Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jerry Saltz's Favorite Paintings in NY

Another fantastic Jerry Saltz piece in this week's New York Magazine. READ IT. Not only does he compare art museums to swimming pools, but he rejuvenates lesser known works tucked into corners by brilliant painters like Stettheimer, Ingres, and Hartley.

With his typical passion and verve, Saltz gets us excited about paintings, makes us want to dip into the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, The Met, The Frick. Not an easy task, with rooftop bars calling our names. I also like that he narrowed the category to Western paintings and didn't attempt to appease everyone across the spectrum. I mean, genius Jerry, genius.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, by asking for comments, but what are your favorite paintings, in New York, or elsewhere? The first one that pops into my head is this piece by Tiepolo on display at the Met, at the top of that white marble staircase right when you enter. Refreshing, indeed.

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