Friday, 6 November 2009
Utopian Machinery the proof
Having just posted the piece below I went on to read the review of the Bauhaus exhibition at MOMA in New York.
Johans Itten Kunst de Farbe 50 x 50 work on paper courtesy of Seeman publishers
I was interested to see this endorsement and push of the constructivist aesthetic by MOMA. www.moma.org. I wasn't aware that the modernist attitude was being supported by the major institutions. Naiveté...moi? Here is a sample of the review "Finding a Bit of Animal House" by NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF in the New York Times posted today.
"A big surprise is how much of the school’s mission still feels relevant, from the effort to come to terms with mind-bending technological advances to the desire to serve an audience beyond the usual cultural elites. It’s true this mission was pursued with an optimism that would be hard to conjure today, but if the show has a message, it’s that a little naiveté can be productive."
The full review can be found here http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/arts/design/06bauhaus.html
Kazimir Malevich (Russian, born Ukraine. 1878–1935.)
Suprematist Composition: Airplane Flying. (1915; dated 1914)
Oil on canvas, 22 7/8 x 19" (58.1 x 48.3 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.