The galleries and museums in NYC were top of my ‘to do’ list. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Metropolitan Museum house a number of fantastic pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
I saw so much so the following are a few of my highlights. Currently at MOMA there’s an eye catching series of David Shrigley black and white wood cuts brilliantly displayed on a spotted wall.
Jasper Johns work especially his ‘Flag’ painting (1954-55) is incredibly eye catching and thought provoking. On closer inspection fragments of newspaper can be seen behind the wax coated painted stars and stripes.Whilst at RISD I was lucky to see many of his prints which are equally impressive and experimental in mark making.
The current retrospective of Cindy Shermans photos takes you through her work from the 1970’s to present day. Amazing to see so many photographs of her in her many different guises. Particularly like the ‘untitled film stills’ from the 1970s.
The Guggenheim designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a wonderful building. Disappointingly much of it was closed off as the previous exhibit was being taken down. However there was a very moving exhibition by Francesca Woodman, a young photographer who studied at RIDI and created very haunting mostly black and white self portraits.
During my trip I was lucky to see many Alex Katz paintings and prints. The exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is stunning. Many large scale prints using bold and simple colours. Some of his large etchings I thought were screenprints and enjoyed trying to decipher the printing process behind the image. He often incorporates glamourous portraits of family and friends and there’s a room of idyllic prints set in Maine. Fantastic use of light. I don’t like using the word ‘cool’ but they really are!
I’m a big fan of Edward Hopper’s paintings and prints so I wanted to make sure I saw as many as I could whilst in New York and New England. ‘The Lighthouse at Two Lights (1929) will now always remind me of my trip. The sky is so blue and his use of shadows reminescent of sunny days spent in Maine.