Occasionally, we are forced to venture beyond Brooklyn to see art.
Much has been seen of the American artist Alexander “Sandy” Calder (1898–1976). And much has been said. Despite the perpetual relevance and freshness of Calder’s art, it is hard to speak about him without descending into cliché-land.
In 1965, the French-born, Polish painter Roman Opalka came to an important decision. While sitting at the Café Bristol in Warsaw waiting for his wife to arrive, the idea occurred that he should begin to paint numbers that would progress sequentially from one canvas to the next for the duration of his life.
In recent years, both within and outside Japan, interest in the post-World War II Gutai art movement has increased considerably, with major museum exhibitions appearing at such venues as the Museo Cantonale d’Arte in Lugano, Switzerland, the National Art Center in Tokyo, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.