27 December 2009

Paul Gauguin: Paris 1889

We're heading out of town for a few days to see an exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Art showcasing the work of Paul Gauguin. This is the museum's pitch for the show:

This landmark exhibition gathers about 75 paintings, works on paper, woodcarvings, and ceramics by Paul Gauguin and his contemporaries to explore how the artist created his signature style during the year 1889. Co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 re-creates on a smaller scale the radical independent exhibition that Gauguin organized with his artistic disciples on the grounds of the 1889 Exposition Universelle—a display of about 100 paintings now recognized as the first Symbolist exhibition in Paris.

We'll give you all a review when we return.


steph said...

We saw Van Gogh/Gauguin in 2002, and that was really my first exposure to Gauguin. I see we'll have this show here in Amsterdam in the spring, so I'll be interested if you find it worthwhile.

Kelly said...

Hey Steph,

The show was pretty cool. I'll post about it when I get the time. However, what was probably the most interesting part of the show was learning why the original happened. I never realized Gauguin was so damn business savvy.