Why Bacon?

Francis Bacon is one of those painters every beginning painting student adores because Bacon’s work is so much more accessible than the abstract painters who were exploring similar existential themes during the same period. The accessibility of Bacon’s corporeal vision is undoubtedly why his work appeals so strongly to new collectors short on art theory. … read more… “Why Bacon?”

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Jewel-encrusted vs. diamond-dusted

I spent a few hours rambling around the Met this week and saw the survey of Raqib Shaw’s opulent jewel-encrusted paintings based on Hans Holbein the Younger’s (ca. 1497-1543) paintings. They reminded me of my daughter’s stained-glass craft kits, but of course those don’t have the oppresive glut of obvious art historical references. If we’re … read more… “Jewel-encrusted vs. diamond-dusted”

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Courbet retrospective in Paris

“Courbet,” curated by Laurence des Cars, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Gary Tinterow, and Michel Hilaire. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. Through Jan. 28. Schedule: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Feb.27 to May 18; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, June 13 to Sept. 28. The exhibition, which includes over 130 paintings and is due in NYC … read more… “Courbet retrospective in Paris”

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Ab-Ex at the Met

“Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” selected and installed by Gary Tinterow. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through Feb. 3. In the NYTimes, Roberta Smith drools over Mrs. Newman’s collection, but NYSun critic Lance Esplund suggests that Mrs. Newman’s collection … read more… “Ab-Ex at the Met”

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