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“The Rise of Sneaker Culture”
Like blue jeans, sneakers have become ubiquitous, must-have accessory around the globe. were a largely American phenomenon that conquered apparel and fashion. The Brooklyn Museum retraces the history of kicks, from their emergence in early 20th-century to the present.
“Folk Art and American Modernism”
Stylistic borrowings from outsider art have become something of a vogue among contemporary painters, but it is hardly a new phenomenon. Self-taught artists have long exerted a pull on Modern Art, especially in the United States, where folk traditions have played a large role in the nation’s cultural life. Their impact on early-20th-century American art is revealed here, in a presentation of folk art owned by artists such as Elie Nadelman, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Charles Sheeler, along with the works inspired by those objects.
Picasso trained as a painter, yet his forays into sculpture produced some of the most groundbreaking art of the 20th-century. Works like Guitar, with its open construction of planar forms, and Absinthe Glass, with its addition of a real example of the sieved spoon used to pour the wormwood concoction over a lump of sugar (the preferred method for drinking it), anticipated Constructivism and Duchamp’s Readymade. That fact that Picasso was essential self-taught as a sculptor liberated him think outside the box. This show surveys his career-long engagement with the medium he transformed.
Modern art from Latin American is still underappreciated in the United States. MoMA, however, was a pioneer in promoting modernists from the region, and this look back at the work of Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres-García (1874–1949) certainly fits in that tradition. One of South America’s most important figures, Torres-García developed a style indebted to Klee, Magritte, Míro and Mondrian. His paintings in particular distilled these disparate influences into overall compositions featuring geometric forms and flattened figurative outlines arranged in syncopated patterns. His subjects included cityscapes, which were sometimes reduced to surreal jumbles of glyphs, or empty compartmentalized niches. Surreal and timeless as tomb paintings, Torres-García's work certainly deserve admittance into the MoMA canon.
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