Boston Part 2
My daughter and I went to see the exhibit about Black Mountain College at the Institute of Contemporary Art. We both loved the watercolor above, but neglected to write down or remember the name of the artist. It may have been a student’s work, as both students and teachers were on display. And of course many of the students went on to lead productive and sometimes famous artistic lives.
It was a treat for me to see so many examples of Anni Albers’ weavings. There was even a loom to examine.
Josef Albers was also well represented. I particularly liked this painting. At Black Mountain, he did a lot of painting on masonite, a surface I used and liked back in the day.
Willem de Kooning taught at Black Mountain College, and had some pieces in the show, but we really liked these colorful abstracts by his under-appreciated wife Elaine. You can easily see the cross-fertilization in their work, which also occurs between Anni and Josef Albers.
Ray Johnson was also a student. He is most well known for his mail art, but he studied painting at Black Mountain, and produced this wonderful and detailed woven-inspired work.
Ruth Asawa, another student, is a favorite textile artist of mine.
And the view of the harbor from the museum is wonderful too.