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(Jacob & 12 Sons) Savage Jews (Francisco de Zurbarán)

What the hell kind of Jews are these? Am not sure I’ve ever seen anything like Francisco de Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle, which were on view at and soon to leave the Frick. Painted in between … Continue reading

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KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT

KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT is a smart and powerful little show of drawings by the artist at Syracuse University. It is broken up into three parts. The first part is focused on body … Continue reading

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Caryatid (Modigliani)

Metaphysical maybe, these were probably the most surprising and even revealing works on view at the recent Modigliani Unmasked at the Jewish Museum. I would not have known that these were by the artist. But the elegantly straining caryatid figures and the … Continue reading

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(Emotional Intelligence) Nudes & Primitives (Modigliani Not Picasso)

Mostly drawings, Modigliani Unmasked at the Jewish Museum has come and gone. I was not entirely persuaded by curator Mason Klein’s emphasis on identity, both the artist’s own hybrid Jewish identity (Italian-French, Sephardi), race, with the idea of “primitivism” hovering … Continue reading

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(Water on Skin) Sensation (David Hockney)

Invested in the anti-aesthetic, people committed to modern and contemporary art, including art critics, often struggle with optimism, pleasure, and beauty. In the case of David Hockney, that is to miss the point and overlook what the aritst shares with … Continue reading

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(Entombment) Drawing Jesus Off the Cross (Michelangelo)

In the late 1520s, Michelangelo draws the heavy Jesus off the cross in a blur of orange chalk. Study for a Descent from the Cross (or Entombment) is now at the big Michelangelo show at the Met. In the drawings, as … Continue reading

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Father God’s Louche Body Posing (Michelangelo Drawing)

I’ll be posting some comments and what were for me highlights at the big show of Michelangelo drawings at the Met, but for now I wanted to share these two, included in a separate section on studies for the Sistine … Continue reading

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