Here it is, Labor Day, and summer is in its last hours. My son is downstairs packing his backback for his first day of school – and not the least bit happy about it. But in looking back at the summer, it was certainly a good art-viewing summer, and I thought I’d recap a few of the highlights.
In early June I made the drive up to Beacon, New York, to visit Dia:Beacon for the first time in years. I paid a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in June as well. Below left is “Crouching Spider” by Louise Bourgeois at Dia:Beacon, and below right is a set of 1887 “Gold Coin” baseball cards from the Jefferson R. Burdick Baseball Card Collection on view at the Met.
In mid-July I ventured up the Hudson Valley in New York to visit the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, which features amazing stained glass windows by Henri Matisse (round, top-center in picture below left) and Marc Chagall (all side windows in left picture, and main back window in picture below right). These pictures don’t do them justice; to see them up-close and in person allowed one to see the incredible mastery of both artists in creating these stained glass windows. The church doesn’t allow photography, so I was only able to pull these pictures from other websites in order to share a view with you.
July also included a trip up to Rensselaer, NY, where I saw a huge collection of street art murals in Riverfront Park, one of which is shown below left. On the same trip I drove over to North Adams, Massachusetts, where I saw the incredible Nick Cave exhibition (below right) at MASS MoCA … along with a LOT of other great art throughout the museum – a must-see destination!
The day after MASS MoCA, I drove over to Williamstown, MA, where I made a first visit to The Clark, a wonderful museum which included everything from a temporary show of Picasso prints, to Renaissance art, a big collection of Renoir paintings, a detail from a Frederic Remington painting (below left), and a canvas from a show of Helen Frankenthaler paintings (below right), and much more. I really enjoyed the visit there, and highly recommend it.
August included a trip out to the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, where I saw hundreds of amazing street art and graffiti murals, one of which is shown below left. I also visited my hometown of Minneapolis, which included a trip to the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. One of the new pieces on view there was this massive blue rooster by Katharina Fritsch, among many other great works by other artists.
As you can see, it was a full summer of arts adventures. I feel pretty fortunate to have seen so many great artworks in so many different locations. This handful of pictures is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what I saw – I hope to share much more with you soon from these various excursions.