It’s always fascinating to see the evolution of an artist’s work throughout his lifetime. I remember being blown away by the contrast of Picasso’s early works vis-a-vis his last pieces. I would like to think that the trajectory of our lives are pretty much like these famous artists. We start a little unsure somewhere, then we gradually expand our wings and experiment until we find out our true selves — our style, our point-of-views and our voice. Hopefully, we continue this experimentation and seeking stage for awhile as I would hate to think that we are all finished products at 50 or 60. But I digress…
I went to MOMA last week to see three exhibits that truly represent the breadth and versatility of artists. There was the German artist, Sigmar Polke, who experimented with a wide array of medium for his works.
Then, there’s the Gauguin exhibit that showcases the artist’s early printmaking methods and his wood carving work. I thought that exhibit would just show his Impressionist works but I was surprised to see pieces that I have never seen before.
Lastly, there’s Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s exhibit that showcased her early paintings, geometrical 3D work (Bichos, my favorite) and then ending with sensorial work that borders on psychotherapy.
If you are in the NYC area in the next few weeks, I would highly recommend a visit to the MOMA to see these three wonderful exhibits.