Monday, September 16, 2013
ARTISTIC MELANGE and ENTERTAINMENTS (c) By Polly Guerin
CHAGALL; LOVE, WAR, and EXILE The Jewish Museum in New York presents the first U.S. exhibition exploring the darker works by Marc Chagall created during the World War II era. A significant but neglected period in the artist’s career, the exhibition from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris by the artist and then in exile in New York. While Chagall oeuvre is recognized to its lighthearted and folkloric imagery, the era brings to light the suffering and persecution of the times through evocative paintings deeply responsive to the suffering inflected the war and his own personal losses and concerns. By the mid-40s, Chagall returns to joyful, colorful compositions expressing the power of love. Through Feb. 2, 2014, for information about public programs call 212.423.3200.
VASILY KANDINSKY: From Blaue Reiter to Bauhaus, 1910-1925. An exhibition of masterworks that explores the development of Kandinsky’s art over a critical period of time: from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environment of his Bauhaus years connects art, music, and theater. This gathering of loans from private and public collections traces the evolution of Kandinsky’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art. The exhibit charts the birth of abstraction, evolution of work that extends beyond easel painting with artists among his peers including Albert Bloch, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee, and August Macke. At Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Ave. at 86th St. Opens October 3.
FINAL ANALYSIS By Otho Eskin and directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser is a though provoking play set in Vienna. The inception of Final Analysis was a historical incident. In 1910, Gustav Mahler, one of the great composers and orchestral conductors of his era, sought out Sigmund Freud for psychoanalytic help as his wife; Alma was threatening to leave Gustav. The setting brings us into this world of Vienna on the eve of World War I, a hot-house in which the upper classes lived in the twilight of the Hapsburg Empire, against a background of crushing poverty of the masses, corruption, ethnic hatred and virulent anti-Semitism. At the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. (between 9thand10th Ave.) Call Ticket Central: 212.279.4200. Through Oct. 6th.
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