As I have mentioned in previous writings, I am taken with minimalist art. Even the cliche stuff gets me. I just like that some artists come up with it.... and that it's taken very seriously. At MOMA, there is a room filled (sparsely,of course) with the "Biggies" in the world of minimalist Art.
|A beautiful illuminated piece by Dan Flavin. I liked the subtle colors|
it made on the wall. I want this in my house.
|Donald Judd, a favorite of mine, on the left. On the right, "Primary Light Group, Red, Green, Blue" by Jo Baer...|
|I know, right? Lawrence Weiner just removes a piece of the wall to expose whatever is behind.|
I love this....
With the minimalist stuff, I don't think too hard. I don't have the formal art education to really have an "informed opinion". I just go from the gut. Either it appeals to me or it doesn't. These works, many which I have seen before, all appeal to me for whatever reason. I don't try to intellectualize it at all. Sometimes it's the idea, or the texture... or that it makes me laugh, or creeps me out...
|Maybe it's because the artist's name is Blinky Palermo. Whatever, I like it.|
|Eva Hesse is a favorite of mine, too. I've always loved this piece, and wish I had it for my own.|
19 forms made of fiberglass and resin.
|Another from Eva Hesse. This was really interesting, all alone on the wall.|
|I will never forgive myself for not demanding to see the Joseph Beuys exhibit years ago in Paris.|
After spending a bunch of time viewing what we came to NY for, the de Kooning retrospective,(no photos allowed) we had a little bite to eat, and wandered around the rest of the galleries. MOMA has such a great buzz to it, with lots of people cruising around, and classes of kids sitting on the floor being taught the wonders of of it all. How lucky to be a student in NY, getting to have field trips to the Museums. Jeez.
There was this great interactive piece on one floor that I just had to check out. It was a couple of stories high, all billowy and gorgeous. There are speakers hanging all through it, and they pump in bits of crowd noise, or whispered conversations, even the voices of a bunch of little kids laughing and screaming. We couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from, since you could here it all through the museum...then we came upon the piece.
The idea is to walk through it, touch it, listen to the sounds. I loved just sitting outside and watching the ghost figures going through. I did go into it myself, of course. The artist is Carlito Carvalhosa, titled "Sum Of Days"
|Huge blankets of gauzy, cloud -like fabric, hung from way up there. Dreamy from outside.|
|Walking inside the layers of cloud-ness.|
Then it was coffee time, and also time to visit the gardens outside in the courtyard. We really lucked out with the weather. The day we left a storm moved into the east with snow and everything. We had great fall weather....
|I just enjoyed this flower arrangement so much in one of the MOMA cafes..|
|Looking out at the gardens of MOMA from an upper gallery.|
|In the garden. Where's Waldo?|
|A parting shot...Rachel Whiteread's amazing resin water tower. Sigh.|
It's such a divine luxury to be able to take the time and have the ability to make a little trip like this. We feel lucky and grateful to enjoy this sometimes crazy, always overwhelming, and ultimately rewarding life in the arts that we share.
Go out and see art. If you can't make it to MOMA, take the time to visit whatever your local area has to offer. Visit your local museums and galleries. Go to local exhibits. Get inspired, don't be timid..or intimidated. Join local art associations and museums.. Do what you can to help support the arts in your town, no matter at what level... you can only benefit from it. Encourage kids in your life to be artful and creative.
My heart jumps at the possibilities of ART.