Best of the Web: Carnival of travel and art

Last week the theme was food and travel, this week I have focused on art.

Exhibitions and museums

Sydney. Dee at Babel at Bedlam says the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney is “venerable yet hip”. I know it well – it’s certainly a great place to check out Australian art and the main galleries are free.

Wellington, NZ. If you are interested in Maori culture and planning to visit New Zealand, be sure to check out the Pounama Taongo Exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand. Liz at Perceptive Travel says the 200 traditional and contemporary pounamu taonga (greenstone treasures) on display are something to be seen.

London. Neha at Europe a la Carte shares five great reasons to visit the British Museum in London (the exhibits are only one reason).

Florence. Karen Bryan of Europe a la Carte gets lost in Florence, Italy and catches the Fiorgen art exhibition at the Archaeological Museum.

Amsterdam/Washington DC. Over at Intelligent Travel Jim Conaway checks out two art exhibits in Amsterdam- the “Little Ice Age” exhibition of 17th-century paintings by Hendrick Avercam at the Rijksmuseum and “Van Gogh’s Letters: The Artist Speaks”at the Van Gogh Museum. The Avercam exhibition, which shows the ice-skating winter wonderland of 17th century Holland a la Hans Brinker, will be travelling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in March 2010.

Miami. In Miami, a private collection of modern art – from British painter Tracey Emin to local artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez – has been rehoused in a musuem open to the public, the New York Times reports.

New York. Angela at the Gypsy’s Guide tells about a special exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York – the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on display until early next year.

Philadelphia/Armenia. If you are interested in Armenian art, check out the “Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective” exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kara Marston at Intelligent Travel has the details.

Portland, Oregon. Janelle Nanos at Intelligent Travel writes about late-opening events at Portland’s art galleries.

Taos, New Mexico. Kimberly of Artist-at-Large posted news on the “Dime con Quien Andas” group exhibition at Parks Gallery in Taos, featuring santero artist Arthur Lopez with Gustavo Victor Goler and Nicholas Herrera.

Cincinatti, Ohio. Liz of Travelogged checks out the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti, Ohio with the ‘Unmuseum’ on the top floor.

Street art

Paris. You might think art in Paris is all about venerable institutions such as the Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou Centre, but Matt Scott from Matador says there is a thriving street art scene too.

Madrid. Monica from A Pair of Panties and Boxers on building art in Madrid. It’s such an intriguing structure – I want to know what it’s made from.

Vienna. Hawy, an artist friend of mine in Vienna, has been creating live art with a political bent in the Austrian capital and now it’s on YouTube for all the world to see.


Secrets. At World Hum professional snapper Jeff Pflueger shares  his secrets to great travel photography shoot a lot of pictures and don’t aim for ‘trophy photos’.

Kid photos. On the amateur end of the scale, Kayt at TravelSavvyMom gets a kick out of the travel photos taken by her four-year-old son with her iPhone.

Image inspiration. Peter of The Carey Adventures has been posting some stunning travel images. I particularly like this one of Mount Everest and a Stupa in Nepal and this one of sunrise from Inspiration Point at Bryce Canyon in Utah.

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  1. That is a beautiful shot of Everest – soo big. Love the line up of art this week.
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  2. Love this collection of travel blogs and posts. Great roundup!
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  3. Caitlin – Welcome aboard Uptake! Thanks for reminding me that my heart was taken up with the travel bug decades ago when I first left the US and visited the British Museum.
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