Artistic Links Between Past, Present and Future
The National Academy Museum presents Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time, which explores the ways in which artists have referenced classical themes such as history, mythology, allegory and idealism over the course of 200 years.
Beyond the Classical is conceived as an investigation of past and present. Whether rejecting or responding to the Classical, artists are conditioned and influenced by its framework. From this point of view, classicism is present in virtually every age, culture and civilization.
A Range of Artists
The exhibition, which runs from October 2, 2014 – January 11, 2015, features 19th- and 20th-century works from the Academy’s permanent collection. The exhibition is curated by Maurizio Pellegrin, Filippo Fossati and Diana Thompson.
It includes works by Edwin Blashfield, Asher B. Durand, George Lober and Maxfield Parrish, alongside works on loan by major modern and contemporary artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly, Susana Solano and Mickalene Thomas, to reveal a variety of classical and “anti-classical” perspectives.
Classicism is Present in Every Age
“Beyond the Classical demonstrates how classicism has been understood and expressed by artists for centuries, and the ways in which their response to classicism and classical subjects still resonates in the cultural dialogue,” says Maurizio Pellegrin, the National Academy’s Creative Director and the show’s co-curator. ”
Pellegrin adds, “A show such as this one, which creates a dialogue around the undeniable links between past, present and future, honors the spirit of the National Academy with its historic connection to the Hudson River School and its current embrace of a range of contemporary artistic practices.”
About The National Academy
Founded in 1825, the National Academy is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school and association of artists and architects dedicated to creating and preserving a living history of American art and architecture.
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