Rarely seen "Extra Small" Modern and Contemporary works at Metropolitan Museum featured in XS

NEW YORK, NY.- More than 50 works of art of diminutive size by 30 American and European artists working in a variety of media and techniques comprise the installation XS at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a title borrowed from the XS size label (for ‘extra small’) found in women’s garments, the installation includes rarely displayed works from the Museum’s collection that are usually kept in storage due to their tiny size. The installation, which challenges the adage “bigger is better,” is on view in the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing through April 15, 2012. Featured in XS are works that span the years 1890 to 2010. While many of the artists represented usually worked in a larger format, they also created versions of their landscapes, portraits, interiors, nudes and abstractions on a significantly smaller scale. The installation opens with three miniature works in watercolor by Paul Klee