Be There Or Be Square Egon Schiele

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Egon Schiele: Portraits. October 9, 2014 through April 20, 2015. Oh what joy! One of my favorite artist of all time (right up there on the pedestal with Rembrandt and Van Gogh, with the same expressive, powerful technical draftmanship of the Old Masters), is at one of my favorite galleries- The Neue Galere, The New York Museum for German and Austrian Art- at 1048 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York, 10028 Tel# 1-212-628-6200. Fax# 1-212-628-8824.

The current exhibition is very special and devoted to the masterful Austrian artist Egon Schiele. This exhibition focuses exclusively on Egon Schiele's portraiture. Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is considered to be one of the twentieth centuries most important artist. Egon Schiele's controversial subject matter and expressive style played an important role in the advancement of Modernism in Europe. His unusual use of color and physically raw and often overtly sexually provocative depictions of his sitters give pause and are to be celebrated. 

"Egon Schiele: Portraits" is organized by Shiele scholar Dr. Alessandra Comini and is shown on the third floor galleries of the musuem. The exhibition includes approximately 125 paintings, drawings and sculptures. Designer Fedorico deVera is responsible for the exhibition installation, which borrows from design principles popular in Austria during the early 20th century. The Neue Galere is the sole venue for this exhibition.

When Egon Schiele, at the tender age of 28 died of the Spanish Flu, he was already regarded by many as the most important Austrian artist of his time. Increasingly forgotten during the decades after his untimely death, he was eventually posthumously labeled a "degenerate artist" by the National Socialists.

Egon Schiele's letters and poems are lyrical and have a mythic, epic feeling- colorful, vibrant, full of atmospheric language and strange combinations of words. Even the creation of new  words. As a lyricist, the scale of his contradictory feelings culminated in his paradoxical and final observation:  "Everything is living dead."

Information for this post found at the Leopold Musuem and the Neue Galere. Please make the time to see this most important exhibit.

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Kacy Coyle Dow

Growing up in Rockland County and being a 3rd generation realtor, it was important for me to continue the "Coyle & Coyle" family tradition of real estate. I understand the importance of professionali....

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