A woman’s melancholic eyes, heavy-lidded with desire, float in the nocturnal sky over a brashly lit skyline and amusement park.
Stark rays shoot down from the heavens, illuminating a solitary house on a bare hill.
A face, its features only half-realized, emerges with eerie, mournful anger out of gruff black brush strokes.
Book jackets. They aren’t the main feature of the exhibition “Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,” which opened at the Morgan Library & Museum. But amid a display of nearly 100 items, including first editions, galley proofs, manuscripts and letters, they attract your eyes immediately. Which is just what they were meant to do.