Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Photo Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos Works by this artist and others are at the New Museum

In “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos” she seems to blow art history apart, to make it porous and open-ended, fomenting a bigger, wilder history that ranges beyond traditional art on several fronts, including science and nature. At least that seems to be what’s happening in the mix of objects and images by Ms. Trockel and others that she has orchestrated at the New Museum in collaboration with Lynne Cooke, former chief curator and deputy director at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, where this exhibition was mounted last summer. It includes works by imposing outsider artists like Morton Bartlett, James Castle and Judith Scott, along with early-18th-century botanical illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian; exacting late-19th-century glass models of invertebrate sea life, by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka; and quite a bit more. Full NYTimes article here.