The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection

My review of The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario.



ABOVE: Vasily Kandisnksy, Sketch for “Composition II”, 1909-10, oil on canvas, 38.4 x 51.6 inches, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Photo: © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York [2014]

Ice storms, polar vortexes and frost quakes – WTF? It’s not even February, and I’ve already got the blues.

To escape the funk, I braved the Arctic air and set course for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

The AGO’s current exhibition: The Great Upheaval – Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection runs until March 2, and it is stellar.

As the above title suggests, the artworks on display were produced in an age of turmoil (1910-18), but despite the Great War, they are surprisingly uplifting.

Many are strikingly beautiful, and as a whole, the exhibition is vibrantly colorful. My blues got company.

I liked just about everything I saw, but I especially liked the works of Robert Delauney and Vasily Kandinsky. They rocked the house.

Nearly a century after their creation, the works of the Guggenheim Collection still have the power to brighten your day. Go see this show.