If in doubt, head for the Metropolitan Museum if you happen to be in NYC. Or as New Yorkers call it – the Met. It’s a good move if you find yourself battling the hateful artists block, or just need to escape the humdrum routine of your day job! Retreat from the city’s never ending manic pulse! Or just want to explore, educate and enjoy the art! Whatever your reasons it’s probably a good choice!
I like many others go to the Met to look at stuff. Paintings, relics, statues, pots, antiquities, jewelry, treasures from empires and dynasties of times past, cultural iconography – it’s all there.
But what do YOU see?
My eye candy won’t likely be your eye candy.
Artists either Love or Hate museum hopping. Some are inspired, others don’t want to chance getting ideas while being exposed to other artists work. Those types don’t want to have their creative juices tainted by perhaps getting an idea from someone else. I am in the Love category and especially the Met. I revel in the glow of being surrounded by the geniuses of the art world each one unique in their style and attitude and as I wander the halls, I know I will be surprised by a chance encounter with Rousseau, Delacroix, Manet, Morisset, Kline, Hopper, Twombly, Soutine –who knows?
The artist who is experiencing a drought can help fill it by venturing through the doors of the Met into the overflowing oceans of art welcoming him. Whether it’s the serious Ingres portraits, the insane scribbling of Twombly, the magical world of Rousseau, or the brothels of Lautrec, over time spent visiting these paintings they start to feel like old friends who become more fascinating and more complex with every new visit.
Oh yes, just One of the perks of the Nyc experience. It’s all here for us art people. Easy to access, when we need to get out of the studio, or just relax with art that is not of our own making.
Picasso’s portrait of his friend Gertrude Stein,Pygmalion and Galatea by Gerome, anything by Matisse and of course those sunflowers Van Gogh recreated through his absinthe blurred brain – it’s all waiting at the Met for our subjective, particular, unique view.
Artist, art lover, buyer, connoisseur, tourist, or skeptic, take your pick, we are here in the Artists Paradise NYC and Brooklyn is experiencing the prom queen moment, where all eyes are on her and everyone wants to be her best friend! The artists have flocked to my corner of the world and they all want IN. It’s Barclays Center, Jay Z – hey even he ‘s into Picasso, Spike Lee’s latest rant, Flatbush, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, that tangible, very real buzz the artist feels and those who aren’t artists wish they were! Art gets made in solitude. But it is fed by a lot of outer impressions and stimuli coming from the colorful, diverse stimulating environments. We transform the outside, internally and express it externally with our art. For artists the city beat gives us a lot to work with and when we do enter the solitude of the studio we are ready to rock!
Artists don’t choose to be – they just ARE. The dirty dangerous 1970’s and 80’s gave the icons of that time what they needed to create and share with the world. Today, in our cleaner neater technologically wired world, art will continue to be made millennium style. What’s so great is that it lasts forever! The work of artists past, present, and future pulls us in with its power and if we are lucky we get to make our own art and thus make our lives more real through the creative process, that possesses and forces us to give birth to the work waiting within.
John Berger discusses his philosophy of seeing in his well known art theory book,” The Way of Seeing, how, what, and why we see WHAT we see. Certainly applicable to the many varied ways people look at a painting … The way we look at everything!
The Met is one of those places that holds the art cycles of time in stately repose waiting for us to show up, explore, visit some old friends, and See what we See!
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