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Highlights from NYC's incredible MOMA pt 1

The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali, 1931; if you're ever in Barcelona and enjoy Dali then take a day trip to Figueres to see his museum

The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali, 1931; if you're ever in Barcelona and enjoy Dali then take a day trip to Figueres to see his museum

The False Mirror, Rene Magritte, 1929; the Surrealist photographer Man Ray once owned this piece, which he described as a painting that sees as much as it itself is seen; it's said to be one of the inspirations for the 1952 CBS television eye logo

The False Mirror, Rene Magritte, 1929; the Surrealist photographer Man Ray once owned this piece, which he described as a painting that sees as much as it itself is seen; it's said to be one of the inspirations for the 1952 CBS television eye logo

Cubist Landscape, Diego Rivera, 1912; as of 2018, Rivera held the record for highest price at auction for a work by a Latin American artist with his 1931 painting The Rivals, selling for $9.76 million

Cubist Landscape, Diego Rivera, 1912; as of 2018, Rivera held the record for highest price at auction for a work by a Latin American artist with his 1931 painting The Rivals, selling for $9.76 million

The Birth of the World, Joan Miro, 1915; a museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981

The Birth of the World, Joan Miro, 1915; a museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943-1959; eight of Wright's buildings, including the Guggenheim, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the title The 20th-century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2019

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943-1959; eight of Wright's buildings, including the Guggenheim, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the title The 20th-century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2019

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Three Women offers a machine-age update to a time-honored subject in the history of painting: the group portrait of female nudes in repose

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Three Women offers a machine-age update to a time-honored subject in the history of painting: the group portrait of female nudes in repose

Modern Art, Lynda Benglis, 1970-74; is the artist making a sarcastic statement or is this an expensive version of Manhattan cow patties?

Modern Art, Lynda Benglis, 1970-74; is the artist making a sarcastic statement or is this an expensive version of Manhattan cow patties?

Gladiators, Philip Guston, 1940; while working on Gladiators, Guston was also painting murals in NYC as a part of a WPA program in locations such as the Queensborough housing project in Long Island City

Gladiators, Philip Guston, 1940; while working on Gladiators, Guston was also painting murals in NYC as a part of a WPA program in locations such as the Queensborough housing project in Long Island City

No. 5/No. 22, Mark Rothko, 1950; Rothko said, If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom

No. 5/No. 22, Mark Rothko, 1950; Rothko said, If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom

Untitled, Lee Bontecou, 1961; this work straddles the lines between painting and sculpture, mechanical and organic, and inviting and threatening; 1961 saw Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall and first troops sent to Vietnam

Untitled, Lee Bontecou, 1961; this work straddles the lines between painting and sculpture, mechanical and organic, and inviting and threatening; 1961 saw Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall and first troops sent to Vietnam

Five Feet of Colorful Tools, Jim Dine, 1962; the artist incorporates images of everyday objects in his art, but unlike typical pop artists, includes personal passions and everyday experiences (his parents owned a hardware store)

Five Feet of Colorful Tools, Jim Dine, 1962; the artist incorporates images of everyday objects in his art, but unlike typical pop artists, includes personal passions and everyday experiences (his parents owned a hardware store)

Accumulation No. 1, Yayoi Kusama, 1962; when she first exhibited this work in New York critics were, perhaps not surprisingly, shocked by the sexualized transformation of an ordinary domestic object by a female artist

Accumulation No. 1, Yayoi Kusama, 1962; when she first exhibited this work in New York critics were, perhaps not surprisingly, shocked by the sexualized transformation of an ordinary domestic object by a female artist

She-Goat, Pablo Picasso, 1950; this massive life-size bronze is a wonderful assemblage (ie Dumpster diving) of a wicker basket body, a palm leaf back and two ceramic flowerpots for the udder which was then cast

She-Goat, Pablo Picasso, 1950; this massive life-size bronze is a wonderful assemblage (ie Dumpster diving) of a wicker basket body, a palm leaf back and two ceramic flowerpots for the udder which was then cast

Paper Tiger, Thomas Bayrle, 1969; Bayrle is known for hypnotic works of mechanical repetition that, when viewed in full, sharpen into commentary, offering us insights into our relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire

Paper Tiger, Thomas Bayrle, 1969; Bayrle is known for hypnotic works of mechanical repetition that, when viewed in full, sharpen into commentary, offering us insights into our relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire

Twin, Robert Ryman, 1966; the scale of this piece required the use of a specially made 12-inch brush and thinned paint so that Ryman could complete each horizontal stroke without interruption

Twin, Robert Ryman, 1966; the scale of this piece required the use of a specially made 12-inch brush and thinned paint so that Ryman could complete each horizontal stroke without interruption

Sow, Alexander Calder, 1928; Calder’s first kinetic sculpture was of a duck, which he presented to his mother as a Christmas gift in 1909 when he was 11; it was made from a formed, brass sheet and rocked back and forth when touched

Sow, Alexander Calder, 1928; Calder’s first kinetic sculpture was of a duck, which he presented to his mother as a Christmas gift in 1909 when he was 11; it was made from a formed, brass sheet and rocked back and forth when touched

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dali, 1933; Dalí described Surrealist sculpture as created wholly for the purpose of materializing in a fetishistic way, with maximum tangible reality, ideas and fantasies of a delirious character (say what?)

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dali, 1933; Dalí described Surrealist sculpture as created wholly for the purpose of materializing in a fetishistic way, with maximum tangible reality, ideas and fantasies of a delirious character (say what?)

RSVP I, Senga Nengudi, 2003; the exhibit consists of previously worn, dark-hued pantyhose partially knotted into pendulous, sand-filled sacks, then stretched and tethered to the wall in various changing arrangements evocative of dance movements

RSVP I, Senga Nengudi, 2003; the exhibit consists of previously worn, dark-hued pantyhose partially knotted into pendulous, sand-filled sacks, then stretched and tethered to the wall in various changing arrangements evocative of dance movements

Untitled, Robert Gober, 1986; according to the museum, this work is far from commonplace, this bed is surreal: a personal space of dreaming and desire that is strangely generic, recalling a vague childhood memory (who writes this puffery?)

Untitled, Robert Gober, 1986; according to the museum, this work is far from commonplace, this bed is surreal: a personal space of dreaming and desire that is strangely generic, recalling a vague childhood memory (who writes this puffery?)

A Universe, Alexander Calder, 1934; Calder relocated to Paris in 1926, and became close friends with Joan Miró, a friendship that would last for decades; Calder won first prize at the 1952 Venice Biennale, which catapulted him to fame

A Universe, Alexander Calder, 1934; Calder relocated to Paris in 1926, and became close friends with Joan Miró, a friendship that would last for decades; Calder won first prize at the 1952 Venice Biennale, which catapulted him to fame

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Outstanding museum

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