Published: November 6, 2012
“Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913′013” at the High Museum of Art explores the development of Modern and contemporary art by selecting key years in art history that represent watershed moments in the Twentieth Century. Approximately 100 works of art created during the years 1913, 1929, 1950, 1961 and 1988, as well as the art of today, examine the years prior to the start of World War I and the Great Depression, the lead-up to postwar American prosperity and the years preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis and the fall of the Berlin Wall and how artists responded to and were influenced by events on the world stage.
The exhibition, on view through January 20, also presents the works of contemporary artists Aaron Curry, Katharina Grosse and Sarah Sze, whose work extends themes first explored in the Twentieth Century and updates them for the Twenty-First Century. The exhibition is co-organized by the High Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City as part of the two museums’ ongoing collaboration.
The exhibition includes iconic works from each represented year, including 1913: Umberto Boccioni’s Futurist sculpture “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”; 1929: Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist painting “Illumined Pleasures”; 1950: Willem de Kooning’s landmark of Abstract Expressionism, “Woman, I”; 1961: Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop art masterpiece “Girl With Ball”; and 1988: Jeff Koons’s famed porcelain sculpture “Pink Panther.”
Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland family curator of Modern and contemporary art, has chosen Curry, Grosse and Sze to highlight the art of 2013. Sze, who will represent the United States in the 2013 Venice Biennale, created a site-specific installation for the High. Curry debuted three new works †monumental, polychromed steel sculptures titled “Boo,” “Thing” and “Deadhead” †that are installed on the museum’s lawn. Rounding out the selection, a large three-dimensional painting by Grosse is on display on the skyway level of the Wieland Pavilion.
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