Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Culture: Boston`s Institute Of Contemporary Art Becomes Nostalgic

(Drivebycuriosity) - Boston is a city with a lot of tradition. But there is place that focuses on modernity - The Institute Of Contemporary Art. At my first visit in December 2013 I saw there a lot of fascinating paintings (here my report driveby).

Last weekend I revisited the museum but I got disappointed. It seems that the museum became nostalgic. This time they focused on a historical show: "Leap before you Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957" (icaboston). Most of the galleries displayed art works created by students of a small school in North Carolina who caught taught a variety of arts.

Some of the students became famous. Below you can see "Painting" (1952, oil on canvas) by Franz Kline who taught at Black Mountain College in 1952; followed by "Untitled" (1950, Enamel on Fiberboard) by Robert Rauschenberg; "Yardstick" (1948, Oil and enmel on canvas) by Pat Passlof & "Min-oe" (1951, Bitumen and oil-based house paint on canvas) by Cy Twombly, who was a student at Black Mountain College in the summer of 1951.

The paintings all look a bit sad. Maybe the "Black Mountains College" was a sad place. I really missed the flamboyant and friendly paintings I spotted  there in 2013 (driveby).

Fortunately the museum showed still some contemporary works from her collection. Below you can see "Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely" (2005, Mirrored glass case with hand-blown mirrored glass objects) by Josiah McElheny.


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