Below are some Artworks that have been at the core of my practice and artistic investigations for quite some time and some artworks that are relatively new to my understanding/awareness. I am grateful and thankful for them, they have given me joy and have shifted my perception of the world. Most are fairly modest works which fits into my aesthetic sensibilities. These works were found on various places around the internet--I host none of the images on my blog/site, these are just documented link for the purposes of reference. There is no hierarchy of importance to this list. Please note: there are many other works that I am thankful for that are not listed below.
Tender Are The Stairs To Heaven, 2004 - Yayoi Kusama
I experienced a version/edition of this work with a friend when visiting an art collectors open house 10 years ago. I am still mesmerized and in awe of it.
Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau / 2° le gaz d'éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1946–1966 - Marcel Duchamp
Maybe not his most famous, but his last work. It made me want to work on installation art and only installation art (which I feel is mostly still true)
All Memories Are Traces of Tears, 2010 - Brian Higbee
One of my favorite painting installations by Brian Higbee. The amount of different perspectives of this artwork has for psychological, perceptual, and dare I say: spiritual basis are infinite.
Meshes of Freedom, 1977 - Cildo Meireles
Maybe the ultimate grid artwork, since it is forever changing, evolving and other transformations.
From Beneath the Piano No. 7 ( from the Dust Project), 2009 - Sally Bozzuto
Galactic, musical (it's in the title), and maybe one of the greatest microcosmic investigations ever.
Two Running Violet V Forms, 1983 - Robert Irwin
His first permanent installation in California (maybe ever?). A work you truly need to visit multiple times during different times of the year to fully get it.
The Onyx of Electra, 1944 - Roberto Matta
I remember seeing this many years ago in the MoMA and it thoroughly shifting the amount of perspectives and structure you can have in a single 2D painting.
Floor with Horizontal Mirror, 1974 - Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Another work I saw in an art museum around 20 years ago that stuck in my head and I didn't really know why at the time.