Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mum in the Kitchen


During a recent trip to the MFA's new Art of the Americas wing, my youngest daughter briefly studied the 20th century painting, Matta's Circle of Wheat.  While she agreed with the experts when they said that,
Cercle du Blé" explores a primordial landscape of violence and conflict; it teems with fantastical creatures and threatening implements rendered in pulsating color,
she insisted on changing its name to better reflect that violence and conflict.  It was only upon her renaming of it that I began to truly appreciate the piece, Mum in the Kitchen.



If you go, don't avoid the third floor (gallery of the 20th century); there are some terrific paintings (I like Sheeler), cool photographs (id.), and a few pieces of Eames furniture worth seeing.

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