Atlanta's High Museum of Art turned out to be a very pleasant way to spend a morning. First of all, I went to the Water Lilies, on lone from MOMA in New York. These huge canvasses were painted at Giverny, depicting his water garden. They are impressive works, but a bit obscure for my taste.
Richard Misrach's series of photographs "On the beach" was taken from a hotel room overlooking a beach in Hawaii. There is something voyeuristic about that. For instance, in "Untitled #81-03, 2003", a couple is far from the beach and others, kissing, probably not expecting to become part of an artwork. This clash between the private and the public is what makes me think the most when I see these photographs. They seem like a comment on an emerging future in which we can have live Google Earth coverage of everything. Therefore, the care-free holiday life of these people is transformed into a 1984-kind of world.
(Listen to Misrach on a podcast from the High Museum of Art.)
In the permanent collections of the museum, there were also some highlights, for instance works by Monet, Renoir, Pisarro etc. Among these, I particularly liked Monet's "Houses of Parliament in the Fog" (1903) which is cool and has beautiful colours.
In the Louvre Atlanta part of the museum, the highlight was Antoine-Louis Barye's "Lion and serpent" (1832-1835). This part of the museum was also very educational, for instance there was a "Find the Forgery" interactive exhibit, in which you were to choose different tests to run on two artworks on display to try to figure out if they were real or fake. This gave an idea of the methods that are now at the disposal of museums.
It was great to get some "High art" after the Coca-Cola and the CNN tour...
(From outside the High Museum of Art: a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture. Also notice the Rodin in the background.)