Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday's Three on Art

So many thoughtful and interesting posts have appeared since the start of this new year. Here are three from last month that you might have missed—all a good read.

✭ Sarah Cowan, "All in One: An Interview with Tomi Ungerer", The Paris Review, January 30, 2015 ~ Subject of a Drawing Center exhibition "All in One", on view through March 22, illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer, now 83, talks with Cowan about the clarity of cartoons ("The drawing has to be able to speak without any balloon or anything. . . ."), the presence of politics in his work ("In a way, my whole life has been working and fighting for causes. . . ."), his erotic works, opportunities for illustrators today, making children's books "a challenge", his early childhood drawings, and his sense of the absurd. The article is generously illustrated with Ungerer's wonderful drawings.

✭ Sonya Chung, "Agnes Martin's Perfection: Now and Not Yet", Bloom, January 12, 2015 ~ This is personal and thoughtful look at Martin's art and writings and others' perspectives on the painter. (My thanks to Deborah Barlow for the link.)

✭ In "The Forgotten Side of Henry Moore", posted January 26 at the Christies Website, Florence Waters talks with Peter Murray, a friend of the late artist (1898-1986) and director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom. Murray speaks about his friendship with Moore and the influence of his work. The exhibition "Henry Moore: Back to a Land", which Murray says brings "fresh perspective", opens March 7 at YSP and continues through September 6. Murray reveals that the exhibition will include Moore's drawings of Stonehenge, photographs of Moore as he drew coal miners at Wheldale Colliery (one example), and Moore's drawings in the London Underground during World War II. Moore's daughter Mary Moore helped curate the exhibition, which also features personal artifacts, notes, and sketches.

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