It is rare that I leave a presentation of art — be it a work of theater, a museum or a concert — and find myself at a loss for words. I am usually quick to reflect on and dissect what I see, able to articulate the emotions and feelings and questions that are provoked by my immersed experience.
In our modern cultural environment, it seems as if all performance art is riddled with cultural, social and political implications. We are a country defined by red and blue, and it seems impossible for performance art to have no overt connections to one side of this divisive cultural landscape.
During Kelly’s international travels following World War II, as he discovered the artists that inspired him, it was Matisse’s emboldened use of line that informed his own unique style of draftsmanship.