The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are finding Art that Inspires from our travels. Check out all the stories below!
Contemplating a Pollock at (Photo: Pete Aylward, Flickr)
Art by itself is empty; it requires an audience to react, contemplate and interpret it for themselves. It is the skill of the artist that turns pigments on a board and chipped away marble into something that can elicit emotion or opinion from viewers. Every art connoisseur is different, so it is very common for us each to like different styles or pieces. I certainly have my favorites and not-so-favorites. This month the ArtSmart Roundtable is looking at “Inspiring Art” so I thought I’d take a look at not just art that is beautiful or emotional, but art that simply astounds me.
After visiting several temples in Taipei, I got a feeling for what made each unique – whether it was the size, the deities enshrined within, or the devotion of the local worshipers. By far, the temple with the most beautiful and extensive decoration was the Baoan Temple in the northern part of the city. From the elaborate art throughout the complex, it was evident that the community supported the preservation of this historic temple. It is no surprise then that Baoan was awarded the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Conservation. With attention paid to every visual detail, this was such a rewarding temple to explore.
Baoan Temple, Taipei
I recently had the chance to stopover in Taipei on my first trip to Eastern Asia. What I found was an energetic metropolis firmly rooted in traditional culture while still embracing modernity with a global sensibility.
The modern Taipei 101 tower looms brightly over the city.
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are treating you to An Art Day in some of our favorite city. Check out all the stories below!
Viewing “Family of Saltimbanques” in the Picasso Gallery at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
I am so lucky to live in Washington DC! We have interesting architecture, great music and performing arts organizations, very active international Embassies, beautiful public art and monuments, and an incredible collection of museums and galleries. Since the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museums are administered by the US federal government, admission is always free. While this is a dream come true for DC’s students, it is great symbolic gesture for visitors to the city – the visual arts should be enjoyed freely and shared with all. With all the special exhibits to see, I practically get an “art day” every month and so I absolutely recommend an art trip to DC!