A Life in Art

Reopening New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a big step for New York City, and they earned it earlier than many expected. The public is welcome, starting today, September 30th. But we brought back some pictures from an early members opening. Have a look.

By David Stone

From: Assorted Ideas, Large & Small, A Life in Art

The moment’s not lost on the Met as it features an expansive exhibit of paintings by Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence was an African-American artist whose paintings explore painful experiences in the South that drove northward migration.

The roots in today’s America are plain and raw.

An encouragingly long line kept us from seeing it this trip and sharing pictures, but we won’t miss adding it in the future.

There was an addition to the modern galleries that struck a contemporary chord.

First seen at the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aaron Douglas: “Let My People Go.”

Scenes from Reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art

My choices are subjective, and these are simply favorites recorded while walking through the galleries. The museum’s too huge for a single gulp, but rest assured, all you favorites await your visit.

Here’s a wall of urban landscapes painted by Camille Pissaro, a genius lesser known because he was a rare Jew working as an artist in 19th Century Europe.
New at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This was a discovery, a newly mounted granite sculpture by Charles Ray, Two Horses. It stands tall enough that the horses are nearly life size.
Franz Marc: Fighting Cows. Marc’s is a tragic story. A pioneering German expressionist, he died five years after painting this. A World War I shrapnel wound to the head killed him at 35.

More sculpture woven into the Metropolitan Museum’s pattern of Art…

In the roof garden: Héctor Zamora’s Lattice Detour.
Historic design gets lots of play at the Met. This green took my breath away.
A wall of Jackson Pollacks dazzles the imagination, an infinite draw into inspired, complex design.
Joan Mitchel’s La Vie En Rose. Mitchel was one of the toughest of the American expressionists making New York the world center of art in the 50s. She had to be or she would never have broke the surface in the male-centric scene.

The utter uniqueness of sculptor Louise Nevelson…

A peak inside Louise Nevelson’s installation, Mrs. N’s Palace. Composed of urban detritus over 13 years, Nevelson unveiled it on her 80th birthday.
Louise Nevelson masterpiece, reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Louise Nevelson, Exterior, Mrs. N’s Palace, held over for reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art after the coronavirus shut down.
A wall of paintings by Mark Rothko. Nobody captured mood in the way Rothko did, seeing spirit as layers and recording his impressions on canvas.
Haystacks and the cathedral: Money at the reopening of the Met.
No trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is complete without a moment for Monet.
Paul Gauguin: The Siesta.

Impressionism, expressionism, pointillism…

Paul Signac: Notre-dame-de-la-garde, Marseille.
Reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art with diversity: A courtyard of sculptures features various world cultures.
Miracles: A wall full of Van Goghs. Personal struggles could not stop his visions in art.
Reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Retained work.
Far left and far right, artwork by Sam Gilliam, still alive at 86. Gilliam is an African-American pioneer from the Washington Color School. His work is stop you in your tracks gorgeous.
Finally, Willem De Kooning’s classic, Easter Monday.

Conclusion: Reopening the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Now for You

Although I hope my personal views from the Met resonate, my tastes aren’t likely to match those of many other visitors. Art, like all other forms of beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Make sure you celebrate with the Met and New York City soon with a visit you won’t forget.

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