Sometimes I visit art galleries in the evening after work. Something always stands out. Today it was the painting seen below. Canadian painter and printmaker, Philip Guston uses abstract expressionism with cartoon vibes to create vibrant works. Most of the pieces highlight social realism. The exhibition, Philip Guston: Painter, 1957 – 1967 is on until 29 July 2016 at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea, New York.
Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the Met Breuer opened this week to Members only on the Upper East Side in New York.
The beautiful landmark building designed by architect, Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street welcomed art lovers to view almost 200 works from the 15th century to present day.
My favourite exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible commenced on the third floor in the Renaissance period. Self portraits by a renowned Dutch painter aligned the museum walls. At one point, I remember looking up and seeing this quote: “A work is complete if in its master’s intentions have been realized,” said Rembrandt van Rijn. His Baroque etchings were masterful as always bringing back memories of visits to Amsterdam and Leiden.
Continuing to take three steps and pause, I wondered what makes a piece finished? It was then I took a left into a small room with countryside paintings and prints by Joseph Mallord William Turner moving into English romanticism. Traveling east for artist, Eugène Delacroix, l landed in French romanticism. Soon, nature ran its course in landscape paintings from French Impressionist, Claude Monet leading to short flashbacks of Musée d’Orsay and Le Petit Palais.
On the 4th floor, we entered the world distinct painters. Starting with classic style of Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. Of course, pop art pieces from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol were there. Then media, colourful wrapped sweets in the corner and dirt significantly positioned made the transition into modern periods.
Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti‘s existentialism sparked attention as a group of ladies discussed their perspectives. German visual artist, Gerhard Richter was highlighted for his production of abstract art with hints of photorealism. By the last room, I had a seat and admired the series of vibrant green paintings by American artist, Cy Twombly.
In all, it was a lovely spring day to get out and explore. Surely the exhibition left you wondering why is it necessary to finish art if certain strokes or themes can change a concept. Stay tuned until the Met Breuer opens to the public on Friday 18 March 2016.