Wesley and I went to Raleigh today to visit the new NC Museum of Art. People! If you live near, or if you live in NC you must come see the new museum. The building is architecturally stunning and the collection looks so wonderful on the fresh white walls. The Dutch masters and early centuries (17, 18 etc) work used to be on dark walls and looked great, but on a hot day like today, the cool white interior space was bliss. The outdoor gardens are peaceful and beautiful and the building itself it just grand. Here are a few pictures I took of work that I especially like before, yes, my camera batteries died! Wes took a bunch of photos so when I get them from her camera I'll post some more. There are also lots of photos on the NCMA website, click the link above for more.
This was one of my favorite things. I could have walked in the door, looked at this wall piece and left happy. It is on the wall in the restaurant just as you enter. Very spectacular. Hollis, this is where the click on the photo to see the bigger photo comes in, if you click on this photo you can see how great this piece really is :) You can see the installation pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncma/sets/72157622838272597/
And in the gift shop NC's own Blaine Avery and Ronan Peterson. Way to go guys! How'd you do that?!
This piece is even more stunning when you read what it's made of and why. These are woven liquor bottle wrappers and bottle caps and newspaper from Africa, there was a long and interesting statement about the reason for it's being, I should have photographed that. It must have taken more than a year to make this thing, I can't even imagine......
sort of a contemporary Madonna and Child, the left arm is a piece of wood, nice......and then my camera died, just as I was entering the Greek pottery room and the Mayan room and the African room, and the Rodin sculpture exhibit, and the water ponds with bamboo and water lillies, and and and..... you just have to come and see for yourself!