Art critics can wither flowers from a vine but one, Sebastian Smee, the Pulitzer prize winning art critic in the Boston Globe, is always a pleasure to read and can connect art to life better than any critic I've ever read.
This morning his review of an exhibit at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University, “Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler” began with a quote from the artist to Grace Hartigan, another artist.
“The pains of beautifully showing your identity,” said Helen Frankenthaler in a 1962 letter to Grace Hartigan, “are really too much for me sometimes.”
I read this at [5:30] AM after making coffee and after having opened the trash on the way to my computer and poured a three quarters full jar of organic popcorn into the trash. A jar I'd bought on Tuesday.
Sometimes, having certain foods in the house is a bad idea for me and ultimately throwing them out simply puts a lid on it, literally, and I'm free to battle other things.
Showing your identity is painful, yes. Maintaining it? A bitch. You need tricks and sleights of hand. My mother used Maybelline concealer and Cover Girl powder. The trash can is my trick.
Read the review. A joy.
PS. I tried to stain my photograph of a morning glory with the colors I remember in the first Helen Frankenthaler painting I ever saw (also one of her most famous) “Mountains and Sea”. I have no idea whether the palette is similar as it has been many years but its how I remember it. I'll google it later.