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'Van Gogh to Rothko': It's got 'star power'

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

click to enlarge WOW FACTOR: Wassily Kandinsky's "Fragment 2 for Composition VII."
  • WOW FACTOR: Wassily Kandinsky's "Fragment 2 for Composition VII."

The exhibition "Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art "shines with star power," said Westword: Denver News and Events arts writer Michael Paglia in his review of the show when it was at the Denver Art Museum (which dubbed it "Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.") 

Paglia writes, in part:

There's not room on this page to fully account for even the standouts in Modern Masters, but I'll take a stab at it. The show gets under way with a number of fine works, including a nice Rousseau and a choice van Gogh. And then there's Gauguin's "Spirit of the Dead Watching," which encapsulates the painter's contributions to art. Representing his Tahitian period, it shows a languorous nude female sleeping while the ominous mask of death appears behind her. It's a savage odalisque, with even the technique looking like the work of a wildman. Then, in the space beyond, is a marvelous Matisse, a charming Modigliani, a striking Chagall, and the Picasso that cost Goodyear his board of directors post (though he ultimately triumphed and remained involved with the Albright-Knox for decades after that humiliating event). It culminates with one of the most advanced paintings ever done: Wassily Kandinsky's completely non-objective "Fragment 2 for Composition VII," from 1913. Wow.

Wow, indeed. Want to see the show, which has only a few more weeks at the museum? You are in luck. The Arkansas Times is once again taking the Art Bus to Crystal Bridges. We'll leave on the morning of May 2, see what promises to be a super exhibition, and dine at The Hive in 21C Hotel. The grounds of the museum will be beautiful, covered in blooms and sculpture and the Frank Lloyd Wright "Usonian" house is going up, I'm taking binoculars for a little birdwatching break. 

Learn more about the exhibit here from this Q and A with Crystal Bridges Museum curator Manuela Well-Off-Man in Apollo Magazine. 

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