Formal Comparison: Isa Genzken and Vasa-Velizar Mehic

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I think you could also categorize this as: “things you find in the library when you should be working on your thesis.” That aside, I thought this was a striking formal comparison between Genzken’s and Mehic’s work, although certainly serendipitous rather than evidence of a connection between the contemporary German artist and the older Yugoslavian aartist. Having recently seen the Genzken show at MoMA though,  it popped out at me.


Isa Genzken’s building representing Berlin’s buildings made by leaning colored glass panes at MoMA’s current Isa Genzken: Retrospective. Part of her 2004 series “New Buildings for Berlin.”

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Vasa-Velizar Mehic’s Bouquet (1970) in the Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art, found in a book in the library called The Museums of Yugoslavia, which dates it pretty clearly.

My Little Corner of the World

These illustrations are part of a project by James Gulliver Hancock to capture all the buildings in New York. He’s made a decent start, as you can see if you check out his blog. I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic about New York as I make preparations to leave it on a new adventure, so I was delighted by them.

No time to be too nostalgic though, as I have a hectic few weeks coming up. And now, for your listening pleasure, “My Little Corner of the World” by Yo La Tengo.