Category Archives: museum

progress

When I am not working I have the impression I know what to do.Once I start I am lost. The eye is very precise.You risk losing the expression.The head of an Egyptian in the Louvremissing its eyesbrings it out.I don’t … Continue reading

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museums: Fahrelnissa Zeid

Tapestry, carpet, stained glass window, mosaic, kaleidoscope are some of the metaphors that come to mind in viewing the work of the Ottoman-born artist Fahrelnissa Zeid. Her dominant tones were modulations of primary colors – tomato red, denim blue, Girl … Continue reading

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museums: David Hockney

Is that … the Ladybird Book of David Hockney? A few things about David Hockney, based on the exhibition now closing at the Tate: 1. His palette resembles the acrylic paints we used in school – those saturated hues that came … Continue reading

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art: goya: order and disorder

Before visiting the latest blockbuster MFA show I had little sense of Francisco Goya except a vague and incorrect association with Maja soap. I came away flattened by his reach and versatility: portraitist, cartoonist, war artist, realist, imaginer, storyteller; in … Continue reading

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british open

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, June 10 to August 18 (hurry!), London A few weeks ago I went to the RA Summer Exhibition, guided by Liz Z, who was going for the fourth time. I had never heard of it. Apparently … Continue reading

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art: the eighties at ica

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston The subway advertisements for this show promised, in punky cyan-magenta-yellow letters, iconic Eighties artists – Basquiat, Sherman, Mapplethorpe, Koons, Goldin – while the title … Continue reading

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art: our land at the cable factory

Maamme (Our Land), Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts. Finnish Museum of Photography, Cable Factory, Helsinki Musically, the Finnish national anthem is easy to sing except for the devilish first line, which sounds as if it combines two wrong-way key changes … Continue reading

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seven ways of looking at a Fabergé exhibition

Reposted for Easter 2013 before returning to original spot in the timeline. The Era of Fabergé, Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland, 17 June – 1 October 2006 1. As a celebration of an exploitative imperial autocracy, rationalized through the familiar rhetoric of … Continue reading

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