Falling Back in Love with Art

As a person who went to art school and had a BFA in design, I have always loved art. Ever since I can remember the one thing I wanted to be was an artist. I grew up taking painting lessons every Thursday from 4-6 since I was seven years old. Painting was something I wanted so deeply to pursue and have as my career. Imagine a 7-year-old Emily who’s dreams of grandeur were that of Vincent Van Gogh. Even the tragic death at an early age and insanity as something that piqued my interest in a unique way for someone so young.

That being said I have always enjoyed taking trips to museums to look at and admire the art. Since moving to NYC I have not taken advantage of the amazing galleries and museums the city has to offer. Luckily I made a fantastic friend Annie that loves to go look at art and gets passes to all the best museums through their work. We made plans this past weekend to check out the Guggenheim and the Hilma af Klint exhibit.

My Vintage Look

We were looking at more abstract colorful artwork I wanted to try my best and dress the part. The part being a well cultured and sophisticated museum-goer. This meant for me pulling out my colorful Catherine Ogust caftan that’s vintage from the 70s. I absolutely love this dress but seldom wear it due to how unique it is. Sometimes I find unique vintage pieces can be a bit harder to style with most of my wardrobe being contemporary. Also since most vintage pieces I own are so unique I tend to wear them less often. This is so people don’t remember or notice me wearing it often. Nevertheless, I was very happy with the look I chose, I got a couple of compliments from a few people at the exhibit which made my heart happy.

Hilma af Klint

Surprisingly I had never heard of Hilma af Klint before. Upon walking into the museum and into the first gallery I was struck by awe and wonder. These large 10 by 8 feet paintings were the stuff of my dreams. Filled with rosy pinks, vibrant oranges, pastel purples and delicate line work these works of art are definitely something I could look at for hours and admire.

Her work was made in the early 1900s and was inspired by the future. The title of the exhibit was HIlma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. Looking at these works of art over a century later I have to wonder exactly what she imagined the future would be. Her vision of the future looks so beautiful in my eyes and I wish there was big beautiful floral like pastels everywhere and dreamy wonderment actualized in this life. This is definitely the kind of future I would love to see a reality someday and the kind of artwork I needed to see.

It was so nice to just take a step back for a few hours and look at and enjoy art. In the future, I am definitely going to try and do this more. I realized there are so many amazing things New York City can offer me to live an extraordinary life and I need to truly take advantage of it. What are some things you never take advantage of where you live?