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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Modern art

After spending a couple of hours Sunday enjoying the fantastic Renoir exhibit at the Seoul Museum of Art, I wandered around the museum to see what else was tucked away in side galleries.

Okay, so here's the thing: I really like art, enjoying spending time at museums and am eager to learn about new ideas and artists.

But... modern art does nothing for me. Nada. Zilch. Rien. The low point of my otherwise great art history class two years ago was spending the day at London's Tate Modern. Cool building but come on, a crack in the floor as art?!

The modern pieces at SMOA ranged from beautiful

To eye-catching

To Matisse-esque

To creepy ("Dick in a Box"?)

To completely repulsive

It's a mistake to lump ALL modern art together, I admit. The Tate Modern has more than just cracks in the floor and features gorgeous works by Picasso, Matisse and Pollock.

But walking through SMOA -- just as in the Tate -- I felt a bit like this (you need to watch to the end to get the joke):

What kind of art do you like? My favorite style is impressionism.


  1. Wow. All those pieces are really impressive... in some way or another. I think my favorite is the first photo though. The shadows and shapes that one piece casts around it is just hauntingly gorgeous.

  2. Oh I'm jealous you got to go to the Renoir exhibit! I told Tad about the Warriors in D.C. btw and he was like "meh" and I was like "sigh, I need Erin." I'll get to a museum one of these days...

  3. I actually read your blog fairly often, just never comment. But I must comment on this since I go to art school.

    Art historians consider Impressionism to be the beginning of Modern Art. What you are talking about is Contemporary Art; art from 1960-present.

    You might want to check out Jenny Saville. Some of her stuff is a little unsettling, but her technique is lovely.