Thursday, November 8, 2018


Harlem Bespoke:  We finally made it over to the groundbreaking exhibit called Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse at The Wallach gallery in Manhattanville and this show is definitely the most important art event of the year.  Multiple museums internationally have lent out extraordinary fine art pieces that would eventually create a forward Western view of how black women are portrayed in the art world.  Desire, servitude and beauty are a complex mix in this intriguing history which is thoroughly explored with much subtext that makes the presentation also highly educational.

Matisse loved visiting Harlem during the Renaissance years but his works have never been on display in the neighborhood until now.  The same can be said for a famous painting such as Baudelaire's Mistres, Reclining which we have posted a bit of history on in the past and seeing everything mounted in the ornate frames is heightened experience that one can not get from two dimensional image.  With that said, the house was packed today when doors open at noon so the word is out.

As far as the presentation goes, The Wallach's somewhat industrial space has now fully transformed into various chambers that would fit right in at The Met and we actually had to make two rounds today to properly process the immense presentation.  Photos shown above are only a fraction of the work on display and we highly recommend everyone to check out this free masterful exhibit that will be open to public from Wednesday to Sunday every week for a limited time.  More details on in our past post: LINK 2018

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