For Mother’s Day, I requested a family outing to The Whitney. I hadn’t been in years and was super exited to see their new space. The views were incredible and Mabel was quite well behaved so it was a surprisingly easy and fun day.
Below were some of the works that stood out to me by Nan Goldin, Howard Kanovitz, Robert Bechtie (it looks like a photograph but its a painting!) and Robert Henri, but there were many other amazing pieces by such artists as Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Alex Katx, the list goes on.
The Henri portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was my absolute favorite, the colors were just stunning. We broke up the art exhibits by attending the Open Studio family painting session. I’m optimistic family trips will become de rigueur – it was really relaxing and fun to feel like a tourist in our own city.
The Whitney became top of mind after seeing the Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid. The movie was really well-done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But what left a lasting impression on me was a glimpse inside the studio of Gertrude Whitney at her A-mazing fireplace created by Robert Winthrop Chandler.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation says:
“The Chanler bas-relief is a unique sculptural gem, inseparable from the Studio, and one of his few interiors that remain intact and available for the public to see.”
Anyone want to take a field trip?