The Year of Modern Art in my GoodNCrazy Life
Some People Choose a Word of the Year as a Theme.
Water? Reading? Meditate?
Or maybe they make one large resolution like reading more good books or increasing their spirituality.
But this year I’m going to focus on something that has been percolating in my life lately.
I don’t even know why. It just makes me happy.
The first modern art installment where I literally stopped dead in my tracks to stare at it… was in the World Trade Center sometime in late 1995. I wrote about that giant 2 story Miró Tapestry on an anniversary of 9-11 because as you might imagine, sadly it was destroyed.
I had no idea who he was or WHAT that huge rug with all the crazy stuff hanging off it was. Sure I’d heard of Dali and his melting watches. I knew about Picasso and his portrait of a woman who couldn’t decide if she wanted to face the artist or be in profile. And a few other wacky artists.
But to stand next to something that huge? And well.. THAT weird?
Was the beginning of a lifelong love of modern (and often bizarre) art.
Since that time, I learned that Joan Miró is pronounced (sho-ahn) with a soft shh at the beginning. Because he’s from the Catalonia area of Spain and that’s how they pronounce it. I’ve seen his works in the Modern Art Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago and several others. I’ve BEEN to Barcelona and wandered through the Miró Foundation.
Modern Art + Modern Sushi = AMEN!
Recently I drove up to Durham, NC and saw a traveling exhibit of Miró’s paintings and SUPER wacky sculptures at the Nasher Museum, part of Duke University. Is that a person? Oh? It says it’s a woman. I see that now (no I don’t). The art exhibit at the Nasher will be there until the end of February. Entrance is only $12 and it’s TOTALLY worth it.
I don’t pretend to understand the art. Or the why’s behind the creations. Or the madness. But holy wonderful(!) I simply LOVE to wander through a modern art show and let it whisk me away on a journey. Okay maybe more like and ‘Acid Trip’. But still.
If you drive up there from Charlotte – be sure to go eat lunch at the CowFish in Raleigh. The HUGE aquarium was a treat as are all the burger-ooshi combinations!! My new favorite is The Nature Boy’s WOOOOO–shi BuffalOOOOO–shi Roll… spicy but not overwhelming if you take off the jalepenos! NOTE: I was a guest of both the Nasher Museum and the Raleigh Cowfish.
Guess Where we get the Word Gaudy from?
While I was in Barcelona last summer I met my new fascination in the Modern Art world. His name is Antoni Gaudi. And I HAD NO IDEA!! See, he was an architect. And people… he put giant geckos on the outside of buildings. He created tile mosaic gates that probably caused car crashes (or more likely horse & carriage crashes since he worked around the turn of the last century). I will be sharing some of my favorite Gaudi photos soon! Until then, go Google his name. You’ll See. I’m sure he was brilliant, but ya gotta admit, kinda crazy too?? Warning. I’m obsessed. And you have to travel to Barcelona to see it. He only designed buildings there.
Your necklace is too gaudy. That word? EXACTLY what Mr. Gaudi was. OVER. THE. TOP. He adorned the fronts of apartment buildings so they looked like waves of the ocean! And don’t get me started on the Cathedral he designed. I promise more talk of Gaudi in 2015.
Past Modern Art Obsessions
Besides my love of Miró, and locating his work anywhere I travel, I also fell in love with the live action art of Christo. I don’t even know how to describe his live, short lived outdoor art installments? Weird. Well yeah.. it’s MODERN Art after all? But beautiful and wonderful and… NEVER SEEN BY ME! Things like wrapping bridges and Opera Houses with fabric. Or creating live painting with Umbrellas in Japan!
I’m totally pouting.
Christo created several of these temporary 3-D visually stimulating pieces of history really… over the past 50 or so years. And I moved away from the New York area a few weeks before his last art installment. I was SO upset. It was called The Gates, set up in Central Park… you walked under these spaced out fabric gates around the park. And I LOVE Orange!!
Anyway. There is a possible new Christo exhibit coming to the Arkansas River in Colorado… But it’s been stalled for YEARS. Environmental concerns. If it ever happens I am taking my family on a ROAD TRIP and we are SO going to see it. I Will NOT miss it this time. The dude is getting OLD. There won’t be any more!
My Plans for Modern Art in 2015
First I’m heading out on a Media Press Drive with Chrysler and FCA US driving from Detroit to DC next week! And we are stopping along the way in Pittsburgh… making a special stop at the Andy Warhol Museum. Oh Marilyn! Oh Campbell’s Soup Cans! I’ve been waiting YEARS to meet you!
Another dream is to visit The Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m thrilled to see any Dali paintings but I’ve been dreaming of seeing his version of ‘The Last Supper’ since I first heard about it in high school (100 years ago). A bit of research says The Last Supper is actually in DC though. So I’ll have to add DC to my list of 2015 museum stops too?
More locally I have a goal to locate and visit the various outdoor Modern Art Installments around the Charlotte area. There’s a giant hand statue I once saw when driving by but can’t seem to find the name of it or where it is again? And I’ve read about the giant moving HEAD called Metalmorphosis, but I haven’t seen it yet either! And most people know about the Disco Chicken in uptown Charlotte right, it’s just turned 5!?
Over the Holiday break I talked my husband into driving up north of Charlotte to a quaint little town called Davidson to locate a newer statue placed in the front area of a Church. It is a park bench with a statue of a homeless person laying on it wrapped in a blanket. Only his feet are poking out and upon closer inspection they have holes pierced through them.
It is a statue of Jesus Christ. Made to look like a homeless person.
And the statement it makes is truly something to reflect.
Have YOU done it unto the least of these? Have I?
There are several other fun photo opps of outdoor art installments within driving distance of my house and I intend to FIND them ALL this year!
What are YOUR plans in 2015.
Any crazy Modern Art in YOUR Future?
Disclosure: Unless otherwise noted the photos here are my own. Getty and Nasher images are not. I was a guest of the Nasher Museum and the Raleigh Cowfish, but my thoughts and opinions are my own. I have been a fan of Miro for 20 years! I went to them for a visit not the other way around.