THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
This week I toned things down quite a bit, focusing on white or neutral colored artworks after the bright colorful few weeks prior. And after a lot of abstraction focus last week, I focused on work that has a certain recognizable quality to it, even if still abstracted in form, but particularly a bit more figurative. Mid week I ended up having a fantastic conversation about figurative abstraction at The Met Breuer and the trends that come and go in the Art World with past interviewee Armita Raafat. It does seem like we’re seeing a lot more figurative work in contemporary Art than in recent years, these are just a few that I think are doing a killer job with that.
This is actually an earlier work than the one I posted, but very similar by artist Lalla Essaydi. She combines photography with calligraphy in most of her work. In her statement she writes “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses — as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.” ⠀⠀⠀
Anna Uddenberg is an artist to keep an eye on! I particularly like this series which is slightly less obvious in its body representations which are contorted into furniture parts in large sculptures, but she has some great figurative pieces that address the female body and stereotypes in more overt ways too. If you haven’t yet, check her out!
Wow. This show is absolutely stunning. They set up the space so that you follow a meandering path discovering different sets of these looming larger than life sculptures that seem to be a blend of genders, their own unique breed and almost floral at times. She had ceramic and bronze sculptures as well but the textile pieces were my personal favorite. I left feeling super inspired.
After seeing the show at the MET Breuer and my lovely conversation about contemporary figurative abstraction, I couldn’t help but think of other recent shows done in a similar fashion. Ann Shostrom’s show at Elizabeth Harris Gallery came straight to mind, but so did recent shows like Bonnie Collura at Smack Mellon (see post) and Patricia Ayres (see post) and Adejoke Tugbiyele (see post).
This piece by Liza Lou was made by herself and her team of Zulu bead workers in the townships of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. The Corning Museum says it “is a work about work, about process, about finding meaning in the everyday, and about managing many hands to create something that could not be made by one person alone.”
This was a bit of a literal selection for this days post as I was needing to be at a place called “Strong Rope” and seemed appropriate for the day.
I love featuring artists that are both emerging as well as established and most are somewhere in between. Zemer is an artist I’ve followed for some time, and it’s been fascinating to see her work progress and her following just explode. Not only do I love her work, but how willing she is to share her process which is so engaging to watch! If you haven’t yet, check her out.
My original plan was to end the week with the exquisite works of Petah Coyne, selecting this piece in particular as I felt it lead into my plan for next week, but I love so much of her work, it was really hard to narrow down just one to post. Then with the way our week ended, it almost feels like a memorial wreath of sorts. That wasn’t planned, just happend that way.
All too familiarly, we ended the week with not one but two mass shootings ….again. It dawned on me this time that this has become so normal that the news breaks for commercial, as if it were any other news story. Sickened that politicians still say the same old tired excuses that “this isn’t the right time to talk about gun control.” Because not doing anything and not saying anything is obviously working so well. I thought Justine captured it well. Money is so intertwined with guns.