The new MOMA

I’ve visited the new and expanded Museum of Modern Art twice in the last week.  I am  bowled over.  In essence New York City has created a new modern art museum by doubling the size of the old.  If nothing else, the new museum gives adequate space and attention to prints and drawings.  The paintings have more space, there are more of them out, and each room is beautifully hung.

Some winners: Jackson Pollock, William Kentridge, Donald Judd, Sigmar Polke, Chris Ofili, Jasper Johns, and Monet’s Water Lilies.

Some losers:  David Salle, Eric Fischl, Julian Schnabel, and John Currin, all nowhere to be found.

Whether you agree with the vision or not, this building has just rewritten the history of modern and contemporary art.


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