Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sonia Delaunay at Cooper Hewitt was the perfect show for me. She’s a crossover dream in more ways than one. I have a foot in paint and another in graphics. Not everyone is at ease with this. But she was like Let’s Go Dancing, yanking both feet.
While some of the paintings didn’t hold up that well, the textiles are unbeatable – they truly can compete with any quote-unquote serious painting. In fact right before I saw Delaunay, I saw Thorton Willis (below) at Elizabeth Harris. There’s a shared vitality and rawness - he of course is many generations away from DeStil, while she’s rubbing elbows with it. And of course she’s a monarch of Simultaneity, a favorite touchstone. The show is called Color Moves, in reference to her finesse at fluid color bending. I love that title, may have to steal it someday.
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