Friday, January 16, 2009

Visual Pop Songs

Paul Klee, Fire in the Evening

People often chuckle when I tell them that I really like Paul Klee, but I think that he is a very underappreciated painter. Maybe I just relate to him because he was also a fairly serious musician throughout his life and was influenced heavily by musical ideas like rhythm, harmony and structure, especially in his abstract work. I love the playfulness and whimsy of his geometric abstractions, and have been especially loving the structure of paintings like the ones here. I love how he was able to take a structure that is so simple and dry -- start with a block and keep dividing it into two -- and turn it into paintings that are full of life and charm. Sometimes all you need is a good verse and a good chorus to make magic.


Paul Klee, Monument in a Fertile Country

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree--Paul Klee is definitely underrated.

--sharon @ Two Coats of Paint

cocktail said...

so you're doing it (the gallery)!!! congrats!!! i'm going to try and make it up for march then. wowza!

gierschickwork said...

Paul Klee has been one of my favorite artists for over a decade...maybe that's not a surprise.

Alex Paik said...

of course you like him, tim. that's why i like YOU :)

brian Z said...

the met had two or three consecutive shows of Klee in the tiny gallery in the back corner of their modern section, a treasure room secreted from the Great Hall hordes.... His writings are f-ing amazing too, most memorable are his narrations of the travels of a line on a sheet of paper...

Alex Paik said...

yeah, i think i saw all of them at the met. those were great, but i seem to remember it being really dark in that room.

i've never read his writings -- i'll have to track them down