What Would YOU Call It?

Like many — perhaps most — people, I come with a sense of reverence and awe to museums. Rightly so. Great works of art, the genius of human hands and minds, are awesome achievements. But not all art is solemn or weighty. Some of it is playful. Think of so much of Mozart, think of Joseph Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, think of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s gift wrapping Central Park in saffron yellow robes!

It was surely with a sense of mischief and foolery that James Arneson conceived of and sculpted this art work, shown for our delight at the Yale University Art Gallery:

The Last Gasp

He calls it The Last Gasp. Well, what would you call it?

(Be sure to catch the pots and pans and kitchen implements in the background. More foolery, although not by Arneson.)

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Art, Happiness and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to What Would YOU Call It?

  1. Sonel says:

    “The Last Call” 😆
    Great shot hon! 😀

    Like

  2. ‘singing in the shower (an out of body experience)’ ?

    Like

  3. What a pleasure it’s been catching up on your posts, Judith! And being able to explore Yale’s art collection through your always interesting and observant lens. Life has overtaken me lately, in both good and bad ways, and left me a rarer visitor to the blogging world. I think I’d call this chap Drowning Man!

    Like

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Hope the Drowning Man association isn’t triggered by Life’s overtaking waves! There are smooth times and turbulent times, keeping us on our toes, I guess. (Wow, what a mixing of metaphors!)
      Summertime’s made it hard for me to keep focused on blogs also.
      Wishing you smooth sailing ahead for a good long relaxing time.

      Like

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Interesting, Gemma!
        Karen called it Drowning Man; you guys are on the same wave length.
        You live so close to the sea, and love it so much — how ironic that drowning should be your fear.

        Like

  4. I would call it “The Last Laugh” He looks as if he is giving a defiant “ha” Remarkable work. Thanks for sharing it.

    Like

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I suspect you’re very close to the artist’s intention.
      It is amazing, though, isn’t it? Something so PRESENT about it, he’s right in our midst, in our faces.

      Like

  5. I don’t know WHAT I’d call it, but that title scares me! My worse nightmare is of drowning, hence fear of water, and of course, an inability to swim. I can’t even stay in the shower long enough before I start looking like Gasp Man here! Next time Donatello, Rodin, or Sylvia Shaw Judson please!!! 😉

    Like

  6. Pauline says:

    He looks like he’s singing, not gasping. I’d call it “Ode” and let it go at that.

    Like

  7. Franklin Bruder says:

    This baritone just got a lead role at the Met. Wouldn’t you sing in the shower too!

    Like

  8. tms says:

    His head’s come off and he’s still mocking us: “Fooooools!”

    Like

  9. I would call it the first hurray. The end of a new beginning?

    Shakti

    Like

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It seems that it all depends on how you look at it!
      I’m so glad you weighed in with your interpretation. Do check the other comments to see how many different points of view there are!
      Thanks so much for visiting, and especially for leaving your comment.

      Like

  10. themodernidiot says:

    “An argument in favor of sunscreen”

    Like

  11. wildcard says:

    Is that… ls that Sean Connery?

    Like

  12. Oh, I do have the hardest time in the Contemporary galleries. More so than any other. I supposed beauty is in the eye of the beholder – oy!

    Like

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Contemporary art can be very demanding. I don’t care for whole chunks of it, but there are things that I do appreciate. It can take a lot of time to begin to be comfortable with. Also, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the eyes are in the head, and what goes on in the head —well, complicated only begins to describe it.
      🙂

      Like

  13. 2e0mca says:

    Last Gasp could be a very good title as the work seems to depict a man who has been underwater. He looks like a trawler man and maybe the sea has finally caught up with him. It’s an interesting face – a drowning man? Possibly. And if art is meant to challenge the boundaries of our acceptance then this may be doing just that if we assume that we interpreted what the artist is presenting correctly! Difficult, isn’t it 🙂

    Like

    • Touch2Touch says:

      That’s quite a yarn you’re spinning around the gent! (Since yarns belong to old sea salts, that’s appropriate.)
      This is quite the puzzle piece! It was certainly eye catching when we were strolling through the galleries!
      Your comment reminds me of a poem by Stevie Smith which includes these well-known lines:
      Nobody heard him, the dead man,
      But still he lay moaning:
      I was much further out than you thought
      And not waving but drowning.

      Like

      • 2e0mca says:

        That’s an interesting poem. Hadn’t heard of Stevie Smith (apart from an old work friend who was been called to rewire heaven at a young age a few years back). Must read some more of the poet you mention – thanks for the heads-up Judith 🙂

        Like

        • Touch2Touch says:

          Stevie Smith was an English woman poet, who also wrote a few novels. She was a rather odd and complicated person, who died in 1971. There was a movie about her, “Stevie,” some time ago that I remember as being very good.It starred Glenda Jackson (automatically puts it in a “good” category for me.) I think you might like some of her poetry, stylistically plain stuff. “Not Waving, But Drowning” is her most famous poem.
          Always fun to introduce friends!

          Like

I love comments! Thanks for coming by and visiting ---

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s