Top 5 Must-See Works at Moco Museum
1. Girl with Balloon on Canvas
Girl and Balloon
Spray paint and emulsion on canvas
50.5 x 50.5 cm
Provenance: “Santa’s Ghetto” (London, 2003)
Authenticated by Pest Control
On loan from private collector, The Netherlands
You’ve probably seen her in the headlines, on the streets, on the back of someone’s arm, Girl with Balloon is world-famous. Arguably, she is the first thing you might think of when you hear the words, “street art.”
Girl with Balloon first appeared in London’s South Bank in 2002. A windswept heart balloon floats beyond her fingertips. Yet the believed meaning behind this artwork seems to change almost as much as the winds do.
For many of us, we associate our childhood memories with this little girl and her heart-shaped balloon as a symbol of peace, happiness, innocence, and wild dreams. But, is this piece about loss? Does she reach out for the balloon or has she released it?
2. Final Days
207 x 163 x 229 cm
KAWS chose his creative nickname based on the visual interaction between letters. “I liked the fact that it didn’t exist. It wasn’t a thing, just sort of lettering that worked. I liked the sound, like a short strong mark.”
Throughout his career, KAWS has always toyed with the traditional boundaries of being an artist. In Final Days, we encounter the hatless Kurf character, inspired by the cartoon Smurfs. The work is sculpted from afrormosia, a historic African wood that is believed to hold spiritual energy. The hefty, richly-colored character stumbles towards us, and with outstretched arms, our participation is requested.
3. Black Blue Painting
Black Blue Painting
Oil on paper, laid on linen
121.3 x 101.9 cm
Provenance: Marlborough-Gerson Gallery Inc. (New York), Estate of Bernard J. Reis (New York), Sotheby Park Bernet Inc. (New York, 1981), Dr. R.D. and Jane Burns (Indiana, United States), Sotheby’s (New York, 1990)
“Midwest Museum of American Art” (Elkhart, 1982-1990)
On loan from private collector, United States
From 1968 until his death in 1970, Rothko experienced heart troubles, and almost exclusively worked on paper at his doctor’s requests. The soft paper was perfect for his delicate technique, and he became devoted to the medium. Black Blue Painting is a lasting example of Rothko’s power, being compared to endless oceans, the cosmos, and rare night-blooming flowers. Although the artist’s departure from this world was untimely, he leaves us with a work of great control, peacefulness, elegance, and distance.
“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.” – Mark Rothko
4. Night of Stars
Night of Stars (TWOSA)
Urethane resin on canvas
194 x 194 cm
Provenance: Victoria Miro Gallery “Yayoi Kusama” (London, 2008)
Authenticated by the artist’s studio
The Polka Dot Princess, otherwise known as Yayoi Kusama, spent most of her childhood in nature, during which she first experienced hallucinations.
These imaginary things that she saw became her source of inspiration. She described these hallucinations as “flashes of light, auras, or dense fields of dots”. She saw so many dots that they became overwhelming and it felt like they were swallowing her whole. Ever since she’s had a growing obsession with dots. A star was born!
“My life is a dot lost among thousands of other dots.” – Yayoi Kusama
Silkscreen on handkerchief mounted on cardboard
47 x 44.4 cm
Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery (New York), Cornette de Saint Cyr (Paris, 1989), Galerie Isy Brachot “Andy Warhol” (Brussels, 1989), Versailles, Etude Perrin, Royère, LaJeunesse, Vergez Honta (Paris, 2000), Private Collection (France), Artcurial (Paris, 2018)
Authenticated by the artist
Money, money, money, must be funny. Andy Warhol not only flirted with this idea…he made passionate love to it! The Pop Art Master was a cultural icon. Although he came from a working-class family, he built an entire artistic career around commercial obsession.
“I wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever.” – Andy Warhol