and this shall be the new portrait

today was the first day of my vacation from work. i plan to talk about the necessity of this vacation perhaps in tomorrow's musing as i hope to wake up at 4am ala Nicholson Baker's suggestion from his book BOX OF MATCHES... wherein i will speak of a lot of stuff on my mind.

today however, i want to show some of the bits of artwork that caught my eye as i traveled to see the Edvard Munch show and the 20th century Etchings show at MoMA. I attempted to go as early as possible on a Monday morning to MoMA to avoid traffic to the works... but the tourist crowds are sneakier than i presumed and clogged every quiet moment i could find in the main exhibitions... still a great experience nonetheless.

while i took no pictures at the Munch portion of the museum, i found the show to be quite inspiring. books do not do justice to the textural elements and saturation of Munch's surfaces and colors. his reds and greens are unbelievably vibrant in person and his jumping back and forth between working with thin washes and thicker application.  The portrait of Julius Meier-Graefe, Metabolism and the large 7 foot drawing on brown paper were three of my favorites.

this first drawing is one by de chirico... a great drawing which i first thought to be a John Graham due to the line and the crossed eyes - but was later impressed yet again by this artist.  whom, for some reason or another, i always find myself surprised that i like his work.  the same goes for andre derain. i love his colors and his paintings... but if i knew myself - i would think that i wouldn't.  does that make any sense?de chirico, however, will always remind me of dave greenfield. a long time ago in high school art class we all had to pick an inspiring artist to mimic. dave chose de chirico and did a pretty great job at a neo-classically influenced painting... well done dave on the painting... well done dave on taking up storage space in my brain for and eternally linking yourself to de chirico in my head.

this drawing is one by larry rivers to which i also admire. and speaking of high school folk... i think the character in the middle kind of looks a bit like massimo pacchione.

this particular drawing is nothing special... and i even forget the artist - i just always have a soft spot for loosely classical drawings. perhaps it is because that is how my hand is innately trained... but i find them pleasing.  and hope to do some of my own tomorrow.

another nude drawing. one that is messy in the right ways.

this particular drawing took me by surprise because i have just finished one along similar lines. while this one is much busier than my own, it has the same premise of a larger scene drawing with no distinct perspective point almost in reference to early renaissance scene paintings that told entire stories that span a long amount of time in one image.  this drawing, however, fits into the overly popular aesthetic that massimo pacchione (mentioned earlier and seen in the larry rivers drawing) so perfectly entitled "grown  up cartoons".  recently, both massimo and i were denied acceptance into MFA programs and while it might just be my bitterness kicking in... but i think that perhaps we do not fit the mold of the kiki smith-esque charles dzama art of little girls with animal heads drawn semi-crudely. massimo was told his work was not "contemporary enough"... which essentially means that he is not replicating what is currently popular... which aggrivates me. how are people supposed to progress in their work if the educators and their respective facilities are basing their judgments on fitting into the mold of "contemporary"... not necessarily making something that reflects personal progression... but making something that seems "hot" right now.  ok... enough banter... like i said before... i am just a bit bitter about this and today's musing is to focus on imagery... tomorrow is ranting.

finally, this last bit of art took me by surprise. after the MoMA, there was more aesthetic moments to be had at Saint Patrick's Cathedral just around the corner. Just after Mass had ended, i came upon this beautiful statue and backdrop. normally (like de chirico and derain) i wouldnt think i would like turquois as a color to work with... but against the bronze - it hit me quite strongly.  reminiscent of the ceiling at Grand Central Station, i hope to use this palette in some new works. 

also some great stained glass... but  i actually prefered a piece in a mausoleum at the GreenWood Cemetery a bit more.

sorry about the poor picture - but they keep graves pretty dark... and the sun's angle was a tough one. anyway - thats the inspiring imagery for today... more to come tomorrow.

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