On a recent trip to New York I visited 3 art museums in 2 days and felt replenished with the diverse visual imagery. At the Metropolitan I breezed through through the exhibition Matisse: In Search of True Painting. It was a comfort to know that painting rarely came easy to him. He often repeated compositions to "push further and deeper into true painting." It was very interesting to see the progression of working in pairs or triplets. The show has 49 canvases and runs through March 17th.
A short walk away I entered the Frick Museum for the first time, recommended by a friend. Thank you Angela, and what a treat! This gorgeous Newport style mansion is home to an amazing collection amassed by the steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The collection of over 1,000 works includes painting, sculpture and decorative art spanning from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. I was in awe admiring masterpieces of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer, Turner, Gainsborough, and Whistler. http://www.frick.org
On day 2, I leisurely spent the afternoon walking through the galleries and special exhibitions at the MOMA. Of note was Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925 This show brings together many influential artists in a wide array of media. You have to step back and realize how groundbreaking these works were for their time. On view through April 15th.
The most original and ethereal work I saw was by the German artist Wolfgang Laib. Pollen From Hazlenut was an installation in the vast atrium measuring 18' x 21'. It was created by sifting a thin layer of golden yellow pollen, that had been collected over years. It glowed from within and was truly amazing in its scope and vision. On view through March 11.