• Amitié: Meret Oppenheim's Miss Gardenia

    8 days ago - By Open Space

    Meret Oppenheim, Miss Gardenia , 1962
    A small object can pull you toward it like a magnet. I'm partial to the experience of seeing “an enormously tiny bit of a lot” as Meret Oppenheim wrote in a poem. My first apprehension of Miss Gardenia was of an astonishing object, an enigmatic presence, in the old SFMOMA sometime in the late '80s. The air around her was palpably charged; everything else receded from view and a dense silence radiated.
    One might imagine a dream in which Meret Oppenheim encounters a Cycladic goddess at a flea market. In conjoining opposing energies of simplicity and...
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