Monday, June 1, 2015

Jewish artist Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

By Lucy Blatter

NEW YORK---On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of Signature,” a neon white projection created from the actual signatures of museum visitors with the help of a computer program, is an evolving light sculpture that the Polish-Jewish artist calls an ode to the disappearing art of handwriting. Invisibility and the power of what cannot be seen are constants in the work of Kurant, who learned only as a teenager that her mother’s family was Jewish. [link]
Agnieszka Kurant’s “The End of Signature” projected on to a shopping mall in Holland in 2013. (Jannes Linders)