Wednesday, January 30, 2013

African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde

On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde, an  exhibition highlighting specific African artifacts acquired by the New York avant-garde and its most influential patrons during the 1910s and 1920s. Reflecting on the dynamism of New York's art scene during the years that followed the 1913 Armory Show, the exhibition brings together African works from the collections of many key individuals of the period, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Marius de Zayas, John Quinn, Louise and Walter Arensberg, Alain LeRoy Locke, and Eugene and Agnes Meyer.

Reliquary head  -  Betsi Fang, Gabon  -  19th century
Negro Song I, Francis Picabia, 1913

Portrait of Max Weber, Clara Sipprell, 1916

Female caryatid stool  -  Luba, D R Congo  -  Late 18th or early 19th century

Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, 1918-1919

Information and images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art