For “Black Sculpture,” Mastrangelo focuses on art history for the first time. After creating exact molds based on the work of Frank Stella and Ad Reinhardt, Mastrangelo casts his reliefs out of compacted gunpowder. The pieces teeter on the precipice of annihilation; by forging the work of canonical artists in gunpowder, Mastrangelo simultaneously pays homage to the work of earlier iconoclasts and seeks to destroy them for himself.
“The Rose Art Museum on the Brandeis campus houses what is widely recognized as the finest collection of modern and contemporary art in New England. With more than 6,000 objects — paintings, sculptures, works on paper and new media — the Rose collection has particular strengths in American Modernism, American Social Realism, post-War American, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Surrealism and Photorealism. Recent acquisitions include works by Nam June Paik, Anri Sala, William Kentridge, Thomas […]
Ward Jackson at Kay-Mar Gallery, NY, 1964 Transit & Garden 1 (left to right) Quite simply, you have to know about Ward Jackson and his work — he was an innovative abstract painter, a maverick editor and arts worker, and a key member of New York City’s abstract artist community. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ward’s nephew, artist Julian Jackson, about his uncle’s life and work. Our discussion that follows is […]
From Jan van Eyck’s innovations with linseed oil to Robert Smithson’s landscape interventions to Matthew Barney’s fictional universe of mythical, genetically mutated weirdos, the concept of the artist/scientist is one with art-historical legs. That said, all art making could be considered a type of experimental science—a process of trial and error usually resulting in an end product with kinks effectively massaged. Not so with Jaq Chartier’s Sun Tests. Chartier works for Golden Artist Colors testing […]