March 9, 2015
Hello and Good Morning! I know what your thinking, Ai Weiwei is supposed to be this month’s Spotlight Artist, but I’ve made a change. The reason is that March is Women’s History Month and to honor that I’ve decided to put the spotlight on performance artist, Marina Abramovic.
I really don’t have a lot to say about this artist. Not too much to say. When she started out her career as a performance artist, I’m sure people thought she was crazy, is there a reason for it and if there is, why?
Abramovic, “The Grandmother of Performance Art” has had an interesting career that has spanned for over three decades and no, she’s not stopping.
If you read the post earlier today, I decided that my weekend assignment was to watch Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. This 2012 documentary showcases her 2010 work at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA from March 14 to May 31, 2010. “The Artist Is Present” was the piece. You had Abramovic sitting immobile in the museum’s atrium. The spectators took turns sitting in front of Abramovic. I think it was only for fifteen minutes for each person. The silent piece, a 730 hour and 30 minutes, was very interesting. You do see that some were in tears, some were smiling…..I guess you can say it was like looking into a person’s soul. The documentary takes a closer look about who she is. You see her earlier exhibitions. You see a young Abramovic slamming herself over and over against a wall, cutting, and whipping herself. The stamina she has is pretty amazing.
I’ll let Abramovic’s work speak for itself, but I do know this much, she has pushed the envelope into what art is. You can call it crazy, daring or just plain confusing. Or if you don’t get it, you just don’t get it. I call it pretty cool.
Here are a series of videos of her earlier, current works, and interviews.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present is now on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must! I want to know what you think!
Enjoy your Monday….be blessed.
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