the first mvt. is what i’ve been waiting to play in an orchestral environment — exactly how i wanted my orchestra experience to be. the EPIC-ness!!!!!!!
the first few measures of the second movement… couldn’t handle that fuckery. my standpartner thought i was crazy; i’d just look at him with these inexplicable expressions of amazement when the orch. sounded remotely ‘good’.
(why couldn’t we play pieces like this throughout the entire season?!?!?!?!)
“Overcoming the Modern
Dansaekhwa: The Korean Monochrome Movement”
curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Alexander Gray Gallery, 508 W26th St., NYC
In the late 1950s, a disparate number of young Korean artists discarded realism and figuration and adopted a monochromatic palette and artistic techniques that highlighted the flatness of the canvas as a foundation for later accretions and the physicality of the used materials. By the mid-1970s they had become known as Danseakhwa: The Korean Monochrome Movement. The exhibition features paintings and works on paper by some of the leading figures of Danseakhwa: Chung Sang-hwa, Ha Chong-hyun, Hur Hwang, Lee Dong-Youb, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-bo, and Yun Hyong-keun. Through a selection spanning three decades of artistic production, the exhibition highlights the artists’ efforts to make art that defies national identity and cultural production. The movement highlights the struggle between notions of belonging, national identity, and artistic innovation resulting from a negotiation with local cultural specificity and a Western notion of modernity. - thru Mar 29
Lee Ufan, From Line No. 12–12, 1982
Oil and mineral pigment on canvas
“Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe”
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave., NYC (at 89th St)
The first comprehensive retrospective of Italian Futurism in a U.S. museum, the exhibition traces the full development of Futurism in Italy, from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s publication of the Futurist manifesto in 1909 to its demise at the end of World War II. Featuring more than 360 works, including noted paintings and sculptures such as Giacomo Balla’s Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences (1913) and Benedetta’s Syntheses of Communications (1933–34), which has never before been presented in America, the exhibition also examines the Futurists’ efforts to refashion everyday life through advertising, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, photography, poetry, and theater.
Gino Severini, Blue Dancer (Ballerina blu), 1912
Futurist Manifesto from 1909 (photo: Suzanne DeChillo/NY Times)
Benedetta Cappa (photo: Suzanne DeChillo/NY Times)
Ardengo Soffici, Simultaneity and Lyrical Chemistry, 1915 (photo: Suzanne DeChillo/NY Times)