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After seeing this show at the Whitney, we had a second chance to see it in San Francisco. It looked more impressive - and viewers had a better chance to contemplate the work - in Whitney's majestic space, not to mention that six pieces didn't make it. Nevertheless, it was still wonderful to take a journey through Stella's career. The earlier work from the 1960s (the Black paintings and their family) has an unparalleled clarity verging on spirituality, and remains a favorite. Later work is a playful balancing of forms, colors, and masses.
@ de Young Museum, San Francisco, through February 26
frank stella retrospective
An extraordinary collection of items from Pergamos (Pergamon) that shows the unbelievably high level that Greek civilization achieved. You can see not only how it is the foundation of Western art and culture, but how relevant and appealing it is to our contemporary eyes. Don’t miss the oldest surviving fragment of the Odyssey, the intricate gold jewelry, the mosaic with street musicians, the bronze head from Kalymnos, and the fragment of a colossal head of a young man, just to name a few. It is a pity that more hasn’t survived the centuries.
@ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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