An Artsy Weekend
New York in the springtime is divine – flowers emerge, as does the sun and fun things to do, like stopping by incredible (and sometimes free!) exhibits all over the city. Last weekend I stopped by two phenomenal art exhibits in two very different parts of the city to indulge my very uneducated, but appreciative, inner art historian.
Saturday: Admire the bright daffodils in Bryant Park and visit Mary Cassatt prints on the 3rd floor of the gorgeous New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzmann building. Her prints are incredible: intricate and yet a little free-form and unfinished. She seems like she might have been a bit impatient, a characteristic I can relate to when it comes to art (her impatience ends notably more successfully than mine!).
I think this print, Solicitude (ca. 1889), was my favorite from the collection. Who shows more care or concern more than a newly minted mother?
Sunday: John Singer Sargent has been a favorite since my high school bestie introduced me to Fumée d’Ambre Gris at the Clark Art Institute. So when I saw Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic’s great recap of some of the JSS pieces that were in the the Brooklyn Museum exhibit (some are from the MFA Boston), there was no question of me going as soon as possible. It didn’t disappoint – villas, vistas, bedouins, examinations of his technique… it took me and my friends a few hours to go through the space. So worth it I can’t even say enough positive things about it. One of my friends that I was with, the lovely blogger Alden, saw one watercolor of these crazy hanging gourds that reminded us of our trip last year to Wave Hill. Gave us a good chuckle that JSS could remind us, from 100 years ago, of our own experiences in the not so distant past.