Visited the Rubin Museum again on Friday night with some friends and realized something interesting. First off, the collection of Tibetan art is beautiful. The paintings and sculptures are so charged with spirituality and symbolism one cannot help but feel mildly enlightened simply taking it all in. The architecture of the museum does a terrific job of accentuating the work by using a central cyclical staircase ascending the viewers through each level. Now its is generally enough to display art for those who care to visit. But the smart folks at this museum have thought to provide guests with optional magnifying glasses. On the surface this is purely a matter of highlighting all the fine detail. What I think makes it further noteworthy is that now patrons have a tool with which to become actively engaged in the art. There is a fun searching out engagement visitors now take part it. There is a psychological transition from glancing at the art to getting personal wit it. I think all museums could take note of this participatory device.
Had a terrific lunch with Guy last week at The Society of Illustrators. Discussing life and art in the hallowed dining room of the historical institution made for a truly fulfilling afternoon. So it was the icing on the cake to have Tim O’Brien, Anita Kunz, Peter de Seve, and Steven Guarnaccia stop by and say hi. All of whom I’ve long admired. After our meal Guy and I perused the current gallery show and ran into Wendell Minor and his wife Florence. Wendell has illustrated thousands of books, many of which are the very definitive covers of the classics. Additionally, he was the president of the Society. We had a great conversation about the field and exchanged business cards. Not long after I received a short email from him that made me feel like a million bucks. Forgive me for sharing it here.
I do not often see new talent that really captures my attention and imagination. Your work certainly does!
You have a great future ahead and I wish you continued success.
Thanks to everyone who came to the show. It was a huge jam-packed success.
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