many areas of the arts, including creation of set and costume design for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

He has been an inspiration for thousands of people.  Brad Marsalis released an album (with an all star line-up) titled Romare Bearden Revealed.

Currently, the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire, and the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco are presenting shows of his works.