lunedì 28 marzo 2011
Gerhard Richter, Reading, 1994
Oil on linen, 72.39 x 101.92 cm, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Una pillola madrilena.
Questo splendido quadro era presente nella sezione Readers della mostra dedicata alle Heròinas organizzata dal Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
The spiritual powers conventionally attributed to women are found residually in the “reader” type. Reading contains echoes of those spiritual, magical or mystical powers attributed to women in traditional iconography. Reading produces a bubble in which women can live their lives through the lives of others. The female reader can build what Virginia Woolf called “a room of one’s own”. Reading is an inner activity that defies all pictorial representation. In painting we are sometimes able to read a title; anything else is always illegible, inaccessible. That is why depiction of reading involves a process of exteriorisation, of “theatricalisation”. As we cannot read the text, we read the reader’s body, which provides a stage for or “somatises” the reading.
Ah, sono tornata ^_____^