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EXPECTATIONS V. REALITIES

November 18, 2015

Tags: James and Lucy Lo, Luther W. Brady, Ann Freedman

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), Red Serpent - Version I, 1949. Oil on canvas, 42 x 60 inches, Promised Gift to The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Courtesy Freedmanart.
Every exhibition arouses expectations. Depending on those expectations, gallery-goers may – or may not – decide to go see it. This post is about two exhibitions which have aroused – and may very likely still arouse—different expectations. Yet in neither case did (or do) the expectations correspond to the realities of the shows themselves. (more…)