Today the husband and I went to see some visiting abstract expressionists.
Fresh off its successful six-month run at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Abstract Expressionist New York exhibition opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
Drawn entirely from the Museum of Modern Art’s definitive collection, Abstract Expressionist New York features more than 100 key works from Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner and others. The exhibition celebrates the monumental achievements of a generation of artists who catapulted New York to the centre of the international art world in the 1950s and left as their legacy some of the 20th century’s greatest masterpieces.
After a few real duds at the AGO including Drama and Desire (a financial disaster for the AGO), Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts and the stomach-turning Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision (the Pre-Raphaelites are my most loathed of art movements) it was great to see something spectacular.
And Abstract Expressionist New York is spectacular.
The AGO also allowed no-flash photography so I grabbed a few photos with my iPhone.
I will be seeing it again before it leaves town.
But the excitement won’t end with the Pollocks, Rothkos and and Koonings head back home to the MoMA.
After Abstract Expressionist New York closes in September, the Art Gallery of Ontario is bringing the magic, whimsy and wonder of Marc Chagall to Toronto next fall with a major exhibition organized by the Centre Pompidou. Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris on view from October 18, 2011 through January 15, 2012, features the lush, colourful, and dreamlike art of Marc Chagall alongside the visionaries of Russian modernism, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin.
And not a Pre-Raphaelite in sight.
Abstract Expressionist New York is at the AGO from May 28 to September 4, 2011.
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom