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Modern Art Despite Modernism

Throughout the twentieth century, the evolution of mainstream Modernism in the arts has been shadowed and made complex by alternative expressions of a seemingly retrograde type, art that appears to set back the clock or to redirect the stream of progress. Modern Art Despite Modernism explores the anti-Modernist impulse in painting and sculpture through socio-cultural conflicts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Texts by Robert Storr advocate the strengths of this impulse in paintings and drawings by Otto Dix, Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente and even Pablo Picasso–and note the enduring popularity of such artists as Pavel Tchelitchew, whose “Hide and Seek,” along with Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World,” remain among the public’s favorite pictures. Storr also discusses taste and its implications, both part and present, for institutions like The Museum of Modern Art. This book was published as the second in a series of three titles, in conjunction with the millennial exhibitions schedule of MoMA2000 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Hidden Behind the Master Bath, a Secret Garden in Chelsea 

Down the block from the famed Hotel Chelsea, next door to a 99¢ store, in a nondescript loft building, this penthouse hosts one of the city’s best private roof gardens, but hides it away through the master bedroom. The lush rooftop is accessed through the master bathroom, past a walk-in closet, and out a glass door, but that awkward route might actually make the 1,600-square-feet of gardens even cooler. The secret garden includes covered seating areas, day beds, storage sheds, and, atop it all, a dining table with views in both directions.