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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