Prior to going to the Met for the Enchanted Island I spent a good two hours at MOMA, struggling with the huge crowds who were there for the last weekend of the vast and comprehensive De Kooning retrospective which has taken over the whole of the sixth floor. I managed to get some relief from a long visit to the third floor where the permanent collection of the photography department was supplemented by a super show New Photography 2011.
And by chance I then found myself with some glorious drawings in the exhibition Gifted - if you are in New York between now and February 13 I urge you to pop in for an hour of pleasure, the entrance money well spent. It was particularly pleasing to see The Battle of the Fishes (click image to enlarge) by André Masson, father of my old friend and colleague, the conductor Diego Masson.
I will be back in Chicago this evening after a busy day here catching up with friends. An occasional weekend in New York is a pleasure. I will be back next month to see the Juilliard/Lindemann production of Gluck's Armide.