Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Frank Stella Up on the Roof

What am I doing "blogging" at 4:00 a.m.? If you fall asleep around 9:00 pm and wake up at 3:00 am, what else?

I spent a beautiful Monday afternoon "museum hopping" in NYC, but oh, my aching feet! I walked from Penn Station at 7th Ave & 34th to Lexington & 40th to catch the subway to 86th Street. Then I walked back up to 5th Avenue and waited about 15 minutes on line for the Neue Galerie exhibit of "Van Gogh and Expressionism." July 2nd was the last day. It was an interesting exhibit that hung the Van Goghs with the work of Austrian and German artists to demonstrate his influence on artists such as Kandinsky, Schiele and Kokoschka. Self-portraits were hung together; Van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in 1889 was shown with Schiele's bedroom painting in 1911. I didn't get the show catalog, but I couldn't resist getting a book on Schiele. I've always admired his unique vision and watercolor works.

I walked over to the Metropolitan Museum, open this Monday because it is a holiday week. What a day to see the Frank Stella works up on the roof. The show opened on May 1, but work was still being done on the Chinese Pavillion piece. I'd only brought the Sony camera, but I think I got some good shots. I like the way the openings and angles of the piece frame the skyline and the sky. I had no idea what Frank Stella looked like, so I thought perhaps the bearded man in black was the artist...no, it's Robert van Winkle (not Rip). When I got home I googled and found the NY Times Article about the show. There's also a slideshow of photos taken by Librado Romero during the installation. OK...he's a pro, but I didn't do too badly.

If you go to: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/05/02/arts/
you should be able to see the slide show and review. I tried it, and it only seems to work if you copy and paste the entire reference.

I walked through the special exhibit of the Sterling and Stephen Clark Collections of Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. A lot of people weren't aware that the Met was open (it's usually closed on Mondays), so it was pleasantly uncrowded. It would have been a good day to check out: Poiret; the related Stella exhibit, contemporary photographs, and of course, the new Greek and Roman Galleries, but my feet said...save it for another day.

On the way out I passed a huge book on Diane Arbus' work called "Revelations." It was on sale from $50 to $20, so how could I resist! It's 352 pages and weighs about 20 lbs...what a bargain. Fortunately, it was just a short walk to the 5th Ave bus.

There's a bright red sunrise...maybe I'll take some pictures, and then again I may just go back to bed.


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