Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

Rembrandt: The Great Jewish Bride, 1635

In the New York Review, Ingrid Rowland writes of the Met Breuer’s “Unfinished,” “Under the rubric ‘Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,’ this monumental show gathers together works from the fifteenth century to the present, reserving the upper floor (the one with the big picture window that looms on the building’s façade like the eye of a robotic Cyclops) for the more recent objects. Some of these pieces are indeed unfinished, but just as many are not. Some are sketches. Some are reworked. Some, like Titian’s Flaying of Marsyas and Rodin’s Hand of God, are completed works that display rough or unusual techniques. The idea of incompletion is more a convenient catch-all for bringing together a wide variety of objects than a coherent guiding principle.”

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