MoMA

Edgar Degas monotypes

The Museum of Modern Art has what looks like a fantastic show of Edgar Degas monotypes: Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty.

The video above is a terrific overview of both the Degas work and the monotype process.

This looks like a terrific show, I’ll be seeing it for sure.

Lest you think printmaking can’t be part of the photographic process, my good friend Gary Sharp has done a type of mono-printing with Polaroid photography: Polaroid Transfers to watercolor paper.

Onion

This is a Polaroid SX70 photograph of an onion. While the Polaroid film is still wet, the back is peeled off and a piece of watercolor paper is laid on it. A brayer is used (like the press in the video) to apply pressure and the image is transferred (printed) on the paper. This image is a scan of one of those prints.

I’ve always been in awe of Gary’s experiments and as a photographer who makes fine art prints of his work, I’m interested in all aspects of the printing and printmaking process.

Interactive Matisse Cut-Outs

A Walk Through the Gallery: Henri Matisse Cut-Outs at MoMA

This is a brilliant virtual tour of the show at the Museum of Modern Art that is now ending.

Anne and I saw this show early on and it was fantastic, almost overwhelming. I highly recommend taking some time and looking at this virtual tour. Zoom your browser window as large as you can get it.

Enjoy.

More on Henri Matisse.

[via Kottke.org]

Photojournalism Pioneer captured the 20th century with lens

Photojournalism Pioneer Captured the 20th Century With Lens

Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at the life and career of the late French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism. An exhibit of his photos is currently at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

This is a very nice piece and will give you a good idea of the breadth of the Cartier-Bresson show at MoMA which is well worth seeing.