Milwaukee in Six Hours

My good friend, Michele and her kids, joined me in a day-trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My main objective was to see the Rashid Johnson exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Michele hadn't visited Milwaukee in a few years and I was last there in the mid-90's ... so off we went. Their art museum is designed by super-talentoso, Santiago Calatrava, the architect behind the World Trade Center Hub and a long list of structures from all over the world. It's impressive and so ethereal ... sitting by the water's edge. We only managed to cover about 3/4 of the first floor, before we needed to go to meet an Alumni of mine from Miami, who now lives in Milwaukee. After our lunch with my Alum, we ended up just walking around the city, marveling at the amazing architecture and the EMPTINESS of people. It's a far cry from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, but we didn't mind at all. We got back to the museum a few hours afterwards, to see what we missed and to use the bathroom before our drive back to Chicago. The guards were all so very nice and assured us that we had a good 20 minutes to see what we missed earlier. Michele and I did 'speed art appreciation', zooming past their excellent permanent collection, stopping to gawk and take pictures. As we walked back to the car, it was when I realized that I didn't see the Rashid Johnson exhibition ... it was THE reason why I wanted to go to Milwaukee in the first place. Duh ... no, DOUBLE-DUH! I think I face-palmed myself 10 times at my absent-mindedness. You know, when you're in good company and you're enjoying life ... seriously, who cares about plans? It's ok, because it will give me more reason to return before mid-September when the show closes.

I took some iPhone pictures from this quick trip ... there is so much to photograph! This city does deserve a second go-around and I'll bring my Lumix camera next time. Please enjoy, thanks!

David Salle, Within Sleep, 1985. I was a college freshman in the year this painting was made and I swear, it was such an amazing period in Postmodernism and Neo-Expressionist art, especially in painting. Along with Schnabel, Robert Longo, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Pop Art 'Godfather', Andy Warhol (until his death in 1987). I religiously collected Art News and Art In America, because there was always something new and amazing to read about. Very good times in art. So, seeing this Salle painting, brought back so many memories; I can appreciate his work much better today. I've always liked his 'noir' dramatic lighting. I'm digging that little nod to Courbet in that cartoon ... I recognize the beard.

David Salle, Within Sleep, 1985.

I was a college freshman in the year this painting was made and I swear, it was such an amazing period in Postmodernism and Neo-Expressionist art, especially in painting. Along with Schnabel, Robert Longo, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Pop Art 'Godfather', Andy Warhol (until his death in 1987). I religiously collected Art News and Art In America, because there was always something new and amazing to read about. Very good times in art. So, seeing this Salle painting, brought back so many memories; I can appreciate his work much better today. I've always liked his 'noir' dramatic lighting. I'm digging that little nod to Courbet in that cartoon ... I recognize the beard.

Andy Warhol, Brillo Box, 1964 "The reason I'm painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do." OH ANDY! 

Andy Warhol, Brillo Box, 1964

"The reason I'm painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do."
OH ANDY!