Metropolitan Museum Gems

Blog, New York Cityon February 8th, 2010No Comments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is usually a must-see for any tourist. I had a membership for years, and it is definitely my favorite museum in New York. The problem with the Met? It would take days to see everything. While I’d highly recommend the popular stops, including the seasonal rooftop exhibit, the armor collection (pictured above) and the Egyptian temple, my two must-see exhibits at the Met are smaller and tucked away.

My favorite stop is in the Met’s modern art section — a set of paintings by Chuck Close that face each other. The incredibly photo-realistic Mark is comprised of a series of airbrushed layers of acrylic paint. It’s really incredible, as is Close’s Lucas (and everything else he has ever done), and more impressive in person.

My other favorite painting is more obvious and common, although no less amazing for its fame. Picasso’s The Blind Man’s Meal is one of his stunning photos from the Blue Period. It’s simple, beautiful and incredibly lonely, and it’s absolutely worth spending a good 10 minutes staring at it.

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