Monday, February 4, 2019

Trip to the Guggenheim Museum Inspired by an Announcement on WFUV

When I woke up this morning, I didn't know what I wanted to do.  The weather thankfully warmed up, and I just didn't want to sit in the local public library and read again.  I heard an announcement on WFUV that the Guggenheim Museum was featuring an exhibit on the photographer Robert Mapplethrope.

Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was a gay photographer who sadly died of complications of AIDS.  Many of his subjects were of the bodies anatomically correct gay men.  There were also many self-portraits.
Photo of Andy Warhol by Mapplethorpe

Most of the museum was devoted to an exhibit: Hilma af Klint: Paints for the Future.  She was a Swedish abstract artist (1862-1944).  She rarely exhibited her works and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her art, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986.

My favorite painting of Hilma af Klint

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