Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York City

Me and a group of friends visited MoMA in New York last November. Being part of the State University of New York system grants you some benefits on some of these venues and visiting this important museum in New York is not one we wanted not to take advantage of. The streets of the city were particularly crowded since it was Thanksgiving season and people were buying and selling stuff more than ever.

I had already visited more than two years ago MoMA San Francisco and admired some of the most relevant pieces in contemporary art. San Francisco and New York are very different in several respects, but they are definitely the two most important cities in the US when it comes to art. I used to do painting and charcoal drawing myself before going to college. I attended a couple of academies when I was a kid but when deciding my career I didn't pursue this further. Nevertheless, this helped me gaining some knowledge and appreciation for art.

I noticed that one of the pieces that most attracted the attention from the public was Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. But I had the chance to see other works that I had only seen in the books from my art classes from when I was a kid.  Les Demoiselles d'Avignon or the Three Musicians from Pablo Picasso are a good example. In the picture in this entry I am with a Jackson Pollock painting, although his art of composition of simple forms in complicated ways has received mixed critics, one of his paintings is considered the world's most expensive painting, sold in 2006 in 140 million dollars. The art of Monet, Mondrian, Dalí, Miró, Warhol also made the trip to the city more than worth it. Next time I will try to visit the Metropolitan Museum, another big one for art in New York City.