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Mary Stamas Gallery through January 21, 2018 This exhibition presents a selection of gestural, expressionist woodcuts and linocuts from the late 1970s and ’80s by four contemporary German artists: Georg Baselitz (born 1938), Anselm Kiefer (born 1945), Felix Droese (born 1950), and Matthias Mansen (born 1958).
Seen together with a companion exhibition of carefully controlled, photographically-based woodcuts by Christiane Baumgartner (born 1967), the exhibition provides the opportunity to compare two radically different approaches to the modern woodcut.
To demonstrate the far-reaching relevance of Escher’s creative vision, the MFA has also invited individuals from a variety of creative professions—including a chef, architect, musician, computer scientist and theater director, among others—to respond to the works on view. Nearly 30 years apart in age, Klimt and Schiele shared a mutual admiration for each other’s talent, although their work is decidedly different in appearance and effect.
Klimt’s drawings are often delicate, while Schiele’s are regularly bold.
celebrates the centennial of the MFA’s collection of Indian art with a display of some of the most extraordinary examples of Indian painting anywhere in the world.
Made in the Rajput kingdoms of North India between the 17th and 19th century, they represent a type of art that was totally unknown in the West when they entered the Museum’s collection a century ago.
A pioneering philosopher and historian of Indian art, Coomaraswamy was also a staunch nationalist, working to end British colonialism in India and elsewhere.
The visual riches Casanova would have encountered are evoked by masterpieces by Canaletto (1697–1768), François Boucher (1703–70), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), William Hogarth (1697–1764) and others.Among the works on view are Kiefer’s unique artist’s book (1982), in which he re-imagines an unused design for a Third Reich war memorial—a grandiose tomb of the unknown soldier—as a monument to honor artistic heroes.Baselitz, known for his upside-down images, is represented in the exhibition by five prints, including the oversized linocut (1977) and a woodcut from his series 45, published in 1989 to mark the 45th anniversary of the end of World War II.Lee Gallery and Mary Stamas Gallery February 3–May 28, 2018 The first-ever exhibition of original works by M. Escher (1898–1972) in Boston highlights his imagination and dazzling technical skill.Nearly 50 works on loan from public and private collections are organized according to Escher’s own classifications, ranging from “transformation prints” such as the monumental (1961). Torf Gallery February 25–May 28, 2018 Honoring the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918), the MFA presents a special exhibition of drawings by both artists, on loan from the Albertina in Vienna.