Art Break: Looking Outside the Box With Donald Judd at the Center for Architecture
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 8, 2018
This week Art Break starts off January with four examples of artists who weren’t afraid to explore ideas and methods outside their expertise or comfort levels. Although he didn’t know it, Donald Judd’s training in the fields of engineering, art, art history, and philosophy prepared him to work in architecture. Lee Krasner took a difficult time in her personal life and made dynamic abstract canvases unlike her previous work. Edvard Munch used curiosity about the new mediums of photography and film to explore and refine his paintings. And Richard Diebenkorn went from the latest in abstract theories to the old tradition of figurative drawing, because he felt that he could still learn from methods that others had discarded. Take some time this week to appreciate their breakthroughs and get some inspiration for the new year.
As a bonus tip, check out The Met Breuer’s show Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (pay what you wish admission at the ticket counter only). All other Art Break picks are free admission so there’s no reason not to go!
Art Break Downtown:
Where: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
When: Now through March 5, Mon – Fri: 9-8, Sat: 11-5
What: Built and unrealized architectural projects of the artist
Why: A lesser known facet of this artist’s career and interests worth examining
Art Break Chelsea:
Where: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue
When: Now through January 13, 2018, Tu – Sat: 10-6
What: Large format abstract paintings
Why: A restricted color palette allows the artist and viewer to concentrate on the purity of form
Art Break Midtown:
Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street
When: Now through March 5, Tu: 12-6, Wed: 12-7, Th – Sat: 12-6
What: Photographs and films created by the artist
Why: Munch’s interest in this medium gives new insight into his paintings
BONUS TIP: Visit The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street to see the show Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed through February 4. Admission is pay what you wish only at the museum’s ticket counter.
Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):
Where: Van Doren Waxter, 23 East 73rd Street
When: Now through January 20, 2018, Tue – Sat: 10-6
What: Figurative drawings from a pioneer of the American abstract movement
Why: Returning to representation after exploring abstract ideas strengthened his future work
Cover: Exhibition view of Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd; courtesy of Center for Architecture.