MOMA - February 2016

Paul and I decided to visit the Museum of Modern Art for our latest photo expedition. This is the first either of us had visited it since its major rebuild a few years ago.

The first exhibit was a major retrospective: Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern. Torres-Garcia was an Uruguayan who participated in several of the European early modern avant-garde movements. His long career meant that he participated in a significant number of different movements.

He returned to Uruguay in 1934 where he was continued as a major figure in modern art until his death in 1949.

MOMA exhibit description concludes:

Torres-García is one of the most complex and important artists of the first half of the 20th century, and his work opened up transformational paths for modern art on both sides of the Atlantic. His personal involvement with a significant number of early avant-garde movements—from Catalan Noucentismo to Cubism, Ultraism-Vibrationism, and Neo-Plasticism—makes him an unparalleled figure whose work is ripe for a fresh critical reappraisal in the U.S.

The museum is filled with artists from De Koonig to Newman (seen at right), with numbers of famous works from Van Gogh to Matisse to Picasso to Pollack filling several floors of galleries. This was a trip well worth the effort.

It did raise a question in our mind about why the collection seemed to taper off sharply midway through the second half of the 20th century. Did benefactors not collect after 1970 or so? Is there a definitional thing going here? Do we need to go to the Museum of POST-Modern Art to see later works?

No matter, we enjoyed what we saw. 

We then picked a winner for lunch, Joe's Shanghai Restaurant on 56th Street. Excellent dumplings in a very nice setting.