Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I was a little surprised to hear the patron saint of dorm room walls was having a show at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Now, truth be told, Maurits Cornelis Escher wasn't an American (he was born and lived primarily in the Netherlands), but I won't tell if you don't.
One strange bit of Escher's life that isn't widely known: he moonlighted for Ikea, drawing assembly instructions for many of the early products.
Unfortunately, this didn't work out well, and he was let go. I can tell you from personal experience that some of his Ikea diagrams remain in use. Here's one of his pieces I had on the wall for a few years:
The detail and size of many of the works has not been done justice by the common reproductions you stared at during countless bong sessions and keggers, so shake off memories of that bad trip and get down to the NBMAA. Show runs now until November 14