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Monday, February 3, 2014




  Joseph Kosuth
 Matthew Caslin
Stephan Balkenhol
Monet Painting | Degas Sculpture
Tip Toland

 Painting Katherine Porter | Center Installation: Katherine Reddin Keinholz | Painting: Richard Bosman
Ralph Goings
Jean-Michel Basquait
Picasso
Andy Warhol 
Rene Magritte
Rothko



Finally we are all officially over our sicknesses. I suppose we were lucky that we all got it within a few days of each other so it didn't last as long as it sometimes does in our house as illness makes its rotation through us. But I was still feeling the pangs of cabin fever and we spent the weekend out and about. I finally went to see the Francis Bacon Triptych that is making a visit to the Portland Art Museum. I felt terrible for waiting so long but much to my happy surprise when I handed over my debit card to pay, it was free because of who I bank with (and I found it will continue to be free to visit on the first full weekend of every month, thanks bank). And I knew that "The Studies of Lucian Freud" was large scale but I still felt overwhelmed in seeing it in person. And I am really glad I went before it goes back into a private collection. Of course we meandered and visited the rest of the Modern & Contemporary collection. Last time I went with Fisher we visited European and American Art collections and I leaned from this weekends visit that he is much more of a renaissance man. Of course there was a lot he liked, but overall he wasn't too impressed with modern and contemporary art. In that last photo of art, the one with the long red piece of artwork, he said "oh, i have seen this before. i know what this is." and I said "oh, you have? what is it?" and he said "well, at ikea it's called a "shelf'" - ha. True. Personally, I love modern art because it makes me stop and think about it, and, yes, sometimes I wonder why. Why is this fabric stretched across this piece of wood any better than a different piece of fabric stretched across a different piece of wood. But that is art and I love it, even when I don't love it. 

We also refueled this weekend with a some pizza and a trip to Powells. And Sunday instead of catching the superbowl Fisher and sneaked out to see a movie. We saw Her, and it's one I think I'd like to watch again. Partly because I didn't know exactly what it was about, I just knew I wanted to see and sometimes I like seeing movies without knowing too much about them. So that's what I did, but whew, there were a few scenes were I was more worried that I was seeing it with Fisher next to me than watching the movie. But it was declared his favorite of all the oscar contenders this year, and yes, now I think we have seen them all. And despite a few uncomfortable moments it provided a pretty great thought provoking conversation on the way home.

How was your weekend?

19 comments:

  1. This is all so very cool. Love the art!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  2. Yesssss! It looks even more incredible/overwhelming in these photos, that Bacon triptych. I actually think it's pretty genius of whoever bought it at auction last fall to give it to museums to pass around; that way they're not the one responsible for the insurance/preservation for the time being. Plus you get the bonus of having your name appear on a little gold plate next to the pictures, "From the collection of..." So fancy! I'm glad you guys had such a good weekend. I haven't been to the movies in forever, but I do want to see Her. Come to this coast and let's go together! xo

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    1. i still can't believe the amount of money paid for it. but seeing it in person made feel emotional for a moment. it was like i could feel the energy from it. and, oh! how i wish we could have a movie date, though in all likelihood we'd skip it for cuddling on the sofa and chatting the day away. xo

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  3. Aww, I am so jealous of your museum trip. What Fisher said about the "Ikea shelf" made me literally laugh into my coffee, so funny - and true.

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    1. i definitely laughed (out loud) when he said that. he can be pretty witty. xo

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  4. This looks like it was such a satisfying museum visit. I'm not always blown away by shows, but when one is really enjoyable it makes up for all the bad ones. I'd also really like to see more Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud. They were all the rage when I was in art school and I never liked them, but now I find myself drawn to them. Strange how that happens. Who knows, maybe one day Fisher will suddenly appreciate modern art more, (like in 20 years) that's kind of how it works I think, and he will think of you and appreciate you even more :)
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. portland art museum is a good one. not that i have visited too many in other cities to compare, but i have visited this one a lot and sometimes it feels like a new experience, so i'd say that's pretty good. and i can definitely see fisher's lack of enthusiasm for modern art. there were definitely pieces where i thought i could do that in a minute, or why aren't my artist friends in a museum?! but i guess as i have gotten older i just appreciate the emotional reaction, or questioning that i have when looking at modern art. whether i like it or not i always appreciate that it invites me to react. xo

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  5. I love PAM! They do such a great job and I always feel like they keep things fresh. I am so glad you are feeling better- being sick is the worst especially when it lingers. we watched her last week and i liked it but it reminded me of that movie Lars and the real girl.. the one with ryan gosseling and the blow up doll. :)

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    1. yes! you are right. it was reminding me of something but i didn't think too much about it. it was absolutely that movie. but i thought this one was a lot more thought provoking.

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  6. Sounds like a very grown up weekend at the museum and movies - perfect for you and your semi-grown up boy. Oh Portland, I can't wait to explore your sights and sounds this spring :)

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  7. Oh, what a great weekend. I always admire your ability to get out and about. I don't think our staying in these days is a bad thing (it's quite necessary, I think), but sometimes I wish we did more than go to the grocery store. ;)

    My dad is a sculptor (a painter now) so I grew up with modern art and an appreciation of it (loved seeing the Rothko up there!), but I also so get Fishers Ikea shelf comment. Good on him! You've raised a smart and funny young man, for sure. I'm glad you're feeling better, dear. XOXO

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  8. oh, fabulous. I love Francis Bacon. when I was much younger (ha!), I was more of a renaissance man (ha!) too. but these days, well, maybe for the past decade or so (ha! again), I'm really enjoying modern art. like you, it does make me think... this exhibition looks fabulous and I so wish I could see it too. that said, I had a friend visiting for a few days and I made her visit a couple of very interesting exhibitions, so I shouldn't complain. I'm glad you feel better. xoxo

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  9. Art and film and pizza, that sounds like a great weekend. Oh, I would like to see so many of these art works up-close. I think I'm still in a phase where I don't appreciate modern art as much as I should, but I am more and more open to it. I still haven't seen Her and 12 Years A Slave, but I have seen the rest of the films and so far Dallas Buyers Club is my favourite. And so are Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

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