Amy Sillman’s “Artist’s Choice” The Shape of Shape (on view through June 7, 2020) is the latest in a series ongoing since 1989, which gives artists the opportunities to curate from MoMA’s collection.
In focusing on shape, Sillman’s criteria for curatorial inclusion was expanded in a direction that permitted a wide breadth of works to be shown together.
Many of the pieces selected are works not often placed on display. Sculptures and paintings are juxtaposed on tiered steps, where placement easily permits appreciation of congruence with a neighbor.
Nonetheless, the works on their own also merit examination. Duchamp’s Female Fig Leaf is one such example. I will just leave an image of it here.
Love the way Export’s piece echoes the setup of the exhibition itself – a horseshoe shape.
From languid and amorphous to sharp-edged, all shapes have a place in this exhibition. Geometry and bright colors may draw the eye, but the unique placement of the works in a horseshoe-shaped space with layers of overlapping two- and three-dimensional work creates a rich and inviting experience where resonances between all the pieces can be savored.