Two Outstanding Female Artists Now Showing At NYC Museums

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Love both these shows by two very different artists with two diametrically opposed artistic sensibilities. Both shows are up until mid-January.

The Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest show at the New Museum (235 Bowery) is a visual stunner, at the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to Agnes Martin’s quiet and reflective work.

Rist, a 54 year old Swiss artist, has been a pioneer in the field of of video art. This show includes work spanning her entire career. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

The show is a huge hit on instagram as you can imagine.

While I am not typically a huge fan of video art, combined with her multimedia installations, this show is really engaging and provides a great immersive experience.

The Agnes Martin show (1912-2004), at the Guggenheim (1071 Fifth Avenue). Martin’s work has been defined as an “essay in discretion, inwardness and silence.

Her background and travels are fascinating. After hearing Zen Buddhist scholar D. T. Suzuki lecture at Columbia, she became interested in Asian thought as a code of ethics, a practical how-to for getting through life and it is very evident in her work. When she left NYC, she traveled by car solo across the country for over a year before landing in New Mexico. She built her own adobe home and studio. She was also widely known to be schizophrenic.

Among the ephemera on display at the show, is an inspiring letter written by her to other young female artists – basically on how to get along as an artist.

See photos from both shows below.

AGNES MARTIN @ The Guggenheim

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Photo: Irma Zandl

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A series of screenprints (1973) titled On A Clear Day. The principles of seriality and repetition established in this portfolio became central to Martin’s output for the next 30 years.

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The painting on the right (Untitled 2004) was her last work.

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Photo: Irma Zandl

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Ephemera from her shows including the letter to female artists

PIPILOTTI RIST: PIXEL FOREST

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“Looking Through Pixel Forest,” from 2016, a hanging LED installation and media player. Two videos alternate on the walls: “Mercy Garden” and “Worry Will Vanish Horizon,” both from 2014.

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“Looking Through Pixel Forest,” from 2016, a hanging LED installation and media player. Two videos alternate on the walls: “Mercy Garden” and “Worry Will Vanish Horizon,” both from 2014.

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“Looking Through Pixel Forest,” from 2016, a hanging LED installation and media player. Two videos alternate on the walls: “Mercy Garden” and “Worry Will Vanish Horizon,” both from 2014.

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“Looking Through Pixel Forest,” from 2016, a hanging LED installation and media player. Two videos alternate on the walls: “Mercy Garden” and “Worry Will Vanish Horizon,” both from 2014.

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Pipilotti Rist’s “4th Floor to Mildness,” a 2016 video and sound installation in which the watery action can be viewed on two large ceiling screens at the New Museum.

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Pipilotti Rist’s “4th Floor to Mildness,” a 2016 video and sound installation in which the watery action can be viewed on two large ceiling screens at the New Museum.

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“Massachusetts Chandelier,” from 2010.

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“Massachusetts Chandelier,” from 2010.

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