My wife’s cousin was an artist who among other things made dioramas in shoeboxes. Like Petey, only it was “art.” He was big in the local Santa Barbara CA art scene, and a really nice guy (recently passed, in his 70s). But I just didn’t Get it.
I also don’t Get abstract paintings, except one: I saw a picture of it in my HS textbook, by Piet Mondrian. A collection of rectangles and lines, it snapped into focus when I read the title, “Broadway Boogie-Woogie.” I saw the neon lights, the traffic, I felt the excitement. Interesting epiphany. Without the title, I wouldn’t have Gotten it, but all these years later I remember the piece and the artist.
It’s at the MoMA: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78682
February 25, 2017
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