Danse Serpentine, Lumière Brothers, 1896
Van Gogh / Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society at the Musée d’Orsay
The main exhibit currently at the Orsay is a fresh look at the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Although Van Gogh is a ubiquitous artist whom everyone knows at least something about, the exhibit intersperses works by Van Gogh with excerpts from Artaud’s poetry in his book “The Man Suicided by Society”. The excerpts are paired with works that Artaud knew and wrote about, so the viewer is able to get a deeper sense of understanding of the paintings and Van Gogh’s own mental illness. Artaud ultimate argues that society drove Van Gogh to suicide because “the collective consciousness as a whole could not tolerate him”. I would recommend this exhibit to young adult and adult visitors who have any sort of interest in Van Gogh. Even though the artist is exhibited all around the world, this exhibit looks at the artist in a new way—through the eyes of Artaud—and the effect is extremely thought-provoking.
The exhibition is on view at the Musée d’Orsay until July 6th.
A French film poster for Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)
Calder and Abstraction at LACMA
The curation of this exhibit is particularly exceptional. The mobiles are placed within curved white structures that help frame the forms and make the colors pop. In addition, there are wonderfully preserved photographs showing Alexander Calder working in his studio and hanging out with other famous artists during the time such as Joan Miro and Jean Arp.
This exhibit is on view until July 27th.