Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Roberta Smith on ‘Abstract Expressionist New York’ at MoMA

In an excellent review of this show, Roberta Smith rightly points out its limitations. See below:
It should be said that in mounting this show, Ms. Temkin had to work with the hand dealt her by generations of curatorial and trustee decisions and preferences. Especially blatant is the institutional bias against the great Willem de Kooning, represented here by a meager four paintings placed almost at random.
She left out what I feel is an even more important shortcoming -- they only had TWO paintings by Clyfford Still (see above)! I'll be posting on this in more detail later.

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