For those of you who have heard the hoopla about Monet’s Water Lilies at the Museum of Modern Art- DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, go to the MOMA to see that exhibit. It is one room with a few paintings, almost all of which have been constantly on display as part of the permanent collections of the MOMA and the Met for years. DO NOT get a timed ticket and wait around to see them. However, the Ron Arad exhibit, which is up at the MOMA until Oct. 19th, is well worth the trip. If you don’t have $20 to spend on art check it out Friday between 4-8 when museum admission is free!
Among the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad (Israeli, b. 1951) stands out for his daredevil curiosity about technology and materials and for the versatile nature of his work. Trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at London’s Architectural Association, Arad has produced an outstanding array of innovative objects over the past twenty-five years, from almost unlimited series of objects to carbon fiber armchairs and polyurethane bottle racks. He has also designed memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital.
It’s hard to convey how exciting Arad’s carbon fiber armchairs and other “objects” actually are but I can say that their appeal is more universal than you might suppose; my 84-year-old grandmother was transfixed by a chandelier of his creation and had it been for sale I suspect it would currently be taking up a large portion of her apartment in Forest Hills. So avoid the Monet madness and head up to the sixth floor for some truly unique and innovative art!