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Otto Dix

Neue Galerie New York

OTTO DIX IS A KEY FIGURE, but he has never been held in as high regard in America as his contemporaries, such as Max Beckmann and George Grosz. The German artist played no part in the fertilization of the New York art world by European refugees during World War II (Dix was in a French POW camp at the time), nor have we ever seen enough of his work here to understand his role in his own day. In 2006–2007, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York mounted its incredible “Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s,” which did much to contextualize Dix, suggesting he was a deeper and more complex artist than his mostly academic treatment here had indicated. Now we have “Otto Dix,” currently at the Neue Galerie and curated by Olaf Peters, which purports to be a survey of the artist’s oeuvre and which does offer a somewhat more thorough and differently skewed impression of Dix’s contribution

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