My last trip to a museum was on a gloomy, rainy day. But museums are also a good way to escape the hot, hot heat.
Charlotte, N.C. has numerous museums with fabulous art, but more of a quality over quantity situation, hence how I was able to make my way through both the Mint Museum Uptown and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in one afternoon.
As far as classical paintings go, I tend to lean toward European artists such as Vermeer, Klimt, Monet, Duchamp, Kandinsky, and Renoir. In the Modern art realm — Cezanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin, Matisse, Picaso, Chagall, among others. I’m a huge fan of glass works, sculptures by Rodin and other traditional artists, pieces by graphic artists — Kozik and Coop, Japanese pop art artist Yoshitomo Nara, and prints and sculptures by Alan Forbes.
So, on to my adventure…
First, I made my way through the second Mint Museum in town, which features American and Contemporary Art and Sculpture, as well as Craft and Design. My favorite work by American artists — Robert Henri, Eugene Healan Thomason, and Norman Rockwell.
As a collector of vintage kitchen gadgets, I really enjoyed the special exhibit F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) – modern and contemporary objects used to prepare and serve food. Unfortunately, I could not snap photos in that area, but they had amazing examples of utensils, plates, coffee makers, appliances, and other gadgets throughout history from cultures around the world. The plastic snap out TV tray with partitioned sections was something I had not seen in a long time.
Modern Art at the Bechtler included favorites by Jean-Paul Riopelle, Joan Miro and Fernand Leger.
If you are in town they are both worth checking out, as well as the Mint Museum on Randolph, which I wrote about in a previous blog.