I’m going to Boston for a couple of art-related reasons: To catch the exhibition of mid-career oil paintings by noted 20th century American modernist George McNeil at ACME Fine Arts & Design; and to visit the Museum of Fine Arts’ new Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Norman Foster.
Wave Painting, 1968
Never a celebrity, George McNeil (1908-1995) was well known by those at the center of the avant-garde art world, and he remains a key figure in the history of 20th century art in America. He was among the first to move successfully beyond Abstract Expressionism to become a founder of the Figurative Expressionist movement. This transition is the focus of the ACME Fine Art exhibition. Helen McNeil, the artist’s daughter, will give a gallery talk on his life and work on February 26.
The new Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts opened a few months ago to a lot of praise. Designed by the British architects Norman Foster & Partners, it comprises 53 galleries on four floors holding some 5,000 objects, and as the New York Times said, “It’s a wow. Almost double-wow. Really good.” I can’t wait to experience it for myself.