The Arnold & Marie Schwartz
Gallery Met, Met Opera
Così fan tutte
March 31, 2018
New York, January 25 — Opening tonight at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met is Brian Calvin's Così fan tutte, coinciding with the Met Opera’s much anticipated new production of Mozart’s comedy, onstage from March 15. Brian Calvin's Così fan tutte, free to the public, runs through March 31, 2018.
“Mozart’s opera has such whimsy and humor—along with darker undercurrents,” says Gallery Met Director Dodie Kazanjian, “and Brian, with his vibrant, psychologically astute portraits, is the perfect fit.”
"Rather than illustrating scenes from the plot of Così fan tutte, I lingered on the organizing principle of duets in Mozart’s opera, exploring harmony and dissonance through repetition and difference,” Brian Calvin said. “The overlapping figures interlock into a unified expression of complicity, ‘putting their heads together’,” said the artist. Calvin is particularly known for his large-scale, highly stylized portraits, characterized by light-soaked palettes and flattened planes of color, retaining a life-like quality.