Sunday, April 26, 2009

Art in the Big Apple

Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth (top)
Jackson Pollock (middle)
Reflections of Clouds on Water Lilies by Claude Monet (bottom)
more pictures from our New York Trip on Flickr

Our trip to New York City was fabulous, and exhausting. The goal was to see as much art as possible, and that we did! Along with shopping, sightseeing and a lot of walking.

The highlight was the day we spent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Allan's comment as we entered the European paintings section was, 'We hit the jackpot!" There were whole rooms filled with Monets, Van Goghs and Cezannes (Allan's favorite). We saw several Klimt's, the first Frida Kahlo I'd ever seen, and the magnificent Madame X by John Singer Sargent. We thought we'd died and gone to heaven! And that was just the European paintings. We tried not drool when we saw the Rembrandts, Renoirs and Vermeers. Did I mention Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Picasso, Gauguin and Whistler? I could go on and on, but I'd start sounding like an art history book. My favorite part? The special exhibit by Pierre Bonnard and one painting by Anders Zorn; and the Van Goghs, and the Whistlers, and the Rembrandts......

The Neue Galerie was just down the block. It's home to the $134 million Klimt purchased by Ronald Lauder (heir to Estee Lauder cosmetics). I paid the $15 admission just to see it, and it was well worth it. There were several other Klimts as well and other Austrian art.

We spent time in the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, both of which had more famous paintings. Allan likes history so we spent a half day at the American Museum of Natural History and saw huge dinosaur bones. Our touristy trek included the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, FAO Schwartz, Central Park, Times Square and a two-hour cruise in the New York harbor where we had a magnificent view of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and the area where the Twin Towers stood, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and the United Nations building. The tour guide was hilarious. He told us to feel free to moon Wall Street as we cruised by. Surprisingly, no one did.

We at a Reuben sandwich at Maxie's Deli and walked past the David Letterman theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. The weather was beautiful. We stayed at the Warwick Hotel built by William Randolph Hearst.

All in all it was one of the most memorable trips we've ever taken! Oh, and there were like a bajillion people there so were sure glad to get back to our little burb where you can walk down the street without getting bowled over. Home sweet home.

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