Friday, February 10, 2012

Is Art History Better Unsaid Than Red?


A new tour at the Museum of Modern Art in New York has many seeing red over “seeing” Reds in the collection. As reported in Art News, Artist Yevgeniy Fiks “performative tour” titled simply enough “Communist Tour of MoMA” begins with the current exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art before spilling messily into the political leanings of other artists throughout the collection. Although the Soviet Union disappeared from maps and globes and Communism is presumed dead, Fiks’ digging up of old political skeletons (some buried more shallowly than others) raises the question of whether any value can come from such politicized art history. Is art history better unsaid than Red? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is Art History Better Unsaid Than Red?"

[Image: Diego Rivera. Indian Warrior. 1931. Fresco on reinforced cement in a metal framework, 41 x 52 ½” (104.14 x 133.35 cm). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Purchased with the Winthrop Hillyer Fund SC 1934:8-1. © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]

[Many thanks to the Museum of Modern Art, New York for providing me with the image above from the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art, which runs through May 14, 2012.]

5 comments:

Hels said...

Russia provided some of the greatest art, architecture, music, literature, ballet and every other cultural medium in our history. How could you not want to see it all?

Hayden Ritchie said...

nice blog i like it.I also have same art pictures on

Marie said...

Wow, this is an amazing picture; where is it exhibited? Would love to see it in real.

Andrei said...

agree with Hels.and God ! they are the best dancers in the world! unfortunately the "red regime" almost kill their art and left a big black hole in russian painting.

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