Ah, a family vacation. I did get to slip away to some art museums. Here I am, in a blurry iPhone photo, copying the body language of a sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The LACMA has a wonderful collection of German Expressionist works and an equally wonderful collection of Japanese art. What a contrast! The raw, dramatic work of the German Expressionists versus the spare serenity of of the Japanese. For information about LACMA, see the website at:
And here my husband views the photo he just took on his iPhone of the Rembrandt hanging before him. Awesome!
In San Francisco, I visited the Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the exhibits, "As It Is Written: Project 304,805." AKA the Torah Projects. Here is the description from the website: "As It Is Written: Project 304,805 is centered around a soferet (a professionally trained female scribe) who while on public view will write out the entire text of the Torah over the course of a full year." Very moving. Check it out on their website: http://www.thecjm.org/
Also in San Francisco, I visted the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The most moving piece I found? A sculpture by Magdalena Abrakanowicz. Here website describes her work as "emotive...and disturbing." Very apt. "Four on a Bench"
Many, many works at SFMOMA. Of particular note, an exhibit of works by Chuck Close. Much, much more of course. For more info, check out the website at: http://www.sfmoma.org/
And in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Art Museum. Two wonderful exhibits: "The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis" and "A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocke For more info on the Portland Museum of Art, see the website: http://portlandartmuseum.org/
In addition, a small exhibit of works by Leon Golub. (For more info on Leon Golub, refer to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Golub ) Here is this piece, on view in Portland, from his "Mercenaries" series. I am drawn to beauty, but beauty can be found in work that would not be considered "beautiful" by most casual observers. I find his work deeply moving as it depicts the depravity that still lurks in the heart of humanity.