Unfinished, at the Met Breuer

By April 24, 2016Exhibitions
"Portrait of Mariana de Silva" 1775

The “Unfinished” exhibition at the Met Breuer is truly a magnificent collection of paintings.

I say that with some care as it’s debatable whether or not the exhibition is great on its own or as a group of orphaned works spanning eras and demographics held together only by the academic conceit that these works are extraordinary despite never having been completed.  Which is a somewhat clinical and post-modern conceit.  In anyone else’s hands other than the Met this show would could easily despair but instead… hurry yourself to their new Breuer building for a sumptuous collection of works that you likely will never see again.

Showing the process and progress in works by the greatest talents of the Western canon only serve to foment the mystery.  “Unfinished” is breathtaking.

E. Tage Larsen

E. Tage Larsen is an artist, designer and dog robber. You may encounter him as an art gallery director, branding designer or illustrator. His work has received awards from "Society of Illustrators", "American Illustration", 'Print' magazine annual as well as the LogoLounge and LogoLounge 'Master Series' annuals. Essays on design and fine art have appeared in numerous magazines and web sites.

Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.

Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.

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