I've needed a break. I took one from blogging. I don't think it's quite over yet, but soon. Sadly, it's harder to take a break from Real Life.
Anyway, here's a picture from the Guggenheim this weekend, a some random opinions on art.
Honestly, about as "modern" as my modern art tastes get is 1930 or so. After that, art is kinda lost on me, depending on the artist. Example: Bonnard, yes, Dali, no. (Unless you're talking deviantART, in which case, I'm down.) Now, that's a huge generalization. Let's just say that I can do reasonably well at MoMA, where reside various works by Redon, Boccioni, Van Gogh, Chagall, Severini, even some later Monet. And The Guggenheim has a smattering of Cézanne, even a Manet out right now.
But I really just. can't. appreciate. four boulders and a black piece of rubber, with one of the boulders daringly off the rubber of its corner, while the other three boulders obligingly comply with authority and weight down the rubber corners. I could stare at rock formations in nature until my eyes dried up and fell out of their sockets, but.... no. I do not need to pay $18 to see boulders on black rubber. Sorry. I am just Not A Modern Art Person. (Point of fact: I did not pay, my mom did.)
Several months ago (a year ago? more?) I saw a play brought over by the Donmar Warehouse, starring Alfred Molina. It was about Mark Rothko in his later years, and while it gave me some appreciation for Rothko's more famous stuff (as opposed to his earlier stuff, which I actually do enjoy), I mostly still look at a Rothko and see.... red.
And isn't that the neat thing about art? I can totally understand that there are people out there who probably go on major Rothko pilgrimages, whereas it is my life goal to somehow set up a tent on the grounds of Giverny (Quidditch World Cup style, of course). It's a totally accepted reality that different art will speak to different people at different times in their lives, and for the most part (except with snobs and Jerry Falwell), that's okay with everyone.
Wow, I would really like to keep thinking about art rather than all the other crap I have to think about.