Thursday, February 25, 2016

Masterpieces From The Guggenheim Bilbao Collection

Contemporary Art

Yves Klein: Large Blue Anthropometry (ANT 105) (La grande Anthropométrie bleue [ANT 105]), ca. 1960. Dry pigment and synthetic resin on paper mounted on canvas, 280 x 428 cm. 
Image Credit: ©2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Source: Guggenheim Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, is one of the wonders of modern architecture, one of Frank Gehry’s most famous designs, and perhaps his crowning achievement in his long and illustrious career. It sits along the Nervión River in downtown Bilbao. Inside are housed some of the best works of modern and contemporary art, including this Yves Klein painting in which the painter used, Nancy Spector writes for the Guggenheim in New York, “nude female models drenched in paint as brushes.” 

The reason? Klein found brushes “too psychological.” I am not sure what this means, but I do find the work striking for its lack of any other colour except blue. There is also a sense of upward movement. As a note of interest, Wikipedia says that anthropometry (from Greek ἄνθρωπος anthropos, “human”, and μέτρον metron, “measure”refers to the measure of the human individual.

The Guggenheim in Bilboa writes on its site about this collection: “Featuring works including Mark Rothko’s luminous Untitled, Yves Klein’s Large Blue Anthropometry (ANT 105) (1962), Robert Rauschenberg’s large silkscreened painting Barge (1962–63), and Cy Twombly’s Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), this exhibition presents highlights from the collection of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. German artists Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter and Americans Jean-Michel Basquiat and Clyfford Still are also represented, and sculpture by Basque artists Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza is set in an international context.” 

Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Bilbao Collection will run until April 3, 2016. 

For more, go to [Guggenheim Bilbao]

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