Two images I took at the now closed Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 continue to attract my attention, even now, five months after taking them. Ray’s “Sleeping Woman” (2012) is a startling achievement, at once awe-inspiring and intimate.
The exposed waistband of her briefs. That detail that slays me.
The title of today’s post comes from a passage in Will Self’s 2013 interview with Ray.
Since first reading about Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Bronze Bowl with Lace, I have known that I’d want to see the sculpture as soon after its installation at the Art Institute as possible. Set against the October blue sky, the work was absolutely breathtaking.
The above are images taken at the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit “Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels,” which features more than seventy works from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
Of particular interest at the Art Institute of Chicago last week:
■ Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 (images above)
■ Jean-Luc Mylayne: Mutual Regard (no images in this post)
■ Jackson Pollock’s Greyed Rainbow, 1953 (image detail above)
■ The Honoré-Victorin Daumier “heads” (one pictured above)
■ Conservation Live: Francis Picabia’s “Edtaonisl”
■ Indian Art of the Americas (images above)