I inadvertently, and stupidly, omitted an exhibition from my 2012 top ten list last week. The list now includes:
“Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-62″ at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Curator Paul Schimmel’s magnificent exploration of how artists around the world responded to the unprecedented killing and destruction of World War II doesn’t just conclusively demonstrate that abstract expressionism wasn’t the only — or even dominant — post-war path for artists, it puts the new American art in a broader, global context. The last room of the exhibition, which includes the work of Americans Lee Bontecou (at right) and Salvatore Scarpitta seems to open up whole new directions American art would follow during the years of war in Korea and Vietnam.