Art: Out of The Wall's Shadow

MOMA surveys the rebirth of modernism in postwar Berlin

Some exhibitions might have been better as books, and "Berlinart 1961-1987," the Museum of Modern Art's big summer show that closes Sept. 8 in New York City and reopens Oct. 22 in San Francisco, is one. Its senior curator, Kynaston McShine, took on a large subject, perhaps too large. The re-emergence of Berlin as a major center of the visual arts, after twelve years of Nazi darkness and a decade of limping postwar chaos, is not the only story of post- 1960s art, but it stays up there on the front page. Much against the odds of "internationalist" pieties, German artists...