Sunday, November 9, 2014
"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection" encompasses 81 paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures presented as a gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from collector Leonard Lauder. The works are by the four most influential Cubists: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris. This comprehensive survey reminds one anew just how decisive the early twentieth-century Cubist movement was to the entire course of modern art. In shattering the illusion of three-dimensional representation for flat, two-dimensional paintings, Cubism paved the way for abstract art. The artists' use of collage and mixed media broke the boundary between "high" and "low" art and brought in popular culture. The Cubists deconstructed the everyday world–musical instruments, human figures, landscapes, still lifes–in a radical new way that still resonates. This exhibition is essential viewing for an understanding of the art of the last century.
Above: Composition (The Typographer), Fernand Léger, 1918-19
"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection" continues through February 16 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), NYC, (212) 535-7710, www.metmuseum.org