10 April 2008
NYC in Review: day two (part 3): MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art in NYC was one of the highlights of my visit. It is room after room of some of the finest art in the world. I got a chance to walk it with my friend and that was superb because we could talk about what was good and what was, in my opinion, crap. Most was good, but some of it, enh, not so much.
If you go, I suggest you start at the top and work down. The best stuff is at the top. Words don't really do it justice, but they have some paintings there you may have heard of (pictured adjacent). Every time you turned the corner, there was another amazing work of art.
In no particular order, the collection includes works by: Cezanne, van Gogh, Seurat, Klimt, Jasper Johns, Matisse, Chagall, Pollock, Mondrian, Picasso, de Kooning, the unintentionally funny Ruscha, etc, and so forth. What isn't there: anything from that hack Julian Schnabel. After seeing some of the nonsense they have in there he must be wondering what he has to do to make the cut.
The food in the cafes is good, although (factoid) they don't heat it, because they don't want to endanger the works of art.
PS: Why does Starry Night get all the love? I thought The Olive Trees was much better. MoMA even uses it as the centerpiece on their Collection page.