Saturday, February 28, 2009

picasso and the allure of language/yale art gallery

yesterday i went to the yale art gallery to wander around Louis Kahn's building. because i was there to see the building and was pressed for time i didn't get to pay as much attention to the art as i would've liked to. nevertheless here are some of the works i enjoyed seeing:

from the "Picasso and the Allure of Language" exhibition: two pages from the book of poems Pablo Picasso illustrated for friend Pierre Reverdy's 43 poems titled "Le Chant des Morts" (the songs of the dead). wouldn't it be cool to have the entire collection plastered over the walls of a small bathroom?

Picasso's "Dice, Pack of Cigarettes and Visiting-Card". Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas had stopped by by Picasso's home when he wasn't there and left their calling card reading "Miss Stein" and "Miss Toklas". Picasso painted the the scene, and later gifted the painting to the two women.

Walt Kahn "Chorus Captain"and Everett Shinn "The Orchestra Pit, Old Proctor's Fifth Avenue Theatre" were next effectively hanged next to eachother in the gallery.
i got lost in space for a few while looking at El Lissitzky's "Proun 99"

Left: Gerhard Richter's "Bildnis Holger Friedrich" reminded Merkin Muffley of the Anton Chigurh. Right: Ellsworth Kelly's "Charter"

what is art? John Baldessari "Solving Each Problem As It Arises" takes a stab. some food for thought for the art aficionado or hater.
i keep a [usually cryptic] list of the art pieces on my blackberry that i saw and liked here are some of the other works on the list from yestrday:
Van gogh le cafe de nuit
Basquiat the ankle
Ellswoth kelly -charter
Warhol electric chair
Edward ruscha -level
Edwin landseer portrait of mr can amburgh w animals
Gilman stanislawa de karlowska
Smith recliniing nude
Henry lamb- soldiers resting on the march
Hodfkin artist and model
L'enfant du regiment
Stubbs zebra

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