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Suggest a thread to mention interesting exhibitions you mean to attend.   Philip Pearlstein's retrospective at Monclair Art Museum, till Feb 1, 2009.   will add more later

here too   definitely planning to go.  

The Wallace Gallery at Columbia U. has a small show of works by Edward Koren, one of the cartoonists at The New Yorker. Interesting to see his evolution - as a student at CU, Koren worked on the humo

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We recently returned from a very large museum known as Florence.  Where we again chased Michelangelo.

From his early works in this place...


Santo Spirito, which isn't as plain as it may look from its main facade.


Santo Spirito contains a crucifix sculpted by Michelangelo when he was 17. This "new" church was designed by Brunelleschi, but he never got to see it completed.

A few years later, Michelangelo was busy...



Then on to...


Night and Day. And...


Dusk and Dawn.

And some friends...


We actually followed him all the way...


To his tomb, in Santa Croce.  He's got some good company there.

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45 minutes ago, small h said:

I remember being in a very large room in a pensione. And that the toilets were very awkward. (It was a long time ago.)

Some day, I'll tell you about a toilet in Verona!

Things have changed, for the better?

1 hour ago, Wilfrid said:

Have never been to Florence. I suspect I would like it.

It's really quite amazing. Though Stendahl lurks. And then we're walking around Paris the following week, minding our own business, and...



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3 minutes ago, small h said:

Good news, 'cause I'm creakier and snobbier than I used to be!

I only slipped and fell once, on a wet, cobblestone-y, hilly street in Florence.  No harm done, thankfully.

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16 hours ago, Wilfrid said:

The Studio 54 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, in the COVID days of 2020, was disgracefully crowded. Tickets notwithstanding. I went through that fast. If I am going to catch a deadly disease in an art show, it has to be Picasso or Miro or Tapies, not old familiar photos of Grace Jones.

Sounds like the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the de Young in 2021.

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Not much point recommending the Cubism show at the Met as it closed yesterday. You do have until February 5 to see Baselitz at the Morgan. An extensive show of works on paper showing evolution across a long career. Despite all the explanations I've read, the upside down thing makes no sense to me. Okay, if it helped him paint more "freely" why not just hang the things the right way up when they're done? But it's less distracting in his drawings than his paintings.

A big recommendation for Elsa Gramcko (at James Cohan through Feb 15). I hadn't been aware of her before; a Venezualan artist who passed in 1994. The first gallery has some early abstract oils; it's the second gallery that has the knockout works ('60s and '70s). An explosion of mixed media, found objects, wood, cement. Apart from three sculptures, these are all wall art, but they are much closer to sculputres than paintings thanks to their density and weight.

Not as flamboyant as Rauschenberg, I kept being reminded of Tapies. And I love Tapies.

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2 hours ago, Wilfrid said:

why not just hang the things the right way up when they're done?

If I remember my art history classes correctly, the viewer is encouraged to regard Baselitz’s work as (at least sort of) non-representational, which the upside-down orientation encourages.

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But the fact that they are pictures of people or dogs or whatever doesn't encourage.

I think it would be the greatest joke in art history if it was revealed that Baselitz painted them right way up, then turned them upside down and signed them.

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12 minutes ago, Wilfrid said:

But the fact that they are pictures of people or dogs or whatever doesn't encourage.

What, you want art to be EASY???

14 minutes ago, Wilfrid said:

the greatest joke in art history

Dash Snow: "Hold my beer."

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On 11/9/2011 at 9:19 PM, Chambolle said:

What I would like to persuade you of is that the final two years of Van Gogh's life were very productive and his most successful as a painter*. Few would dispute this. Also, from 1888 until his death in 1890, Van Gogh's mental fragility and mental problems were at their most severe. One can interpret that as one wishes. There are multiple ways to do so.

After toiling away quietly for more than TEN YEARS and presenting and refining his meticulous research sur l'oeuvre de l'artiste, followed by non-stop lobbying (and substantial donations … this almost bankrupted me !) Chambo has finally convinced the world’s leading institutions and experts on the subject matter to proceed and present au grand public his views on Van Gogh’s fragile mental state and his phenomenal output at the end of his life

Oui, des compromis ont été pris … but these compromises were absolutely necessary because Chambo, despite his charlatan charm and Putin-esque threats, could not secure enough of the essential paintings from the final two years of Van Gogh’s life for this exhibition … so hence Sweet Little Chambo reluctantly relented and agreed to mainly focus the exhibition’s attention sur les derniers mois de la vie de Vincent … nevertheless this will be a monumental blockbuster ! et bien sûr et sans doute, you would expect nothing less from un impresario comme Chambo … je vous en prie !

So you now have the heads up … hence plan ahead and buy your tickets soon because they’ll all be gone, baby, gone before the crows crow and the sun sets sur le champs de blé and they all fly away



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