How do I like to spend my birthday? In a favorite museum. Top on the list is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I was just there a week or two ago. Next on the list is the Museum of Modern Art. Max Ernst, the Dadaist/surrealist known to experiment, was featured. I tend to do surrealistic abstract work some of the time and have related to the Dadaists, although I did not paint that way with them in mind. I just do it naturally when it happens. I definitely saw my own way of seeing and similarities in Max Ernst’s body of approximately 100 works on exhibit.
Louise Bourgeois‘s exhibit of more than 300 works, in a sort of self-protrait through her self-expression, was an added bonus, which began with a giant sculpture of a spider and a small cage for a human, as if the spider is the superior being. The disturbance over being a woman subjected to male domination and sexuality, and the obligation of motherhood (the artist had four boys) seemed the prevailing message I perceived by the deeply psychological images presented. I have not read about her life, but in confirmation of my observation, one of the displays stated that Louise Bourgeois was in psychotherapy for many years. I was not an instant fan of her work, but I am intrigued.