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CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

“Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water.” Fernand Léger ( February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Composition (The Typographer) Fernand Léger, 1918–19

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum -Composition (The Typographer) Fernand Léger

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Houses under the Trees
Fernand Léger 1913

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum: A look at The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
If you happen to visit New York in the coming weeks and months, I encourage you to spend some time at the upcoming exhibition on CUBISM at The Metropolitan Museum. Spread over seven galleries,  it features 80 works by 4 of its most celebrated Cubist artists: Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris. The exhibition offers a fantastic journey through some of their artwork, curated from Leonard Lauder’s impressive collection, and outlines the genesis of Cubism. It will open to the public on Oct 20 – Feb 16. Make sure to see it as I bet you’ll enjoy the exciting range of artwork in the collection. I loved every minute of it.

In case you’ve forgotten, Mr Leonard Lauder,  Chairman emeritus of Estee Lauder, announced,  in April 2013, that he was making a huge donation of his Cubist art collection worth over $1 billion dollars to The Met Museum. His collection includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Légers and 14 works by Gris and has put The Met Museum in an envious position of becoming a major repository of  Cubist art. Cubism is considered the most influential art movement of the early 20th century and those 4 artists were either co-founders and/or innovative contributors to the movement.  I’ve added a brief history of each artist with links to Wikipedia and The Met Museum where you can learn and see more of the art work.  Do you plan to see the collection? What are your thoughts?

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger  (French) was a painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. He was one the earliest artists to create a form of cubism in his art work.  He was also considered a forerunner of pop art because of  his bold treatment of modern subjects in his art work. Over time, he modified his art to a figurative, populist style. I love his use of bold, strong colors and the seemingly simple yet complex nature of his art.

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Two Nudes
Pablo Picasso 1909, Woman with a book, 1909

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Museum entrance announcing the 4 featured Cubists


Leonard A. Lauder on Collecting Cubism

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Spanish) lived into the 1970’s and some of us were around when he was still alive and creating his art. He was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He spent the bulk of his productive, creative life in France and some people mistakenly assume he was french.  Picasso is credited with developing, exploring, and creating a wide variety of styles; he co-founded the Cubist movement, invented constructed sculpture, and co-invented the art of collage with Georges Braque. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. I’ve always loved his artwork and have been drawn to his African influenced art.

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Bottle, Glass, and Pipe (Violette de Parme) Georges Braque,1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Fruit Dish and Glass
Georges Braque, 1912, Head of a Woman Georges Braque, 1912

Georges Braque  (French) was a highly regarded 20th-century painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor.  Braque invented the papier collé technique which is a form of collage making and you can see the style in the photo above. He also wielded enormous influence through his artistic contributions; particularly his alliance with Fauvism from 1906,  his close association with the work of his colleague Pablo Picasso from 1908 to 1912, and his involvement in the development of Cubism. I’m a huge fan of collage, so you can imagine how much this exhibition and Braque’s art meant to me.

“You are lost, the moment you know what the result will be.” Juan Gris (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Pears and Grapes on a Table
Juan Gris, 1913

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Back of Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan, Juan Gris

José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez  (Spanish) was better known as Juan Gris. Gris was a painter and sculptor. He grew up in Madrid  but spent most of his life living and working in France. He was influenced by Cubism which was seen as the innovative, artistic, genre of his day.  His creative body of work is considered among the  most distinctive of the Cubist movement and, even though he lived for only 40 years, his innovative work remains one of the top artistic expressions of the Cubist period. I found his collection truly inspiring, by virtue of its range and subject matter.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure…

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure Abroad

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure Abroad

When was the last time you observed a toddler at play? What did you notice? When they start to crawl, they explore everything in their path. They delight in picking things apart, pulling things down, discovering things in their surroundings and squealing with joy when a toy does something new and different. That joy is what feeds our spirit of adventure. It is what we sometimes call Beginners Mind; our ability to be open to experiences and see things in a new light. Without a bit of curiosity about life, we stagnate. Wake up in the morning, venture outside and explore places you’ve been too busy to visit. Each photo shared here is the result of an adventure; an exciting outing that produced new things to do, see, and enjoy. It doesn’t have to be dangerous or extreme. You choose.

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” Andre Gide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In the US  and countryside

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In the US and global countryside

When was the last time you took a walk or drive to a new place? What stops you from trying? I live in an area that has trails, hiking paths, rivers, lakes, expansive landscapes, and many opportunities to be outside and see art in all sorts of places. By now, if you visit this blog often, you know I’m a fan of art installations. Why? I love the idea of seeing huge, unusual artwork placed in unlikely places. I call them art from the museum of the street. Each time I come across one, it gives my mind a mental boost; I get to think about what’s in front of me and delight in the effort that went into creating it. Pick a path in your city, town, village and explore it to your heart’s content. Don’t judge or create expectations on the path.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In NYC

Are you living the life of your dreams? What is your excuse? I can’t stress enough how educational and enlightening travel is as a way to expand our life experiences. You don’t have to leave your country, although I would highly recommend it, you can begin with your state and neighboring states. You don’t have to spend a ton of money either. Even a trip to a local museum can take you on a fantastic journey into the past. A painting can transport you to a fascinating landscape that could trigger a desire to visit the place of origin. We don’t have to win the lottery to live our dreams; start where you are and create new experiences that will help sustain your spirit of adventure. Go do it!

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure  This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!

Positive Motivation Tip: Maintain an open, beginners mind and see the world around you in a new, adventurous light. Embrace it with joy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue In Art…

“Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.”  Alfred Hitchcock

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in grafitti

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in graffiti

All of life is in constant dialogue. From our every day conversations with each other, to the display of art to compare or to contrast technique or form, we are surrounded by sounds and images that convey messages. As I thought about this exercise, I had the desire to run out and capture shots that would highlight this constant juxtaposition of sight and sound in artistic dialogue. I wanted to show how the mundane and profane occupy space in our world; sometimes with great difficulty.

Alas, time is my enemy and I can only show you this series and I hope you find meaning in them. The above is striking in its message of artistic infinity; the Keith Haring shots were from the Brooklyn Museum and upper Manhattan; the black and white squares from the Met Museum and the zigzag from my head band. Remember the famous “crack is whack”? Are the above sharing space or competing?

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams. Robert A. M. Stern

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Convex

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Complex forms

In the above, I had to bring in art that finds function near places of work or residences. The red Alexander Calder installations are huge yet they can be found in major cities in the middle of active, busy people living their lives. The smaller red Calder is in Chicago and the bigger one is at Storm King in New York. To reflect, literally, Stern’s comment about home, I thought The Bean in all its majesty is reflecting both people and buildings. Have you seen any of the above? What were your first impressions? Calder’s red structure is powerful and The bean is complex… But tell me your thoughts.
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”  Jane Goodall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

I love the playfulness of this next set of artistic dialogue pieces. If you noticed, that happy cow on the right is alive and well … at Stone Barn Farm in Westchester County. The other metal one is not, but brings great value too because it was auctioned off to help children in Vermont. The woman (a Henry Moore) is giving the finger but, I can assure you, not to the three legged Buddha who remains serene even when life becomes unbelievably complicated that words can’t express it well… In all dialogue, there is the unspoken:Sometimes we hear it clearly and, at other times, we might have to listen with an inner ear; intuitively. What do these photos say to you?
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