I saw a lot of art in NYC. It was wonderful. After so many museums, though, I feel more and more sensitive to the dishonesty of museums.
Two radical thoughts:
1) The museum space is sterile and elitist; it is artificially separated from the real, living world.
2) The movements following art of the 1950's point increasingly towards the death of elitism -- Enter urban graffiti, comic books, collage, and pop art.
Anyways, some new favorites:
Klimt's landscapes - very underrated. must be seen in person.
Kandinsky's early work - a richness totally inspired by Russian fairytales. part of the Symbolist movement.
More Magritte - just call me "Gramaphone Assassin"
Early Cubism - the quality of works by Picasso and Braque is unparalleled. they worked side-by-side, playing off of each other. sometimes they purposely mixed up their paintings to throw people off.
Graffiti artist turned abstract painter - Basquiat.
David Wojnarowicz - absolutely badass. painter / film director. died of AIDS in 1992.
Left: a dream image. novelist Yukio Mishima's face appears at bottom.
... more Wojnarowicz
... and yes, that is a tail-devourer.