The Met, Part 2

In my last post I listed some “must-see” exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the places that I wasn’t able to visit in May due to rain was the roof garden. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit the museum again (on June 29) and hiked up to the 6th floor to check it out!

Roof Garden

Roof Garden
Met Roof Garden

You can see fantastic views of the city from up there.

cityscape roof garden

cityscape central park roof garden

roof garden view

JPei on roof garden
A commemorative picture!

rooftop garden east side

Buildings upper east side
Buildings on the upper east side

Modern and Contemporary Art

Usually I get really mad at “modern” art. Paint haphazardly splattered on canvas. An irregularly shaped polygon. I could’ve done that! Except…I didn’t, and wasn’t, the first to come up with the concept. Coming to terms with this has helped me appreciate modern art just a little bit more, and I even found some pieces that I really liked here.

Lucas I by Chuck Close

The interesting thing about the above painting is that the artist Chuck Close can’t recognize faces (fun fact thanks to Christy). So he breaks down photographs into a grid “from which he methodically reproduces the contents of each tiny square on a magnified scale with small dashes, dots of pigment, thumbprints, or applied pieces of colored paper” (Met).

Untitled Joel Shapiro
Untitled by Joel Shapiro
Spectrum V
Spectrum V
House of Fire
House of Fire

Loving all the bold colors! Especially red, which is my favorite.

Seeing this while coming down the stairs kind of took me aback. So creepy!

Sculpture by stairs

European Paintings

Ah, the classic “great works!”

Finally, seen in person! Like the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s self portrait was painted on a surprisingly small canvas.

Vincent Van Gogh
Self Portrait with Straw Hat by Vincent Van Gogh
Auguste Rodin
Adam, The Thinker, The Martyr, and Eve by Auguste Rodin

Rodin’s sculptures are great! I imagine him furiously sculpting as fast as he can, slashing and cutting and chipping away until his desired image takes shape to produce the rough-looking edges.

Paul Signac
Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde by Paul Signac

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I realized that I really like this pointillism style. And pieces with bright, bold, colors. They make the paintings much more eye-catching and engaging for me.

Dancer Edgar Degas
The Little Fourteen–Year–Old Dancer by Edgar Degas

She’s also in St. Louis Art Museum. Here she is when I took her picture in SLAM in December 2013.

Edgar Degas ballerina girl sculpture art

I hope to go back to the Met at least one more time before leaving NY for school (gosh, only 5 more weekends left!!). It truly is an amazing place that holds so much history and creative wonder. Maybe one day I’ll go in after work and just stare at whatever I want until the museum closes. If I do and happen to take pictures, you can count on another post!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I’m curious to see if The Goldfinch is a real painting after reading the book of that title by Donna Tartt. Does anybody know?