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"Modern Masters: Works from the 1910s to 1950s" 

Wednesday, Sep 21 2011

In the mid-20th century, the name Le Corbusier was everything in the world of architecture. To have a home or small building designed by the Swiss-born architect was to have a structure that was stylish and functional — an amalgamation of curves and more conventional angles that suited the imagination of both occupant and designer. Paralleling his buildings, Le Corbusier's artwork relied on basic shapes that inspired the senses. In this exhibit of Le Corbusier and his artistic contemporaries (Georges Valmier, Erwin Blumenfeld, et al.), less is more. More abstraction. More Cubist tendencies. More outlines that suggest a playful primitivism and a debt to Picasso. To view these paintings (and photos) is to imagine a world of simpler times, a period that some might refer to as "the good old days." Of course, that feeling is deceptive; Le Corbusier, who has the most work represented here, was a master at elevating ordinariness.

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