The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan is a favorite place of mine. It sparks my creativity every time I visit. The photos from my trip are a glimpse into some of most loved pieces of art: Umberto Boccioni’s bronze sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (actually I love many of his works); Giacomo Balla’s Street Light ; Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio; Claude Monet’s Water Lilies triptych; and Pablo Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror.
The day began with a wink and a nod to the idea of mirror images and reflections as can be seen in my snapshot of the museum’s facade and banner. Later, Picasso’s girl cemented the inspiration for my February 2013 Exhibit Space concept. You can see the whole Light Reflected collection on the Exhibit Space: Feb page.
Also, I am thrilled to have learned from the exhibition on The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook at the Edward Steichen Photography Galleries. The use of extreme camera angles by Charles Sheerer and shift from painting to the culture of light (photography and cinematography) as described by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy are visionary. However, the most prophetic idea I discovered was from El Lissitzky and his self-portrait from the 1920s. He challenged the notion that photography presents just a firsthand singular truth. He suggests that instead a montage, layered photographs, push the viewer to re-evaluate life as we see/know it. Wow was he foreshadowing Adobe Photoshop or what? The image below is me applauding Lissitzky and weaving the Light Reflected theme into my day out at MoMA NYC.