|Each summer, I make a wish list of art exhibitions I want to see. I carefully document the closing dates, and try to circle them in my calendar. Often, I will try to find a museum buddy to go with but if the friend cancels at the last minute, I always keep the date with myself. I consider art viewing an essential element of art making and my creative process. What follows are six shows I have my eye on and why I want to see them.
detail from Central Park Fountain, watercolor by Miriam Schulman
|A Parrot Perched on a Mango Tree;
a Ram Tethered Below, ca. 1630–70
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
1. Sultans of India
until July 26th 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art
So first of all, I am absolutely crazy about this little watercolor that is included in The Sultans of India. It is a small work measuring only about 9 inches. The watercolor is part of a larger exhibit and I can’t wait to see it… (and also go looking for an unique piece of jewelry inspired by the exhibit in the gift shop….shhh…don’t tell)
Ram inspired an art journal page
I love this watercolor because when the catalog came in the mail in January, I noticed the ram on the cover. Being that it is the year of the ram, I saved the page and incorporated the image into one of my art journal spreads. Notice not only the ram, but the color scheme of the artwork is also incorporated into the my journal page.
|a page from my art journal with custom rub-ons and the Ram|
Art Journal Techniques
I actually filmed this spread and included the tutorial as part of my class on the 21 Secrets online art journal workshop. You can read more about that in this blog posts: 21 reasons to Discover 21 Secrets
I also offer a free art journal ebook if you are interested in learning more about art journaling. → free art journal ebook
|Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, 1858–1924).
A Fountain in the Public Garden from
Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook, 1895–97.
2. Maurice Prendergast
Boston Public Garden Watercolors
thru September 7, 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art
|Central Park Fountain, watercolor by Miriam Schulman|
My Garden Watercolors
I love painting fountains and gardens myself.
Here is a watercolor I completed recently.
Central Park Fountain
A favorite spot of many New Yorkers, this is an idyllic and romantic spot in the heart of New York City. A fountain in the midst of a small pond where you can rent a boat and paddle the day away on the water.
3.Van Gogh: Irises and Roses
Vincent van Gogh Auvers-sur-Oise) 1890
Here is a watercolor painting of irises that
is inspired by van gogh ( but completely in my own watercolor style)
|Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical Gardens
thru November 1, 2015
4. Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical Gardens
Alright– yes, I know all three of those exhibits are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as is #6- spoiler alert)
reimagined Kahlo’s beloved Casa Azul
So, to get out of the city this Frida Kahlo is on my must see list as well. The New York Botanical gardens have re-imagined Kahlo’s beloved Casa Azul in the Conservatory and simultaneously are displaying rare artworks in their Art Gallery
This way, I can transport myself to Mexico without leaving New York. I’ll bring my camera and sketchbook to document the process and share this art adventure with you in an upcoming blog post.
5. Yoko Ono
This is MoMA’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono and includes approximately 125 pioneering works, ranging from texts, objects, and films to installations and performances. I have to admit, I was mostly intrigued by the event, Make Your Own Yoko Ono Piece, that is free with admission. I already have plans to see that and can’t wait to share that with you as well.
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What’s on your bucket
list this summer? Going to New York?