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DC Art Therapy: Hirshhorn, Phillips, Renwick, Plus

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The best layover ever is just about right. We made plenty of time for art on Wednesday. First stop after breakfast was the Hirshhorn. This museum is really going places. The new director has it popping. If you already did that once or twice and you have not been under the new regime, go.

Smithsonian in winter

The color wheel is the first use of the second floor circle that has perfect sensibility.

Downstairs had some cool stuff too.

 

 

 

The highlight of this Hirshhorn visit was the fact that Manifesto was playing. I saw this in Stuttgart in 2017 and was utterly blown away. This is a must see video installation, even if you don’t do video art (generally speaking, I don’t).

 

 

Here is the official trailer. Absolutely stunning masterpiece.

 

 

 

I now love Cate Blanchett. Watching her work in such a close stunning cinematic set of visuals is life changing.

 

After lunch, which may or may not have included a bottle of Gigondas, we headed to the Phillips.

 

Finally, parking karma still intact, we headed to the Renwick. Sadly, Jacob missed it.

 

 

 

 

Three museums was not enough to satisfy the art goddess. Fortunately, Richard rode to the rescue. His collection is world class.

 

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Art and Technology at the National Gallery

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Meeting at Leonardo’s “Ginevra de’ Benci”

Richard Danzig has some very interesting insights into technology and art. A Wednesday tour of the National Gallery of Art was just what the doctor ordered.

Context provided by Monet

Back in time.

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, religious theme, little man Jesus, non-human nature of beings, fill

Click to fill

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, fill, fingers

Mary’s face shows emotion and internal dialog.

What is she thinking?

Of note: improving perspective (not that great though), bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, background on earth, intrigue

what cho lookin at?

side channel

Of note: shape, focus, improving perspective, bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, baby Jesus, human nature of beings, social scene, background on earth, many side stories, materials constrain work, fill

which way is the donkey looking now?

retouched, adjusted visage

Pile em in

Of note: humanity/intelligence, focus, detail of cloth, bright, religious theme, human nature of subject

towards impressionism in the brushwork

hey look, it’s a detailed human

lights. camera. action. Our tour guide talks Titian

Of note: myth allows humanism, symbolism of dogs, domesticity/afterglow and hunting, focus, light burst, human nature of subject

Back to Leonardo

Of note: humanity, blue background distance, impressionism, oil, technique, symbolism, real subject, colors, math, science

landscape

Fast forward in a time warp.

Context provided by Monet

Of note: humanity, cloud, impressionism, oil, technique, motion, real subjects, colors, light source, faces obscured, models are family

And then lunch by the waterfall

fin