…would just love to host this show! it’s also why major art collections dread those unwanted vanity bequests – generous though they may be. MoMA PS1: Exhibitions: Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Amnesty.
Timelessness in art is a much vaunted quality, but On Kawara’s very fixing of this has made them simultaneously nostalgic and yet not ‘dated’. Unforgettable. Iconic.
This work still has the potency to provoke and perturb – what a rare gift. I remember seeing her work in Venice and it made me completely re-think materiality and the status of craft. As MacLuhen said, ‘Art is anything you can get away with’, but not in a cynical way, she normally did just enough.
Exquisitely executed and jaw-droppingly impressive in an equally sensational refurbished space. A must see.
Photo: the author.
Queen’s Coat of Arms, in Neon (2014)
Glass, Neon Gas, Steel
1000 x 1000mm