One of the many advantages that this shining city offers is an obscene wealth of art. There are the big-named museums that you’ve already heard of, but the nooks and crannies contain small galleries that occasionally house blockbuster shows.
A few weeks ago I did a post about the Monet: Late Works exhibit at the Gagosian Galleries in Chelsea. It was a large showing of water lily paintings, many of which are held in private hands, so it’s not likely they’ll be seen in public again anytime soon. I was so taken aback by the show that I had to insist that CB see it, as he lives just a short walk away (which he did), and I also wanted to bring 8-Year Old Daughter into the city to see it (which I did).
The show is set to close this weekend and as such, I thought it would be packed. But the blue, blue skies and warm summer temperatures caused a mass exodus from the city to the beaches, so Daughter, Artiste Florenza and I made the trek to Chelsea and the galleries were gloriously empty.
We had unobstructed views of the paintings. You could stand there and really get lost in the brushstrokes without anyone walking in front of you.
You’d think that that would be enough art for one afternoon but nooooo! While the Monet show is getting ready to close, at the OTHER Gagosian gallery just a few blocks away, the big Roy Lichtenstein: Still Lifes show just opened. And, Sweet Jesus! What a fantastic, fun show!
You don’t get to see that many still lifes from Lichtenstein, as it wasn’t really his thing. So to have such a large gathering under one big, beautiful, well-lit gallery is a rare treat. And it’s FREE! Just walk on in!
There are a few fun sculptures. This brightly-colored glass with a goldfish looks like a 3D comic when viewed against the stark white background of the gallery wall. The photo is a gross injustice. I wish I could buy this one.
CB, this gallery is on 24th Street, so I’m going to have to insist that you walk down the block and pay a visit. I’ll undoubtedly be going back for a second look before it closes at the end of July, so perhaps I’ll tag along.
I’m not convinced that Daughter is getting anything out of these museum visits, but the time we spend together is invaluable. Several years from now, she’ll be in her You Embarrass Me/It’s All Your Fault stage, so I’m trying to capitalize on these moments while she can still stand to be in the same room with me.
Just as she’s pulling away, the other one will be old enough for my New York City brain washing program. There’s no escape. Muuhahaha!