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December 13, 2017
Text: Zoe Kaplan
NYC’s Met Breuer Gets Psychedelic With “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason”
Writer Samuel Beckett examined the bleaker parts of life. His work informed the selection of pieces for “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980,” at the Upper East Side’s Met Breuer through January 14.
The exhibition examines what was created in the era’s unstable circumstances: the perceived governmental irrationality around the world coinciding with the rise of psychedelic drug use. Bruce Nauman’s verbal wall sculpture erratically flashes its neon lights, Paul Thek’s tidy yellow acrylic box contains a grotesque sculpture, and Ana Mendieta’s gelatin silver print distorts a woman’s face.