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


Art Buzz January 12, 2012: American historical art treasures shine again at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated American Wing



US historical art treasures shine again at New York museum

Source: AFP, 1-12-12

A woman looks at a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing Galleries (AFP, Timothy A. Clary)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York unveiled new galleries Thursday dedicated to the history of American painting, sculpture and design, some of which museum officials said displayed the country’s “crown jewels.”

The new galleries are part of a $100 million renovation of the museum.

“Today we celebrate 10 years since the beginning of the project to reimagine, reinvent and rebuild the American Wing,” said Morrison Heckscher, chairman on the “American Wing,” during a presentation to the news media. “This is a big moment for the Met and for the American Wing.”

Renovation of the galleries for American art from the 18th century to early 20th century began after Heckscher and his team concluded the previous galleries “were not doing justice to the collection display.”

The 26 classically-styled renovated rooms occupy about 2,800 square meters, representing a “total reconfiguration of the space” and creating “modern galleries with a very historic feel,” Heckscher said….READ MORE