Denise Duong at the Plaza Walls Mural Fest

Art Crawl: the unexpected


(Above: Artist Denise Duong takes a break from her mural)

1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only fully experience in person — like the feeling that the right sister in this painting is a ghost.

Degas: Vision from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Vimeo.

2) Check out my dispatch from the Plaza Walls Mural Expo for Art Review Oklahoma.  If you put that many artists together in one confined alley, you can’t help but expect the unexpected. (full details on where to go and more images in the Art Review).

(above, click on the image for attribution)
015ae610-a4c6-4a9a-98e7-decf27031936-463-00000049e4e3012b_tmp3) At Art Institute Chicago, it’s no surprise the Moholy-Nagy Retrospective outshines any of its promotional images. The web video, however, captures some of the dynamic cast shadows and reflections of light that elevate his work. A side exhibit on his photographic influence adds another dimension.

Whether or not you can get to Chicago by January 9, check out the video at the AIC website.

The image is:  László Moholy-Nagy. Behind the Back of the Gods, 1928. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987, 1987.1100.23. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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