The Met Breuer recently opened offering an expanded collection of modern and contemporary art on exhibit. Fortunate to catch the current exhibit, "Unfinished, thoughts left visible". As a self taught artist I often learn from studying the work of those that I admire and this exhibit provided an in-depth analysis of the process of some of the world's best painters. I was drawn to the works of Lucian Freud, Alice Neel, Elizabeth Peyton, Van Gogh, and Klimt.
My favorite section of the MET is the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing (galleries 900-925). Good selection of works by members of the School of Paris and early American modernists. Many great paintings by Marsden Hartley, Max Beckmann, Modigliani, Balthus, Alice Neel, Franz Marc, Manierre Dawson, Picasso and Arthur Dove on exhibit. Especially interested to see Picasso's early experimentation with Cubism and African sculpture and a symbolic portrait by Arthur Dove.
I regularly visit the DIA during the holidays while visiting family in the area. Happy to catch the special exhibit "30 Americans" - contemporary art by African Americans including Kehinde Wiley and Jean Michel Basquiat. Always enjoy revisiting the permanent collection with works by Paul Gauguin, Max Kaus, Otto Mueller and Erich Heckel.
I first became familiar with Ms. Werner's work at the MASS MoCA exhibit "Oh, Canada". Janet is based in Montreal. I was very excited to learn of her latest solo exhibition, "Zero Eyes" nearby in Albany, NY. The exhibit showcased her work in fictional portraiture and the relationship between beauty and the grotesque.
Kind of a hidden gem based in Hartford, CT and the oldest continually operating public art museum in the country. Excellent collection of European art and contemporary American art. Favorites include pieces by Alex Katz, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Marsden Hartley and Milton Avery.
I have always admired the work of Paul Gauguin. Perhaps one of his best known paintings, "The Yellow Christ" belongs to the permanent collection of this museum. Happy to see this work in person however the glass and viewing environment made close observation somewhat difficult. Other favorites include works by Milton Avery and Chaim Soutine.