Maryan, Two Personnages, 1968. Oil on canvas; 52 x 64 in (132.1 x 162.6 cm). Venus Over Manhattan, New York.
By Dodie Kazanjian
I’m not alone being a germaphobe anymore, and I’m sure I’m not alone in not having been inside a museum or gallery since leaving New York City in March 2020. So I’m hungrier than ever to see what’s coming up this fall... More than ever, I understand the desire of legendary curator and artist guru Walter Hopps, who told me 30 years ago that his taste in art was catholic—at any given moment there were more than 200 artists whose work interested him deeply. My roundup this fall is definitely catholic, brimming with shows I must see, hope to see, or wish I could see.
“My Name Is Maryan” at MoCA in North Miami, curated by Alison Gingeras, shows the fascinating and previously unknown works by Maryan, a Polish artist who survived Auschwitz and Birkenau as a child. A tribute to perseverance and the power of art. (November 17–March 28)