Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall into Fall 2016 - Part 1 - The Met

Jean Honore Fragonard, Island of Love, 1770-80, 

The Fall 2016 Art Season is in full swing with so many exhibitions and so little time in our busy holiday schedules.  So, feeling overwhelmed myself, I decided to roll out my recommendations in a series of short blog posts, beginning with our favorite museum: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And a review by one of my favorite art lovers, Natasha Nesic.  Here is her video live from the Met on the Fragonard drawing exhibition, on view through January 8, 2017.

Lantern, Syrian origin, 13th Century

Jerusalem: 1000-1400 tells the story of this multicultural destination through rarely-seen sacred and secular art.  A feast for the eyes through January 8, 2017.

Cornelia Parker, PsychoBarn, 2016

Cornelia Parker's installation on the roof will close on October 31 - so hurry to see this surprising construction.  No spoilers here for those who haven't experienced the full Parker concept.   And even if you have already visited this "fun house" over the summer, you want to see the fall foliage from atop the Met before it blows away.

Valentin de Boulogne, Judith with Head of Holofernes, 1626-27

Valentin de Boulogne's name may not be on your list of "must-sees" this fall. Perish the thought: this guy can really paint well and his subjects tell the stories you may already know - a great combination for those who prefer Old Master paintings.  De Boulogne was born in France in 1591 and died in Rome in 1632. He was a follower of Caravaggio, hence the title: Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Carravaggio, on view through January 18, 2017.

And finally, Beckmann! as in Max Beckmann in New York, featuring 25 works from a short period in our fair city, 1949-50. Not quite your suave Valentin de B., but probably a good chaser for Cornelia Parker's Halloween-ish treat. Consider Beckmann an artistically angst-y fellow, curtsy of the New Objectivity movement in Germany (Neu Sachlichkeit).   It just opened on Wednesday, closing February 20, 2017.

That's it for now - back soon with another installment of "Fall into Fall 2016"
Beth New York

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

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