The Guitar Takes Over New York City

Currently in New York City, there are two major art exhibits going on, one at MOMA called Picasso Guitars: (1912-1914), and one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called Guitar Heroes, in which the well-crafted guitar is presented as an art object.

    Guitars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York
February 9, 2011–July 4, 2011

Photos of the exhibit aren’t allowed as you can see by the sign below.

The exhibition features about 80 guitars and other stringed instruments made by John D’Angelico, James D’Aquisto, and John Monteleone, three New York master luthiers.  All are Italian descent.  There seems to be some kind of Italian tradition in this craft.  (see that movie “The Red Violin”).

The Met is also presenting concerts with stringed instruments on Thursdays at 2:30.

Poster for Guitar Exhibit at the MET

Then there is MOMA:

Picasso Guitars: (1912-1914) exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC .

I could only take photos of things outside, like the door to the exhibit, because photography inside the exhibit is not allowed.

I found the exhibit very inspiring.  I wanted to come home and start making my own pictures.  The guitar he made out of cardboard was brilliant, as well as everything else.

These pictures during this period 1912-1914 are made using different materials, something that is much in vogue today.  Not all that is shown in the exhibit are guitars, but it is all mixed-media art rather than oil paintings.

A Cardboard Guitar by Picasso

Picasso combined things like grit, newspaper clippings, gesso, wallpaper cardboard and other cut paper, charcoal, pencils to make these pictures that are on display in this exhibit.  If you love mixed-media art, like I do, you will love this exhibit.

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Picasso--Notice painting with guitar motif in back of him

Picasso’s Studio on the MOMA site.

From a Letter from Picasso to Braque

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