Design of the museum
The Contemporary Collection
The Contemporary Collection beautiful in its design and arrangement of art. Visitors are led to the Contemporary Collection room by a spacious promenade, bright from the sunlight that shines through its many windows. In the wing itself, pieces of art are displayed simply on white walls or pedestals. Despite the simplicity, the clean, classic design really lets the art speak for itself. Although I would typically argue that natural light is superior, the Contemporary Collection room was lit by soft white overhead lights. A blue trail of star shaped lights elegantly lined the left wall. The combination of gentle lighting and simple backdrop made the visitor feel quite small and immersed in the art that took center stage.
TEchnique of the Artist
Central Park Winter
The piece of art that I found striking was the Central Park Winter by the German born artist Emil Ganso. I can confidently say that pictures of this piece do it no justice. Ganso's oil painting was created using the technique of varying the pressure of brush strokes throughout the work. One can feel the heaviness of the snow, frailness of the top tree branches, and roughness of the path all by the variations in brush strokes by the artist. I was so impressed by how much this picture made me feel like I were looking at a real winter in Central Park. Ganso successfully replicated the beautiful New York winter.
ARt And Core Values
Funeral by Stuart Robert Purser, an artist that specialized in depicting basic human experiences, shows an image of a casket being laid into the ground. People, who I interpreted as friends and family, surround the casket, observe the ceremony, and morn the loss of a loved one. A gloomy skyline and far away mountains set the mood of the scene. Loss and sorrow effect us more than we sometimes realize. While viewing Purser's work, not only was I filled with these emotions, but I also felt the sense of community in the scene. Friends, family, and townspeople have come to pay their respects to a lost companion. The artist really threw my emotions into the work by painting the scene as though the viewer is there in the painting, and observing the burial just like everyone else. This painting reinforces by belief in community and the fact that even through tough times, the relationships you've made around you will help guide you in the right direction.
Art and the good life