Sunday, December 7, 2008

"Alfred Kubin, Drawings 1897-1909," Neue Galerie through January 29th, 2009

The day before yesterday I went to see a most wonderful show at the Neue Galerie in New York City. Entitled "Alfred Kubin: Drawings, 1897-1909," the exhibition features over 100 small-scale artworks by Austrian visionary artist Alfred Kubin.

Kubin's work is tormented in the extreme, and the exhibition takes pains to elucidate links between his strange personal biography and the dark symbols in his work. Each image--many of them evoking the work of James Ensor (1860-1949), Odilon Redon (1840-1916) and Félicien Rops (1833-1889)--is its own miniature, nuanced, self-contained, nightmarish world. Utterly compelling and inspiring, I will be revisiting the exhibition many times before it ends; I urge you to check it out.

You can visit the exhibition website here, read a review of it here, and buy the catalog here.

Thanks, Paul (in whose artwork I see a hint of herr Kubin!) for bringing this show to my attention!

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