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MET Breuer Presents Unfinished Exhibit

by Emily Abramovici Photographed by Oil on Canvas, 60 x 40 inches [NEEL-1323]
Thursday, June 9, 2016
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The new Met Breuer on Madison Avenue is a must see in NYC this summer. An extension of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Breuer is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The latest exhibit, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, examines the question of when a work of art is truly completed.

Spanning both the third and fourth floors of the museum, the exhibit combines work from the MET’s collection as well as more contemporary artists. These borrowed pieces by Rembrandt Harmenszoon, Paul Cézanne, Leonardo da Vinci and Titian Vecelli demonstrate the captivating idea of 15th century artists leaving famous pieces unfinished.

The exhibition provides perception into the artist’s creative process as to whether a work was left unintentionally unfinished, or intentionally unfinished, non-finito. In many cases, when artists leave canvases deliberately incomplete, it embraces the idea of the unresolved, giving the viewers freedom to explore their own ideas.

As the exhibit reaches the fourth floor, more contemporary artists like Jackson Pollack, Robert Rauschenberg and Janine Antoni are displayed. These modern artists frequently leave pieces incomplete in order to extend boundaries and encourage viewers to complete the objects they have initiated.

The exhibit is organized chronologically by specific time periods such as The Renaissance, Baroque and Modern periods, but separated by specific case studies of unfinished-ness.

The exhibit is free with museum admission, although reservations are recommended, as spaces are limited inside. Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible will take place until September 4.

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible is made possible by Leonard A. Lauder and The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

Met Breuer 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY Phone: 212-731-1675

All photos courtesy MET Breuer


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