Klee and Houston

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”
–Paul Klee (1879-1940)

When I was a grad student at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the late 80s, I consumed Paul Klee’s notebooks, staying up late studying them, becoming them.  I left Klee behind me in the 90s for no reason at all, as far as I can tell.  Seeing the Klee exhibit transported me back to that time, when art was pretty much everything to me.

The Paul Klee  exhibit  at The Menil Collection in Houston is one of the  largest (this is Texas being Texas, y’all) ever  amassed before.  The  show is  nothing short of enchanting.  Personally I would have omitted the  walls of black and white  photographs of  Americans connected to Klee (placards explain the ties), but I can see how they  clarify the thesis suggested by the title of the show, Klee and America.  However conventional this strategy might be for most art museums,  it is a very unusual tactic for The Menil.  The show is curated by Menil Collection director Josef Helfenstein.


  1. I hate it when I’m so out of touch that something like this might have come and gone without me seeing it.
    Paul Klee is one of the most amazing artists ever. I always seek out his work whenever I visit a museum. I can’t wait to see this show.

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