Interesting take on how MoMA is settling in to the new space that seemed so unpromising when it first re-opened. I agree that Monet looked insignificant and that the Barnett Newman sculpture felt out of place; I also was delighted with the crowd pleasing foam cushions and felt that they added a humanizing element sorely lacking in the vast impersonal atrium.
I am too often repelled by the immense crowds that flock to MoMA and I find myself going less than I used to as it is more like Times Square and less like a haven for those who like to spend quiet moments with great works of art. For that, the Morgan and the Frick have always had a prime appeal.
Has \"Modern Art\" has become too popular? Perhaps the mission of MoMA has been fulfilled too well: crowds of tourists, toddlers and toadies swarm to every venue of the latest thing. So love/hate is the new MoMA and that push/pull is just another of the many NY City places that we all cling to and retreat from anew.
MoMA is dead! Long live MoMA!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Here's my take on the NY Times article celebrating the re-birth from near death of MoMA.
Posted by Al Doyle at 10:33 AM