|Van Eyck, Saint Barbara, 1437. Metalpoint, brush drawing, oil on wood.|
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen
|Paul Cézanne. Gardanne, 1885-86, oil on canvas.|
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Franz H. Hirschland, 1957
Unfinished Thoughts is the result of the work of several of the Met's curators, and includes not only art from its collection, but on loan from collections around the world, a reflection of its institutional power. It's the perfect kind of catch-all theme that can cross centuries and media, which this show does. It showcases not only incomplete works, but those made intentionally obscure or mysterious, or—as in Andy Warhol's Do It Yourself (Violin), a paint-by-numbers canvas, inherent to its subject matter.
|Unfinished: Thoughts Made Visible, fourth floor. Courtesy Met Museum|
|Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (No. 2), 1996, pink |
marble on steel base.
Courtesy Cheim & Read and Hauser & Wirth
|Auguste Rodin, The Hand of God, 1907, marble. |
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1908
In the ground-floor gallery, Vijay Iyer, on piano, played with saxophonist Mark Turner. It was a taste of an 18-day residency by the composer, whose live performances will be interspersed with guest turns by other artists and recorded events and films. Iyer will also give performances which relate to the Mohamedi exhibition.
Andy Warhol. Do It Yourself (Violin), 1962, synthetic polymer paint and Prestype on canvas. Private collection.
The Met itself is so immense that it can absorb thousands of people, with crowding only in special exhibitions. But the Breuer might also fall prey to its own popularity, particularly with such well-known artists on view. Still, it's a welcome outpost for the city's biggest museum, which is pedaling furiously to catch up to its more modern contemporaries, and just made up a lot of time.