This neon sign by American artist Bruce Nauman (found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) was featured in a previous post on this blog. Nauman’s work, titled: The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths treads a thin line between the metaphorical and the literal.
The artwork, created in 1967, helped jump-start Nauman’s career as he gave new meaning to a medium often associated with the “lower realms” of society: cheap motels, for example, and bars. Following are a few new takes on the same piece:
Nauman’s neon beckons from a gallery far beyond.
Nauman’s neon glows eerily in an otherwise darkened room.
Nauman’s neon sign as viewed through a doorway.
And now, without further ado, we’ll move along to other sections of the museum . . .
A smiling bronze Buddha for sale in the museum store.
A banner above the rear entrance advertises Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss’s exhibition, “Ten Years,” on display at the museum through April 22nd, 2012.
Marc Chagall’s grand work, A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon (tempera on fabric) was one of four backdrops commissioned by the Ballet Theatre of New York (now the American Ballet Theatre) in 1942, to be used in a performance called Aleko.
A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon, detail.
A miniature cast of Rodin’s The Thinker perhaps contemplating The Crucifixion (as painted by American artist Thomas Eakins).
Doorway to the artists’ office in the installation Megawords, a satellite of the Zoe Strauss Photography Exhibition on display through April.
Here, the lone word “every” is emblazoned between the white markings of a crosswalk near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I wonder how it got there, and what it might mean.