Art of Another Kind at the Goog is sponsored by BMW, which is my segue. The exhibit, which runs until September 12 is a retrospective of non-objective paintings and sculpture. There are about 100 works by 70 artists inclduing Karel Appel, Louise Bourgeois, Lucio Fontana, Grace Hartigan, Ybes Klein, Willem DeKooning, Isamu Noguchi, Jackson Pollock, Takeo Yamaguchi among others. The exhibit explores international trends in abstraction in the decade before the Guggenheim opened in October 1959. It was a time when vanguard artists working in the U.S and Europe pioneered abstract expressionism, Cobra and Art Informel. It was an exciting and open time in the art world. Ii thought the exhibit brought these artists back into focus and I was happy to visit old friends and meet some new ones. Something well worth doing on a hot weekend in the city. There's a cafe at the Goog and at the church next door where I overheard a guy having a piece of quiche (and he was a real man) say, "Not for nothin' this quiche is pretty good. For a church?"
One of the things that struck me was how many of the represented artists hailed from small towns and hamlets. Jackson Pollock--Cody, WY, Clifford Still--Grandin, ND, Ad Reinhardt--Buffalo, NY (OK not a small town), Mark Rothko, Dvinsk, Russia (I haven't a clue.)
Hope you'll take the time to see this wonderful exhibit.