Frida Kahlo "Autorretrato", 1940
Some of the pairings are quite familiar like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock and Elaine and Willem de Kooning. Others are less well known like Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy and Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst. And a few are rather surprising like Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell! Every work presented is a lovely example of the artist's oeuvre and the overall effect is very impressive.
Bartender working with a Merce Cunningham dance video in the background
In addition to traditional artist couples, Miss Ordovas has also explored relationships between visual and performance artists through a program of live presentations. Last month, in the London gallery, she offered a series of concerts by pianist Annie Yim playing music by John Cage who had deep personal relationships with the artists Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Last evening, in New York, I had the great pleasure to be invited to a soirée featuring performances of Merce Cunningham's "Cross Currents" a collaboration between the choreographer and John Cage that debuted in London in 1964.
Executed by one man and two women dressed in black tights and white tops, each dancer had his or her own, separate, rhythm but came together at the end of the phrase.
The dancers moved like a pendulum from one end of the gallery to the other with the beautiful artwork as a backdrop.