Tag Archives: Museums & Galleries

Bright Color Impacted in the Dark (Alexi Jawlensky & the Mystical in Art)

Russian born Alexei Jawlensky (pronounced Yavlensky) gets almost no respect in much of the critical literature, including the ones for the recent show of his work at the Neue Gallerie in New York. Generally his work is considered derivative in … Continue reading

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(Impossible) Geometrical Gnosis (Paul Klee)

From 1932, Paul Klee’s Two Ways (Zwei Gänge) was bought by the museum and is now on view at Visionaries: Making a Modern Guggenheim. Klee is most famous for his quirky figurative paintings, less so for more abstract works such … Continue reading

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Abstract World (Paul Klee) (Horizon, Zenith, and Atmosphere)

This image by Paul Klee, Horizon, Zenith, and Atmosphere (DATE) is now on view at Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim. Klee’s extraterrestrial figures tend to be drawn from more down to earth perspectives that shadow our own. This picture takes … Continue reading

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Paul Klee and “the Spiritual in Art” (Dance You Monster to My Soft Song!)

Dance You Monster to My Soft Song! enjoys an exclamation point at the end of the title, at once stern and genial. Less famous than his cousin Angelus Novus, this funny little monster from 1922 by Paul Klee has none of the bathos … Continue reading

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Kandinsky Circles (At the Guggenheim)

These things have names. They were among the first paintings in the Kandinsky blast that open the new show at the Guggenheim, introducing the public to the founding vision of what was once called the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Kandinsky’s … Continue reading

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Jews, Germans, Women and the Spiritual in Art in America (Creating a Modern Guggenheim)

They won’t do the ethnic tagging at the Guggenheim, but I will. Why now, Visionaries: Creating A  Modern Guggenheim, this big exhibition of the museum’s holdings organized to show the history of its founding visionaries and mission. Originally created as … Continue reading

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(Every People Under Heaven) Jerusalem (At The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The blockbuster exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven at the Met has long since come and gone, so my weigh-in here comes a lot more than a little late. But I wanted to gather my thoughts about what it … Continue reading

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