The artist Alex Katz likes painting women in black hats. On Sunday, friends and I went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see his work. We were not enthusiastic. "Shallow," one of us said. Particularly shallow when there are multiple women in black hats. Do we look as predictable when we all wear the same hat or dress or shoes?
Black hats a la Alex Katz are for sale in the Museum gift shop. We clowned around, trying on hats. I tried for a hard look but ended up looking silly and enthralled. The shop also featured blouses, scarfs, beach bags, etc. copied from the Katz paintings. I don't understand what one gets out of wearing such things.
We liked the "Paper Zoo" exhibit with this marvelous Picasso "Toad," here in black and white. I wish I could find a copy in color.
We also liked the exhibit of early photographs, especially this sea scene by Gustave Le Gray.
Fat toad, gray sky, darker gray sea: they gave us so much pleasure.