Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Who's not going to see Dali at LACMA? Me.
I'm so, so bummed.
Paintings and film by the most notorious Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali are currently exhibiting at LACMA! And I didn't know. What a loser. The exhibit ends on January 6th and as every museum-goer knows, the final weekend of an exhibit is procrastinator's heaven. Which means you will be butt-to-butt with other procrastinators such as yourself, trying to get an eyeful of some Salvador Dali. I promise you this, you will be shuttled in like cattle. Cattle, I tell you!
You just don't get the opportunity to see a Dali on the west coast very often. And any time I get to see a modern art piece that I've admired over the years, it means alot to see it in the flesh. I can stare at the brushstrokes of a modern art master for what seems like forever. I like to take time through an exhibit, especially when I'm looking at beautiful works of art that I've seen over and over again in books, on slides, in school and in magazines. I need to soak it in, inspect it, dissect it, breathe on it, compare it mentally to the reproductions I've seen and finally, to taste it in my soul. If they are encased in glass, like the Van Gogh at the Getty, then you can best believe my hot breath is all up on that glass. I am a security guards nightmare.
I think I am going to miss this one. Time and finances just aren't going to allow me to see it. My only consolation is their upcoming exhibit in June, Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections from the Cheech Marin Collection. Wow. I've been fiending to see Cheech's collection of art for a some time now. Cool. Now I have something to look forward to.