I found Stephen Prina’s “Untitled/Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet (since 1988, ongoing; 1 to 556)” to be so incredibly heartwrenching and thought-provoking. It’s a truly beautiful work of art…even if LACMA’s the wall text for “As He Remembered It” failed to provide a platform for understanding the overarching exhibition.
This article gives more context….
At its core, “As He Remembered It” is conceptual. It merits conteztualization through the written word to provide meaning and understanding to the viewer. I couldn’t grasp that the bright pink works utilize preconcieved reconstructions of architecture and design structures painted in the trendy Honeysuckle — Pantone’s 2011 color of the year — without the explanation.* Though I connected with individual structures, namely a cushioned booth-seat, a piano, the crooked closets, and the freestanding bookshelves that reminded me of/were the inspiration for the exhibition, I found them more engaging in retrospect, after I had read a better description of Prina’s intention…It all goes back to Joseph Kosuth, but that’s for another post…
* Though, Lacma does provide better information on their website.