Laurent Perbos, Aire 2005
It is US Open time and I'm watching Nadal play Alamagro right now... just for fun please
indulge this as Art and tennis have an incredibly long history together considering Caravaggio
etc. In fact it's probably where I developed a kinesthetic sense of schematic
space, which then made understanding abstract art much easier in High School
when I became interested in more avant-garde art. Over the years, I've even noticed that art aware tennis players often love Agnes Martin and Sol LeWitt. Makes sense.
Then there is the fact that the art world loves to play tennis. Michael Kimmelman
, Tyler Green tweets
and I've heard even Marizio Cattelan plays a little. Locally, tennis is
very popular in the art scene; Jane Beebe, Cris Moss, Bruce Guenther, Kathy
Abraham, Joe Macca (who is chicken to play me), Justin Oswald, Jennifer Gately
and Harrell Fletcher have been known to play. Even Jesse Hayward, who is the
runaway star of this year's TBA
visual arts offerings
used to be a teaching pro. Of course here at PORT
Alex and I play...during a doubles match on Friday play kept getting interrupted
because the other team kept wanting to discuss Andrea Zittel.
Anyways, here are some more areas where art and tennis' Venn diagrams intersect:
Jacques-Louis David, Tennis Court Oath, 1791
' Carravagio's Tennis Trophy
A Sol LeWitt next to the tennis courts at the MCA Chicago
Richard Long on Chinati's tennis courts
Warhol painted the happy couple of McEnroe and ONiell ;)
Remy-Veenhuizen's tennis ball seating for the Boijmans museum
Nicholas Nixon's Tennis Court
's Car on Tennis Courts, 2008
I think I saw Caravaggio's trophy on a 2007 episode of Antiques Roadshow. I believe it was in Dayton.
Thanks for wonderful pictures and connecting tennis and art. I ,too, play tennis and made some art inspired by watching Wimbledon on tv a few years ago.