Accolades for Professor Kenneth Silver’s “Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936″

9 May

Professor Kenneth Silver’s major exhibition, “Chaos and Classicism:  Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936,” currently on view at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, will close on May 15th. The show has garnered accolades since it opened on October 1st, 2010 at the Guggenheim Museum New York, where it ran until January 9th, 2011.

“Chaos and Classicism” was picked as the #1 museum exhibition of 2010 by New York Magazine’s Jerry Salz.  As Salz put it, “It’s not often that a show pulls back the curtain on conventional wisdom or revises art history outright. But guest curator Kenneth Silver has done that with panache.” For more, see Salz’s Top Ten list, “The Year in Art,” at http://nymag.com/arts/cultureawards/2010/69899/.

In addition, University of Cambridge classicist Mary Beard selected the catalogue for “Chaos and Classicism” as one of the notable books of the year 2010 in The Times Literary Supplement.  As Beard wrote, the catalogue “brilliantly disposes of the common misconception that Modernism turned its back on Greece and Rome.”  For more, see http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article7169599.ece.

The Washington Square News recently published a piece on the exhibition; see the article by Atticus Brigham at http://nyunews.com/life/2011/05/02/02exhibit/.

Kathryn A. Smith

 

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