weekly wrap up

Your Weekend To-Do List: Inspired by Modern Art

by Maxwell Tielman

Today marks the last day of May and with it, the last day of our Month of Color. As a celebratory send-off, here are five things to do this weekend that highlight one of my favorite uses for color—in artwork. From some early summer reading to a relaxing album, here’s hoping that these items will keep color in your life all summer long. Have a lovely weekend! Bring on June! —Max

1. Read: Louise Nevelson, edited by Germano Celant. Published last month by Rizolli, this epic monograph highlights the work of one of my own favorite artists, the sculptor Louise Nevelson. Known primarily for her monochromatic assemblage work, Nevelson is frequently regarded as one of the most important talents of the Twentieth Century. This book, which covers a sprawling 560 works and includes additional photographs, documents, and magazine articles, is sure to be a favorite of any Nevelson fan. Purchase here.

2. See: Julie Mehretu at Marian Goodman Gallery, May 11-June 22. Known for her sprawling abstract murals reminiscent of topographic charts, Julie Mehretu recently unveiled her latest collection of work in what is her first New York City gallery show in over a decade. If you’re going to be in New York within the next month, be sure to check this one out. Not only is Mehretu’s work absolutely stunning and wildly intricate in person, this is a show people will be talking about all summer.

3. Wear: The Modern Composition Dress at Anthropologie. If this week’s sweltering weather was any indication, it’s officially time for summer dresses! Kick the season off right with this patterned dress that references abstract Modernist paintings.

4. Make: Piet Mondrian Cake from the Modern Art Desserts cookbook. If you’re in the mood to indulge your inner artist and baker this weekend, this new book by pastry chef Caitlin Freeman should do the trick nicely. The book is filled with dozens of recipes for delicious (and fabulously over-the-top) desserts, all inspired by famous works of Modern art. Even if you’re not particularly baking-inclined, it makes for great eye candy. Purchase here.

5. Listen: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth by Mount Kimbie. I stumbled upon this album recently because I loved the cover art, but the music won me over. Filled with mellow, contemplative electronic tracks, this album is perfect for a warm summer walk or as the soundtrack to a museum visit. Purchase on iTunes here.

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