Okay, as Richard foretold - every blogger in NY is going to be writing about Christo and Jean-Claude's Gates in Central Park. I went to go see them this weekend with Oliver and his sister and brother in law.
I have to say, I thought it was awfully pretty. Although, I am not a big appreciator of art - unless it's of superheroes, of course - I do seem to be fond of big things in settings that don't seem to fit. For example - I love the driving through the windmills in the Palm desert and over the pass that leads into the Bay Area. I think they're, like the most beautiful things... these man-made structures repeated over and over again and they're on such a grand scale....I think that's why I like Christo's work - it tends to be repetitive and on a grand scale......Now, I don't think Gates was as grand as Running Fence or the Umbrellas, but it has something nice about it that appeals to me. The saffron color mixed with the trees, looking all black and gray, mixed with the blue sky - well, its nice and brought a smile to my face. I think its pretty special if art can make you smile. The colors repeated throughout the park equates to an effect that is something interesting and aesthetically pleasing....to me.
Now, I realize many people might think Christo's work is a colossal waste - and they are probably a little bit right - I mean its totally self - indulgent and seems kind of too simple...and seems to have cost WAY too much considering the other things happening in the world, and even though I am conscious of that - I still think its just pretty. Nothing too complicated and I wouldn't want it up forever, but it's something pretty for 16 otherwise gray days.
Oliver captures the thinking about it a lot better than I could, but then again - he makes a living out of thinking about, looking at and appreciating art.....