Getting ready for Fall Colors, we took a day trip up to the MoMA a few weekends ago, paid for a full membership (almost cheaper than regular admission) and got high on the art. Of course, we took pics.
The following is our selection of what we loved most on that day, photographed as well as possible (all artists are noted with the exception of Matisse, Picasso, Monet and one Rothko, which we should all by now - and three black and white prints by Jean Arp, which are the only threesome).
We wish many of the pics would have come out better, so we're going to go back with a tripod and a bigger camera at some point and try it again. We invite you to do the same. It's all a part of finding color.
Interestingly, a few things stood out to us.
1. Color in art as a starring element was essentially a modern event. As Matisse said,: "Modern art spreads joy around by its color, which calms us."
2. All the art we liked was really OLD. The stuff we thought was the best was almost all produced before 1960.
3. MoMA's collection of new artists was interesting, but not stunning. They seem to have peaked a long time ago as arbiters of taste.
4. The design collection - which you would think we would have gone to first - is not as impressively displayed as it once was and more dated than we remember. With so much amazing design happening these days, there is a HUGE missed opportunity taking place in this department.
5. But, despite all this, we really LIKED the new MoMA. While we know there have been a few detractors, this new space has a mystique and a grandeur all its own and the way in which it displays the artwork is lovely. We're going back.