The Met Breuer Traces the Unfinished to the Deliberately Incomplete in Western Art

— standard art history ” In a way, the story here is about how art — again, almost exclusively Western — evolved from building an image to breaking it apart. It illustrates this historical point with mostly under-the-radar works by established artists. In Met style, it’s a well-researched show with extraordinary holdings, but it feels “at the core” of the museum we already know. It would have been more impressive if Unfinished, like the most surprising works on view, had drawn out its theme with fewer and bolder traces.”

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— could instead be a re-considering duchmap moment as the incorporation of a sort of functionality present in other cultural art histories, in which the art work was already both exceptional and transcendent and mundane, prosaic, and functional?

— lygia clark e.g.