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  • Paul Klee, Wald-Hexen (Forest Witches), 1938, oil on paper on burlap, 39 × 29 1/8".

    “10 AMERICAN ARTISTS: AFTER PAUL KLEE” and “PAUL KLEE: THE ABSTRACT DIMENSION”

    Fondation Beyeler
    Baselstrasse 101
    September 15 - January 7

    Curated by Fabienne Eggelhöfer

    FONDATION BEYELER BASEL, SWITZERLAND
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND
    October 1–January 21, 2018
    Curated by Anna Szech

    Two exhibitions in Switzerland will focus on favorite son and noncitizen Paul Klee. Eggelhöfer picks ten American painters (including Jackson Pollock and Norman Lewis) who borrowed from the endlessly inventive European when “almost everybody, whether conscious of it or not, was learning from Klee,” as Clement Greenberg wrote. Eggelhöfer’s exhibition will emphasize how Klee’s prizing of process served as a resource for others—often for making paintings that resembled his very little. Among other things, many of these artists wanted to learn how to deal with abstraction as a porous way of working, one not at all opposed to representation. The Beyeler’s show will stress this aspect of Klee’s sprawling oeuvre, from mock–De Stijl grids to invented hieroglyphs. “10 American Artists” travels to the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Feb. 3–May 6, 2018.