Vasily Kandinsky: My Favorite Synesthete
Vasily Kandinsky. “The Seasons” Panels No. 1-4. 1914. Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian-born painter known for his use of vibrant color and abstract techniques. In general, abstract art has never really spoken me, that is until I first saw Kandinsky years ago at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. His colors seemed to dance across the canvas in weird and wonderful ways that were at once sensual and chaotic. In that moment, I got it, or rather, I got something. Stripped of any recognizable form, all that’s left is how the work makes you feel…significant considering that Kandinsky probably had synesthesia.
Diego Rivera Murals at MoMA
Diego Rivera. Agrarian Leader Zapata. 1931. The Museum of Modern Art. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, New York City
This weekend I finally went to the Museum of Modern Art to check out the murals of Diego Rivera.
The exhibition includes “portable murals” that Rivera painted in 1931 for his first show at MoMA, early drawings that mark the evolution of these works, as well as the large scale sketches that guided his transfer of the images to the frescos. Inspired by his experience in New York City, Rivera went on to paint three more portable murals highlighting the city’s economic disparity during the Great Depression (see his mural Frozen Assets below). Read More