I’ve raved before about the Philadelphia Museum of Art and how very much I love it, and I love it no less after this trip. My favorite piece is, without a doubt, Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Ilium. There is a room dedicated to it, and it deserves this room. Twombly says so much with so little. I just can’t get over it.
Note: I have a dating story about Cy Twombly (Twombly as conversation piece, not as participant). Maybe tomorrow.
Also: they have so many Dada and Surrealist masterpieces! Even Joseph Cornell boxes!
And then there was New York art… Jenny and I thought we’d go up for the day and see two museums (maybe even three). I know better than this. Looking at art (really looking) is a fantastic but exhausting undertaking. It’s hard to see a whole museum at all, much less two. In the end, we went to P.S. 1 alone, and it could not have been better. They must have known I was coming. The stars aligned, and there just happened to be a show on contemporary Finnish artists, and this show just happened to include Jari Silomaki, whose work I discovered at Kiasma in Helsinki three years ago (almost to the day). Wow. I love his Weather Diary, for which he takes a photograph each day and then writes on it something that happened — either related to his photograph or life in general, or to world events. Here’s an example, and you can see many more (most of them?) on his website:
In short, the art was great. It makes me wish I were closer to these art-hubs than I am, but I’m glad I get to visit them anyway.