With the most charming companions you could ask for, the day moved from Syrena in Greenpoint to the MoMA to get a close look at Henri, a revisit to PS1, then to wind up out in Wooodside for a great Thai dinner. With one Chinese meal down, mini homemade burgers Friday, Thai on Saturday and lots of Queens Pizza on Sunday, what more could I ask for a quick trip back to NYC.
The reason to go to MoMA was the Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs show. It was a wonderful show. I had no idea there were four Blue Nudes, which were displayed side by side. The show was extensive, and I was happy because I had just taught those for my 3rd graders to understand collage. Unfortunately, NO photos.
Many of the pieces shown we have all seen in books, many 1/2 the original size. Some even tiny in books, although actually the size of murals. Luckily, I have done some photographs of the ones in the National Gallery in DC, and one was actually there, under heavy glass. Not so in DC (shown above).
Penny and Isabel both seemed to enjoy the show. Penny, the baby we took to the Modern and dozens of other museums was quite at home. It was Isabella, who shocked me. Isabella was fascinated by the stained glass window and trying to figure the glass samples to the large draft of the color breakdown, based upon Matisse’ window collage. The sure sign, not of the artist, as much as an engineer.
Both girls of course had their preferences, when we could photograph, and Penny after almost choosing that wonderful Cezanne, Still Life with Apples, but predicatably settled on Starry Night. Isabella also chose a van Gogh, but this one The Olive Trees.
Searching for masterpieces at PS1
And here are some of the real masterpieces at SriPraPhai: