It is always cool to see great works of art in person, especially with friends where you can chat about an individual artist and other works seen in other places or simply swap stories of how this or that piece of art has impacted their life. It was the same grouping as the Braves game trip in October plus Will.
Diane is a strong modern art lover and it is always fun to stroll through an exhibit and learn her sophisticated perspective. I was surprised she didn't care for a de Kooning piece on display. I thought it was pretty interesting. Of course, all of us enjoyed seeing Umberto Boccioni's 1931 masterpiece bronze sculpture, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space - certainly one of the highlights of the visit.
|Unique Forms of Continuity in Space|
|Abstract Painting (849-2) and me.|
After the museum Brian, who is busy renovating his house with his own hands, joined us over at Mark and Eileen's lazy dog ranch for a slightly delayed celebration of Jennifer's birthday. As usual the booze, conversation, music, and food was plentiful and eclectic. I introduced Clint and Mark to part of Neil's latest CD. They got into it. Brian makes fun of us. To him Neil's only done two decent songs his whole life.
The theme for the evening was Mexican. This included a piñata compliments of Ron, for Jennifer to bust open, which she managed after a bit more effort than she wanted to exert. She appreciated the gift gesture which was filled with all sorts of candy and many tiny airport bottles of tequila. After having to struggle just a bit to bust it, Jennifer suddenly ripped it to shreds with a rake handle. She proclaimed that this would be "my last piñata" as Dillos scurried about in the darkness with flashlights to gather the goodies inside, now exploded everywhere. Later, we all toasted "the last piñata," most of us doing shots of various liquors and smiling.
|The aftermath of a moment of fury.|
|Something's cooking in the kitchen. Jennifer is on the right. Pic by me.|
|Amazing Mexican stuffed peppers.|
One of the conversational highlights of the evening for me was a hearing of Ron's months of travel and living in all parts of Europe back in the late 1960's. I did not realize that he spent nine months studying architecture at a school located literally on the grounds at Versailles. I was able to talk with him about some aspects of this incredible space based on what I could remember of a lecture I had heard last year. He filled me in on many fascinating details. What an incredible experience, to be able to study what you love in such a majestic place, a true work of world architectural art.
All in all it was a great trip with great art, great friends, and great food. What better way to spend any given weekend?
|Clint and Mark examine an interesting piece of art that greets you when you enter the contemporary floor of the museum.|
|Self-portrait No. 3|
|Clint took this amazing shot of a stairwell off to the side of the museum building. It is an awesome photograph. The light, the texture, the Caligari-like angles. I find it beautiful, mesmerizing, and spooky.|