Postwar Era: A Recent History; Homages to Jack Tworkov and Claire Falkenstein, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy.
The exhibition offers a fresh perspective on American and European art in the period between the end of World War II and 1979. Drawn from the collection of Peggy Guggenheim as well as acquisitions by the Guggenheim Foundation after her death, the works on view—some of which are infrequently exhibited—are grouped and matched based on theme, style, and affinity. The exhibition draws on a sensibility that goes beyond canonical art movements and trends, comparable to the refined approach that Peggy Guggenheim learned and cultivated through her activity as a far-sighted and vanguard collector. This context also offers insight into the work of two artists in the Foundation’s collections: Jack Tworkov (1900–82) and Claire Falkenstein (1908–97). Falkenstein is celebrated for her entrance gates to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which now houses the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Peggy Guggenheim commissioned Falkenstein to create the gates in 1960.