Sunday, February 27, 2011

a day trip by car to Louisiana, Denmark…

From the picnic in the car on a parking place along our trip, the ferry to Denmark and the last meal at Mc Donald’s, not my favourite place, but sometimes the need has no rules…
It was to cold to walk in the amazing sculpture park in Louisiana so I took some views of the park from the inside of the Louisiana exhibition halls…


Picasso peace & freedom, by internet...

A monster from guiny... the photos are from internWalton Ford's tryptich "Le Jardin," which is based on sketches by George Caitlin.

Wednesday 23 of February, I and my two friends Anita and Malin took of to Louisiana in Denmark for a day, Picasso - Fred& Frihet / Peace & Freedom and Walton Ford was the once that they showed this time.

11. February - 29 May 2011
Louisiana’s spring exhibition adds new aspects to our insight into the perhaps greatest 20th-century artist and to what drove him personally. A selection of works dating from 1944 to his death in 1973 draw a rich and varied picture of the socially conscious, politically committed and peace-loving Picasso.

The exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom shows how Picasso related to his own time and thus to the historical and political events at the end of the Second World War and after. It comprises about 50 oil paintings as well as a large number of drawings, lithographs, ceramic works, posters and other documentation.

In the last three decades of his life, having left Paris after the war and settled in the south of France, Picasso depicts human conflicts and war in many of his works. At the same time he expresses a deeply felt wish for peace, international understanding and solidarity. And, typical of Picasso, he grasps and renders the events in a large perspective, that is to say he invests all of his creative passion in capturing the times.
The exhibition Picasso: Peace & Freedom is divided into eight thematic sections: The Charnel House and Paris after the War; Still Lifes; The Dove of Peace; The Women of Algiers; The Rape of the Sabines; Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe; Mothers and Musqueteers, and War and Peace. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration with Tate Liverpool and Albertina in Vienna, and gives Louisiana an exceptional chance to present our visitors with yet another theme in Picasso’s gigantic and multi-facetted oeuvre.

WALTON FORD - Louisiana Contemporary
12. November 2010 – 6. March 2011
The first presentation in Scandinavia of american artist Walton Ford. His large-scale watercolours are (melo)dramatic, powerful, and wonderous depictions of the way human civlisation and our imagination has perceived and treated the animal world.

Walton Ford is a brilliant artist in the classical sense and at the same time an impressive and truly contemporary storyteller. His large, masterful watercolours of animals are at once seducing and alarming – full of vivid colours, bizarre clues and surreal symbolism.
The exhibition of works by American artist Walton Ford (b. 1960 in Larchmont, NY) is the first presentation in Scandinavia of this distinctive artist. Walton Ford paints watercolours populated with animals of all kinds: birds, fish, monkeys, oxen, tigers and lions, either consuming and fighting one another bestially or being mutilated by human beings in a grim, inscrutable yet beautiful universe.
Everything in the artist’s pictorial fables is painted with a wealth of details and accuracy that lures the viewer into a close study of almost every brush stroke. Stylistically, Walton Ford’s animal tales recall classic naturalistic, zoological illustrations from a bygone age, executed with technical perfection; but on close examination they are far from the objectivity to which science aspires; rather, they are strangely horrifying representations of among other things the lust for power and evil, sometimes with a humorous angle. In addition, Walton Ford’s watercolours, devoid of human figures, stand out in being surprisingly large, since the animals are shown life-size.
The artist’s pictures have literary, historical and scientific sources, and Ford’s pictures are accompanied by quotations that form a textual counterpart to the narrative of the picture, all with animals as the primary focus – although often symbolically. The works are complex and satirical, and they take a critical attitude to many aspects of our history and the present day, including ever-relevant issues like industrialization, coloni¬zation and man’s impact on the environment.
Innumerable visits since his youth to museums of natural history in USA have been Walton Ford’s great source of inspiration, but he has also made a thorough study of the American ornithologist and animal painter John James Audubon (1785-1851). Ford trained as a designer at BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island and on the Rhode Island School of Design’s European Honors Program in Rome, Italy.

Picasso (1881-1973) was up to date even if it was paintings from around the 50´s, from the Cuba crises and so on, till to day when the middle east stands in flames and when the people in different countries has get enough and take the cause in their own hand and protest against the leaders. When the leaders beat back in very very ugly way to their own citizens, when innocent citizens and journalist beats up, rapes and kills, when the leaders strangle the internet, the mobile communication and so on…the peace and Freedom exhibition made me thinking one more time and makes me more unhappy for the world then I already was looking at the television, the human can’t learn about the past… or?!

Walton Ford (1960) was an unknown artist for me, but I like his big paintings with animals and the ideas behind… I write some words from the wall, just to remember and also because I think it is more or less the same that I looking for and try to express in my jewellery but haven’t been able to put the right word on it; Humans has always attributed human characteristics to anthromorphis animal as it is called, is found in the storytelling traditions of most cultures, where animals are given characters that reflect easily recognizable human behaviour.

Beautiful Beasts: With Murderous Intent
Walton Ford thinks you’re an animal
At first glance, Walton Ford’s large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era. But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to the ‘operatic’ nature of traditional natural history themes. The beasts and birds populating this contemporary artist’s life-size paintings are never mere objects, but dynamic actors in allegorical struggles: a wild turkey crushes a small parrot in its claw; a troupe of monkeys wreak havoc on a formal dinner table, an American buffalo is surrounded by bloodied white wolves. The book’s title derives from The Pancha Tantra, an ancient Indian book of animal tales considered the precursor to Aesop’s Fables.
This large-format limited edition includes an in-depth exploration of Walton Ford’s oeuvre, a complete biography, and excerpts from his textual inspirations: Vietnamese folktales and the letters of Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and Audubon’s Ornithological Biography.
Ford’s paintings have been color-separated and reproduced in Pan4C, the finest serigraphic technique available, providing unequalled intensity and color range. The book includes 12 horizontal and 4 vertical foldouts that look awesome when you stand over them. And you will.
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A great day with good and interesting art, good company with a lot of talk about the most between heaven and earth, some discussion about who has right in the question, who has done the sculpture the goat with the car tire, first Picasso was named, but the one that said that regret fast, then Duchamp showed up in the discussion and then I said that it was my favourite inspiration artist and a big sours for my own work Roberts Rausenberg that have done the goat sculpture…


montserrat lacomba said...

Dear Paula,
Nice trip!
I love this Museum. I have been there twice and I hope I will return more times.

Kramkram Montserrat

paula lindblom said...

Hi dear Montserrat!

Now I have been there twice too, I LOVE the place even if it was really cold this time, you can walk for hours and see a lot of great art there, I’m so happy for my friends that have cars and invited me to go with them, of course I like them with out cars too.
Next time I hope I will visit Louisiana in summer time, and have picnic in the sculpture park nearby the waterfront, looking cross the sea to Sweden…

Take care and enjoy life!

Kramkram Paula.