Lygia Clark: The Geography of Hagiography

Lygia Clark at MoMA

                    Is Lygia Clark’s oeuvre another case of the oeuvre with a caesura? If so, Clark (1920-1988) got it backwards. You are supposed to start out avant-garde, like some artists I dare not name, and then end up producing Almost Art. It look like art, it smells like art, but something is missing. At least it is saleable. Clark, a goddess of the avant-garde, started out with decades of Almost Art. … [Read more...]

An Unkind Cut: Art of Another Kind at the Guggenheim

Yves Klein: Large Blue Anthropometry,1960

                              “Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949—1960” (Guggenheim Museum to Sept. 12) consists primarily of artworks collected by the Guggenheim before the 1959 opening of its Frank Lloyd Wright building on Fifth Avenue. This odd and in some ways adventurous exhibition is a trip back in time, a survey of works promoted by … [Read more...]

Poop Art: Manzoni Sono Buoni

                         Piero Manzoni: Merda d'artista, 1961   When the Shit Hits the Fan       1. Let's get it over with, right here at the beginning: excrement, feces, crap, poo-poo, doo-doo, ca-ca, poop, turds, shit. Notice how so many of the words are baby-talk. Like Dada.   2. "A wonderful fertilizer -- money." -- Percival "Money Bags" Montgomery Hower (played by Clyde Fillmore) in … [Read more...]