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Paris, Pompidou - who is the artist/sculptor ?

Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 12:54 PM
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Paris, Pompidou - who is the artist/sculptor ?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9520063...7622647757394/

I can't find it in my booklet nor in the collections on the website...

I'd like to put a caption on it in my scrapbook other than " ? " - - thanks!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Kandinsky?
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:44 PM
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My guess is Lee Bontecou.

Popular in the 1960s, she was largely neglected but had a huge MoMA retrospective a few years ago.

I'll check the Pompidou website to see if they have it.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:46 PM
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http://collection.centrepompidou.fr/...db=minter&qs=1

Type in Bontecou in "recherche rapide."

Et Voila!

Lee Bontecou (1966)

The MoMA retrospective has done wonders to her career. I think she's still around.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:48 PM
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I think your photo is better, by the way, Travelnut.

http://collection.centrepompidou.fr/...51216&maxh=738
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:57 PM
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yes, travelnut's photo is better but still don't like it
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 04:01 PM
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I rather like her work actually. It's original and memorable. Plus she's one of the few female artists to have made a mark.

But I prefer Eva Hesse, active around the same period, who died of a brain tumor (I think).

I took the opportunity to look at Travelnut's other photos, which are nice too. I think I've used a Canon 850 IS too, but my photos are not so nice.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 05:47 PM
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I was thinking of you, 111op, when I saw this thread. I *knew* you would come up with the correct answer. (I had no idea myself.)
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 06:27 PM
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You disappoint me, yk.

I'm glad that I saw the thread. I don't really have time to check Fodor's much these days. Someone should forward me these kinds of threads in the future so that I can show off.

Actually to be honest, her stuff is easy to ID because she has a unique style, as I said, so it's not like I know something so incredibly esoteric. Anyone who has seen the MoMA retrospective can ID this.

That said, though, I was talking to some random people last night who saw a recent show by Yayoi Kusama at Gagosian and they managed to mangle her name. Of course I knew whom they were referring to immediately. Kusama is even more famous and her style is also instantly identifiable.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 06:41 PM
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I'm miles & miles behind you, my friend, esp when it comes to modern art. And don't even bring up contemporary art...

Actually, I was going to email this thread to you when I had a chance, but you found it already.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 06:53 PM
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Yes, it's a distinctive style-- I had never heard of this artist, but Travelnut's photo immediately made me think of the pieces in the NY State Theater, which turned out to be hers.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 07:13 PM
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111op, should have thought of you! All those die-hard kamakaze art museum trips you've reported on....

I take a few nice pix out of a hundred mediocre ones, but hey, that's the beauty of digital - doesn't cost a thing but weeks of your life trying to whittle down the lot for a few good prints.

The Yayoi Kusama pix I see on Flickr look like really 'fun' art - I am no scholar, so color and fun shapes are interesting to me, loved the 'light' show photos.

Thank you for putting a name to my photo, and for SC and YK's efforts, too. CigaleC, there is a mountain of modern art that I don't like (and don't understand!), so I know what you mean.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 07:39 PM
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Travelnut, I didn't do anything; but thanks for asking this question. I learn something on fodors every day, you know! And yes, that's a very nice shot of the painting/sculpture you took.

[And I'm glad those scientists won the Nobel Prize this year for their contribution to the development of digital photography. They really deserve it!.]
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 05:58 AM
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yk, you're being too modest. And I actually missed the Physics Prize announcement, so I just looked it up. Anyway I think that I'd have missed this had it not been in the top 25 or so when I checked in the evening.

Not only did I learn about the Physics Prize, I also learned about the Lee Bontecou in the State Theater from Fifi. I rarely go there since I don't go to ballet and have only gone to City Opera once, I think. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm at Lincoln Center.

Kusama is a fun artist. A bit like Bontecou, in a way, since she was also neglected after a relatively successful career in the 1960s. She's supposedly mentally ill but I think that she's (recently?) been very commercially successful.

As cynical as I am about the art world's revival of forgotten artists, it's nice that these two are seeing the light of day again. Otherwise I'd never know about them.

Sadly this thread is about the most interesting thing that's happened this week. At least I got to visit France vicariously through Travelnut's photos.
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Old Apr 12th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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Hi Travelnut, when did you visit and take the picture of the Bontecou sculpture? I'm curious to know if the "elles" exhibition was on when you were there. It was quite interesting to see an exhibition culled from work by female artists in the permanent collection.
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Actually my favorite was the Eva Hesse in the same room as the Lee Bontecou with a Yayoi Kusama nearby.
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Incidentally, one of Eve Hesse's sculptures--a series of resin boxes--is on display at the Whitney Biennial 2010.

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Yeah I saw those. They didn't age that well. That's a common problem with her work. I guess it's her choice of materials.

If anyone is visiting Beaubourg soon, I recommend the Lucian Freud exhibition, which is quite an eye opener. Most of the paintings are in private hands, but the Met lent its Lucian Freud of a large man seen from his back.
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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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We were there last September (2009)... The "Elles" exhibit was still going on. All I can say is, it was "interesting".
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