AGO news: MoMA's "Abstract Expressionist New York" coming to Toronto
Some exctiing news out of the AGO this morning, that MoMA's astonishingly good Abstract Expressionist New York will be coming here immediately after it closes in New York in April. I saw the show in New York a little while ago, and as you might expect, its depth is remarkable; after all, the MoMA's very existence was predicated on this very moment in art history, and the entire exhibition is drawn from its collection.
What you might not be prepared for are the endless revelations to be foudn as the show traces the arc of abstraction in America from its most nascent moments -- that's Jackson Pollock's decidedly cubist work, Stenographic Figure, painted a few moments before he got into his splatters and drips, in 1942 -- through its eventual dissolution in the 70s. I was personally chuffed to see so many works by Harry Callahan, a personal favourite who doesn't get as much due as his much more famous cohorts.
Whatever the case, this is a blockbuster, true enough, but one with weight, depth and endless revelatory pleasures -- and, frankly, a major coup for the AGO -- and for us, who get to enjoy it all next summer. It's slightly scaled down -- 100 works, versus 130 at MoMA -- but still a great representation. It opens May 28, runnign to Sept.4, 2011.