Monday, March 19, 2012
Going to Kansas City
...Kansas City here I come! Our visit was much too short. Be on your own way as soon as you can, and visit the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. You don't even need to go inside to see one of the best exhibits. Standing over 19 feet is a stunning sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. The sculpture is in four pieces, each a badminton shuttlecock placed on the sweeping lawns that descend on either side of the temple-like museum building. The building is the net, These pieces are just as much art as the winning entry in a literary competition. It was a contest in what today is called "Flash Fiction". The author was Harold Robbins. His entry: God lay dying. Strong character, action, tension, suspense and mystery. In three words. The shuttlecocks on the enormous green court at the Nelson Atkins Museum have everything I want in art. Discovery, challenge, unique, satisfaction. Look, look again. You see something different with each view.