Last weekend i finally could visit the Cincinnati Art Museum. Unfortunately, since I was so busy through whole the last week I couldn’t write about that. But no problem, now here I am!
I have to mention that it was the most enjoyable experience I have ever had in the US so far. Undoubtedly, CAM is a great museum. Don’t laugh at me! It may be a such a small museum but it has a great collection of artworks. well, it is not ”Metropolitan Museum”, but I think the only difference between them is the matter of quantity of pieces not quality of them, maybe I will change my opinion after visiting Metropolitan though! Anyway, I left my apartment at 10 am and walked to the museum. It is only about 20-30 minutes waking from ACC and the Museum, so do not take bus – or as they call it here Metro! – just walk and enjoy your time! If it is your first time to go there, you have to know that there is a short cut in the corner of Elsinore Street and Gilbert Avenue where the Johnston park is located and that short cut is across that park. So, do not go from the silly walking direction that Google shows you and enjoy beautiful views of Johnston Park. However if you are a professional smoker like me, you will have a big trouble climbing the hill of the park!
After afew minutes I arrived on the top of the park out of breath. actually I almost dead! It’s said that everything has it’s price and you have to pay it! )
Then I entered to the museum and start to explore. I was lucky because in that day there was series of free concerts taking place at great hall of the museum. There were twelve different band which were performing classic musics from Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Schubert, Hayden,….
It was completely unbelievable! Just imagine you are watching a great piece of art and at the same time you are listening live fantastic classic music. That is funny but after a while I found out that I am unconsciously smiling! like a crazy person. It is my reaction to everything that I enjoy no matter where I am. And it is not an ordinary small, a really big one! like this
I do not want to list the pieces that I saw but I want to mention my favorite ones here. There was a small Greek sculpture was made in terracotta. Like the majority of other Greek sculpture that we have, it was broken in some parts but that was why I loved that one. Actually, it is about a year that I am working on the same idea to make my sculptures. I really like the idea of making broken portraits and human body based on the ancient Greek and Roman Sculptures.
Also I really loved two small sculptures by French artist Edgar Degas. Those two bronze Sculpture are from Ballet Dancers series which was Degas’s favorite theme. I am not quite sure but I guess I spent about 45 minutes to watch them.
Another piece I liked was an sculpture by Jacob Epstein. It was the portrait of famous Indian ( not feathered, dot one!) poet. To be honest, I had seen Epstein works before but I didn’t really liked his works. But that Sculpture changed my opinion about him and his works. It is a deformed and exaggerated portrait with strong forms. So terribly beautiful.
Cincinnati art Museum also has some works of other highly reputable artists like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Henry Mattis, George Rought, Amedeo Modigliani, anf my favorite american artist John Signer Sargent. They have even a piece of Van Dyke! Can you believe that?! Van Dyke in Cincinnati! Oh my Gosh! Actually there are lots of other great artists that I can not write all their names here. The thing I really like about CAA is that the different artworks from different periods are installed besides each other in a same room. For example after watching a piece of Mark Rotko you suddenly encounter an impressionist painter from 19th century, they have specific galleries for some older works though. For instance there is a gallery for 18th paintings. or the have a small room just for flower painting which are fabulous!
Oh I just forgot that they even have a sculpture by Clodion! The french sculpture who had made small sculptures with clay. OK, I think I have to finish this part because if I want to write about other artist, I would never finish this blog. There were many of them. Just go and meet them!
I am going to visit CAA every two weekend and spend more time to study about every artist and maybe try to copy some of them or at least watch and make some drawings based on them.
After having small meal in museum’s coffee shop at 6 pm, I left the museum and came back to school to work on my sculpture course assignment which is finished now. I will publish my final piece on the next blog.
I have also tried to attached some photos which I have took from Cincinnati Art Museum to this blog but I couldn’t upload the images! nobody knows what is the problem?