Thursday, September 30, 2010

VISUAL PLEASURES: The New York Art Scene (c) By Polly Guerin

The art scene gratifies the senses on a visual level from the Old Masters to modern interpretations and abstract expressionism as only New York’s cultural institutions can deliver. Here’s the scoop!!!

MIRO The Dutch Interiors
Observe how an artist is inspired. Miro’s modernistic paintings are hung alongside the Dutch Golden Age paintings that inspired them. Pictured left: The Lute Player, by Hendrick Sorgh, Dutch, 1661 and above, Joan Miro's, Dutch Interior, 1928. This encounter between the Dutch Masters and Miro, one of the most esteemed advent-garde artists of the 20th century, is a rare opportunity to see how Miro moved from representational sources to his own language. Concurrently Jan Gossart’s Renaissance: Man, Myth, And Sensual Pleasures is the pivotal Old Master who redirected the course of early Flemish painting. Both exhibits through Jan. 17, 2011. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.,
Sotheby’s investigates the comedic side of art from ancient times to today through the lens of Dante’s epic poem, open to the public (FREE). Visitors to the exhibition will travel through Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, exploring how for centuries artists have harnessed the power of humor in their work with an undercurrent of wit and satire. The Inferno, for example, will highlight the darker, more horrific side of humor. Featured artists include Salvador Dali, Any Warhol, Jeff Koons, Pieter Brueghel, and Auguste Rodin. Through Oct. 19th. At Sotheby’s New York, 1334York Ave. at 71st St., This exhibit is a lead in to the New York Comedy Festival which runs from 3-7 Nov. 2010. Tel: 212.606.7000.
A pivotal moment in modern art at MOMA celebrates the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world sixty years ago. The exhibit traces the development of abstract expressionism from its beginnings in the 1940s to its seasoned maturity in the 1960s. 250 works on display cross a variety of mediums, masterpieces including artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell, as well as works of art that have not been seen together for half a century. MOMA 11 W. 53rd St.,
BEYOND BORDERS: Fine Art from Canada
An exhibition of innovative Canadian art is taking place at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea. The works span the range of artistic expression, with artists imparting, with their unique styles, little pieces of the Canadian spirit. Playful, humorous, saturated with color, and presented in unique fashion, this is an exhibition to delight the senses. Opening reception, Oct. 7, 6PM. On view through Oct. 26. 530 West 25th St., 212.226.4406.

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