The New Whitney

The old Whitney, up on Madison Avenue, never ever disappointed me. Every single time I went there I found something new and wonderful. So when they decided to depart from the Breuer building for new digs at the south end of the High Line, I watched with real interest. Since opening last year, we never had a chance to stop by (and brave the crowds) until today.

That’s because #1 son out in California gave us a membership for Christmas! Thanks! E. and I got to skip the line and skip right in!

The terraces are, yes, very cool. Fortunately it was a moderate day (for December). Besides great views…

They’ve got a lot of art out there that you couldn’t see in the old space.

The big show, occupying all of the fifth floor, was a retrospective of Frank Stella’s paintings. Paintings is a word used with implicit air quotes — these go flying off the walls.

Below is a front view of the above, plus another in the series based on Moby Dick.

“Earthquake in Chile” is a work, it’s hard to describe how big it is. The complexity is overwhelming.

Yes, I should bring a good camera next time. Thanks.

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