Have You Seen Koloman Moser?

A few weeks ago, on one of my regular trips to NYC, and after going to the MOMA on that Saturday, I was trying to decide what to do on Sunday.  Often when I don’t have a burning to go to a specific show, I will weigh out what is on offer in the city, do something completely unrelated or just randomly see something.

Wardrobe by K. Moser

Wardrobe by K. Moser

I checked out what was going on at the Neue Gallerie, one of my favorite museums in NY.  If you haven’t been there and love Bauhaus art, you have to check it out.  The show I saw was on Koloman Moser, a fantastic designer and one of the founders of the Wiener Werkstatte in pre-World War II Germany.  This movement was part of the Vienna Secession which believed in a total artwork where architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts would be integrated into environments.

 

His work is filled with joy and color and repetition.  He designed items so diverse they ran the gamut from fashion to painting to furniture.  We don’t have people, or not many people, these days who can work in so many materials and mediums.  I love seeing the flow and his style appear from wallpaper down to the items used at the dinner table.  I find it very inspiring.

Moser - Wallpaper, Paintings and Prints.

Moser – Wallpaper, Paintings and Prints.

 

It seems to me that these days a lot of artists have pigeon-holed themselves into one medium or another and don’t take as many risks as artists once did.  These risks expand one’s thoughts and ideas as an artist and help others to see the world in a more art inclusive way.  There can be art everywhere you look, if you look at it in the right way.

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