Oh, joy. Cézanne and American Modernism opens today for a three-month run at one of Phoenixs largest museums. It will feature (yawn) a Frenchies paintings that are all pretty and abstract in a style thats pre-Picasso and post-Monet.
Wait a minute. Actually, now that weve looked at the work, this show is different and not another display of lovely yet predictable works in French Impressionism-ish. The exhibition, which debuted at New Jerseys Montclair Art Museum in 2009, examines the French masters unique Post-Impressionist style and how his mad art chops influenced the creative painting and photography movements going on in the States during the early 20th century. Phoenix Art Museum achieves this by presenting more than 80 of Cézannes works next to art pieces by American heavy-hitters like Man Ray, Arshile Gorky, and Alfred Stieglitz.