Tomorrow an exhibit of contemporary Mexican art centered around the drug war opens at FotoFest. If you go, please please bring me back a brochure and any other materials you can get. I don't know anything about FotoFest, but I would like to.
When I was at the Prado exhibit Friday afternoon, I was reminded of the Meadows Museum in Dallas.
Mr. Meadows visited the Prado in Madrid, and was so impressed with the art that he began his own collection of Spanish art (Mr. Meadows was kind of a super-rich guy). He donated the art, and millions of dollars to make a museum for the art, to Southern Methodist University in the '60s. A new building was constructed about 10 years ago.
The Meadows is one of the world's largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, and is considered by many to be the highest-quality Spanish collection other than the Prado. The Meadows is one of Dallas's secret gems. From their web site:
The Meadows Museum collection includes masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Highlights of the collection include Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, exquisite Rococo oil sketches, poly-chrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions, a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya, and a select group of sculptures by major 20th-century masters, including Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, David Smith and Fritz Wotruba. At the base of the plaza is a 40-by-90 foot moving sculpture, Wave, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Here's an article on some people who made a serious--though sometimes mocking--study of the dense and often ridiculous language written about art. The authors call it International Art English. It's often referred to simply as Art Speak. As much fun as it is to make fun of IAE, you may actually want to work on your fluency.
I don't know if this is a case of the truth being stranger than fiction, but it's surely a case where the truth feels like it came right out of fiction. Landis's story would make a great novel or film.
There's more and more talk lately about the Art of Food, and whether it is the next major medium for art, or whether that's all a lot of silliness. If you're just now beginning to think about Culinary Arts as a real thing and not just a fancy name for cookin', then this article may be a great place to start.
1. A Titian painting that somehow got lost and forgotten in the National Gallery.
2. A Roman amphitheater.
I don't know about you, but I'm imagining some sort of Antiques Roadshow where giant giant things--like the amphitheater and the church where Richard III is buried--are brought to appraisers by stunned local farmers.