Portraits from the Whitney
“I don’t get it…do I have to get it?…does the artist get it?…”
–overheard at the Whitney Museum this week
Nicole Eisenman’s “1/2 the artist…”, above, was a favorite in the Whitney’s widely varied show containing a selection of portraits from its collection. And the young woman’s overheard observation seems a good summary of the state of the world right now.
Annette Lemieux’s 30 photos of raised fists.
de Kooning’s “Woman and Bicycle”
John Wilde painted mystery into this portrait of his wife Helen.
Calder’s hanging wire portrait was echoed in its shadow.
Charles Henry Alston’s “The Family”
Jay DeFeo was represented with an enigmatic photo collage.
This grid portrait by Byron Kim is ongoing as the artist continues to paint and rearrange squares reflecting the skin colors of his friends.
Alice Neel’s haunting portrait of Andy Warhol was another highlight for me.
This is a wonderful show. And Stuart Davis is at the museum now too.
I have to say this week has left me particularly disoriented. I will be catching up with myself and everybody else slowly I think.