38a. You can look (but you better not touch)

 

From a house on a hill a sacred light shines
I walk through these rooms but none of them are mine
Down empty hallways I went from door to door
Searching for my beautiful reward
Searching for my beautiful reward

Springsteen, My beautiful reward

 

Princeton part 2

The moment we entered the gallery, I knew we were in for a treat. The first piece I saw as I walked in was Matthew Jackson’s Dresden. I was so overwhelmed by the power & scale of that piece that I almost think that if I’d been alone, I might have simply stayed with it. However, we had kids to inspire and there was so much more to see.

I think I’ll let the Art speak for itself. Some of these are minor works by major artists, but all were worth making the trip for. It was great to watch the kids reactions (actually, I think they were more amused by mine).

I hope my photos do justice to these works.

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Matthew Day Jackson, “August 6th, 1945 (Dresden)”, 2010. Burnt wood and lead on wood panels. 96 x 123 in.
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Yue Minjun, “Dejeuner sur I’herbe”, 1995.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Leonardo da Vinci’s Greatest Hits”, 1982. Acrylic, oil paint stick and paper collage on canvas.
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Claude Monet. “A Medow at Giverny”, 1894.
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Jean-Antoine Houdon, “Moliere”, 1781. Terracotta bust.
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Pablo Picasso, “Man’s Head and Seated Nude”
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Auguste Rodin, “Danaid”, 1885-90
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Andy Warhol, “Blue Marilyn”, 1962.
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Andy Warhol, “Brillo Box”, 1964. And in the background, Tom Wesselmann, “Great American Nude #62”, 1965.
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Sol LeWitt, Untitled, 1982.

I’m realising that to do the entire Museum justice, this may need to be a series. I’ll end here on the modern works and cover the antiquities and early art in another post or two.

All works pictured are from the collection of the Princeton Museum of Art. The photographs are all mine.

©2016

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4 thoughts on “38a. You can look (but you better not touch)

  1. It’s been way too long since I’ve been to a museum, so this is quite a treat! I was mostly struck (impressed) by the sculpture of Moliere, mainly because I think it’s difficult to get a face on canvas, but to get it from terracotta is so amazing!

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