Sunday, February 26, 2012

Art Roundup: A Stein is a rose; radical cameras

Fans of Gertrude Stein, make your pilgrimage to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, an immersive introduction to the prophetic taste of Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael and her sister-in-law, Sarah. Picasso, Renoir, Manet...all of that's fine, but what really lifted me were the images of the writer herself--photos, paintings, sculpture infused with her presence and the energy of how she was perceived by her contemporaries. The Steins Collect opens to the public on Tuesday, February 28 and runs through June 3. For information, click here.

Detail, Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906
Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met will also host a Gallery Workshop on Art and Writing: Making Creative Connections, led by Claire E. Moore, assistant Museum educator on Friday, March 30, at 6:30pm.
Explore the synergies between the artists and writers who were part of famed collector Gertrude Stein's Paris as you listen to inspiring literary excerpts, view works in the exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, and respond through writing.
At the Met's Carson Family Hall, Uris Center for Education. Fee: $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Also highly recommended:

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at The Jewish Museum, an exhibition of documentary photography-- most often treating social issues and conditions--that can surprise and inspire today's viewers by its fine aesthetic vision. The Radical Camera continues through March 25. For complete information, click here.

1 comment:

cesera said...

Dear  ,
You are right and they are right to tell the historic truth about Gertrude Stein in this however wonderfull exhibition,"The Steins Collect;Matisse,Picasso,Cezanne and the Parisian Avant Garde" in NewYork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art .
Because what a pleasure to see the portrait of Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira .Who was as Picasso an antifascist and antinazi artist .Persecuted by Franco and the Nazis .
But who is perhaps in this exhibition ,thanks to Rebecca Rabinow and Edward Burns ,
the only one artist would fought them weapons in his hands .
Whose father was in jail after the spanish civil war .Beside Tchelitchew and Balthus and Francis Rose near Picabia and Picasso in the last room of this exhibition .

And you have an interesting article in Appollo London Revew about him .And also in Artes Magazine from San Francisco where the exhibition was before .The main document is with the mention beside the picture with the Preface Gertrude Stein wrote for his first Riba-Rovira's exhibition in the Galerie Roquepine in Paris on 1945 .
Where we can read Gertrude Stein writing Riba-Rovira "will go farther than Cezanne...will succeed in where Picasso failed...I am fascinated " by Riba-Rovira Gertrude Stein tells us .

And you are you also fascinated indeed as Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira ?

Me I am when I see « L’Arlequin » on the free access website of « Galeria Muro ».

But Gertrude Stein spoke also in this same document about Matisse and  Juan Gris .
And we learn Riba-Rovira went each week in Gertrude Stein's saloon rue Christine with Masson ,Hemingway and others.By Edward Burns and Carl Van Vechten we can know Riba-Rovira did others portraits of Gertrude Stein .

But we do not know where they are ;and you do you know perhaps ?

With this wonderful portrait we do not forget it is the last time Gertrude Stein sat for an artist who is Riba-Rovira .
This exhibition presents us a world success with this last painting portrait before she died .And her last Gertrude Stein's Art Retrospective before dead .
Both ,it is one of the last text where she gives her last art vision .As a light over that exhibition now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York thanks to Curator Rebecca Rabinow .
Coming from San Francisco "Seeing five stories" in the Jewish museum to Washington in National Portrait Gallery .And now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York for our pleasure .
And the must is to see for the first time in the same place portraits by Picasso, Picabia, Riba-Rovira, Rose ,Tall-Coat, Valloton .Never before it was .
You have the translate of Gertrude Stein's Riba-Rovira Preface on english Gertrude Stein's page on Wikipedia and in the catalog of this Roquepine exhibition you can see in first place the mention of this portrait .And also other pictures Gertrude Stein bought to Riba-Rovira .
There is another place where you can see now Riba-Rovira's works in an exhibition in Valencia in Spain "Homenage a Gertrude Stein" by Riba-Rovira in Galleria Muro ,if you like art ...

But we do not missed today that all over Europe a very bad wind is blowing again bringing the worth in front of us .And we must know that at least were two antinazis and antifascists in this exhibition but the only one fighting weapons in hands was Riba-Rovira and also who did one of the first three « affiches » supporting Republicans in the beguining Spanish civil war .
Picasso fighting also but only with his brushes .

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