Monday, March 3, 2008

Klimt in NYC

On my last trip to New York City, I had the chance to visit the Neue Gallerie's exhibition of the work of Gustave Klimt. The New York Times gave it a less than glowing review, but if you are a fan of Klimt's work and have no plans to travel to Austria anytime soon I would definitely recommend seeing this show. Yes, the museum is small, and yes, this restraint forces the curator to be creative with the space in a way that the NYT labels "rambling." But the review also points out that this show has "something for everyone," and on this count it delivers. Seen above is a room featuring a reproduction of Klimt's Beethoven frieze. Below are one of many expressive drawings in the exhibit (my favorite feature of the show), and the Neue Gallerie's prized portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, which sold for a record-setting $135 million dollars. Oh, and a Klimt poster every design student will recognize from their Meggs text.
This show will be up until June 30th at the Neue Gallerie, 1048 5th Avenue, at 86th street, within close walking distance of the Met. Worth a visit!

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