Art in Print

Light – one of the great impalpable joys of life

One of Tate Britain’s most visited paintings, John Singer Sargent’s Carnation Lily, Lily, Rose, depicts two girls in the early evening of full summer, standing amid a flower garden lighting paper lanterns. Sargent’s ambition was to capture the brief flush of twilight, but he found the whole process frustrating and wrote to his sister that “paints are not bright enough and then the effect only last 10 minutes”. There is something in Sargent’s painting, and even his exasperation, that I think captures the essence of our relationship with light – how we chase it, revere it, bestow upon it a sense of ceremony and wonder. There is a sweetness in the way we shape our lives around light.
Today then I live in a tall building beside the sea. Some years before Sargent painted his Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, JMW Turner – that “painter of light” declared the skies here “the loveliest in all Europe,” and from my window I watch them move above the harbour, the day’s soft shift of light from the milk-wash of morning to the mild hysteria of sunset. Most days I think of how words fail to capture them, as if the paints are not bright enough and then the effect only lasts 10 minutes.
Via: The Guardian

‘Icons of Modern Art’: Picassos, Matisses, Monet, Oh, My!

Your first visit to Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection, which opened last week at the Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton will strike you with awe. This titanic exhibition assembles 127 works of French painting – by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso and many other artists on the Modernist hit parade.
Icons of Modern Art has been curated by Anne Baldassari, the former director of the Musee Picasso. Beyond its historical consequence, Icons is also a monster exercise in cultural diplomacy and legal wrangling, and one that has not gone wholly according to plan. The principle holders of Shchukin’s paintings, whom the works belong to, have been loath to collaborate in the past, and previous loans to institutions in Western Europe have occasioned restitution claims from Shchukin’s heirs. It has taken some serious glad-hunting, and the intervention of two national governments.
Via: NY Times

Sobey Art Award, A Canadian Contemporary Art Prize, Goes to Jeremy Shaw

Canada’s Sobey Art Award announced that it would give its annual honor – which comes with a $50,000 CAD prize to Yukon-native artist Jeremy Shaw. He beat four other finalists, who will also receive $10,000 CAD each. Although Shaw does indeed hail from Canada, which is the prize’s primary qualification, he has for almost a decade, been based in Berlin, a city that often inspires his work.
Shaw’s works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. He has also had solo shows previous at MoMA PS1 in New York, been included in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the GAK Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst in Breman, German, and is represented by König Galerie in Berlin.
Via: Artnet