Posted by: mydarkestplaces | July 30, 2011


Luckily for Southern Maine, the Portland Museum of Art is able to provide free admission to the museum on Friday evenings. If you live here, or have visited, I strongly recommend taking advantage of this awesome benefit. Art in general is an incredible thing. Some of it I get. Some of it I don’t. But all of it moves me.

There is one piece in particular that keeps me coming back. “Sefer Hechaloth” by Anselm Kiefer  is quite possibly one of the most incredible pieces of art I have ever seen. Last night I sat in front of it for fifteen minutes trying to conceal the tears welling in my eyes.


SEFER HECHALOTH by Anselm Kiefer

Now, to be clear, I am not an “art” person. Aside from the fifteen minutes spent in front of Mr. Kiefer’s work I spent probably a mere forty minutes walking through the four story museum and browsing the gift shop. My ultimate goal is to NEVER be one of those people who psychoanalyzes the art and/or artist.

To me, the most incredible thing about art is its transcendence. Last night, more than a century after a lot of the art was created, I was looking at it. I was listening to music on my phone, texting a friend, and checking the baseball scores. While looking at 150 year old art. And the art, not just Mr. Kiefer’s which he created in 2001, but pieces by Cézanne, Picasso, and Monet (among others) gave me chills as I walked through the halls. It makes me wonder if any of these artists’ contemporaries realized what was happening as these men and women painted. Or even if the artists themselves realized.

The grand moral of this whole post is this: Will I ever have the kind of impact on people that these men and women have had on me? Artists, musicians, authors. So many have created works that have touched my heart and soul SO profoundly. I despair of ever being able to do the same.

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