I’ve been looking forward to the opening of Met Breuer since the new Whitney opened. I should probably say at this point that I used to be an architect, and really, once an architect, always an architect so I was interested in seeing how the building evolved. I have never loved the Breuer building but I admire its bold statement. It is a brutal building and stands its ground. The Met has refreshed the building but not changed it in any fundamental way. The galleries somehow feel more spacious though, and the exhibits are well presented.
The most interesting aspect of this exhibition to me was the ability to see into the artist’s process in the sketching and marking on the canvas. This was particularly true for the older works that were unfinished by accident. You could follow the development of any idea in the sketching on the canvas.
Also on exhibit at the Met Breuer is the first US retrospective of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi’s work. I loved this exhibit for several reasons: presenting a woman artist in a solo exhibit in the Breuer’s inaugural exhibitions is a big deal, and second, I love her drawing. Her works in pencil and ink on paper were architectural, poetic, and astonishingly deep and beautiful. I was drawn into her work. For me it was unexpected to find a female Indian artist working in a long investigation abstraction. I will go back and spend more time with her drawings.
I encourage you to go one morning to the Met Breuer. Whether you like the shows or not, like the building or not, there are challenges and ideas worth thinking about.
Curated by Kathleen Reckling, the gallery curator at ArtsWestchester, there are 11 women artists represented: Nancy Davidson, Rebecca Mushtare, Marcy Freedman, Barbara Segal, Nicole Awai, Debbie Han, Mari Ogihara, Valerie Piraino, Kathy Ruttenberg, Laurel Garcia Colvin, and Tricia Wright.
These are just a couple of the interesting exhibits close by. You might also consider The Cooper Hewitt with a Pixar exhibit, and their Design Triennial, Storm King reopens April 6, or Dia Beacon’s exhibit of Robert Irwin to suggest a few.