Saturday, December 4, 2010

New York City

Scriptorium at NYPL
In November I made a pilgrimage back to New York City.  It had been eleven years since this small-town Prairie girl had set foot in Gotham and found herself oddly at home.

New York Public Library
My purpose in traveling to NYC was to attend a show at Dieu Donn√©, a renowned papermill where Ursula von Rydingsvard was showing work she'd created during her residency.   This show and the personal tour I received thanks to Amy Jacobs and Jessica Svenson were the highlight of my trip.  

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Another key draw was the New York Centre for Book Arts culminating with a fascinating  Friday evening lecture by Barbara Tetenbaum , book artist and book arts department head of the Oregon College of Art and Craft.  

The Met as Cathedral

The third attraction was a quest for inspiration and information taking me to the Whitney, the Met, and MoMA.  Artists tend to think their vision and work is unique.  It is key to go and look at as much art as possible and to be prepared to be repeatedly humbled.  Nothing is new.  We may have new techniques or interpretations but all of us come from something.    There are times when this is blatantly obvious and you are left feeling like a fraud for believing otherwise and other times when it is a comfort and a relief to know that you are on the right track and that you are part of a greater whole.  

To follow is a short list of those artists I brought home with me in spirit, at least:
  • Lee Bontacou
  • Nancy Natale
  • David Smith
  • Paul Klee   
  • Isamu Noguchi 
    Central Park from 30 Rock

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