Wednesday, 20 August 2014
I've been to the British Library lately, and I'll have to announce the New York Public Library as the winner in terms of aesthetics and architecture, with white marble inside and out, and a beautiful facade with Corinthian columns (yes I also learnt that in Art History).
The Rose reading room reminded me of the rooms at Oxford, but is, unfortunately for the time being, closed until the end of year.
Later that evening we took advantage of MoMA's Friday Nights, when admission between 4 - 8p.m. is free. Amidst the crowd there was this couple co-ordinating colours with Pollock:
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, textbook American Art History material. The painting is propaganda, but its manner, its colours, struck me as... mild. There is quiet grandeur in its framed presence. I understand, paintings are better seen in their original form, not as reproduced images.
From Florida we flew north to New York --- my first visit to New York! (I will soon meet her again, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.)
We met up with a couple of young'uns for the Met. It's impossible to "finish" browsing the Met in one visit, if you must be thorough, but it's the perfect place to stroll around and take your pick.
Out of the Met we walked into Central Park. The wind sent chills to bones, but it was sunny, and the air was brisk.