Water! Water is another way to cool off—not just being in it, but looking at art inspired by the fourth element. Monet’s watery gardens at Giverny are the theme at the just-reopened Norton Museum of Art up in West Palm Beach: how they inspired both the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, who re-envisions the water lilies in his familiar Ben Day dots, and the video artist Mark Fox, who creates almost an inside-out aquarium out of underwater Giverny scenes. (Side note: Admission is now free at the museum, as it will be throughout the rest of the big Norman Foster–designed expansion, which is scheduled to be done in 2018.)
Photo Courtesy of Tom Tracy
Roy Lichtenstein: American, 1923 – 1997, Water Lilies with Cloud, 1992 – Screenprinted enamel on processed and swirled stainless steel, with painted wood frame. Gift, Thaler/Howell Foundation, Inc., 2015.105 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Afterward, before you drive back down to Miami on Highway A1A—rule 1, always drive along the coast if possible—take a slight detour north for dinner at the Coolinary Café in Palm Beach Gardens. The name could maybe use a little work, but the food is spot-on: carrot hummus on ciabatta with pickled red onion, and shrimp bucatini with fennel and Calabria chiles…mmm.
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