Amazing as it seems, another year has passed, and again, where did that one go? I had a lot of fun, some very good food, traveled a bit, but most important for this post I saw a lot of art; of varying degrees of competency, but it’s all good to me.
This past weekend I saw the Grace Hartigan exhibit at the C. Grimaldi Gallery here in Baltimore and was pleasantly surprised. For some time Hartigan has been painting large watercolors and great washy dripping oils of single figures, an hommage to prominent women throughout history. Many of these works seem effortless, and that may be why I’m at times left wanting more. Hartigan’s hand is masterful; several pieces in this exhibit have some fabulous moments where areas of overlapping washes of purples, magenta, and reds are accented by strokes of white, like icing on a cake. I love icing.
It’s difficult to move on when you’ve had such an illustrious career. I’m smitten by her painting from the 50s and early 60s, such as Modern Cycle (shown above) and For Frank O’Hara which are part of the Smithsonian's collection. In those early years this feisty artist had no problem keeping up with the boys. Now she's 85 and, thankfully, still producing a steady stream of work; the boys are gone, so now it's Hartigan and Frankenthaler: lucky us.
As for my Five Favorite Shows of the Year, it's not easy and it turns out to be all museum exhibits:
Cheers to many more exhibits to post about. Congratulations to Ionarts for hitting the 3000th post in 2007. Good health, great food, and much peace to all our readers in 2008.