Everything I need to know about creative spaces I learned from the art on Mad Men

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  1. Amazing… Love the fact that you talked about the famous “I could have done it myself”, which makes my ears bleed everytime I am in a modern art museum…

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  2. First of all, “Mad Men” is the bomb. Secondly, I never paid that much attention to the artwork they hang on the walls. Now I just have another reason to obsess over every single episode. Yay!

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  3. There is a ‘Rothko Room’ at the Philips Collection, in Washington DC. It’s a very small room with four very large Rothko paintings, one on each wall, and a bench seat in the centre. It’s the perfect way to experience his work. I was lost in colour for ages and emerged filled with inspiration. Amazing. Lovely prose as always.

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    1. We went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC over Thanksgiving and I didn’t realize there were Rothkos there. I walked into a room and I think I may have squealed. Thank you for the tip about the Phillips Collection – I’ll have to go there next time we visit.

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  4. It may be the Viognier talking, but I’m thinking of an art trade program – I could have a boat for a month, a mountain for a year, and stare at them and love them for their permanent and fleeting natures, combined.

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  5. Andrea, I really enjoyed this. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on abstract art, a form I’ve never really been that drawn to … until now. I love the potential and possibilities you point out. I’d never thought of it that way. And the examples you included are gorgeous and provocative. I’m inspired to explore more abstract art now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hey Andrea,
    I read up on Rothko, listened to your fav song…Mark Rothko Song…and looked at some of his paintings. Joni Mitchell said You don’t know what you’ve lost ’til it’s gone….sometimes I feel like I was born w/one foot in the grave; don’t dwell too long in the blue zone, haha!

    Love to all,

    Uncle Syd

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  7. BTW….I often look for titles of books people are reading in movies, etc., check them out. Matt Damon mentioned A Peoples History of the U.S. byHoward Zinn, very interesting reading.

    There is a photo of your dad as a little boy, poring over a book, I’ve always wanted to magnify the letters in the book/photo, see what he was reading.

    LTA,
    Uncle Syd

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  8. You’re so right, Andrea. It’s important to keep an open mind in all things art-related. You don’t have to like everything, but the danger of prejudging or ruling out of hand is you’ll miss some real gems. I enjoyed this post and the pictures you included. Good luck with finding the artworks you seek.

    I attended a John Bellany (Scottish Artist) exhibition last year and was blown away by his weird and complex portraiture – his paintings tell stories so appeal to my writerly inclinations.

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