Friday, July 6, 2012

Braque in Speedway

No, I don't go looking for them. 
The images just jump in front of me and 
force me to take their pictures. I was walking along
 West 15th Street in Speedway not long ago, happily looking at
all of the older homes that have been renewed and restored,
when this image, reminding me of a painting 
by Cubist artist Georges Braque just seemed to be 
standing curbside, begging for my attention.

Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Marcel Duchamp were
were searching for new ways to portray three-dimensional
forms on a two-dimensional surface, sort of looking for
a way to show the viewer different viewpoints of the same
object in one picture. One of the other things the artists researched
was to find a way to show movement and speed in their paintings.
The paintings familiar to almost every college student
that show this are Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
and Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907
Oil on Canvas. Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Really, what particular movement in 20th Century art could be 
more appropriate to find in Speedway? Most of the artists' work 
during this period was done, beginning in Paris, from 1908 
to about 1919 -- years during which the Indianapolis 
Motor Speedway was constructed, opened, 
and the first Indianapolis 500-Mile Races were held.

Nude Descending a Staircase,
No. 2, 1912. Oil on Canvas.
Philadelphia Museum of Art 


dive said...

A Cubist roofscape! Your eye for art is keener than ever, Speedway. And you're so right to point out its appropriateness to Speedway and the Indy.
Talking of racing, if the weather doesn't let up (and it's been raining here for six months straight) we're likely to see some pretty cubist-looking, post-wreck Formula 1 cars this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, dive, send us some of that rain and we will gladly return the favor with about 15 degrees (F) of superflous heat here in Indiana.

Speedway said...

Thank you, Dive. Here it has been running in the 90s for about a month with little relief, and now we're in the 100's. The water level is low in the rivers and reservoirs and we could definitely use some rain. On the 4th, one little cloud appeared on the horizon that looked like it might hold a nice storm or two. It was so remarkable that people for miles around took pictures of it and sent it to the paper and TV stations.

Speedway said...

Hi, Alison, thank you for visiting. I was just thinking about the same thing - let Dive send us a rain-filled cloud or two and we'll send him some of our heat.

Speedway said...

Dive, are you going to Silverstone this weekend? I know I don't need to tell you to take planty of nice pictures, but I will ask that you remember to take/wear a hat, no matter what the weather.

dive said...

No Silverstone for me this weekend, Speedway; it's flooded out (no car park or camp ground), and besides, the ticket price is laughable. I'll watch it over at Phil's tomorrow, though I'm not sure about wearing a hat.