Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture, Firebird, stands to welcome us to the city’s new museum of modern art in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. The presence of this magical sculpture takes this city to a bigger place in the art world. The piece is magical in its ability to soften modern art and attract. Who does not want to stand under her big-legged arch and see themselves in reflexion of mirror? Ah, art. The entire museum, too, is irresistibly attractive.
Firebird Photo Collage
(©’11 CHW/this image was taken with the iPhone4 with the app, Photosynth)
“Particularly because of the joyful quality in so much of her work and its powerful and seductive use of color, Niki has proven exceptionally intriguing to audiences who are new to the world of modern art and its complexities. Because of Niki’s apparent simplicity, the works can be enjoyed appropriately on a number of levels and the more a viewer gets to know her work, the more intriguing content and greater complexity of composition the viewer discovers without losing the initial attraction to its energy and attractiveness.” – from the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC.
Oil on birch. 12x36 Homage to Niki de St Phalle
This is a painting inspired by the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Edisto Island in particular. It began as the St. Pierre River which is at the end of Peter’s Point Road, off National Scenic Byway SC 174. Then I got enamoured with Niki de St Phalle’s work and out this came! It is oil on wood, 12×36 in cradled birch. I think she is finished…what do you think?
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has brought a bit of France to Charlotte, and the art is fun and fresh. Niki de Saint Phalle’s work is round and womanly and seems to have arrived just in time to balance a city with so many tall, straight skyscrapers. It makes me smile, and it feels lively and accessible. The large sculptures are colorful and ready to be appreciated I think now by a culture simply tired from the faulting economic climate of the last few years. Her Nanas are large dancing women, and such brightly colored whimsy speaks to my playful self. Creation of a New Mythology is the name of the show, in uptown Charlotte, through October 3rd, 2011. Yay!
Queen Califas Magic Circle
How to get there? I am just returning to my home city of Charlotte after two years in Charleston, where I learned to ride the charming Southern city’s public transportation to the Broad Street Gallery that showed my artwork. Charleston makes it seductive with the free downtown trolley which takes one everywhere. Now I discover that Charlotte has a bus from the airport
to the Museums downtown for people on layovers! And its own Trolley, too, called the Gold Rush. The CATS-operated Gold Rush Trolley is a free trolley service that runs downtown routes and also to and from The Presbyterian Hospital. The Gold Rush trolleys
stop at marked bus stops every seven minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.