In my recent trip to NY I discovered some artists I'd never heard of, and some of them I absolutely loved, including Fortunato Depero, an Italian Futurist whose work is on exhibit at the fantastic exhibit on Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim Museum. What a perfect venue for this exhibit! This is probably one of the best art exhibits I've ever seen in a museum. This is saying alot because I don't agree with the Futurist agenda--but the presentation of history and design was so well-done, and then my discovery of Depero made it well worth looking at all the other art. In 1917, Depero created stage sets and designed marionettes for a theatrical event called "My Balli Plastici." It featured new music and was poorly received by critics, but the author of the Futurist Manifesto, Marinetti, loved the production. As a visual feast it must have been simply amazing. The Manifesto was a very controversial document, but some of the art and design that came out of Futurism inspired decades of artists, architects, typographers and designers. Some of it, 100 years old, still looks very new. I love Depero's work and how he looked at folk art and made something new out of it. There is a magic in his work that really speaks to me! Below you can see a canvas he painted which contains all the characters from "My Balli Plastici."