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Most of us at this point are scratching our heads at what the Met wants to accomplish in acquiring the Breuer.
Its first shows seemed like an attempt to be yet another modern art museum.
But that got shot down immediately by the Whitney’s brilliant reinvention of itself as a true anchor of the phenomenally popular High Line – which in turn has incubated an entirely new luxury coastal community of condos with water view. It has finally discovered the true mission of its founders: to be New York’s celebration of modern art.
And MoMA’s first full-floor show of Adrian Piper’s life as works of art is but a preview of their building immensely new capabilities right on 53rd Street.
No, “breathtaking” is an adjective owned by these two office holders of the Modern Art position – at least in New York.
And the current show Life Like reveals more clearly where the Met’s strengths lie, and how it intends to flex its curatorial muscle.
“Comprehensive” is the descriptor that comes to mind. As in its recent shows this is clearly where the Met excels. Fleshing out the show’s Life Like theme creates an exhibit that feels like a walk in the park.
All eras, all approaches to sculpting the human form appear here – from Jeffrey Koons to Madam Tussaud. Including Alphonse Lami’s skinless reveal-all Man and the first-ever excursion outside the UK of University College London’s Jeremy Bentham’s clothing hung on his actual skeleton.
In fact the only odd note is the Nigerian artist Sokari Camp’s caricature figures which are like a solo act out at an otherwise consistently diverse vaudevillian conclave.
The question remains for the Met – especially now that they’re charging full freight from non-New Yorkers can being the art world’s attic become a mission, a clarion call to revisit Art one mo’ time? The answers the Met appears to have chosen are increasingly Entertainment and Education.
The increasingly British bent of the Met’s curators both in their origins and in their increasingly didactic tendencies obvious by the time one gets by the second or third gallery. The reasons for works being included in the show is made at times all too clear.
Education may sit well in their board room, and certainly is popular with their powerfully endowed curatorial staff – but entertainment? in one of the entertainment centers of the world?
The NY Times reviewer of the Life Like show, Roberta Smith, – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/arts/design/like-life-sculpture-review-met-breuer.html – wonders aloud at the end of her review whether the Met is hereby launching an “at-home version of the international biennial, something with the combination of buzz, entertainment and historical seriousness that appeals to all levels of art appreciation, pro and layman.”
I disagree. Biennial-type shows draw from horizontally – from current times – whereas the Met draws vertically each step of the way, and often with side by side comparisons and contrasts. Biennial shows offer breadth; the Met offers depth. Besides, the Whitney’s biennial shows almost inevitably flopped or at most elicited uproars. It’s probably best that the Met stick to its own knitting and make the most of its best – and its best is that it has riches of the past beyond any other art mecca in the world.
The richest nonprofit site for showing male nude art over the centuries is called DelftBoys.com, put together by the wonderfully mad Dutch artist, Ad Shuring. To access its timeline of examples of gay art:
go to http://www.delftboys.com; click “it’s all queer beyond here”
(this will give you an overview page, which is worth checking out first)
then click “homo-erotic web museum” on the right side
then click the third item down, “lobby”
then click 4th item down “free art”
then click “come on in”
This gives you the “preview page of db fun”. Go down past the first four underlined artist names (the last is “Falco”) until you see the time line.
Here is a link for going directly to the time line:
This is one of those superblogs where the linkage is complex, bewildering, and fantastic. For example in addition to the history timeline DelftBoys has specialized galleries – but most of these like pre war Germany, history of model drawing, more model study, a huge collection of Nazi sculpture – plus Islam art had to be moved to the master class. level of viewership.
This “masterclass” option offers premium level access to all the rest giving all images in hi-res for only $60 for 6 months: http://www.queerart.nl/mirror/pre/fun/subscribe.html Click masterclass and you’ll see thumbnails of all images. Those with green links are free to access. Those with blue links require the paid options.
It may be best to exhaust the free options – and then see if you want the full access. The amount of material here is very daunting. Suggest many visits vs burying yourself in it all at once. If you are a paying member this is the link for signing in: http://www.queerart.nl/mirror/real1/honour2.html
Shuring has an utterly shocking wonderfully detailed account of his personal journey as a gay artist dealing with HIV in all this, the darkroomdiaries (free). He also offers reviews of many gay films. Keep in mind in dealing with all this that it’s the brainchild of one man. He personally deals with everything. You can even reach him live when he’s online.
LeslieLohman.org leads you to the first nonprofit gay art museum and foundation in the world, located in SOHO in New York City. Created out of a personal collection it has attracted donations of art works and sponsors and is in its third expansion, doubling its space on Wooster just above Canal Street: the re-opening in March 2017. Its openings and shows in the past have great merit. Its links section is overwhelming: it can be a rich resource for many hours of browsing. Membership not only gives you access to the edgier sectors of NYC’s sometimes shocking and delightful art scenes, it also gives you free entrance to a bunch of NYC’s museums – and a large number of museums across the United States.
New York is famous for its art scene. Many painters and artists dream of showcasing their art – whether fantastic or traditional – in this world city. Every artist has a theme.
Robert Cenedella Fín del Mundo (End of the World) art series – noisy, raucous, color-splashed paintings of city scenes approach the world with a sincerity that both celebrates and defines the irony, frivolity and controversy-for-its-own-sake that have become the core of cultural currency. And he connects the dissolution and pollution of politics on his canvases with a colorful and imaginative flair.
Donald Trump was the highlight of Wednesday’s opening at Central Park Fine Arts. No one could miss his persona in the centerpiece painting of the show unveiled that evening by the artist in its front window on 57th street.
Mockers dressed and masked as The Donald and Her Hillary Clinton held sign boards with the tagline Fín del Mundo (End of the World) signaling the end of an era. The who’s who of New York arrived in their best Madison Avenue clothes while photographers and videographers were recording and reimagining the event. Even passersby – the people – jumped on the wagon, drawn by the theater of the absurd of the occasion and the camera flashes – not to mention the open wine reception, waiters passing out mouthwatering dectable, deliciously wicked works of art – an occasion concocted and animated by the man of the hou, Robert Cenedella.. The small gallery soon filled with people & photographers –
Cenedella had various Disney characters like Donald Duck, Minni Mouse, Micky Mouse jump into the fray – each waving a sign signalling the Fin del Mundo. Showcased in the show window on 57th the artist unveiled his masterpiece, a spectacular mockery of the most recent trumped-up pollution of politics – in oil paint. Cenedella, keen to meet his fans, pose for photos, sign autographs and answer questions explained in detail what he feels about Donald Trump and the drama of politics.
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