What I am loving: Art exhibition edition 

When I think about my favorite ways to spend an afternoon, wandering through a museum tops the list! I have been driving all over the US for the past few years to see some of my favorite works on display. Its one thing to see a work in a book or on a website, but thank god for museums- we can see the real thing! Check out a few of my favorite shows from the past few years!

 
 Tibet,   Dancer's Robe,   18th century, Silk brocade

Tibet, Dancer's Robe, 18th century, Silk brocade

 FROM THE LANDS OF ASIA: THE SAM AND MYRNA MYERS COLLECTION

On view right now at the Kimbell Art Museum, From the Lands of Asia beautifully brings together works from China, Japan, and Korea to highlight the depth and variance in materials, techniques, and modes of production in Asian art from the neolithic to the modern age. I personally enjoyed learning about the way different religions intersected with the creation of these works resulting in objects with deeply personal and, at times, political significance. 

 Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874. Oil paint on canvas

Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874. Oil paint on canvas

Degas: a passion for perfection

Who doesn't love Degas? This exhibition, opening 100 years after his death, spans his entire career and includes a wide-range of work from watercolors, pastels, and sculptures. I love that the curators included so many sketches. I am a sucker for seeing other artist's processes and Degas was all about process. His sketches reveal a highly informed art history and an obsessive attention to tension and movement. The exhibition is over but please check out the catalogue

 Henri Matisse.  L’Algérienne , 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. MNAM-CCI. Legs du Victomte Guy de Cholet aux Musées nationaux, 1916, 2009. AM 2009-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY;

Henri Matisse. L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. MNAM-CCI. Legs du Victomte Guy de Cholet aux Musées nationaux, 1916, 2009. AM 2009-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY;

Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Matisse, in Oklahoma City? The OKCMOA was the only North American museum to show this wonderful exhibit from Paris. The exhibition explored the full scope of Matisse’s extraordinary career through his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, dating from the late nineteenth century to after World War II. Matisse is truly one of my favorite artists; his use of color to convey space and energy has always been an inspiration for me. When you can't get over to Paris- Check out OKC!