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Posted in Art, Downtown
05/25 2011

MoMA Masterpieces Dazzle at AGO

Contributed by Christopher Jones

Number 1A, 1948, by Jackson Pollock
MoMA Director Glenn Lowry is obviously biased but when he describes Abstract Expressionist New York as a “killer exhibition,” he’s not exaggerating. Lowry and MoMA curator Ann Temkin joined AGO CEO Matthew Teitelbaum this morning to kick off a media preview of the summer blockbuster which opens Saturday (May 28) and runs until September 4.

Drawn entirely from The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, Abstract Expressionist New York features more than 100 major works from Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell, among others. For anyone interested in contemporary art the show is a must; to see Pollock’s Number 1A, above, on a computer screen is one thing, but to stand in front of the nearly 9′ wide canvas is to be washed away by the intensity of the artist’s expression. What’s more, there are 13 Pollocks in the show, which lend real insight into how the artist’s style evolved from the 1930s through the 1950s.

The exhibition also features stunning, large-scale works by lesser known talents like Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, David Smith, Clyfford Still, and Canadian-born Philip Guston. Several other works by Guston accompany Patterson Ewen: Inspiration and Influences up on the Gallery’s fifth floor until June 19.

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