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Art Break: Nudes at the Met Breuer and ‘DIY: Made In the Studio’ at Julie Saul Gallery

The Met Breuer: Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 2, 2018

Regardless of what you think about the news of the day, there is one truism that takes no sides: attention must be paid. Attention to all of humanity: no matter what they look like, where they’re from, and what they do, is essential because ignoring humanity is ignoring yourself. Start your observations this week by embracing Art Break’s multitude of experiences. You may be surprised how much you agree or disagree with what you see and hear but whatever the outcome, you’ll be paying attention and that’s all that matters. We begin with The Met Breuer: Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso.

 

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Pablo Picasso: Three Bathers by the Shore, 1920; graphite on paper; 19 3/8 x 25 1/4 in. (49.2 x 64.1 cm); courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982; © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Met Breuer: Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso (July 3 – October 7) is similar to the show that opened last week at the Neue Gallery but with the addition of Picasso to the mix. These three artists studied the human form intimately and exhaustively through drawing, painting, and experience. By the end of the show you’ll either need a cigarette or a cold shower —  both only available off-premises.

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Gustav Klimt: Reclining Nude with Drapery, Back View, 1917–1918; graphite; 14 5/8 x 22 3/8 in. (37.1 x 56.8 cm); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982.

The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Hours: Tues – Thurs: 10-5:30, Fri – Sat: 10-9, Sun: 10-5:30, Closed Mon
Admission:

Out of state visitors: Adults: $25, Seniors: $17, Students not from NY, NJ, or CT: $12, Children under 12 years: Free, Members: Free. These admission tickets are good for three consecutive days and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

NYS residents (must show proof, see website for details): Pay what you wish, Students from NY, NJ, CT (must show current student id): Pay what you wish. These admission tickets are good for same day only and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

 

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Didier Massard: Mirage, 2018; courtesy of artist / Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

Julie Saul Gallery: DIY: Made In the Studio (July 6 – August 17) is a summer group show featuring artwork made in a studio setting. The photographs encompass a wide range of technique and craft, stretching the traditional boundaries of the medium.

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
Hours: Tues – Fri: 11-6
Admission: Free

 

Three shows that caught our eye this week:

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Ron Arad: Horns Armchair, 1985; aluminum, steel, pvc covered; galavanized springs 47.24 x 46.06 x 47.24 inches, 120 x 117 x 120 cm; unique; courtesy of Friedman Benda.

Friedman Benda: Ron Arad: Fishes & Crows 1985-1994 (June 21 – July 27) showcases a transitional period in the artist’s career. With prototypes and finished works, visitors can follow the technique of Arad’s industrial designs and compare them to the prevailing aesthetic of the time.

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Ron Arad: Wild Crow, 1990; mirror-polished stainless steel, patinated mild steel; 63 x 45 x 27.25 inches, 160 x 114.3 x 69.2 cm; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Ron Arad; photo: Dan Kukla.

Friedman Benda
515 West 26th Street
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Exhibition poster image; courtesy of Interference Archive.

Interference Archive: Agitate! Educate! Organize! Agit Prop into the 21st Century (June 12 – September 30) gives meaning to the multitude of messages we receive every day, describing how agendas shape and control what is seen and unseen. What makes agit prop different is that it’s designed to foster emotion, not reason – making it a powerful tool for all interests and groups.

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Installation view of exhibit; courtesy of Interference Archive.

Interference Archive
314 7th Street, Brooklyn (via subway its on the F/G/R train lines, 4th Avenue/9th Street stop)
Hours: Thurs: 1-9, Fri – Sun: 12-5
Admission: Free

 

Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made In the Studio' at Julie Saul Gallery

Anthony Friedkin: Jim and Mundo, Montebello, East Los Angeles, 1972; From The Gay Essay, 1969–73; gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in.; gift of Anthony Friedkin; ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries; courtesy of Anthony Friedkin / 205 Hudson Gallery.

205 Hudson Gallery: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.  (June 21 – August 19) features Chicanx art of the West Coast, created from the 1960s to 90s. The result of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California Libraries, the exhibit shows a community using art to describe and shape perceptions of their lives.

205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
Hours: Wed – Sun: 1-6
Admission: Free

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Cover: Anastasia Samoylova: ‘Rainbows’ (2014); courtesy of the artist / Julie Saul Gallery, New York.


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