anon_j_anon (anon_j_anon) wrote,

Annotations, Ch 93

I love modern art. I don’t claim to love all of it, but it’s a shame that so much modern art is misunderstood. Modern art demands a lot from the viewer. You have actually think about what you’re seeing and what the artist is trying to present, stand in front of the canvas or sculpture or whatever and really study it to see what the hell is going on. It take time and effort—even with the pieces that resonate with you emotionally.

And art has to be seen live. All art. It doesn’t translate to photographs. There’s something special about standing in front of a Rembrandt portrait and understanding why the man’s a genius. The way he captures people is absolutely stunning. Unequalled. I honestly don’t understand why people go to museums, take a photo of some famous work of art, then leave. First of all, there are plenty of high quality photos of famous works online—you can probably order a poster if you wanted to. What was the point of going to the museum if you’re not even going to take five minutes to really look at the art?

Kandinsky—I don’t know what I can say about Kandinsky. I like his so called Heroic (at least, that’s what the curator called it) period best. I don’t like his Bauhaus period as much. If you want to read more about him, you can go look online. The painting that Spock and Jim were staring at is called Painting with White Border.

A retrospective on Kandinsky is on display until January 2010 at the Guggenheim museum in New York. If you’re in the city then and are interested in art, go see it. The collection they show is unparalleled in scope.

If you ever get the chance to visit the Guggenheim in general, go. They put on fantastic exhibitions.
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