Monday, July 14, 2008

J.M.W. Turner Grandeur Fatigue

1st\NW Quadrant: The Approval Matrix

Against all expectations, the first J.M.W. Turner survey to reach New York in 40 years has landed with a thud.

In its presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ``J.M.W. Turner'' is astonishing for all the wrong reasons.

Incredibly, this most dependable of cultural institutions seems to have miscalculated the deadening impact of laying out 140 similar paintings and drawings with little variation or context. -- Review by Linda Yablonsky\BBC News

Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Although Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, he is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. -- Wikipedia

J.M.W. Turner will be at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 21, 2008.

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