The Unbearable Banishment: A happy problem

Friday, September 18, 2009

A happy problem

Let's say you find yourself in midtown Manhattan with a few hours to kill (as I do). Would you visit the recently opened:

Georgia O'Keeffe Abstraction exhibit at the Whitney;

or the Kandinsky retrospective at the Guggenheim;

or Monet's Water Lilies at MoMA?

It's a feast for the eyes. It boggles the mind. It's an embarrassment of riches. It deserves a whole new cliché.



Blogger Cat said...

I was just looking real estate ads the NY Times thinking how cool it would be to live there for a year or two, and this post confirmed it.

September 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger savannah said...

damn your eyes! ;~D just when i was thinking how lovely the plantation is this time fo the year, y'all have to remind me how delicious NYC is in the fall! xoxoxo

September 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

Isn't there a Robert Frank exhibition on at the Met too? I'd love to see that

September 18, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Cat: A year is about enough for most people. After 12-18 months, the cracks start to show.

Savannah: We have to have these interior spectaculars(exhibits, theater season, etc.) to distract us from how un-lovely it gets outside.

Nurse: I don't recall a Frank exhibit although they're showing a Vermeer painting that's on loan. There's only 33 of them, you know!

September 18, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Tennyson ee Hemingway said...

I vote Kandinsky. But hey, see the lot if you can.

September 19, 2009 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

TH: I should have listed to you. I opted for Monet (out of proximity to where I was more than anything else) and it wasn't very good. One down, two to go.

September 19, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger JZ said...

Order of operations:

Kandinsky hands down is first. It's a retrospective for god's sake and to see that body of work in a home built for paintings of that oeuvre...priceless.



If Frank is indeed on display, insert between Kandinsky and O'Keefe.

September 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

Tough choice. Would depend on my mood. O'Keefe if I need to calm and center. Kandinsky if I need to wake up.

September 20, 2009 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Sid said...

Lucky bastard is all I can say. Seriously. Money and Kandinsky? Went to my first exhibition in Cape Town ... check out the pictures on my blog.

September 22, 2009 at 3:15 AM  

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