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Messerschmidt’s Portraits at the Neue

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“ ‘Anything great in this world has come from neurotics,’ Marcel Proust wrote.

. . .

To the annals of aesthetic pathology we can also add the slightly milder case of the 18th-century German sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, who is the subject of a small but potent retrospective at the Neue Galerie. As was not necessarily true of the artists mentioned above, his mental disturbance manifested itself in his art, specifically in a series of bizarrely conceived busts known as character heads.

Among the more outlandish artifacts of the Age of Reason, 19 of these sculptures have been brought together for the show “Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism,” which has been organized in collaboration with the Louvre and travels to Paris from New York.”

Source: NYTimes

A great afternoon spent with my mom at the Neue staring at character heads.


Written by doorr

February 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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