I was so pleased to win an “Award of Excellence” in the Manhattan Arts International on-line exhibition, “Her Story 2016.” Curated by Renee Phillips, this exhibit can be viewed from March 20-April 20, 2016.
My entry, “Frida – Two Views”, was the first in my series called “Icons.” After Frida, I did Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Following in Warhol’s footsteps, I then did Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. I have just completed two views of Georgia O’Keefe. I think my next “icon” will be Audrey Hepburn and then who knows where I’ll take this idea. Any suggestions?
With the gorgeous weather on Friday, I decided to go to the City and check out some exhibits. I was particularly interested in seeing “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn” at the Jewish Museum. I had recently finished paintings of all three of them and hoped this show might provide some insight into their personalities. Warhol’s iconic portraits explore his fascination with both women, “the allure of fame and the way myths are manufactured.” He created multiple versions to capture the “obsessive nature of popular fascination with both women’s faces.”
I hadn’t thought of Liz and Marilyn in terms of religion but this show gave me the idea of perhaps doing a series of famous people who converted to Judaism.
To me, a far more interesting exhibit in the museum is “Unorthodox.” At first, I mistakenly thought it would be about religion but the title has to do with art. The show “brings together 55 artists who operate outside established norms and could be characterized as mavericks, rebels, iconoclasts or misfits.” I particularly enjoyed the work of Brian De Graw, Boris Lurie and Birgit Mergerle.