This past Mother’s Day, my youngest daughter, Katie, spent the afternoon with me at the Phoenix Art Museum. Here is a sampling of what we saw–just a tiny bit of the museum.
When we were on the raised platform where the Nude Man sat, Katie looked across the way and asked about the view below, “Is that a hallway or another piece of art?”
Answer: it’s a hallway; but do you see why she thought it might be a large mural or something?
Below is the wooden facade from a house in Hue, Vietnam.
Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor, sculpture made of resin and paint:
Below, Column Interminable by Betsabeé Romero: 17 “tires” inscribed with symbols from pre-conquest North, South, and Central America, the Aztecs, the Paracas people of Peru, and the ancient Hohokam people who lived in what is now Arizona. Romero’s themes are migration and borders.
The portrait below of Philip Glass looks photographic, no? It’s not. Viewed up close, you’d see it’s a jacquard tapestry woven of very fine colored fibers. I’m guessing technology was key in producing this. I can’t imagine it was woven by hand. Phil–State I by Chuck Close:
Fernando Bryce drew the collection of drawings below from advertisements and newspaper articles about Leni Riefenstahl, the German dancer and actress who directed Nazi propaganda films. His motivation for the work was to explore the tension of an artist working on behalf of an evil dictator.
The remaining images are pieces of European art on loan from the Schorr Collection:
The following are woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer:
Below, Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law and Christ Blessing by Benjamin West.
It’s been ten years since I’ve been to the Phoenix Art Museum. I’m so grateful Katie wanted to go with me. Thanks, Katie!
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Nice post. I really liked the Chuck Close painting and the Sol LeWitt piece 🙂
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Aren’t they amazing? The tapestry blew me away, and the sphere was so simple but so beautifully shaded.
Beautiful pieces! I’ll go with you sometime if Katie doesn’t want to! 🙂
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I’m going to take you up on that, Linda. Let’s take our sketchbooks!