This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.
Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France.
It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.
The first two pictures here show the remarkable final wall of Benson’s show. The wall drives home a key point: The outbreak of World War I ended a remarkable 20-year period of cross-border innovation in European visual art. As you can see, it notes that several of the artists whose work is just a few feet away were killed in the war, and others would suffer severe trauma. The third picture shows roughly the view a visitor has looking from this wall back into the exhibition. Click on any of the images to expand.