This was a terrific video for me to start off with, perusing Bank of America’s series of artist profiles – Masterpiece Moment on YouTube. I get email alerts for new episodes and have finally, gladly, gotten to watching one 😊
I must admit, I chose this short “moment,” featuring Joan Mitchell, to see 1st because I’d recently started reading, Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel ( link to my related blog post – https://felipeadanlerma.com/2021/10/26/october-25-2021-ive-been-reading-and-its-triggered-a-realization-on-my-part-how-important-the-surface-of-a-painting-my-own-paintings-in-particular-are-to-me/ ) and the issue of women artists’ struggle, Joan Mitchell’s life and work being one of a group explored, is front and center in that book ( link to Ninth Street Women on Amazon – https://amzn.to/3GqSAzk ).
I did check to see if any other women in that book are also featured in the Masterpiece Moments series but found very few others featuring women artists. Hopefully that will change as the series develops, especially as I felt I got to know both Joan and this particular piece more strongly for being a video. The visual impact, as seen above and in my two other screenshots below, give a perspective hard to gather from just a print or just text.
Even from a distance, as the camera pans past what I think is a Alberto Giacometti sculpture, her work stands out among the others.
It’s colorful, it’s big, and offers lots of white space on the canvas to rest, then run rapidly through when ready. Like visual fascia 😊
Evidently Joan was slow to title this piece, and I have no idea (of my own) why she chose title, but being of 1969, and my being 18 going on 19, starting a family, nervous about Vietnam, the violence building in the streets, all from my own much younger and distant perspective of Houston vs New York, I get stirrings of images and sounds and feelings of the times. A low water crossing is easier to cross, yet may hide the fact it could suddenly flood.
Either way, interesting, and gives the image even more food for thought….
Below, one gets a clearer sense of the size perspective seeing the director narrating by the painting —
That’s a big piece, a beautiful piece. It draws me in with distance and nearness, with suggestions of forms I fill in myself. It makes me breathe deep breaths. ❤️
And the appreciation is felt from Eric Crosby, the Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
For such a short “moment” – a lot was said and seen 💕
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Thanks so much everyone! Stay curious, stay creative! 😊
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