Parallel: Old and New
Today we will each feature two of our favorite artists – one living and one dead. In the old masters section, we will share with you our favorite works by Gustav Klimt and Henri Matisse. In the contemporary section, we will switch continent and gender and put Audrey Kawasaki and Yayoi Kusama under the spotlight.
The first image is my favorite artwork of his, probably also his most renowned work, The Kiss. There’s just something very intimate and genuine about the embrace of the couple in the painting. Some say the couple in the painting are Klimt himself and his life companion – Emilie Flöge. The latter painting is from his early work; it is a portrait of Klimt’s nice, Helene Klimt. I picked this one because Klimt’s work is usually associated with eroticism and often times the women in his paintings were prostitutes, but the portrait of Helene Klimt is pure and loving (yet the dreamy factor still remains).
The first painting is titled She Entwined (2010); I like how well the wood panel blended with the artwork. The second painting, Blue Girls, came from one of her earlier works in 2005. The girls in her paintings look somewhat naive and innocent, yet there is something mysterious about them.
Chisa: Yayoi Kusama is one of the most famous Japanese artist of this century (in my opinion). Her work is full of colours (of course!) and has repetitive motifs of dots, net and organic shapes. Kusama, herself is an iconic figure with her funky outfit and her super bright red hair. She is a multimedia artist that creates painting, sculpture, video and installation. You might recognize her signature polk-a-dot design that collaborated with Louis Vuitton few years ago. The window display in New York was simply mind blowing – you should check them out here. I don’t have much space to post more photos (since Gelati only posted two haha) but her paintings are just as mind blowing as her installation. I watched a documentary of Yayoi Kusama a while ago and I was so amazed watching her paint a large canvas without any draft or sketch. She was so free and her level of concentration was out of this world. Kusama looked like she was going to collapse any second after painting the artwork.
Okay, I know this is starting to get long but I really have to introduce my favourite work by her: The Obliteration Room. It is an installation where she created an Australian inspired room and painted everything white. Then in the course of two weeks children were given colourful stickers to stick anywhere they wanted. And the result… just A M A Z I N G.