The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.

Two Shows at WAAM

As I continued my upstate tour last weekend, I left Kingston (see my post from yesterday) and went on to Woodstock, where two shows at WAAM caught my eye. The first was a centennial celebration of work from the permanent collection. In addition to the more recent Guston and Mary Frank, most interesting were the early pieces by artists we know well, for instance Rosemary, Milton Glaser, Bradley Walker Tomlin. The second show included contemporary artists, some of whom are my dear FB friends (and in-person friends too of course). I've posted photos of my favorites from both shows.

Philip Guston

Rosemary Beck

Bradley Walker Tomlin

Mary Frank

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Milton Avery

Milton Glaser

Ralph Moseley

Elisa Tucci

Ellen Kozak

Mark Sheinkman

Nancy Campbell

Eric T Banks

This wonderful piece, that because of its sense of creature wrapped around a tree, reminds me of the Bernini sculpture at the Met. Eric's sculpture made me cry because this innocent creature looks so helpless, so wanting to survive against all odds. Seeing this piece at WAAM excited me, too, because I knew later in the day I'd be privileged to visit Eric's studio -- I'll be posting some of what I saw there later this week.