Monday, November 30, 2009

Art and Life

Yesterday started out as a foggy morning in Chicago and I captured the skyline as I walked to the Art Institute of Chicago. I spent most of the day wandering through their collection of Indian Art, before venturing to check out the new "Modern Wing" building and art work there. The contrast in the individual works in the two sections had me musing about 'art' in general, and about creativity, skill, aesthetics, and emotions. Definition and evaluation of art is definitely neither easy nor clear cut!

I am always in awe of the skill, talent, beauty and spirituality expressed in the sculptures from ancient India and yesterday was no different. Its interesting that the oldest part of this current museum complex was opened in 1893 in conjunction with the World's Columbian Exposition, to host the World's Congress of Religions. A century later, Swami Vivekananda's inspirational speeches during that conference on tolerance and universal acceptance are still very relevant.

I also enjoyed Caravaggio's stunning painting Supper at Emmaus on loan from National Gallery of London. The special exhibit Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago had innovative designs of Morris, Ashbee, Strickley, Wright and others and was fun to see. In the modern wing, I admired the impressive collection of art by Dali, Kandinsky, Matisse, Miro, O'keef and Picasso. I left feeling humbled but inspired and determined to continue my meager attempts at creating my kind of art!

S. Michigan Ave, Chicago. Digital Photography

6 comments:

B said...

i missed the Carvaggio when in London. Didnt know about him then and only had enough energy to look through the van gogh's at the national gallery.

Looks u had a good time in Chicago. love all those buildings in Chicago downtown

meera said...

Caravaggio's painting is wonderful to see in person -- the textures and the size make it so special! In fact, thats why I enjoy museums - to be able to see and feel the paintings up close :) I love visiting Chicago - only if it were not so cold this time of the year! At least this year there is no snow to contend with.

thiliMy said...

meager?! hey!

meera said...

Thanks Mythili! But then I had just seen Carravaggio and others at the musem!

nikhilkardale said...

About the picture: The fog-topped buildings make the photo more spectacular.

About the painting: Caravaggio always made excellent use light and shadow in his works. This is no different. Thanks for sharing!

meera said...

Thanks Nikhil! The fog really was beautiful that day! Caravaggio is a master painter for a reason :)

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