What I Caught

Well the Missus and I went to The Big Town for the weekend and here’s what we saw (some of which may or may not be around by the time you read this):

• A fabulous art exhibit – “Mercedes Matter: A Retrospective Exhibition” – at Baruch College. Neither the Missus nor I had ever encountered Matter, “an important participant in the American avant-garde of the 1940s and ’50s.”  Matter mingled with European and American modernists of the period from Hans Hofmann and Jackson Pollock to Philip Guston and Alberto Giacometti. It shows. (through December 14)

• The Georgia O’Keeffe blockbuster “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstractions” at the Whitney.  Too much pink and green for my taste. Looked like a Pappagallo catalog on acid. (through January 17)

• Great gallery exhibits (sorry for the paucity of links -Google ’em if you like ’em):

Philip Guston small oils at Tibor de Nagy

“The Platonic Ideal” (with the excellent Paul Suttman bronze “Jacques’ Braque“) at the Forum Gallery. Also at the Forum Gallery: the delightful Cybèle Young’s “unique sculptural works inspired by the fleeting day-to-day minutiae that comprise [they meant “constitute”] everyday life.”

Rachel Hovnanian‘s hoot of an exhibit “The Power and Burden of Beauty” at   which included a series of photos depicting Texas Beauty Queen Cream (“Fix your face for good” . . . “OMG, the next day after”)

Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s works on paper at the Zabriskie Gallery

Gerda Wegener: La Vie Parisienne at Leonard Fox. Wegener’s husband dressed in drag for her paintings, then had a sex-change operation, then died from the sex-change operation.  (through November 25)

The great photographer Robert Frank’s The Americans contact sheets at Pace MacGill (See also Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through January 3)

• After that there was the Modernism + Art 20 show at the Park Avenue Armory, which featured lots of stuff the Missus and I wanted to buy but didn’t

• The Missus and I also worked our way through MOMA’s fascinating if slightly overwhelming Bauhaus exhibit. (through January 25)

• Topping it all off was the rollicking Broadway revival of The Royal Family, the venerable farce by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber about the Cavendish family, a multigenerational acting troupe modeled loosely on the Olympian Barrymores. Rosemary Harris as Fanny Cavendish and Jan Maxwell as Julie Cavendish stole the show, while Reg Rogers delivered an entirely over-the-top turn as Tony Cavendish.

(Fun fact to know and tell: In the 1976 revival of The Royal Family, Rosemary Harris performed the role of Julie.  Talk about coming full circle.)


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