Artists need food and drink in the form of the work of other artists. As a visual artist, I need regular infusions of other artist's work, work that challenges and inspires. Four days in New York fed me. I'm full and satisfied, but I will need to eat again. Until that artistic satiation happens again, I'm grateful for the websites and books, galleries and friends that share their work and keep me learning and growing as an artist.
While in New York, Ken and I visited the MOMA to see the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibit.
Shazaam! Swoon! I'm in love with Matisse all over again. For the first time, I noticed his extensive use of complimentary colors, especially fuschia (pink) next to yellow and my favorite color combination cobalt blue and orange. The colors sang and danced on the paper. The organic, swirling shapes kept my eye moving across the paper field and pulled the viewer in deeper and deeper. Very heady stuff. And I had no idea that the Cut-Outs were so large, room-sized making the impact all the greater.
We weren't allowed to photograph in the Matisse gallery, but I wandered the other floors to visit some of my other loves: Cezanne, Gaugin, Derain, Picasso, and Leger, Mondrian and Rothko. It was a joyful re-acquaintance. Seeing these paintings again or for the first time is like picking up an old friendship right where you left off.
Andre Derain....I'm in love. The Fauvists are my faves.
Mark Rothko. I'm a sucker for his blended bands of color.
I never tire of the city; I never tire of its great museums. I can't wait for my next visit.