November 11, 2013
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
It is a beautiful feeling to be back in my peaceful, beautiful Milano,
grey and a little foggy, but home. It is a very good feeling
to see corso Como buzzing again with people. Finally,
the reopening of the streets around our neighborhood
after years and years of construction all around us
making it very very difficult to move about.
Now it is quite easy to arrive here… and the new
skyline of the city attracts many visitors
walking towards Gae Aulenti square.
corso Como is again a grand boulevard.
For Schendel, hope for the future lay in a world of words.
Perhaps because of her moving at a young age, from Austria to Italy
to South America, a good deal of Mira Schendel’s work seems
to be of half transmitted information, graphics conveying
shape – content always just out of reach.
“Graphic objects” is a series of 12 works,
oil and transfer lettering on rice paper with acrylic, 1967,
which were shown at the Venice Biennale
in 1968 at the Brazilian Pavillion.
An array of handwritten letters and letter-like signs.
A Latin-american artist of the mid 20th century, Schendel is now
on exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
This is the first international show of her work.
Before moving to San Paolo, Brasil,
she grew up in Milano and I didn’t know.
The show of drawings, paintings, and sculptures
spans her entire career and presents a dynamic picture
of her impact on the reinvention of European Modernism in Brazil.
Here, “Perforated III”, perforated paper done in the 1970’s.
This weekend was the opening of our new exhibition of the works
of Berenice Abbott – her straight photographic approach
opens the mind to the importance of not manipulated works.
What is little recognized, her work was a great contribution to
scientific photography and the pictures she did on commission
for a high school physics text book on motion
and gravity are amongst my favorites.
Here “transformation of energy”, 1958.
A Milanese artist who started working in the 50’s with new technology in many media.
This exquisite work was shown in a beautiful exhibition at the Castello di Rivoli.
Here “After-Points”, 1964-66. A rotating screen with perforated points,
and behind it a lamp with changing colors – green, blue, and red.
The flash of color so short that it appears to be continuous,
an ever changing configuration of color through
“after images”, modifies our perception.
A leading figure in early kinetic art, Colombo created
“ambienti” where spaces in the art were accessible to viewers.
Here, Gianni Colombo’s “Habitable cubic space”
where the visitor is revealed through successive
luminous interactions organized in three continuous circles,1964.
“Be humble – we are made of earth. Be noble – we are made of stars.”
While working on the monograph for Kris Ruhs’ installation
in London last year, “Landing on Earth” I received this beautiful
Serbian proverb, good to think about and so poetic while we do the layout.
My last vision of the gardens at 10 Corso Como in Seoul,
just before leaving, hundreds of lights illuminating
the 10 Corso Como garden at AvenueL.
Here, a photo taken by Junsuk Lee.