Van Gogh in a new light
As unfortunate as it is, Vincent Van Gogh's work now occupies a place right in the center of middlebrow aesthetics-- you wouldn't think twice of seeing "Starry Night' on a mousepad, would you? Well, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with help from the National Gallery of Canada) is trying to look at Van Gogh in a new light with Van Gogh Up Close, from February 1 to May 6.
This new exhibit will explore a collection of work in which Van Gogh had experimented with focus and perspective by reducing the depth of field dramatically to make his color and brushwork even more dazzlingly vivid, intricate, and intense. The curators of this exhibit highlight that although this so-called "close-up" work is mostly overlooked, it is absolutely essential in understanding why and how Van Gogh's work was and is actually so unique.