H.o.p. Overlooking a Maze at the High Museum of Art

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H.o.p. Overlooking a Maze at the High Museum of Art, 2008
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I should have said to her, “Can I take some shots of you as you survey the art?”

One day I would like to take a box to the museum and and have museum goers stand on it while I take a photo. But I doubt the museum would care for this. Well, they’d likely let a famous artist do it but not someone such as me.

(A nod here, of course, to Kubrick’s “The Shining”.)

Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection (1-5)

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Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection #1, Jan 2008

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Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection #2, Jan 2008

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Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection #3, Jan 2008

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Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection #4, Jan 2008

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Chairs Not in the High Museum Collection #5, Jan 2008

H.o.p., by the way, had a pretty good time. He enjoyed the audio tour for the Inspiring Impressionism exhibit (which was packed with people) but I think he loved even more the layout of the museum, the walkways. Wanting to do the Inspiring Impressionism exhibit in a leisurely manner, we only had a brief look at what else was there, this outing. There were few enough people in the upper floors that when we got to the Howard Finster area he made a game of insisting I close my eyes, then turning me around and having me walk back a few steps and forward a few steps and turning me around again, doing this for a little while each time, hoping to disorient me, then having me open my eyes again on a work of art before which he’d maneuvered me into position.

Claes Oldenburg’s “Balzac Pétanque” was a big hit with him, just as was his “Giant Soft Fan” that he saw at MoMA.

What a great name, “Balzac Pétanque”.

He also really enjoyed just being while seated opposite Cezanne’s “Still Life with Statuette”, which is funny as it’s a work I’ve never liked, and I just as much disliked it in person as in a book.

H.o.p. likes sitting at museums. In every room with seating he grabs an opportunity to sit on a bench or chair or sofa and become a part of it all, rather than just being an observer going through and examining the paintings. He wants to settle in for a while and just be. Soak something in. I know how he feels because I enjoy it as well, and know too it is less a matter of appraising art than experiencing the environment.