Since M was so patient about looking at the religious art and the Asian art exhibits, it was only fair that I should be patient about looking at the modern art. I’m convinced I must be missing whatever it is you have to have to appreciate modern art. That’s not to say I dislike all modern art. On the contrary, there are some works/pieces that I enjoy/appreciate very much. But some of it I just don’t understand.
Perhaps that’s the point.
(No doubt there are people who feel that way about some of my photos.)
(Walking into the Modern Art exhibits. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
The name of the above piece of art on the ceiling is: On a Blue Ceiling, Eight Geometric Figures: Circle, Trapezoid, Parallelogram, Rectangle, Square, Triangle, Right Triangle, X (Wall Drawing No. 351). Made in Philadelphia, PA. 1981. Artist: Sol LeWitt, American, 1928-2007.
I found the gallery label (taken from the Philadelphia Museum of Art website) rather interesting:
LeWitt never touched this ceiling; there is nothing of his handcraft in its production. Rather, what was important to him was the idea–he was an early pioneer of conceptual art. In 1982, the Philadelphia Museum of Art purchased this wall drawing, which means simply that the Museum owns the idea and the right to execute it or to erase it and to allow others to do so, as expressed in a certificate signed by the artist. LeWitt provided the description that is the work’s title and specified directions (how many coats and what brand of paint, for example), but the execution of the wall drawing was left to the hands of others.
I wonder if there’s ever been any discussion between those in charge at the museum about erasing it. I hope not. This is one of those works of modern art that I like.
(I’m unable to find the name of this work and/or the artist. If anyone happens to know, please let me know so I can properly give credit where credit is due. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
From Modern Art we moved on to European Art (1850-1900) which includes the Impressionists and Post Impressionists.
(I’m unable to find the title of this work or the name of the artist. Once again, if you know, please let me know. Thanks!)
(Mermaid. Edvard Munch. 1896. Made in Paris, France. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
By the time we finished up with the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, it was almost closing time. We stepped out front to have a look at the fountains before we left.
(Fountain. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
(View from the top of the Rocky stairs. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
I hope we have the time to go back again before we leave. It doesn’t look likely, but one can always hope.