Detroit Musings.....

I recently spent a long weekend at the Detroit Art Institute and I have only one word for it- "mind-blowing". Maybe that is actually two but it is accurate. Just to see the Diego Rivera murals makes the trip worthwhile, but add to that a roomful of Rembrandts, another of Picassos, and the largest collections I've ever seen of African art and Dutch "golden age" painting. Then there's the Renaissance paintings you see in art history books such as Brueghel's "Wedding Dance" and Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve", as well as a couple of Titians, Bronzinos ....
The "contemporary" collection is interesting and diverse and very cool- I was mesmerized and delighted by a short black and white film of tiny jet planes taking off and flying through the rooms of an urban apartment, and drawn into a huge brick-encrusted painting by Anselm Kiefer. Highlights for me were of course building and factory paintings by Demuth, O'Keefe, and Criss  and an interior by Sheeler. There are a couple of great George Inness and Whistler landscapes, and one by Sargent (you can see his shadow in the painting, and if you stand at the right spot in front of it you are there!) I was disappointed not to see a Hopper, and the Bellows was not my favorite. But those are miniscule complaints.

I had wanted to explore some of the city for sketching and photos, but bad weather, time constraints (it is a huge city) and sheer art exhaustion prevented much of that. Detroit isn't really all that far from Cincinnati though, and I'm sure I'll get another chance.
 
Art show update: Both Colleen and I will be at the Covedale Art Fair on Sat. August 15. This is held around the old Covedale theater on Glenway Ave. in Cincinnati. It is a nice neighborhood event only a few blocks from our house. Hope to see you there!.
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