I went to the Art Institute yesterday. Here were my favorite pieces. (Save the photographs, because photographing photographs is hard.)
  1. John D. Graham, Cave Canem
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  2. Todros Geller, Strange Worlds
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  3. Beauford Delancy, Self-Portrait
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  4. Wendell Castle, Music Stand
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  5. Jasper Johns, Corpse and Mirror II
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  6. Joan Miro, Portrait of Juanita Orbrador
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  7. Joan Miro, The Policeman
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  8. Joan Miro, Woman
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  9. Salvador Dali, Anthropomorchic Tower
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    Subtle as ever.
  10. Conastantin Brancusi(aka GOAT), Leda
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  11. Conastantin Brancusi, Sleeping Muse
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    I'm starting to think that Brancusi might be the greatest artist in Western history. His work transcends space and time.
  12. Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, The Leap of the Rabbit
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  13. Peter Doig, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre
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    This painting is from 2001, which is truly insane to me. I was certain it was an Ensor.
  14. Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier, Bust of an African Woman
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    This is from 1851, a time when sculpting Africans didn't happen, especially portrayed as regally as this.
  15. Alberto Giacometti, Spoon Woman
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    Feel the rhythm with your hands.
  16. Piet Mondrian, Composition (No. 1) Gray-Red
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    Ol reliable Mondrian. In art history class I learned that he was very OCD and designed his NYC apartment all in squares. Even his toilet. The problem was Mondrian had a big ol D, so there had to be a cube shaped extension at the front of the toilet so he could fit comfortably.
  17. Paul Klee, In the Magic Mirror
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  18. Naum Gabo, Linear Construction No. 4
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  19. Marc Chagall, The Praying Jew
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    Same.
  20. Lyonel Feininger, Carnival in Arcueil
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  21. Juan Gris, Portrait of Pablo Picasso
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    There were a lot of Picassos there, but this was my favorite Picasso-related piece.
  22. Georgia O'Keeffe, Sky Above Clouds IV
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  23. Paul Cezanne, The Vase of Tulips
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  24. Clause Monet, Water Lily Pond
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    20 years ago - the last time I was at the Art Institute - my parents took me to see a special Monet exhibition. It is the first art exhibition that I remember going to. I also remember bragging about it to all my friends when school started.
  25. Vincent Van Gogh, The Drinkers
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  26. 1820's Austrian Chair
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  27. Edouard Manet, Steamboat Leaving Boulogne
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    I probably looked at this painting longer than any other. What I loved is the longer I stared, the representational it felt.
  28. Theodore Roussel, Battersea Asleep
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  29. Theodore Roussel, Portrait of Basil Gotto
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    I don't know why, but this destroyed me.
  30. Ellsworth Kelly, The Chicago Panels
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    This was one of the 6 panels Ells made for the museum. He's the King!
  31. Shinto Deity in the Guise of the Monk Hyeja (11th century)
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    Truly hilarious face. I literally laughed when I saw he had now hands anymore.
  32. Honore-Victorin Daumier, Celebrities of the Juste Milieux
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    I wish you could see these up close. Though still, they were so rich in character, looking through them felt like watching a satirical cartoon about the aristocracy.
  33. Paper Weight
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  34. Screenshot from the Friends episode "The One Where Ross Takes Marcel to the Island of La Grande Jatte"
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