top works from the isabelle stewart gardner:
a) the courtyard garden, wiht chespaeke mums and a small side room, with chinese panels of mums
b) giotto work that had in the center a large white sqaure, flirting with abstraction.
c) This big portrait of henry james
d) a pair of 16th century red chalk male nudes.
e) a korean vase, delicate, and black, with two fairly non abstract fish handles.
g) Holbein portiats of minor english court funcitonaries (i like minor holbein, he doesn't feel like he needs to do anything but flatter)
h) a whole chunk of whistler second impression etchings of french country rivers, boats, and that sort of thing--looking weirdly dutch. a whistler nocturne with perfect grey tones.
i) the biggest monstrance i have ever seen (also, the rapcious appettie she had for church furniture--choir stalls, stained glass windows, pews, bishop chairs, bishop croizers, monstrances, pyx, frontals, all sorts of vestments)
j) greek statue on top of a black domino cabienet--looking like a mirroiring and continution of a complicated body.
k) two side cabnients of hand tatted venetian lace.
l) titan's europa
m) piano extension
top works from the mfa:
a) the johns show was super tight, and made a solid argument--i am rethinking what his cross hatching means, and a v. good catenary painting from 2001, with excellent draping, an encaustic from 1984, where he paints trompe de oliel aged scotch tape.
b) A big jack bush with a bright indigo field
c) sean scully's wall of Light Pink from 1994--bigger than most Scully's I've seen, and uses the over painting with under paiting visible, to acheive an almost monet quality
d) A Warhol Pissing Painting, that they coyly call an oxidazation painting (can we talk about this as the true success of the market--this censoring of warhol's language) Even though it is a crude joke against abstract expressionists of his youth, and is weirdly sexy (in the idea of sex, in the traces of sex, not of sex itself, the pockmarked copper surce makes it genunely almost sublmimely beautiful)
e) a couple of benin sculptures from the first colonial contact of the portugese, first time i have seen it from the beinnite side.
f) a modest sized El Antusi Carpet work, this one called Black River.
g) across a large gallery--Whiteread's door peice, with its failure as a protal marking a bleak and steady grey and white severeity, with fgt's chemo--a peice that i always find rreally spooky to go thru.
h) Fred Wilson's Iago's Mirror--which looks like plastic but is mirrored glass, a clock, refleciting blackness against euroccentric decorative culture
i) a niickalene thomas colalge, a afrofutirist decosntruction of courbet at his most pornographic, with the pastoral made from the usual vinyl wall paper and magazine clippings she usually uses.
j) they put five ken prices against the wall, but how he transitions colour--from an olive to a jade to a mustard in one peice, or from a scrambled redish pink to a dark rasberry in another, might be the formalist highlight of american post war sculpture (the other highlight a truitt, in royal blue with a subtle violet stripe)
k) terra cotta jar painted with birds, ca 2600
l) Bridget Rileys Story of Orpheus, 1978--i love how unserious her colours are, and how much does wiwth thiem, this primal, undaliting wave, of light pinks, teals, and grey greens, in tight reflecting lines.
m) Slyvia Plimock Magold's Half Waindow from 1972
n) a lous, tall, (almost my height, but narrow, maybe a yard, more vertical than his usual work, and i love how it was book ended by raw canvas.
o) Deigo Romero's reworking of contenporary issues in Pueblo pottery
p) a nice van dyck,
q) two great melon paintings--a musk melon by luis melandez, from the 17th century, and a Judith scene, where her prgrant belly is reflected in a melon in the foreground, that it is a marriage portrait, explains why the melon looks like a womb and a phallus.
r) Manet. and his greys
s) finally saw a dutch church scene that had the little dog pissing in the corner, been waiting to see one of those for year.s
t) David Tenius The Burch Shop, with its cloth overing half of a bull, the head of the bull to the left, the innards of the bull to the right, women breaking down the carcass.
u) hans melming christ blessing--post resecution jesus, happy and serene, in a room full of crucifixtions and martydoms
v) two small and quite intimate chardins, the best kitchen table, with a copper jar, a white porcelian jug, and a mess of smelt.
w) some excellent game pics
x) Tipelo's, all the tipelos.
hung out with graham and thuslay's wee one, market,park, lunch, playground, home. lots of good talk.