Technology and Intricate Details.
The other day I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to see some of the special exhibits. I saw The Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures, Jan Gossart’s Renaissance, Between Here and There: Contemporary photos and film, and Hipsters, Hustlers, Handball Players by Leon Levinstein, and southern Asian Art from India.
Gossart’s work was amazing. His work is incredibly detailed, from the outfits in the paintings, prints, and drawings to his surroundings. I wish in today’s world our attention to detail would be equivalent to Gossart’s artwork.
Our world may not be made up of many intricate marks and colorful details, but we have advanced new technologies that have advanced the way we make art.
Both shows Between Here and There: Contemporary Photos and Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players by Levinstein, deal with the use of cameras. Between Here and There shows photos and film starting from the mid-60’s till today. The work deals with contemporary art concepts more so than actually people, like Gossart’s work.
Levinstein’s work was about documenting spontaneous people’s lives around the city in different neighborhoods with his camera. His work ranged from the 1950’s to the 80’s. It was a time when not everyone had a camera, unlike today, so walking around documenting the regulars of New York was a crazy idea.
I took a good look at all the southern Asia Art, mostly Indian Iconic Figures or Hindu deities, such as Ganesha, Vishnu, and Shiva. In high school for part of a summer, I went to India. I was mostly in Mysore, with the Putney Student Program. I love all the details of all the God Icons, considering they are everywhere from the rickshaw (the taxi’s) to the temples. It was really cool to go to the MET and be reminded of all the stories behind each icon and what they bring to the Hindu religion, as well as see the amazing detail that each individual God contains.