The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curator of European paintings Andrea Bayer explores the concept of unfinished art at the Friend’s October 10 lecture.
When is a work of art unfinished? How do we know?
These are just two of the intriguing questions to be considered in this upcoming lecture by Andrea Bayer, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” The longtime curator in European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its newly appointed Director for Collections and Administration. Ms. Bayer’s lecture will examine the concept of unfinished in a broad sense, from works that were interrupted, remaining unfinished accidentally, to works that were deliberately left incomplete. Some of history’s greatest artists explored this aesthetic of “intentionally unfinished” (also known as non finito), including Titian, Turner and Cezanne.
From the Renaissance and Baroque periods, through the 19th century and into the 20th, Ms. Bayer will show us the artists’ minds and hands at work. From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg, we will explore together the resolved and unresolved in Western masterworks throughout time.
Appointed the Metropolitan of Art’s Director for Collections and Administration in October, 2018, Andrea Bayer was previously the Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 1990, and has been on the staff of The Met since that time.
An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she has worked on a range of exhibitions, both thematic investigations such as Painters of Reality; the Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy (2004) and Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008-09), and monographic shows on artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina. Her most recent exhibitions include Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at the Met Breuer. She is currently co-chairman of the Director’s Exhibition Committee.
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