View Full Version : Two Exhibits at the MoMA

28th November 08, 03:08 PM
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 10"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 10"><link rel="File-List" href="file:///F:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CEmmy%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsoht ml1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]--> I’ve never studied art besides required courses, so if you feel my comments or opinions are ill-informed, one of you may feel free to educate me. Here is my review of parts of the Museum of Modern Art in NY, specifically a wonderful exhibition of Van Gogh’s work called “The Colors of the Night” and another of an artist I admit never having heard of, a fellow named Joan Miro, who is quoted as saying he wanted to “assassinate painting” - I think he succeeded.
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I’ll start with Miro. I HATED it all. I read that he liked to use unprimed canvases. They’re all the color of mold brown paper. Take a look at these.
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That’s supposed to be a cloud and some birds. I’ve seen better clouds in cartoon fights. I guess I can make out why those are supposed to be birds. At least it’s interesting and I wouldn’t mind having it around but this next one…
The birth of the world? This guy must have had some serious issues. All his work is drab, depressing and quite drug induced. Now there were also some of Dali’s paintings, the ones with the clocks – but those were colorful and I liked them. I don’t like Miro.
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Van Gogh is another story. I’ll let you play with the links here, so you can see what I saw. http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2008/vangoghnight/
I’d always loved the favorites, Starry Night and the ones you see in art class even as a child. I was even more amazed by the play of light and darkness in the landscapes of sunset (especially Toward Evening) and of the stars over the river. The one with the pool table is pretty cool, too.
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So it may be a cliché…. I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.<o:p></o:p>

28th November 08, 04:21 PM
How come the links are blue? Is that to make the site look less Nazi?

28th November 08, 04:29 PM
No, more artsy. Not a clue how I did it or if I did.
Wheee, Crayons!!!

billy sol hurok
28th November 08, 10:04 PM
No, more artsy. Not a clue how I did it or if I did.
Boy, mods get to have all the fun.

I'm no fan of Miro -- though there's a very broad swing in quality in his stuff, for my money -- but that second piece is rather balanced, handsome and, um, dignified for him. (Let's never mind the title.) Kind of like a Klee. (http://images.google.com/images?client=opera&rls=en&q=klee&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi&gbv=1&ei=5K8wSc_qL6XCef7B7LQE) I like Klee.

Recently saw Van Gough's billiard table again, and was struck by how ghastly the lighting is. You'd swear that they had fluorescents back then: there's such a sickly green hue. The website's photo kind of downplays it.

I'd like to have a real-life look at that Sowers and Wheatfields stuff.

Edit: O hai my link's blue too

29th November 08, 03:34 AM
How come the links are blue? Is that to make the site look less Nazi?Smells like re-integration.

30th November 08, 12:43 PM
If it's still a mystery, I did type the post in word with links, which are blue/purple because that's what MY prefs are.

Oh, look, here's more Miro for you!