Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mining the MIA

Pictures taken by Sarah Lampe at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

You walk into a room and see 5 art pieces each created by a different artist. The five pieces hung or placed across a solid white wall. The room is empty and bright, one red light is shown onto the artwork.

The artwork is placed on the wall like in picture above.
(from left to right) Two women by Eugene Carriere. Lucretia by Rembrandt. Portrait of a woman as Judith by Agostino Carracci. Nude by John Graham. Portrait of Madame de Serilly by Jean-Antoine Houdon.

Looking at each piece of art alone, they all tell a different story. but when you place each woman around the Portrait of a woman as Judith, the story of each artwork changes. Each woman looks sad or woeful, one has even stabbed herself. Usually when you see each art peice you wonder why each woman is distressed. By a matter of placement the question almost disappears. Your mind seems to connect each of them with the painting in the middle. You think about the idea that these women are crying or morning over the dead man.

1 comment:

  1. Good images and why they fit together – but this really needs to be longer. What is the context that makes them all sad – or are they just contemplating something? What does the medium tell you about what you are seeing and how does that affect the content? What about the eras they are each from? What does that say about the work? Would you just mush all these paintings right next to each other on the wall – which I agree with what you are saying about how it takes away the sense of looking at these as 5 separate / different art objects – but one big one thrown together. Very post modern! (*Now, tell me why – if you agree or disagree it is postmodern in its arrangement)