Posts Tagged ‘Busch-Reisinger Museum.’

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Saturday, December 21st, 1991

Bernd and Hilla Becher photographed blast furnaces, water towers, power stations, and other industrial structures, which they called “anonymous sculpture.” I thought of this show again when I first read W.G. Sebald’s books — mysterious, elusive, and strangely moving.

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Lazlo Moholy-Nagy’s Light-Space Modulator

Friday, October 4th, 1991

“When the “light prop” was set in motion for the first time in a small mechanics shop in 1930, I felt like the sorcerer’s apprentice. The mobile was so startling in its coordinated motions and space articulations of light and shadow sequences that I almost believed in magic.”

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Busch-Reisinger Museum

Saturday, September 14th, 1991

A crowded stage, and all the players on it. A king, wearing a crown, stabs himself in the heart. A woman looks at her reflection in a mirror, next to a statue of a Greek god. Modern men and women read the newspaper, talk, flirt, and fight with real knives. MAX BECKMANN’s The Actors aims to encompass all of Art and Life in thick, sure slashes of paint.

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Adolph von Menzel

Tuesday, July 11th, 1989

MENZEL’s drawings often show people and things as if they were turning into shadow, turning into smoke, dissolving into a cloud; just about to disappear. He said, “I early cultivated the habit of drawing things as though I were never to see them again.”

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Gabriele Munter: From Munich to Murnau

Saturday, November 1st, 1980

A woman sits thinking, resting her head on her hand in a room filled with flowers and fruit. The room seems charged with meaning, filled with her extraordinary presence. For GABRIELE MUNTER, art was not about appearances, but about realities lying behind appearances. Abstraction was a way of seeing into the heart of things.

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