Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It's all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.
-Chuck Pahlaniuk Diary:A Novel

Saturday, November 29, 2008


During my trip to NYC I hit up a couple of art museums as I usually do the first being the New Museum in the West Village. I'd never been to to the New Museum before, it is a nice place with a great, modern look. The exhibition that was recommended to me to see was of portraitist Elizabeth Peyton. She is a rather popular contemporary painter who first received notoriety for painting pop culture icons from photos including a great series on Kurt Cobain. She is fantastic and brings a real innocence and beauty to all of her subjects. This self-portrait stood out to me:

I also checked out MOMA which was a mere three blocks from where I was staying. There were big Miro and Van Gogh exhibitions but I had to skip them because of time and instead hit the contemporary floors (see a trend? I tend only to want to see contemporary art for some reason). There was a wonderful exhibit on art in the last four decades that I really dug. There was video, painting, sculpture, everything. I really liked this two part piece by Matthew Barney. The first photo tells the story of two lovers, their narrative is interrupted by this lubricating plastic that is filling the room. The second sculpture is actually of that same plastic as it filled the room and toppled over one of the walls:

There was also a photo exhibit of Michael Subotsky's. The photographs were of a poverty-stricken town in South Africa. Moving stuff.

Before you go thinking I'm this smart art aficionado I should say that audio guides are a wonderful thing (the audio guides at the New Museum were actually iPod minis, what a great idea) and I highly recommend them any time you visit a museum.


KHM said...

Subotsky's stuff is nothing short of amazing. I'm glad you got to see those.

I always make a bee-line for the contemporary stuff, too. Can't help it. I wish I were more sophisticated but I just can't get into anything else.

Anonymous said...

What are those two going to do with the knives? Kinda scary.

Milo's greatest Aunt Carol

Lyman said...

The photo was based on some Japanese love story about star-crossed lovers who commit suicide, that kind of thing.

Special K said...

Matthew Barney makes me want to scratch out my eyes!

A lot of museums are posting podcasts on their websites, so you can download them before you go and listen to them on your own machines. Very cool.

Anonymous said...

SO glad you got to see the was renovating when I was in NYC. Hopefully I'll have another opportunity. Your desert looked awesome. Send the recipe, please.

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