I have always been a pencil.
(Note: This trip to NYC was in August!)
Museum of Modern Art
On my last trip, I didn't make it to MoMA. This time it was at the top of my list. There is so much in the permanent collection to see (Van Gogh's Starry Night!) and on top of that, a show of Toulouse-Lautrec prints!
Sculptures by Franz West
Fulang-Chang and I, 1937
Oil on Composition Board
Hirondelle Amour, 1933-34
I try to apply colors like words
that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.
Portrait of a Man in a Late-Nineteenth-
Century Frame, 1950
Oil on canvas with wood frame
Isn't that piece of Miro's amazing? People try this type of thing in photoshop ... and fail, frankly. This is not collage. It is all paint! (And a super cool frame!)
Preview of the Lautrec show at MoMA, and gives an explanation of the show.
Bust of Mlle. Marcelle Lender, 1895
Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec:
Prints and Posters
July 26, 2014-March 22, 2015
During the exhibition, you could hear Yvette Guilbert, over the speakers ...
Loved the music playing, and videos of dancers, of that time. It really put you in a wonderful mood, for the show!!
I have tried to do what is true
and not ideal.
Au Moulin-Rouge: Un rude! Un vrai rude!
Jane Avril, 1893
This silent video of Can Can dancers played on a loop in the corner of the main exhibition room ...
I paint things as they are.
I don't comment. I record.
May Belfort from Portraits of Actors and Actresses:
Thirteen Lithographs, 1898
A profesional model is like a stuffed owl.
These girls are alive.
La Goulue Before the Court, 1899
Another by Yvette Guilbert!
In the Bois de Boulongne (Au Bois) 1897
I do not know if you bridle your pen,
but when my pencil moves, it is necessary
to let it go,
or crash! ... nothing more.
In another corner of the room, this video played ...
Le Poney Philbert, 1898
Lobster and Fish Tail 1939
Painted steel wire and sheet aluminum
There were these little cards outside the Lautrec exhibition, and they asked you to draw or describe your dream workspace. On mine, you see the little taboret on wheels I want, for my art supplies, and a huge window, looking out with a view of trees ...
My little lunch. Pretty tasty! And the view was lovely!
Terrace 5, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Café
Umberto Boccioni (Itlaian, 1882-1916)
Unique forms of Continuity in Space, 1913
Art seems to me
to be a state of the soul
more than anything else.
I and the Village, 1911
Mme Kupka among verticals, 1910-1911
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
Pines and Rocks (Fontainebleau?) c. 1897
Still Life with Apples, 1895-98 (detail)
With an apple
I will astonish Paris.
Helen Mirren on Painting, at MoMa. (Psst ... her favorite is mine, Kandinsky.)
The Kandinsky's are in a different room now, with ... I think it's a Kirschner. Anyway ... here is the room. Heaven.
Panels #1-4 for Edwin R. Campbell
Wassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944
Panel number 1 is my favorite!
Zooming in ... (This painting alone would make the whole flight worth it!)
Woman Plaiting Her Hair, 1906
Boy Leading a Horse, 1905-06
No. 3/No. 13 1949
Art is an adventure into an unknown world,
which can be explored only by
those willing to take risks.
Love ... like energy, no?
Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea, 1944
from the MoMA website
"Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea pictures two creatures dancing between sea and sky, surrounded by arabesques, spirals, and stripes. The forms “have no direct association with any particular visible experience, but in them one recognizes the principle and passion of organisms,” Rothko said. For him art was “an adventure into an unknown world”; like the Surrealists before him, Rothko looked inward, to his own unconscious mind, for inspiration and material for his work."
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Sketching The River, Aristide Maillol
It was lovely to sit out in the sculpture garden and sketch!
The Rose II, 2007
Broken Obelisk, 1963-69
Barnett Newman (American, 1905-1970)
Henry Moore (Britis, 1898-1986)
Family Group, 1948-49
Selfie with color ... ;)
The only thing that keeps me from going crazy in the museum bookstores (other than money, of course) is the thought of actually having to carry them home on the plane! The Lautrec catalog was great and that one on the right ... sigh.
Around the corner from the museum ...
I was so pooped out, and inspired, after the museum. I grabbed some antipasti on my way back to Larry's, met my friend Lisa, and we just chilled out, talked, and enjoyed the view. She was pooped out from a long day at some U.N. conference, so we were both content to just chill out.
Kandinsky video shows progression of his work.
Paris around 1900. ;)
Hope you are enjoying a lovely November!
Poetry and painting are done
in the same way you make love;
it's an exchange of blood,
a total embrace-
without any thought of protecting yourself.