Tag: The Metropolitan Museum

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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 […]

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Bonnard: Folding together form, color and feeling

Roberta Smith on Pierre Bonnard at the Met: “Working simultaneously on several unstretched canvases tacked directly to the wall, he painted largely from memory with the help of quick sketches and watercolors, burnishing his motifs until they approached incandescence. He said that painting from reality distracted him from the task […]

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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 […]

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Jasper Johns: Eminence gray

“Jasper Johns: Gray,” curated by James Rondeau and Douglas Druick at The Art Institute of Chicago. Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. February 5 – May 4. Check out the NYTimes slide show of images. “Jasper Johns: Drawings 1997-2007,” Matthew Marks, New York, NY. Through April 12. According to the press […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sean Scully and Eli Broad

In Stephanie Strom’s report on charitable giving in the NYTimes, take a look at Sean Scully’s big, juicy painting hanging behind philanthropist Eli Broad in the photograph. In the absence of any current articles about Mr. Scully’s work, this presents a good opportunity to revisit material from the Scully exhibtion […]