Christine Hughes visits an on going exhibition of works by Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Art Foundation at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachussetts and talks with Director Joseph Thompson about the work.
Hughes writes: "… why do I love most of Kiefer’s work? The materiality. The weaving of visual imagery with written word. The encompassing scale. The openness of brushstroke. The combination of landscape with history painting. Dead straight ahead view of it. The fact of it… My thinking is, as we write or paint or create anything, we want to offer a way of seeing which will give an epiphany, a boost, a gift, insight, give something. It’s not about impressing viewers with newness or intimidating them with obtuse meaning, but giving them something, changing something in them, allowing something, affirming some part by. Kiefer holds a mirror to the destructive in us all, the narcissistic. Robert Hughes said his work “affirms the moral imagination.”