This past weekend I made a short trip to New York City for my cousin’s wedding out in Long Island. I was able to squeeze in a little art, cocktails, nails and shopping along the way. 3 days in New York is really just barely enough time to wet your whistle, but it was definitely enough time for me to make it to the new Whitney museum in the Meatpacking district. I love this neighborhood so much. My husband took a three month music production class around the corner at Dubspot a few years back, and we were able to live in New York during that time. I spent alot of time in this area. My biggest obsession, Spice Market, is just two blocks from the new Whitney museum. So, after an extensive vibe session with all of my favorite paintings, I found myself at Spice Market sipping their signature ginger margaritas alongside gluten free tempura friend onion rings. (Yes, they do exist, and they exist here disguised as an avocado and radish salad.)

The Whitney has an exhibit entitled America is Hard to See. It expands many floors, time periods and styles from Abstract Expressionism to Pop to current works. Below is a up close view of my favorite abstract paintings from the exhibit, focusing on up close details of texture, line and color that are so juicy you can get lost in them. I hope they inspire and delight your senses as they have done mine.

William de Kooning. Detail of Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53. Oil, enamel, and charcoal on linen.

William de Kooning. Detail of Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53. Oil, enamel, and charcoal on linen.

Jackson Pollock. Details of Number 27, 1950. Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint of canvas.

Jackson Pollock. Details of Number 27, 1950. Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint of canvas.

Alfonso Ossorio. Details of Number 14, 1953. Ink and wax on board.

Alfonso Ossorio. Details of Number 14, 1953. Ink and wax on board.

Phillip Guston. Details of Dial, 1956. Oil on linen.

Phillip Guston. Details of Dial, 1956. Oil on linen.

Williem de Kooning. Details of Door to the River, 1960. Oil on linen.

Williem de Kooning. Details of Door to the River, 1960. Oil on linen.

Joan Mitchell. Details of Hemlock, 1956. Oil on canvas.

Joan Mitchell. Details of Hemlock, 1956. Oil on canvas.

Cy Twombly. Details of Untitled, 1968. Oil and crayon on canvas.

Cy Twombly. Details of Untitled, 1968. Oil and crayon on canvas.

Jay DeFeo. Details of The Rose, 1958-66. Oil with wood and mica on canvas.

Jay DeFeo. Details of The Rose, 1958-66. Oil with wood and mica on canvas.

 

Elizabeth Murray. Details of Children Meeting, 1978. Oil on Canvas.

Elizabeth Murray. Details of Children Meeting, 1978. Oil on Canvas.

Mark Bradford. Details of Bread and Circuses, 2007. Found paper, metal foil, acrylic, and string on canvas. 

Mark Bradford. Details of Bread and Circuses, 2007. Found paper, metal foil, acrylic, and string on canvas. 

On the roof at the Whitney.

On the roof at the Whitney.

Ginger Margarita at Spice Market.

Ginger Margarita at Spice Market.

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