In December,we went to DC to see some art which was so much fun! Last year I didn't have a great time but this year was really great even though it was freezing and rainy and I had to brave the elements with Willa. The first thing that we did was go see a small gallery full of sketches by old masters. It was pretty cool to see some pieces by these artists in the flesh just because we had spent so much time studying them in class. What was really interesting is that lots of the drawings were really small, but our pieces were all really big so seeing all that work was really interesting and eye-opening. The next thing we saw was the impressionism paintings. I really loved seeing some iconic pieces that we had looked at in class in person. I think seeing impressionist pieces solely on screen doesn't do it justice at all because you can't really see the brushstrokes and the thickness of the paint. I really liked the cathedral drawings by Monet and I especially loved seeing some of Van Gogh's works because they are so unique and powerful. His mark is so incredibly unique and I was able to appreciate it even more in person. My favorite exhibit all day was the Art and Destruction exhibit at the Hirshhorn. I was totally intrigued by the huge range and the power in these pieces. There were pieces from 1950 to the present and I loved it because there were so many different types of destruction explored. Some of my favorite pieces were the giant smashed piano in the front, photographs of totally sacked apartments, a sculpture of three houses in states of disarray and a video of a guitar trailing behind a car. Unfortunately, my group was a little rushed so I would have loved to see more of the exhibit but I was so impressed with what I did see. The last gallery I saw was the contemporary wing at the National Gallery. I have already been to the National Portrait Gallery a bunch of times, but there were a few new pieces there which was really nice to see. I also got to see some old favorites in that gallery which was great. I love the sculpture of a woman eating and some of the huge sculpturesque pieces that are all black but feel very industrial. We also got to see a bunch of abstract works which was great inspiration. F=I noticed that from far away, lots of abstract pieces that are centered around pattern look very exact from far away, but then have very expressional marks up close.
Overall, it was a really great day so here are some of my favorite pieces from DC...