Something New: Art, Glenstone and the Barclays Center
New Year’s Resolution #6 was:
Try something new every week.
I am pretty literal about what constitutes “something new:” a heretofore untried recipe, a daring lipstick color, a train ride with an 18 month-old–every day presents new experiences and possibilities. This resolution is intended to remind me to seek out adventure, and I often try to drag other people along for the ride, which is (usually) a good experience for all.
Last week’s new adventure was a trip to Glenstone. It was, in a word, fabulous. The collection was superb, the setting is amazing, and the experience of having a private docent for our group of two to talk with about art was completely invigorating. My friend and I especially loved the Richard Serra sculptures. They’re immense, geometric, and have this weird liquid, spacious quality you wouldn’t expect in a hunk of metal. We can’t wait to go back in the spring and check out the new collection and see the property in the sunshine.
One of the things I was interested to see when we were in Brooklyn was the finished Barclays Center, because it’s been kind of controversial. I really liked it. It reminded me a bit of the Bird’s Nest from the Beijing Olympics, but the rusted steel gives it a harder urban edge–it’s sleek, but rough and industrial. And because they were so fresh in my mind, it reminded me of the Richard Serras. At first I thought this was blasphemous, until I read the following, from someone at the architecture firm behind the Center, SHoP: “it’s what would happen if “Richard Serra and Chanel created a U.F.O. together.” Is that complimentary? I have no idea. But I love the idea. And apparently I also love rusty metal.
Glenstone doesn’t allow photos, so I have none. The above pic is Serra’s Torqued Ellipse IV in the MOMA Sculpture Garden, taken by Alexandra P. Spaulding. Barclays Center photo and quote from ArtInfo.