Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Retroblogging: Chicago Trip 2012, Art Institute

I am so far behind on blogging on things, thanks to the business/busy-ness of my life, that I STILL haven't blogged about my epic Mid-Western/Chicago trip in January to see Kari and her Krew. So I'm just going to have to do things out of order.

We're going to focus on the Art Institute outing with Kari for a while, and highlight some of the works that jumped out at me for one reason or another. Where ever possible I've tried to get the information from the Art Institute's website so I can remember who made the work and learn more about it. It's in no particular period/acquisition/importance order. I'm just going to post as they come up, though some of the more macabre *might* show up around Halloween. Just 'cause.

The Art Institute of Chicago Main Entrance, c. January 2012
My gal Kari, also c. January 2012! (in the bathroom, sorry about that!)
We wandered, we talked, we pondered, we poked, we pretended, we pretensed. It was super fun, although by mid-afternoon our back hurt from all the stuff we were carrying and our legs/feet hurt too. I documented ... So I'm not in the photos ... Cause I'm smart like that!

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890

The Bedroom, 1889

Oil on canvas
29 x 36 5/8 in. (73.6 x 92.3 cm)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.417

Edward Hopper
American, 1882–1967

Oil on canvas
84.1 x 152.4 cm (33 1/8 x 60 in.)
s.l.r. Edward Hopper
Friends of American Art Collection, 1942.51

Frank Lloyd Wright
American, 1867-1959
Avery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window, 1912
Clear and colored leaded glass in oak frames
Center panel: 35 1/4 x 43 in. (89.5 x 109.2 cm)
Two side panels: 36 x 7 3/4 in. (91.4 x 19.7 cm) (each)
Restricted gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin J. DeCosta and the Walter E. Heller Foundation, 1986.88
© 2012 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841-1919

Woman at the Piano, 1875/76

Oil on canvas
36 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. (93.2 x 74.2 cm)
Inscribed at lower left: Renoir
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.1025

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890

Self-Portrait, 1887

Oil on artist's board, mounted on cradled panel
16 1/8 x 13 1/4 in. (41 x 32.5 cm)
Joseph Winterbotham Collection, 1954.326
Unknown 20,
Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

Houses of Parliament, London, 1900–01

Oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 36 1/4 in. (81 x 92 cm)
Inscribed at lower right: Claude Monet
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1164

Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam

Buddha Seated in Meditation (Dhyanamudra),
Chola period, c. 12th century
160.0 x 120.2 x 56.3 cm (63 x 47 5/16 x 22 3/16 in.)
Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrew Brown, 1964.556

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
American, born Cuba, 1957–1996
"Untitled" (Golden), 1995
Strands of beads and hanging device
Dimensions vary with installation
The Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, through prior gifts of J. D. Zellerbach, Gardner Dailey, and an anonymous donor; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through prior gift of Solomon R. Guggenheim; partial gift of Andrea Rosen, in honor of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 2008.400
© 1995 The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation.

We wanted to stop where and sit and maybe get a cuppa, but these architecturally interesting chairs didn't look comfortable.

And I didn't know how to break in, sneak these out, and then ship them home without getting smashed to bits.

To be continued.

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