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“Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed.”
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#KazimirMalevich was born on this day in 1878. As the founder of #Suprematism, Malevich rejected figurative representation and pioneered pure abstraction. The revolutionary artist considered his planes of color on white backgrounds a form of realism as they used the most basic elements of visual vocabulary.
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Malevich’s “Suprematist Composition: Airplane Flying” is on view in “A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde” through March 12. #RevolutionaryImpulse #MoMACollection
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[Kazimir Malevich. "Suprematist Composition: Airplane Flying." 1915. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquisition confirmed in 1999 by agreement with the Estate of Kazimir Malevich and made possible with funds from the Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest (by exchange)]

"Picabia exemplifies so many ideals I strive for in my own practice: a diversity in output, design as social critique, and a desire to constantly produce my work in new ways. When #PopRally approached me for this project, I started thinking about the kind of work Picabia would produce today as an immediate inspiration for the Arty Gras masks. I love the idea of celebrating his life and his work by throwing a party like this!"

Artist @damiendavis on his inspiration for his four Arty Gras mask designs, one of which is seen above on event organizers @akilitommasino, @el_jizzle, and @odb83.
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Join them, Damien, plus @highmightybrass for PopRally's Mardi Gras meets #FrancisPicabia extravaganza event on Sunday, February 26. Tickets via the link in our bio. #PartyLikePicabia

#tbt in honor of the 50th anniversary of 1967’s “New Documents.” This modestly scaled exhibition, featuring work by three (then) young and relatively unknown photographers named #DianeArbus, #LeeFriedlander, and #GarryWinogrand, had a lasting influence on modern photography. As curator John Szarkowski explained in his introduction to the exhibition, the three represented a new generation of photographers with markedly different aims than those of their hortatory predecessors of the 1930s and 1940s: they had “redirected the technique and aesthetic of documentary #photography to more personal ends. Their aim has been not to reform life but to know it". The exhibition established all three photographers as important voices in American art; their achievements continue to encourage more nuanced understandings of the medium. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the Museum is publishing "Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967" by curator Sarah Meister (@themomameister), who will also introduce a public conversation between artists Max Kozloff, Tod Papageorge, and Martha Rosler, moderated by Rob Slifkin (@rslifkin) next Monday, February 27th.
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See images of the installation and more at mo.ma/52exhibitions. 24 of #52exhibitions #MoMAhistory

Come celebrate #MardiGras this Sunday night at #PopRally Presents: Arty Gras 🎭. Inspired by Francis Picabia's infamous 1920's parties, the evening will feature open bar, exhibition viewing of #FrancisPicabia, live tunes with @highmightybrass, and original masks designed exclusively for us by artist @damiendavis. Costumes welcome and encouraged. Grab tickets at bit.ly/2lk2k3T (link our bio), and get ready to #PartyLikePicabia!

"I love the visual stimulation of seeing something amazing, and the fact that somebody drew that and there was nothing like this again…. I’ve always loved drawing and painting and just anything artistic." – Patti Beranek, St. Lucia
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For the latest installment of #CreativeNewYork #PopRally sat down with Jean Grobler and Patti Beranek of @stlucia ahead of their performance at #MoMAArmory to talk about music, art, and what inspires them. Check out our conversation at nyc.moma.org.
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[Photo by Emily Winiker]

Happy #PresidentsDay!
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In "President Collage: 1," #SherrieLevine cut out an image of a fashion model to form the profile of #GeorgeWashington seen on the quarter, drawing attention to the relationships between power, gender, and consumption. Learn more about Levine's work: mo.ma/2kOKuGu #MoMACollection
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[Sherrie Levine. "President Collage: 1." (1979). Cut-and-pasted printed paper on paper. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2017 Sherrie Levine]

"Matter, color and sound in motion are the phenomena whose simultaneous development makes up the new art."
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#LucioFontana was born on this day in 1899. He is the father of the Italian postwar movement Spazialismo, which aimed to bring art and science together. "Portrait of Antonin Artaud" is on view in our 4th floor Collection Galleries. It is an "illustration" for a book by #OttoHahn, for which Fontana created punctured sheets of steel, brass, and plexiglass and kept them in a sculptural container. For more info: mo.ma/2lPyOHM #MoMACollection
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[Lucio Fontana. "Portrait of Antonin Artaud." 1968. Multiple of wood and enamel with one copper die-cut plate, one steel die-cut plate, two plexiglas die-cut plates and one artist's book. Monroe Wheeler Fund. © 2017 Foundation Lucio Fontana]

"Simplicity is not an end in art, but we usually arrive at simplicity as we approach the true sense of things."
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Constantin Brancusi, pioneer of modern sculpture, was born on this day in 1876. "Fish" is an embodiment of an idea, depicting a fish's movements through water and the moving water itself. Brancusi described the sculpture as the fish's "speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water...the flash of its spirit." Learn more: mo.ma/2lT69yk #MoMACollection
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[Constantin Brancusi. "Fish." 1930. Blue-gray marble, marble and limestone. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris]

“I really believe in the power of the subconscious, in a way. I always find the best work comes when...I'm not consciously thinking about what I'm doing. Everything comes out together. Sometimes I write a song and I'll think, ‘This is the best song I've ever written!’ I'll take it home and Patti will be like, ‘Uh, it's OK.’” – Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia
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For the latest installment of #CreativeNewYork #PopRally sat down with Jean Grobler and Patti Beranek of @stlucia ahead of their performance at #MoMAArmory to talk about music, art, and what inspires them. Check out our conversation at nyc.moma.org.
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[Photo by Emily Winiker]

German #Symbolist artist, Max Klinger, was born on this day in 1857.
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"March Days II" is part of a three-print sequence in the "Dramas, Opus IX" portfolio depicting the uprisings in 1848, where Germans fought for democracy, unification, and social change. Learn more about Max Klinger's work: mo.ma/2kzfVDK
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[Max Klinger. "March Days II (Märztage II) from Dramas, Opus IX (Dramen, Opus IX)" (first published 1883). Etching and aquatint with chine collé from a portfolio of four etchings with chine collé and six etchings and aquatints with chine collé. Gift of Mr. Harold Halperin]

"My process is to throw as much stuff against the wall. Eventually stuff will stick or it might not. Sometimes it takes time, but you have to be [in the studio] to be the dreamcatcher and catch the ideas that are coming to you." – Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia
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For the latest installment of #CreativeNewYork, #PopRally sat down with Jean Grobler and Patti Beranek of @stlucia ahead of their performance at #MoMAArmory to talk about music, art, and what inspires them. Check out our conversation at nyc.moma.org.
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[Photo by Emily Winiker]

Announcing this year's Young Architects Program winner, Jenny Sabin Studio (@sabinjenny)! The winning design features a structure of "knitted light," providing a cooling mist by day and a luminescent glow by night. Opening in @MoMAPS1's courtyard on June 29, it will serve as a temporary urban landscape for the 20th season of the pioneering outdoor music series, #WarmUp.
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Learn more about the winning design at mo.ma/yap2017 (link in bio). #YAP2017 #YAP