The Ethereal Monotypes of Edgar Degas at MoMA
Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 W. 53rd Street
Now through July 24th
Enthusiasts know French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) as one of Impressionism's pioneers, globally revered for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and love for photography as the medium emerged on the Parisian art scene. It's his passion for the latter two techniques that informed his lesser-known work in "monotypes," an extremely rare collection of which is on display in Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at MoMA New York City, now through July 24th.
About the Mysterious Monotype
What makes monotypes so interesting is their place in history, the way they marry painting and printmaking with a photographic sense of lighting. At its most striking, pieces are created by either painting on or covering metal plates entirely with ink, then removing it to create a sort of "reverse" or mirror image to later be printed. The result can be both otherworldly and beautifully transcendent. Of the 120+ examples exhibited in A Strange New Beauty, themes run the gamut of Degas staples: from pastoral landscapes to French city life, ballet dancers to brothels.
Explore the World's Greatest Modern Art Collection
As always, your ticket to MoMA grants access to what's considered by many to be the most staggering collection of modern Western art on the planet - just 20 minutes from our hotel. Be sure to make time for perusing such masterpieces as Van Gogh's Starry Night, Dalí's Persistence of Memory, Monet's Water Lillies, and Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, among 150,000 others.
Sat-Thurs - 10:30am-5:30pm
Fridays - 10:30am-8pm
Adults - $25
Seniors (65+) - $18
Full-Time Students - $14
Children (16 & under) - FREE!