New York

“From Brancusi to Bourgeois, aspects of the Guggenheim Collection”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

Pairing Constantin Brancusi with Robert Ryman, Wassily Kandinsky with Carl Andre, and Jospeh Beuys with Louise Bourgeois, the inaugural exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Soho reveals an institution caught between an outdated (but not yet dead) Modernist order and an emergent, more open-ended reconfiguration of its collection. WAC’s (Women’s Action Coalition) vociferous protest over Director Thomas Krens’ original plan to mount an exhibition that would include only male artists polarized critical response. While WAC has positioned itself as the new and improved conscience of the artworld, calling for a more open, flexible, and fluid approach to art, Krens has come to be seen as a savvy and ambitious speculator whose expanded and refurbished museum will do nothing more than provide a facelift for business-as-usual: the perpetuation of a lineage of masterpieces that excludes women and

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