We went to the DMA today. I only had about 45 minutes to blast through the place, so I hit my favorites and some new stuff. There's a Chagall exhibit and a Cindy Sherman show, so I want to go back when I have more time. That's a wall of Chihuly glass sculptures that overlooks the cafe. I never shared photos from the Chihuly show this winter, did I?
Piper with naked seafolk and crazy big-eyed dolphin
Piper with Pre-Raphaelites
I could own every single Frida painting and never get tired of them.
Remind you of anyone?
I'd never noticed how amazing those scissors are until I'd seen this in person.
In egg tempera, no less. Can you imagine painting anything realistic with egg yolk?
Piper with Abundance
I think this is my favorite painting in the whole collection. It's so lush! (Abundance by Leon Frederic)
Piper with amazing bed owned by some old rich people
And now....for the other portion of our experience:
Piper with gigantic installation of trash...like a huge Fed Ex packing station, but their trash can, and in a museum, probably with lots of federal funding
Piper with cellophane/tape wall. I wanted to touch it soooo bad. The guard kept giving me nervous looks. I told her I wanted to touch it but I knew I couldn't but I still wanted to touch it. She said, "So does everyone else." Know what would have been worse? Bubble wrap.
Rotten bananas and oranges. With stitching and buttons. Sigh. This is why people get annoyed with contemporary art.
Piper with wolf pelt with red stitched eyes
Piper with sneaky AC duct art....fooled you, didn't they?
And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't throw in this gratuitous armadillo painting?
I love egg tempera.
By the by, Piper with actual originals is more than i can express. No words to muster.
Don't you just get total body chills when you find yourself in a room with actual originals? I get totally freaked/overwhelmed/outofmybody.
Once I was in a room with pure Modigliani's, and I almost fainted. Seriously.
Love Piper visiting the museum.
I think you should do a whole series of places Piper visits. Can ya?
Posted by: Vanessa | February 19, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Yes, its a little silly, but I thought shed appreciate herself in front of Waterlilies and such later in life.
I saw some Modiglianis today! The color is really rich.
The large paintings in particular really move me.
You dont get any sense of scale from art history books.
And the images are always so flat.
Its amazing to see them in person.
Posted by: Laura Irrgang | February 19, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I didn't think Piper here and there was silly, I LOVE IT!! I want more Piper visits posts.
I used to be taken to lots of museums all over the world by my parents. The scale is what always stuck with me as a child.
The immense scale religious paintings in the Balboa Park Museum, in San Diego are outrageous and mind blowing. Oddly enough all my visits there stick out even more than MoMa in NYC for some reason?
The scale, the paint, the feel --- it's an out of body experience for sure.
Posted by: Vanessa | February 19, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I loved this post from start to finish!
I know what you girls mean about the experience of being with the originals. I got to see the Mona Lisa in person a couple of years ago. I don't know how many images I've seen of the painting -- thousands, maybe -- but not one has ever done justice to how beautiful it is. Not one.
Of course, Piper adds to the beauty of anything she's photographed with! :)
Posted by: Maria | February 20, 2013 at 08:00 AM
I havent had the opportunity to see the Mona Lisa yet.
I know its relatively small. Were you surprised by the size?
I think a smaller portrait is more intimate, like it was meant to
be viewed in someones home rather than a stately mansion or palace.
Posted by: Laura Irrgang | February 20, 2013 at 09:47 AM