Tuesday, November 07, 2006

3 Great Shows at The Brooklyn Museum...

November is one of my favorite months because of Fall. The weather is much cooler, you get to wear your winter coat open and you can still walk out on the streets without a hat and gloves. Nevertheless, most of my saturday was spent indoors... and they were some great indoors.

After having a lovely brunch at Bar Tabac, we went to the Brooklyn Museum. I thought it was free because it was the first saturday of the month, but we had to pay $4 which was also great.

The first show we saw was Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by New York–born artist Walton Ford. The paintings that caught my attention were the following: 1. Space Monkey: Bonobos- the sexuallt active apes. This painting even had a soundtrack to it by Patti Smith (Easter - Track 2). Makes sense...haha 2. Chingado: It was a bull or a huge ram raping a beautiful jaguar. On the side there were some Mayan symbols and a story written in spanish. Ford paints the animals in their original habitat or in a context of characters that have left a mark in world history. They are terrorific, and show envy, gluttony, murder, sexual precocity, there are references to Kamasutra and they are all in backstabbing situations or trapped.

The second show was Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005, an exhibition of more than 200 photographs, where you can see the print of that famous photo where Demi Moore posed naked when she was pregnant... and much more breathtaking stuff.

And the third is an hallucinating show by the sculptor Ron Mueck, known for his extraordinarily lifelike, empathetic renderings of his subjects, includes five major new works commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris, where they were recently presented to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000 visitors. I freaked out when I looked through the glass door that separated Lebovitz's work from Mueck's and I saw a gigantic naked long haired dude sitting on a gigantic wooden chair. Ohh don't miss the giantic newborn baby (umbilical chord included).


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