Saturday, August 6, 2011

MAM-Art is good for the soul

I took myself on an artists date to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
It had been a long time since stepping through those doors
and taking in all that amazing work that lies within.
The first piece you encounter is a sarcophagus,
waxed in yellow ochre, red (ocher too?), turquoise,black and white.
Decorated with designs and hieroglyphics and gold.
Surely it was made for someone important.

Oh my, Cy Twombly
Standing before this giant canvas, taking in the underlying scribblings
painted in uneven brush strokes, paint thinned that ran down the canvas. 

This life size girl is made of plaster. (I love me some plaster.)
She is at once creepy and fantastic.
Part of an installation with a door, fluorescent light and venetian blinds.
by George Segal

Robert Motherwell--What more can you say?

Anslem Kiefer's oil on canvas.  Gorgeous.  Highly textured areas
some not so much, canvas peeking through.  Brilliant use of darks and lights.

German Expressionism
Oskar Kokoschka
I enjoy this portrait, layer upon layer-underlying colors show through.

Georges Braque-Seated Nude.
I could look at this painting for hours.
I love these colors--green next to pink, green on top of lavender
Calm areas, bright areas, repetition of diagonal

Alberto Giacometti-Still life with 2 plaster heads.
Double take.....
Would you look at that line work?  Swoon-absolutely a favorite.

I went around a corner and there were 2 Diebenkorns....double swoon!

Richard Diebenkorn---Ocean Park 68 (I think)
I love how he divides his space and his amazing use of color.

A close-up of Serge Poliakoff's "Flowers"
Scrumptious texture!

Gabriele Munter
Black outlined forms filled in with rich color.
I was delighted to see how many artists painted on cardboard.
oil on cardboard, gouache on cardboard, acrylic on cardboard.
If it's good enough for the likes of Gabriele Munter....
well what can you say about that?
This was painted in 1909!

Took myself out to lunch at the Cafe Calatrava.
Was seated at the prow of the restaurant--great table!
As I ate North African Hummus with kalamata olives, feta, cukes and tomatoes
along with a glass of Sav blanc,
there was an air show going on!
Planes doing stunts!
Hitting thrusters (?) and making a lot of sound! the Denis Sullivan sailed by......

The day was what I really needed.
I felt my spirits were lifted and left there totally inspired.
I did go back to the Bradley wing to look at all the expressionists again-
couldn't help myself.
Thank you Mrs. Harry Lynde (Peg) Bradley (1894-1978) for being a visionary.  
She had 600 paintings in her collection....can you imagine?
She started collecting art in the 60's and donated the lot to the 
Milwaukee Art Museum in 1970 along with a million dollars to build a wing.
Milwaukee is so fortunate to have such an awesome art museum.

And the Bries Soliel ain't too shabby neither.
Have a wonderful, creative weekend!
Thanks for stopping by.

p.s.  What I can't figure out is why some oil paintings were framed under glass.
Anyone know why?


joanne said...

how fun! i love going along with you on your artist date through photos... so much inspiration here...

i wonder if the oil paintings you mention framed under glass were painted on something other than canvas or board? the glass may be more about protection of the substrate underneath? or maybe just to keep people from touching and potentially damaging?

Judy Wise said...

thank you so much for sharing the artists. Love Munter, haven't revisited her work in years. There's nothing like seeing the work of the masters to inspire us onward. xo

Ruth Armitage said...

Thanks for the virtual museum visit! I love them all, but I think I would choose the Diebenkorn if I could hang one here.