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One Museum Drive
The Bruce Museum at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut, features more than a dozen art and science exhibitions annually. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for s... more.
"Walls of Color" has been organized by Kenneth E. Silver, a professor of modern art at New York University and an adjunct curator at the Bruce, which is a short train ride from Manhattan and a very brief stroll from the town's Metro-North station.
The show has limited space, but Mr. Silver has counterintuitively placed in its midst a roughly half-scale re-creation of the 711 elevator bank, papered with a full-color digital image of the mosaic. It almost literally jostles visitors. But that doesn't stop the work from detonating in mind and eye. Mr. Silver has assembled about 30 studies on paper and canvas, along with architectural plans and photographs, and a handful of late paintings. On audio, Mr. Silver presents his thinking on the mosaics. First, His studies for the mosaics led him away from easel painting and spurred larger, more ambitious works. These elements, which exemplify his theory of spatial "push-pull," are seen here in two charming all-red paintings (Mr. Silver rightly connects them to Matisse's "Red Studio," painted in 1911).
Dr. Kenneth Silver, New York University professor, Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum, and author of The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris 1905-1945, will discuss the rich and complex history of Jewish artists in Paris during the first half of the 20th century.
The exhibition has been astutely curated by Kenneth E. Silver, professor of Modern art at New York University and adjunct curator of art at the Bruce, who has written an insightful essay in the accompanying 144-page catalog Paris Portraits.
contemporaries broke away from the influence of painters like Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning, according to Kenneth E. Silver, curator of the Bruce Museum's exhibit called Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close.
"His generation looked at abstract expressionism as out-of-date, a little corny, overly subjective, and his generation wanted to be able to take images from the real world and use them in their art," said Silver. Close "not only raises print making to a new level but aside from that, he increases the scale and makes them much larger objects," said Silver.
BY Kenneth E. Silver
With an introduction by renowned twentieth-century art scholar Kenneth E. Silver, this limited-edition volume, part of Assouline's Ultimate Collection, features a curated selection of his iconic pieces hand-glued to each page and displayed in exceptional fashion-for a lasting keepsake of Léger's extraordinary oeuvre. Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Modern Art at New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a contributing editor to Art in America magazine. He is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles, including Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War (1989) and Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera (2000). His exhibition Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany 1918-1936 (Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2010-2011) was named "Best Art Exhibition 2010" by New York magazine, and its catalog was picked as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2010" by the Times Literary Supplement.