A visit to Norton Museum of Art


A picture named M2

I took my daughters with me as photographers for an equestrian clinic in Wellington. It was cold to sit outside and watch the riders and instructors so we took a break to visit the largest art museum in Florida, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. We arrived a little bit late and had only a little bit more than an hour to spend in the museum.

We focused on the current exhibition, Five Themes, by the South African artist William Kentridge. It would not have been possible to check out all the 122 500 squre feets of the museum in one hour and now we have a reason to come back again. The museum is an impressive neo classic building with an airy and modern feeling inside with several court yards to explore. Considering the size of the museum a minimum of three hours I think you need to spend there to get an overview of their collections and projects. Read more about the museum on www.norton.org

William Kentridge is a fascinating artist that we by chance "met" he uses mostly charcoal drawings and animated film to express himself. His artwork is really unique and I must say very fascinating. His quite simplistic charcoal scetches gives draws you into his world and makes it difficult to want to leave his world. My youngest daughter had one of the most lucky moments in her life when she discovered a deep connection to this artist and his artwork. She stood among his work and just said, "this is me, this is it"!  It is almost like falling in love to be able to connect in such a way with an artist and I am so happy for my child that she in her life time got so taken by an artist. Read more about Kentridge him in this Time Magazine article http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1886548,00.html

A picture named M2
William Kentridge, Drawing for II Sole 24 Ore [World Walking], 2007.
photo: courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York



My youngrest daughter has always had a strong feeling for the weak and underprivileged in our society she has also been a black and white person who really never was much for the loud colors. She also has a very good eye for details and an eye for a perspective of people and buildings that no one else can see. I think that she she felt that William Kentridge was another person who shares her quite unusual perspective of things and that she really appreciate the absence of colors in his work.





A picture named M3
One of Kentridge's anamorphic projections with our hands incorporated.



Obviously I am not an art critic but I know what I like and I like, art in all forms is the spice of life and without art and brave artists life would be bland and blah!

Comments

1 - It is wonderful that you had the chance to enjoy Kenntridge´s works of art and that Kimberly had a moment of eye opening to art.
I experienced the same as a teenager when I visited an exhibition of Picasso`s Guernica at Stockholm Modern Museum and guided by the carismatic art expert Carlo Derkert.
Since Kenntride was invited to Visby to spend a month as an artist in residence at BAC (Baltic Art Center), we also saw his work at an exhibition and were equally impressed and deeply moved by his charcoal drawings.

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