MANH - September 2014

Art & Culture Art News

2014-08-30 13:47:14

LASTING EXPRESSIONS A new exhibit at  e Jewish Museum sheds light on the dark past of the abstract expressionist movement. From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 (Sept. 12-Feb. 1, 2015) showcases works by Krasner (a Jewish artist and wife of Jackson Pollock) and Norman Lewis (an African-American painter, scholar and teacher) and makes the case that the artists’ ethnic backgrounds were a direct reason their work was marginalized by the mainstream art industry. Both artists, however, exempli ed defiance in the face of discrimination, referencing their heritage as a means of expression. Krasner incorporated iconographies in her paintings, using pictographs that she painted onto the canvas from right to left, the way she was taught to write Hebrew. In his artworks, Lewis evoked his Harlem upbringing, depicting the neighborhood’s vibrancy—from jazz to African textiles—through linear abstractions. Other than sharing a love for the same artistic genre, the duo hadn’t much in common—but their stories are woven together masterfully to elicit a much-delayed discourse on unsung artists from the golden era of midcentury art. 1109 Fifth Ave., thejewishmuseum.Org –Sahar Khan Hot on Her Heels Just in time to coincide with Fashion Week, the Brooklyn Museum presents a well-shod exhibit on style’s most powerful accessory: the heel. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (Sept. 10-Feb. 15, 2015) explores women’s love affair with towering pumps. Through displays of historical footwear—from a pair of 17th century Italian silk, leather and wood chopines, to Marilyn Monroe’s sexy Ferragamo sharp-as-knives stilettos from 1959, to the vertiginous 8-inch Rem D. Koolhaasdesigned platforms for Lady Gaga—Killer Heels proves that, when it comes to heels at least, size does matter. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, brooklynmuseum.Org –SK Wordly Goods We round up the season’s top exhibits featuring a crop of exceptional international artists. –Trang Chuong Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India This collection of about 20 iconic works in various mediums, including painting, large-scale sculpture and five fragile works on paper, which haven’t been displayed for public viewing in 15 years, all depict India and its deep cultural influence on the prolific artist. Sept. 5-Feb. 2, 2015, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., rubinmuseum.Org Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face This exhibit featuring the Spanish and Italian artists, respectively, details the popular theme of 16th century painters portraying men dressed in armor, exhibiting virility and masculinity, while marking the stark difference between the two artists’ styles. Through Oct. 26, The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., frick.Org Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot Korean-American artist Nam June Paik, known as the “father of video art,” spun artworks from the entertainment and scientific worlds and applied them to the new burgeoning visual platform. Sept. 5-Jan. 4, 2015, Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., asiasociety.Org Viviane Silvera: Therapy Series The Hong Kong- and Brazil-raised artist uses film and painting to illustrate the various stages of a therapy session from start to finish—raw emotions included. Sept. 3-Nov. 2, Edward Hopper House Art Center, 82 N. Broadway, Nyack, N.Y., edwardhopperhouse.Org Weight of Happiness by Rima Fujita and Michela Martello The collaboration between the Italian and Japanese artists showcases work inspired by Buddhism, folklore, dreams, spirituality and symbolism, as well as their own cultural heritages. Sept. 5-Oct. 16, Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St., tibethouse.Org

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