Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 © Pieter Hugo;
Hans William Bentinck, Earl of Portland, K.G., 1698-1699 © Hyacinthe Rigaud
Exhibition on view:
The Endless Renaissance
Friday, April 17–Sunday, August 16, 2009
The Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida
In Endless Renaissance, The Bass Museum of Art brings together a collection of historical and contemporary art to create a dialogue between the past and the present. It has been argued that when an artist integrates aspects of earlier work in their own, they change the way we look at the quoted artwork. For example, when you look at Michelangelo’s Mona Lisa, it is hard not to see Marcel Duchamp’s subversion of the painting with a mustache and goatee.
In Endless Renaissance, works by 17th, 18th, and 19th century masters such as Delacroix, Goya, and Rigaud are juxtaposed with the work of contemporary artists such as Gregory Crewdson, Pieter Hugo, and Sol Lewitt, all featured in recent issues of Aperture magazine. The idea is to highlight that all art, regardless of when it was created, is contemporary and reflects subjects which affected the artist at that specific point of time.