The Long Run ~ Celebrating Long + Prolific Careers @ MoMA

 

 

Installation view of The Long Run. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Artists who have created meaningful work, decade after decade, are celebrated in a year-long exhibit, The Long Run, at The Museum of Modern Art.  The exhibits 15 galleries include 130 works of art created since 1970, by artists who were no older than age 45 at the time each of these pieces were created.

 

Installation view of The Long Run. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Drawn from MoMA’s collection, The Long Run celebrates the long careers of older artists that include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Helen Levitt, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, and many others.

Installation view of The Long Run. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 11, 2017–November 4, 2018. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck

Far from making their name based on one piece, “a bolt of lighting that strikes once,” these renowned artists have continued to create engaging work, challenging personal boundaries, and evolving, ” suggesting that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio.”

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). From a Day with Juan II. 1977. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36″ (122 x 96 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Georgia O’Keeffe Bequest. Copyright © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The image above, Georgia O’Keeffe, “A Day with Juan,” was created in 1977 when O’Keeffe was 90 years of age.  She is the oldest artist represented in this exhibit.

Roy Lichtenstein (American, born Canada. 1913–1980). Interior with Mobile. 1992. Oil and magna on canvas, 10′ 10″ x 14′ 3″ (330.2 x 434.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Enid A. Haupt Fund; gift of Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Michael and Judy Ovitz in honor of Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein; and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931). Untitled. 1980-98. Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, grommets, and wire, 7 x 8 x 6′ (213.4 x 243.8 x 182.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Gift of Philip Johnson (by exchange) and the Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund. Copyright © 2017 Lee Bontecou.

The Long Runorganized by Paulina Pooch, Associate Curator, and Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. will be on view to November 4, 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Fourth Floor, The David Geffen Galleries

While you’re there, check out the exhibition, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983

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