Friday, December 14, 2012

Last Call: Baryshnikov's Collection at ABA Gallery

Leon Bakst, Un Augure (An Oracle/Soothsayer), 1911
Watercolor, 21 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches
Collection of Mikhail Baryshnikov
Courtesy of ABA Gallery, New York

Quick - before it closes on Saturday, December 15 -  run to ABA Gallery (7 East 17th Street)  for a rare opportunity to see "The Art I Have Lived With: Collection of Mikhail Baryshnikov."  Baryshnikov is known to audiences as an outstanding artist in his own right: dancer, choreographer, actor, photographer, and director of the Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC).  
Here you will find the incomparable beauty of watercolors and paintings by artists and designers for the theater.  Among the best known of the early twentieth century are the designers for the Ballets Russes: Leon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Christian Bérard  and Jean Cocteau.   My favorite find was a fabulous sketch of Sergei Diaghilev and Vaslav Njinsky by Jean Cocteau, who created the infamous modern ballet Parade for the Ballets Russes in 1917 (collaborating with Pablo Picasso, Eric Satie and Léonide Massine).

The hours of the gallery are 12 to 5 pm.

A snippet from Parade with commentary.

What delicious sugarplums to dance in front of our heads.

If you are not able to visit ABA Gallery before the exhibition closes, please visit their website to view highlights of the Baryshnikov collection.

Beth New York

aka. Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

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