Tuesday, September 10, 2013

21. The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is an art museum in mid-town Manhattan - that from the outside looks like just an ordinary office block ... however, once inside you realise that this place is far from "ordinary".


It's history goes back to the 1920's and involves the Rockefeller family and friends who at the time were the makers and shakers of not only the art world, but much of New York life.
Back then the museum gained instant fame as America's premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism. Over the years the Museum collection has expanded and been housed in several sites across Manhattan - the present day museum was officially opened in 2006.

There are six levels in the building - all opening onto a central well - and looking out onto a large courtyard ... each level houses several separate galleries devoted to 'modern day' artists.


Three Women - Fernand Leger - French - 1921 


 

 
I see again in memory of my dear Udnie - Francis Picabia - French - 1913

Christina's World - Andrew Wyeth - USA - 1948
 
The Bather - Pablo Picasso - Spain - 1905
 
The wonderful Manhattan skyline from within the museum
 
Dynamism of a Soccer Player - Umberto Boccioni - Italian - 1913
 
 

Revolving - Kurt Schwitters - German - 1913
 
Dance (I) - Henri Matisse - French - 1909 

The Propitious Garden of Plane Image - Brice Marden - USA - 2000
 
Zapabistas - Jose Clemente Orozco - Mexican - 1931
 
Girl Before a Mirror - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1932
 
Fulang-Chang and I - Frida Kahlo - Mexican - 1937
 
Les Demoiselles D'Avignon - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1907
 
Head of a Warrior - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1903
 
Composition #11 - with Red and Blue - Piet Mondrian - Dutch - 1929
 
Water Lilies - Claude Monet - French - 1914 

... again - from the other end ...
 

Agapanthus - Claude Monet - French - 1914
 
Three Women at the Spring - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1921
 
Reclining Nude - Amedeo Modigliani - Italian - 1919
 
Tete - Amedeo Modigliani - Italian - 1919
 
Samovar - Kazimir Malevich - Russian - 1913
 
Birds Erect - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska - French - 1914
 
Male Model - Henri Matisse - French - 1901
 
Turning Road - Paul Cezanne - French - 1898
 
The Bather - Paul Cezanne - French - 1885
 
Port en Bessen - George-Pierre Seurat - French - 1888
 
Still Life with Apples - Paul Cezanne - French - 1898
 
One: Number 31 - 1950 - Jackson Pollock - USA - 1950
 
Live's - Gilbert and George - UK - 1984
 
New Shelton Wet/Dry Doubledecker - Jeff Koons - USA - 1981
 
 
... and so much more besides 
... I haven't even shown you the artworks that didn't impress me !!! ...
 
And tomorrow - if it's a nice day - I'll take you out on the bay ...