‘Unfinished’ Art at The Met Breuer Museum

"The Breuer Building" by ali sinan köksal licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Breuer Building” by ali sinan köksal licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: NPR

A unique art exhibit at The Met Breuer Museum in Manhattan looks at a collection of ‘unfinished’ art pieces created over 600 years.

The exhibit called “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” offers a look into the creative process of an art piece, while pinpointing the many hindrances that prevented the completion of the artwork. Death of the artist, depleted commission, emotional burdens, in-access to sources, satisfaction or dissatisfaction are among the reasons for unfinished works.

Andrea Bayer, curator of ‘Unfinished’, notes that a finished piece is usually indicated by a signature, which implies the artist is satisfied that the work depicts his intentions for the piece.

Many of the seemingly unfinished art pieces (subjective to the observer) are intended to evoke a sense that something is missing still. The sense of completion perhaps is too ‘tidy’ for the artists’ objectives, and in these cases the interruption of the art reflects the depth of the art, as in many pieces that were unfinished after WWII to stray from the traditionally ‘perfect, completed canvases.’

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