The MET Breuer is showcasing the gift received from The Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Foundation for the Arts in 2016. The “Gigantomachy II” (1966), has been already featured on the occasion of the exhibition survey of Leon Golub’s work in 2016.
Born in Chicago, Golub (1922–2004) occupies a singular position in the history of mid- to late 20th-century art. His devotion to the figure, his embrace of expressionism, his fusion of modern and classical sources, and his commitment to social justice distinguish his practice as an artist.
The show also features paintings from the artist’s most important series, including “Pylon”, “White Squad”, “Riot”, and “Horsing Around”. On view are aslo early paintings that reflect Golub’s study of antiquity, a group of unsettling portraits of the Brazilian dictator Ernesto Geisel, and works on paper that represent subjects of longstanding interest to the artist, from mercenaries, interrogators, and the victims of violence to political figures, nudes, and animals, all of them rendered in the raw, visceral style for which he is justly celebrated.
- Leon Golub, "Gigantomachy II", 1966