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Related to The Bean

 the bean chicagoIt’s the fall of 2011 and I am posing with Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor in Chicago. Look how the sun and the city skyline is reflected in the sculpture.  The art piece is more commonly known as The Bean because of its distinct shape.  Once you’ve seen it you don’t forget it. So when I walked into the Phoenix Art Gallery this week and saw this art pieceinside-outside-anish-kapoor I immediately said, “That reminds me of The Bean in Chicago.”  No wonder because Upside Down Inside Out is by the very same artist Anish Kapoor. Upside Down Inside Out is shaped not like a bean but like an infinity symbol. kapoor-anish-infinityOn one side of the sculpture people are reflected right side up and on the other side upside down. marylou kissing the bean in chicagoIn Chicago my husband Dave made me kiss myself in the Anish Kapoor sculpture. 

anish-kapoor-inside-outI didn’t kiss Upside Down Inside Out. But I did take a picture of myself reflected right side up, upside down and at the bottom sideways in Upside Down Inside Out.  It was pretty cool. 

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Art From All Kinds of Things- The Phoenix Art Museum

Cowboy Comics by Gary Thomas Erbe

Cowboy Comics by Gary Thomas Erbe

Think this is a stack of old comic books? Think again.  It is really folded sheets of bronze the artist painted to look like a stack of 1950’s comics. 

On my visit to the Phoenix Art Museum I saw art made from so many interesting things. 

All the One Hundred by Jac Leirner

All the One Hundred by Jac Leirner

Thousands of cruzeiros, a worthless currency used in Brazil till the 1980’s, were used to create a snake-like art piece. 

Mike Kelley 13 by Jennifer Steinkamp

Mike Kelley 13 by Jennifer Steinkamp

I stood for a long time watching a computer digital projection which shows a wind- blown tree changing with the seasons.

Nude Man by Viola Frey

Nude Man by Viola Frey

Viola Frey makes giant ceramic images of men and women that a New York Times reviewer calls kitchy and compelling.

Mass- Colder, Darker Matter by Cornelia Parker

Mass- Colder, Darker Matter by Cornelia Parker

The charred remains of a Texas Church struck by lightening were used to create a thought-provoking installation.

Pin River by Maya Lin

Pin River by Maya Lin

The map of the Colorado River has been outlined with thousands of silver pins.

I enjoyed watching a series of art films including Telephones which shows clips from lots of different movies of characters using phones. You can watch Telephones too.

Canyon Country by Georgia O' Keeffe

Canyon Country by Georgia O’ Keeffe

Of course there are plenty of traditional oil on canvas pieces in the Phoenix Art Gallery as well.

Curves for E.S. by Dan Graham

Curves for E.S. by Dan Graham

My husband Dave stands in an outdoor art installation by an American artist. It is made from two way mirror glass, stainless steel and slate.

Partisan by Sergei Jensen

Partisan by Sergei Jensen

A Berlin- based artist used burlap to create an art piece.

The scariest experience at the gallery is a dark room with mirrors on the floor, walls and ceiling. Dangling from the ceiling are strings of LED lights that dim and brighten.The installation is  called You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies by Yayoi Kusama. 

So many different media have been used to create the work displayed at the Phoenix Art Gallery. It makes your visit interesting and intriguing. 

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