Becky’s Month of Squares challenge is back! Hurray! This month the theme is Lines & Squares.
In the past month I have visited two museums: the Chicago Art Institute and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Plenty of opportunities for lines!! Squares too, probably.
Here are the rules for Month of Squares:
Create your line square post, and include a pingback to one of my daily square posts
You can also add a link to your post in the comments on my post
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Preferably post daily but you can also post all 31 in one go at the end of the month, or if it is easier join us weekly.
You can even drop in occasionally with squares if you are away or really busy, and many do.
There is though only ONE challenge rule;
your main photograph must be square in shape!
At the Chicago Art Institute, after seeing the Manet exhibit, we went to the members only preview of an unusual exhibit entitled In a Cloud, In a Wall, In a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury. The general idea of the exhibit was to show how artists in Mexico (whether they were Mexican or not) were influenced by native art and how they used native art elements in their own work.
My main photo is this one, by Ruth Asawa, “Untitled (BMC.58, Meander – Curved Lines),” c. 1948, pen, brush and ink on paper
Here are a few more in the exhibit:
Ruth Asawa, Untitled (BMC.127, Meander in Green, Orange, and Brown), 1946/49, collage of cut colored and coated papers
Ruth Asawa (American, 1926-2003), all untitled, hanging forms, brass, galvanized steel, copper and wire
Pitcher, c. 1950, Purepecha, Michoacan, Mexico, hammered copper
Cover of a book
Female Figure with Bold, Geometric Face and Body Paint, 200-100 BC, Chupicuara, Guanajuato or Michoacan, Mexico, terra cotta and pigmented slip
Cynthia Sargent, Linea Musical (Musical Line)
Sheila Hicks (American, active France, born 1934), Taxco el Viejo (Taxco, the Old One), 1962, handspun wool. this is one of Hicks’ works whose geometry draws from Mexico’s ancient pyramids, as well as from the weave structure itself.
Anni Albers (German, active United States, 1899-19940, Eclat 1976/79, silkscreen on cotton and linen
Sheila Hicks, Falda (Skirt), 1960, wool
Personally, I did not always see the connection between Mexican native art and the pieces on display, although I did notice style and color, which are very Mexican, from my personal experience. My favorites are the yellow and orange Taxco rug and the hanging wire forms. There were several more pieces in the exhibition not included here.