It’s a Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A young man and woman wander through the 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture galleries. They pause in front of Henri Regnault’s Salomé, a portrait of the notorious biblical femme fatale who, after performing a sexy dance for her stepdad, Herod, requested John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter. “She kind of looks like JLo,” says the woman. “God, you’re right,” replies the man. They simultaneously raise their iPhones and snap a picture.
After they move along, I take their place in front of Salomé. Her dark curls fall seductively by her bare shoulders. Her head tilts with a smirk, and her right hand rests on her hip. She gives off a definite fly-girl vibe. I take out my iPhone and a few minutes later Instagram my portrait of the portrait. I use the most common filter, which is #nofilter. Others see it in my feed. Some like it with a heart. And thus, a French artist who’s been dead for more than 140 years, a random duo at the Met and my followers on Instagram and I are all in conversation. And isn’t that the point of art?
Digital concept art for my version of Frankenstein.
My friend, Lysandra, is a pretty awesome artist.
I take a lot of photos of art I like in museums, and rarely do anything with it… so trying to change that up.
Went to the DeYoung yesterday with Morgan.I’m going to have go back soon, both to catch the Bulgari exhibit (which was sold out) and to see Bouquets to Art, which I stumbled on last year and loved!
We saw the David Hockney exhibit (no photography allowed) and then wandered through American Art upstairs.
Not surprisingly, I was drawn to the art from the Gilded Age and mostly portraiture of women.
Here we have:
- Caroline De Bassano - John Singer Sargant - 1884 (my favorite painter)
- a detail of Bouguereau’s Atelier at the Academie Julian - Jefferson David Chalfant - 1891
- The Blue Viel - Edmund Charles Tarbell - 1898 - My favorite of the day
- The Sonata - Irving Ramsey Wiles - 1889
- Venetian Girl - Frank Duveneck - 1880