Most of us recall the first time we saw a particular painting that we had only seen pictures of or heard about and the experience of. Aside from that experience,what particular EXHIBITS have you seen that stand out in your mind as spectacular. I can think of several,but the one that comes to mind most often,is the Pierre Bonnard exhibit in 1998 that was at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I have always loved Bonnard's work,but,to see first hand,to this day, haunts me. Here are a couple pictures of the paintings in particular, that really sent me over the edge.
I have a print of this painting in my bath and marvel at something different all the time
Of all the art exhibits and art books I have ever seen, one works stands out to me the most and I wish I knew the name of the work or the artist. It was in a college art class and was pictured in our textbook, which said it had been lost during WWII. It was a rather stark painting of a winter landscape with a group of monks marching single file through the snow up to the church, which was a ruin with only a bit of one wall and most of the bell tower still standing. Something about the empty cold starkness of that scene, and yet these monks still heading up there to pray and such in the cold evening light, just going about their daily rituals as best they might with what was left.
Perhaps it was particularly evocative as this was the illustration the prof used for speaking about all the works lost in the war and no one knows were they destroyed? Taken home by soldier and now sitting in an old attic or garage? In the hands of a private collector? and there was that stark, broken, ruin of a church on the overhead the whole time he spoke.
I have to say,perhaps because it is so fresh in my mind,the current major retrospective of Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC,is one of the most outstanding,inspiring exhibits of photography I have ever seen. 300 beautiful plates,images made famous by The Decisive Moment and other books,but many which were never shown before,even to experts. I spent three hours there,and had I been able to linger longer,probably would have. The scope of his work,from his surrealistic innovations of the early 1930's to his career as a leading photojournalist after WWII,all there. An outstanding exhibit.
This is probably one of the hardest ones for me. The following is from the Louvre d Antiquities and is called The Book of Hours.
The other one are the Monet exhibit at the L Orangerie:
I did not realize until I saw them that the Monets were wall size.
Last Edit: May 28, 2010 15:21:00 GMT by traveler63
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Yes,those were all part of the exhibit Jazz...you would have loved..three hours flew by like minutes,staring at some for a really long time. I wonder if the exhibit is going "on the road",maybe,make it's way up to Canada. It is only at MOMA until I believe,some time in June or July.
I'd've loved to see the Cartier-Bresson exhibit. One of my favorite photo exhibits ever was at the St. Louis Art Museum, of Gertrude Kasebier works. I'm at work now and can't copy any of her photos here.
A couple of years ago we saw an exhibit of women photographers from around Kasebier's time, including some of hers, at the Georgia O'Keefe Gallery in Santa Fe.
I went to the Textile Museum here in Oaxaca the other day and saw this exhibition. The introduction seemed a bit portentous, which made me less than receptive at first. In fact, both I and the person who accompanied me were initially somewhat dismissive, but the diaphanous dreaminess soon worked its magic on us.
Entering and turning right ~
The long wall facing the door was full of variety ~