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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Behold! America & The Human Beast: German Expressionism at the San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art front view


Museum Review
Behold! America: Art of the United States From Three San Diego Museum
11/10/12 to 2/10/13


The Human Beast: German Expressionism
ended: 11/11/12

at the San Diego Museum of Art

   Behold! America: Art of the United States From Three San Diego Museums opened this weekend at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.  As the subtitle explains, Behold! America features paintings, photography, sculpture, installation art and film from the collections of three different San Diego Museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Timken Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Art.  Behold! America is being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla (not downtown), the Timken and of course, the San Diego Museum of Art.

   I thought I might see the exhibition at the Timken as well as the exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, but the 12 USD entry fee at the San Diego Museum of Art lessened my enthusiasm for the prospect of two museums in one day.

This is a Kiki Smith piece- not the one they had the exhibit- but that's like a tale of poop extending out of the anus of the headless figure.  TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA.

    The part of the exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art was divided up into thematic groups- "objects" "people" etc.  Within each thematic group you got Art from different time periods- all American artists.   For me, all the hits were contributed from the Museum of Contemporary Art and left me wondering how I had never seen, for example, their Sol Lewitt cage or the excellent Kiki Smith piece that I saw over the weekend.

Sol Lewitt cube of the sort they had at the Behold! America


     They also had a nice Cindy Sherman photograph and a large Ellsworth Kelly.  Nothing a well travelled museum goer hasn't seen before, but worth seeing.  Behold! America is worth checking out, particularly if you haven't been to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or the New York Museum of Modern Art.  I thought the contributions from the San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken were less interesting, but I thought it was a good idea to collapse the time periodization that is endemic to museum culture.
The Ellsworth Kelly museum experience.

    As a bonus treat I caught the very last day of the The Human Beast: German Expressionism- which was excellent.  Totally bummed I didn't go earlier and get the word out before it closed.
Egon Schiele NAUGHTY




 The Human beast had a lot of great stuff going on- naughty sketches by Egon Schiele, some great drawings by George Grosz and some decent Blue Reiter period paintings- just a very solid exhibit on German Expressionism and I had no idea. NO IDEA.



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