Happy birthday to Joan Miró, born on this day in 1893. The Spanish artist once said, “Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.” We love the exuberant colors in this still life from 1920, which shows both the influence of Cubism on his early work and elements such as the horse which reflect his Catalan background.
Meet artist Maira Kalman this Saturday! Purchase a signed copy of her new MoMA book Girls Standing on Lawns and snap a picture on a special “lawn.” This event takes place in the museum lobby from 11 am to 12:30 pm.
first exhibition ever organized to focus exclusively on Raymond Pettibon’s ‘surfer paintings,’ bringing together forty works spanning a quarter century of the artist’s career. Since the 1970s, Los Angeles-based artist Raymond Pettibon has been metabolizing America - its history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality - in a barrage of drawings and paintings in a style born of comic books and the “do-it-yourself” aesthetic of Southern California punk rock album-covers, concert flyers, and fanzines. Limning a dizzying array of topics with his distinctive combinations of image and text, Pettibon has created a vocabulary of symbols that reappear consistently if enigmatically across his oeuvre. - thru May 17
In this intriguing painting, two nude men walk through a field picking flowering plants with human heads. Personifications of the sun and moon appear among the dark clouds above them. The premise context of this scene remains unknown and it may have originated from an ancient Indian folktale, now lost.
On the other hand, perhaps the artist intended to illustrate a variation on an episode from an ancient Middle Eastern tale featuring the Waqwaq tree. According to one account, the Waqwaq tree grows in a faraway land a bears fruit with human faces. This theme was also taken up in a medieval Persian story in which the ripened fruit of a magical tree fell to the ground and matured into man’s heads.