Posts by Lotte Johnson
April 16, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Metamorphoses: Paul Gauguin’s Oil Transfer Drawings
Paul Gauguin. <i>Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit</i> (recto). c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing

Paul Gauguin. Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit (recto). c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange), Vincent d’Aquila and Harry Soviak Bequest Fund (by exchange), and acquired through the generosity of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Endowment for Prints, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mary M. Spencer, and Stephen Dull, 2014

One of the most extraordinary works in the current exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses is Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit (c. 1900), which was acquired for MoMA’s collection just weeks before the exhibition opened. Among the many exceptionally innovative works on paper that are the focus of the exhibition, this exciting new acquisition stands out for its monumental scale and magisterial presence.

June 7, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Christian Marclay: Sound on Paper

Sound forms the nucleus of much of American artist Christian Marclay’s practice. From innovative sound collages, with turntables and records employed as instruments; to the splicing and reconstituting of physical records to create strange, jumping concoctions of melodies

May 21, 2012  |  Intern Chronicles, Viewpoints
A Seamless Whole: New Conceptions of Time and Space in Japan

“The world is one, a seamless whole, for those who can see it; for those who can learn to observe, to regard, to understand.”—Donald Richie

The hallway leading into Kurenboh, a "meditation gallery" attached to the Chohouin Buddhist Temple of Kuramae, Tokyo

As I emerged from Kurenboh, a gallery tucked away in the Kuramae area of Tokyo, the words of Donald Richie, former Curator of Film at MoMA (1969–72), resonated in my mind.

April 2, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Drawing Back the Curtain: David Hammons in Printin’

David Hammons. Untitled (Kool-Aid). 2003. Kool-Aid on paper with terry cloth frame. Collection Alice Kosmin

“I think that art now is putting people to sleep…people aren’t really looking at art, they’re looking at each other and each other’s haircuts.” So proclaimed David Hammons in a 1986 interview.

February 8, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions, Print/Out
Vocabularies Revitalized: Ellen Gallagher and Rammellzee in Printin’

Ellen Gallagher. DeLuxe. 2004–05. Portfolio of 60 photogravure, etching, aquatint, and drypoints with lithography, screenprint, embossing, tattoo-machine engraving, laser cutting, and chine collé; and additions of plasticine, paper collage, enamel, varnish, gouache, pencil, oil, polymer, watercolor, pomade, velvet, glitter, crystals, foil paper, gold leaf, toy eyeballs, and imitation ice cubes. Acquired through the generosity of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and The Speyer Family Foundation, Inc. with additional support from the General Print Fund. © 2012 Ellen Gallagher and Two Palms Press

Over the past six months, my conception of the medium of the print has been reinvigorated and challenged in every respect. I have been working with Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, on the exhibition Printin’ (opening February 15), which she cocurated with the artist Ellen Gallagher.

January 4, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
A Sprawling World Suspended? Andrea Zittel in the Contemporary Galleries

Stepping off the streets of an ever-changing New York into the (also ever-changing) galleries of MoMA, a neatly compact silver trailer sits waiting for you on the second floor, as if ready to whisk you away from the city to embark on an adventure on the open road.

October 13, 2011  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Closing the Gap: Max Ernst through the Lens of the Lower East Side

A couple of weekends ago I walked around Manhattan’s Lower East Side in silence, holding a postcard with a rectangular hole cut out of it in front of me, seeing the city anew through a cardboard window. I was being led around by two artists on a “silent performative tour” of the area