On December 27, 1950, Max Beckmann set out on foot from his apartment on the Upper West Side in New York to see the exhibition “American Painting Today” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which featured one of his self portraits. On the corner of 69th Street and Central Park West Beckmann had a massive heart attack and died. This fall, the Met is honoring Beckmann’s legacy in New York with a brilliant show that features 14 paintings that the artist created in New York and several more borrowed from New York collections. Beckmann came to New York via Amsterdam and St. Louis after his meteoric success in Germany was cut short by the ascent of Nazism in 1933. It must have been quite a shock. Beckmann, who so dramatically related the horror, violence, and madness that engulfed Europe before and during war, was thrust into a country that was hopelessly optimistic. Yet under the veneer of the glitzy New York nightlife, slick TV ads promising suburban Utopia, and the confidence of an ascending political superpower, Beckmann suspected the all too familiar villains of political intolerance, greed and social injustice. Here is Beckmann’s “The Town (City Night)” from 1950, where a young vulnerable nude girl is exposed to the darker side of the city. Through February 20.