Posts Tagged ‘Gold’
NOTICE: This is the last week to see Paris: Life and Luxury, at the Getty Center. I’ve seen it twice, and am going back a third time this weekend. There is a lot to see; there is also a lot to read, lots of walltext, and a lot of it is hilarious. Beginning with the intro walltext, which explains why most people are unfamiliar with French decorative art from this period:
Largely unfamiliar and underappreciated today, over shadowed as they are by the tumultuous social and political events of the French revolution of 1789.
Oh my god, this stuff is so underappreciated! Who doesn’t love Rococo? If an 18th century French peasant saw all the wealth/golden filth in this exhibition, the Revolution would have happened a WHOLE lot sooner. Read the rest of this entry »
De Young Museum
On my most recent visit home to San Francisco, I had a museum day with my mom. My mom was insistent we see the Hamish-Bowles-curated Balenciaga and Spain at the De Young Museum. My mom had already seen it (bought the catalogue), and had been raving to me about its unconventional display. The clothes are integrated into a background of paintings (one by Miro, a reproduction of Velazquez’s Las Meninas), photographs of the Spanish landscape and matadors; sometimes lively flamenco music accompanies the designs. I wanted to glean something from the exhibition to point out to my mom that she might not have noticed. This came from the object labels. Each label included the requisite materials, date, lending organization, and donor. However, in some cases an additional “worn by” line was added.
Who were some of the women wearing Cristobal Balenciaga’s bolero jackets and flamenco-inspired gowns?
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
While in Houston, I scampered around town looking at as much art as I could with my favorite museum pal Margarete. This included going to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I always enjoy seeing how encyclopedic museums display their collections, Pre-Columbian collections in particular. Coming from LA, I’m now accustomed to LACMA’s Jorge-Pardo-designed galleries. The Pre-Columbian galleries at the MFAH are fairly standard, but contain hoards of gold. This is because the Spanish conquistador, Alfredo Glassello bequeathed his Aztec and Incan booty to the MFAH. Not really, but an oil man and MFAH trustee, Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., did. “As a life-long collector of Asian, Pre-Columbian, and African art, he donated his excellent and extensive collections to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. These works, primarily of precious gold, are without parallel.” This would explain the gold rooms, one of Pre-Columbian artifacts, and on the other side of the building, a hall of golden African objects. Read the rest of this entry »