This morning I featured Suzanne Muchnic’s LAT story on what makes a masterpiece. Today’s QOTD: What are the masterpieces of contemporary art?
Emily Jacir, Where We Come From (2001-03). It’s in SFMOMA’s collection.
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate aka “the bean”
For me, a masterpiece is simply a work that is apparently inexhaustible. We’ve talked about Warhol’s Telephone, 1962 and how full that image can be, how it keeps spiraling into different interpretations while continuing to be jokey. For me, it’s a masterpiece. I put Anselm Kiefer’s Deutschlands Geisteshelden, 1973 in the category as well of a painting that keeps giving. I think Bob Irwin’s Getty Garden is a masterpiece, the list could go on and on. I believe in masterpieces. I wish more people did.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled (Go-go Dancing Platform),” 1991.
Fischli and Weiss’ “Der Lauf der Dinge” (The Way Things Go), 1987
I believe its influence on art-making over the past two decades has been incalculable. I see its formal and discursive resonances everywhere.
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