museum window

"I noticed that the large windows between the paintings, in the Musée d'Art Moderne, interested me more than the art exhibited. From then on, painting as I had known it was finished for me."

Ellsworth Kelly, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris 1949, Oil on wood and canvas, two joined panels, 128,3 x 49,5 cm, Collection of the artist



  1. Funny, i had the exact same experience at the Musée d'Art Moderne. It was at the opening of a Richard Long exhibition. My friend who was an art dealer whom i had gone to the event with came up to me while i was contemplating a work of art. He stood quietly for a few minutes then asked, "What are you looking at?" I said, "This piece right here—it's the best in the place." He asked what i liked about it, i described my thoughts and responses to him. Then he said, "You do realize, don't you, that that is just a window with the shade pulled down?" And surpisingly it was true, though it didn't change my opinion in the slightest.

  2. That's a little like saying you didn't like the movie because the seat was sticky and that the treacly effluvium of soda pop made you nauseous.

    The movie, by the way, some Franco-German chantefable starring Mireille Mathieu and Kirk Douglas, was a real dog, and the unpleasantness of being glued to an inferior plastic, the type used in theater seats of the shoddiest caliber, was only accidentally metaphoric.

    1. what movie??? is this a real souvenir of yours? :-)