Dabbling In Dali

It’s a cliché to say, “I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.” In my case it’s not completely true either.

I’m no art expert, but over the years I have accumulated a fair bit of knowledge. Having some friends who paint for a living probably helps – we all like to talk about work. But, like everyone else, I know what I like, and I like it no matter what other people’s opinions might be.

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My wife agreed with the title of this one, “Winter and Summer.” I hadn’t looked at the title before looking at the print. What I saw was a study in age and beauty.

Which is why I was quite happy to make the drive to Riegel to see an exhibition of Salvador Dali’s works at the Mesmer Gallery that came highly recommended by some family members. I’ve always like Dali’s rather surreal approach to art. It might be a generational thing – as a child of the 1950s and 1960s I know a little bit about reality and the lack thereof.

It may also be that Dali appeals to me because so much of his work is not only religious but Christian in its imagery. Theologically confused perhaps (as was the man himself) but thought provoking.

The exhibition was of lesser-known works from private collections, mostly prints with a couple of sculptures. Many of the pieces were for sale. Fortunately for my pocketbook, the available prints weren’t among my favorites. I would love to own something from his melting clocks series, but I’m too cheap. My wristwatch, after all, cost me more for shipping than for the watch itself. Which I though rather surreal at the time.

So today a taste of Dali. With a disclaimer.

I have been to a few art exhibitions, but never one like this. All the works were under glass, which makes sense as it protects the artwork. What didn’t make sense was the fluorescent lighting. No matter which piece you looked at there was glare.

If the glare was to defeat amateur photographers it was successful, as you can see from the pictures I’m sharing here. However, I found it most annoying that no matter what angle you approached a piece from, you could see the works on the other side of the room or the window on the opposite wall. I expect better from a place that charges a steep admission price.

Today a small sample of the works included in the show. There will be more tomorrow. I did take photos of all the name plates, but they are in German and I am too lazy to translate. Sorry about that. Clicking on the pictures should enlarge them on your screen. The exhibition runs until October 14.

 

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