Art Buzz January 14, 2012: New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Opening



Art review: New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan

Source: NJ The Record, 1-14-12


Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 'Washington Crossing the Delaware,' 1851, oil on canvas, restored and reframed.

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware,’ 1851, oil on canvas, restored and reframed.


Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street; 212-535-7710 or

Permanent installation. Schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Recommended admission: $25, seniors $17, students $12.

You’re going to see a lot of George Washington in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new galleries for painting and sculpture. And that’s as it should be, given that this third and final phase of a $100 million-plus renovation – opening Monday – aims to tell the story not only of American art, but of the country itself.

Trying to capture the sweep of American history through paintings is an ambitious undertaking, but the Met, as always, is up to the task. The museum might have been a little slow to recognize the accomplishments of its native-born painters – it took till 1980 for it to open its first large galleries dedicated to American art. Now the American Wing attracts more than a million visitors a year.

All collections have their gaps, but it’s hard to find a hole in this display, which takes you from Colonial portraits through Hudson River School landscapes through American impressionism and the canvases of individual geniuses such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins and George Bellows….READ MORE

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