I remember when the Brooks Art Museum commissioned The Family (pictured above) and installed it. I fell in love at first sight. I don't know what about it delighted me, but I have always loved it. I've had a framed postcard of it on my wall as long as I can remember. The museum staff took it off display years ago, and I mourned. I never got a satisfactory explanation for why I could no longer visit with it.
When I heard the Brooks was bringing it back out as a part of a retrospective of Marisol's work, I was in heaven! I've been to visit several times during the exhibition. Marisol is a fascinating artist. Maria Sol Escobar was born in Paris in 1930 of Venezuelan parents. Most of her work was done in New York City. The Boston Globe has an overview of her life and work
In addition to The Family, my particular favorites from this exhibit are Mi Mama y Yo (the work shown above that includes a parasol), and Women Sitting on a Mirror (1965-1966):
Two of the most striking are The Funeral:
|image from ElMuseo.org|
and Desmond Tutu:
|image from CarolDiehl.com|
Visitors are encouraged to take a photo of themselves with the family, and here's mine:
The first time I saw the exhibit, I went with The Daughter. We had a delightful lunch out on the patio of the museum's Brushmark Restaurant:
I had chicken salad croissant and coffee:
It was excellent. The Daughter had a hamburger, and she enjoyed it.
The Daughter and I also went downtown to view the works that were inspired by Marisol's sculptures. That link will take you to decent pictures. It was hard for me to get photos through the storefront glass, but these are the best I could do:
I will miss The Family once it leaves, but this exhibition is going to New York City where Marisol currently lives. I hope that once it comes home it will receive the treatment it deserves and can be viewed anytime I go to the Brooks.
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