Last Sunday, I decided to regenerate my soul with a visit to the newly reopened East Wing of the National Gallery Of Art. Three years of closure has whet my appetite for the modern art masters I studied while at Parsons the New School. Some of my art heros grace the walls and I am soaking them in.
Here is whirlwind tour of delicious highlights.
When you enter the main floor, you are greeted by several large sculptures. Max Ernst’s Capricorn caught my attention.
Look up. You don’t want to miss Anthony Caro’s National Gallery Ledge Piece perched at treetop level looking down at you.
Everyone knows Edward Steichen as an innovative photographer. But did you know the man could also paint alongside the best of the modern masters?
Light reigns supreme in photography and painting. Here is a Charles Sheeler piece that exemplifies it.
There are many photographs that show the history of the medium changing from strict representation to interpretative abstracts. Alvin Langdon Coburn left us with many such images.
Cubism is readily represented in the East Wing. I was particularly drawn to John Storrs’ bronze and silver sculpture.
Jasper Johns takes painting 3D.
No self-respecting modern art collection can be without Wayne Theibaud’s classic cake paintings.
Here’s a surprise. A curvy Al Held.
Ever wonder where Jackson Pollock’s most famous painting lives? Fortunately for Americans, it’s right here in our National Gallery of Art.
Rounding a corner, I found myself face-to-face with Max Beckmann’s The Argonauts. The museum visitor looks as if he could step inside the painting with his black hat and jacket.
Inside another gallery I am delighted by a well known Fernand Leger.
The last painting I leave you with is by Kay Sage. I was thrilled to see her represented in the surrealist wing. She doesn’t get the credit she deserves.
Fortunately, the East Wing also has a modern photography collection. I went in that gallery, but there is more to talk about there than I can fit into this blog post, so stay tuned to the next installment.