Spotlight NYC: Guggenheim



We went to the Guggenheim while in NYC what was it --- three weeks ago, (finally today I got around to downloading my pics from my camera) I've been busy. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim is awe-striking especially inside, and the circular pattern drawing back to nature, makes for an interesting exhibition space and museum experience.

The current exhibit was a selection of works by well-known 96-year-old Louise Bourgeois which was thought provoking, and intriguing but may not be for everyone. Let's put it this way, I wouldn't take my grandma or future tween, (too many erotic elements and mutilated body parts for their eyes). In fact, I know my 16-year-old brother, husband, and the majority of my family struggled with many of her conceptual thoughts. She has been known to say that 'her art is her life', and what I took away from it, is that she has lived an extremely damaged and tragic one. Anyone else seen that exhibit... thoughts?

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

'Certain artists inspire by formal example, other by giving permission. Ms. Bourgeois is a permission-giver.

Your daily life is propelled by fear? Draw fear. You can. Impossible to sleep at night? Make night your studio, the cloth you embroider with needs and dreams. The past is an obsession you can neither embrace nor release? Make an image of obsession, any image will do. And you’ll feel better for a while. Ms. Bourgeois has made many such images.'

From Harlan Cotter's NYT review of the show. I agree, her work isn't for everyone, but it can be breathtaking in its audacity and formal sophistication. She's one of my favorites.

Jessica said...

oh, I love the Guggenheim...

I need a fighter, a lover of space, an agitator, a tester and a wise man. . . . I want a temple of spirit, a monument! —Hilla Rebay to Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943

Jessica
http://blackwhiteyellow.blogspot.com/

adesignaffair said...

I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but I love how the Guggenheim is able to transform its space to house each exhibit. There is nothing like taking in an exhibit at the Gugg. The way the architecture becomes a part of the show....

d.Sharp said...

I haven't seen the show, but she is one of my favorite artists.

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