Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ivy on the Met

Ivy on the Met

Central Park, New York.

We went to see the Klimt painting Woman in Gold at the Neue Gallery (an incredible painting, gallery, story, and movie) and walked across the park afterwards.

This is the north side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ivy growing on its walls looks like a work of art. I suppose it is, actually.

Met ceiling

Met ceiling

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gary and I checked our packs when we went through the Garry Winogrand show at the Met, no photography allowed although it amazed me how many people seeing the show were carrying heavy DSLRs around their necks.

On the way out I took a picture of the Met’s entryway ceiling which is a wonderful piece of architecture that I admire each time I go.

Garry Winogrand at the Met

The late New York street photographer Garry Winogrand is having a show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and it’s well worth seeing if you’re within striking distance.

If you’re not familiar with his work, check out this collection of Garry Winogrand images.

Gary Sharp and I were in New York yesterday to see what Manhattanhenge was all about and stopped in at the Met to see the show. Incredible work, well displayed and while it was crowded on a Saturday, a weekday should be better. It will run until September 21 and I plan to get in to see it again.

Below is a video (in two parts) of Garry Winogrand talking about his process. Notice he puts film and cameras in two drawers of an old steel-case file cabinet. Ya gotta love this guy, he’s so earthy and unpretentious.

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has just opened what looks like a great photography exhibit.

The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place.

This international loan exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs. Most of the two hundred pictures on view were altered after the negative was exposed—through photomontage, combination printing, overpainting, retouching, or, as is often the case, a blend of several processes. In every instance, the final image differs significantly from what stood before the camera at any given moment.

First known use of iPads, iCloud, and Photostream


Taken with iPhone 4S through glass, 2″ across

I met an old and dear friend, Mamen Saura who was visiting New York and we went to a exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900.

The exhibition is made up mostly of book pages displayed flat. The scale is so small that the museum has a box of large magnifying glasses that are essential for seeing the pieces, even if you have perfect vision (which I don’t, I used both my reading glasses and the magnifiers).

I hadn’t been to the Met in years and I have to say, it’s so overwhelming my head was spinning. Mamen and I took in the first room of this six room show and had to go sit down and have lunch, we were totally exhausted. We went back and saw the rest of it but in fact, we both ran out of energy before the end. I plan to return with my wife Anne to see it again, it’s that good.

On the way to that exhibition we passed through the new permanent exhibition of Islamic art which is also spectacular. The Met really knows how to display art and while this is to be expected, not every museum does as good a job. I’m not trying to be a “New York snob” but in fact, MoMA is also an excellent place to see an exhibition: the Henri Cartier Bresson show that Anne and I saw there recently was beautifully presented.

Note: nn closer inspection of this Indian art from the 1500’s we found the beginnings of Apple marketing to the rich and famous. We weren’t aware that Apple made pink iPads but no doubt the teenage girls of that era were pleased as punch over it.

Metropolitan Museum of Art ceiling

Met Ceiling

I think it’s kind of weird to go to the Met and come back with three pictures of the ceiling of the main hall and a few other odd pictures but nothing of any of the art.

Well, we did see the Matisse fabric show and it was quite good but no photography allowed there, so I guess I have an excuse.

Met Ceiling

Met ceiling