Tuesday, January 2, 2007
By: Susan Budig
The Walker Art Center currently has on exhibit a collection of work including pieces by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The central theme of each piece explores the expression of the human body in relationship to the fluid social, political, and physical environment in which it exists.
Drawn from the time period of the second half of the 20th century, Body Politics: Figurative Prints and Drawings from Schiele to de Kooning, portrays several thematic angles. The exhibition’s second section, which keynotes the broad cultural fascination with the customs, objects, and religions of African and Oceanic tribal cultures challenges the viewer take a second look at their biases.
The artifacts of these "primitive" cultures, which were once considered exotic fifty years ago, are expressed through artist’s perspective such as German expressionist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Pechstein, Max Beckmann, and Emil Nolde.
The Walker Art Center is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue–where Hennepin meets Lyndale–one block off highways I-94 and I-394, in Minneapolis. For information, call 612-375-7600.