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Kandinsky @ The Guggenheim 09/17/09

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Kandinsky is the foundation of the Guggenheim’s collection so it’s natural to have a retrospective of all his work. The best part is all the paintings that are not usually seen because they are in storage or from other museums; Paris and Munich in this show. Chronological shows get a knock from some parts but this is the point of The Guggenheim’s survey. The early paintings are more representational and they morph into abstraction as the years go on. The much neglected later paintings are the surprise of the show.; beautiful colors and a disregard for the distinctions between figurative and abstract disciplines. The paintings look wonderful in the space as though the spiral was designed to show them, ya think? As the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim comes up this month, seeing the core of the collection and the concept of the museum displayed this way makes an historical statement and shows how influential Kandinsky was to the mid century artists and relevant to what is going on today as “painting” makes a comeback in contemporary times .

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