September 21, 2008 thru January 5, 2009 – Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

by Chris Hale
   This exhibit brings together a unique collection of art that Vincent van Gogh created emphasizing the colors of the night. The emphasize of colors in art was an important concept for Vincent van Gogh, one that he wrote several times to his brother, Theo van Gogh, about. This concept of colors representing night was new to his time period and should prove to be a fascinating collection to view as a whole. The exhibit will include an accompanying illustrated catalog of the artworks.   
   “Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of “translating” visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh’s desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh’s nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into van Gogh’s depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist’s career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind by the artist” according to the Museum of Modern Art.
   The Museum of Modern Art is the home of The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). This piece will be on tour will this traveling exhibit. It will be unavailable from June 11 through September 20, 2008  then return from September 21 thru January 5th, 2009, and then unavailable until later in June, 2009. 
   The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth ave.