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Important art and archaeology exhibitions reviewed.

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Velazquez at the Grand Palais, Paris

This show features half of the world's surviving works by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 - 1660), official court painter to the Spanish King Philip IV (1606 - 1665) and considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived.
28 May 2015

Retro Avant-Garde: Florence Henri at the Jeu de Paume

Critic Alan Behr assesses Henri's place in the history of photography, and the ways in which both technique and technology were material to her oeuvre.
29 Apr 2015

Review: Pierre Bonnard Paints Arcadia at the Musee d'Orsay

Disliking all forms of pomposity, Bonnard became interested in intimate themes and his interiors tend to depict sentimental or psychological situations such as loneliness, tenderness or simply the breakdown of communication.
9 Apr 2015

The Borgias and Their Times  

Under the reign of the Borgias, Rome would supplant Florence, and become the most important artistic centre of the 16th century.
9 Feb 2015

Jeff Koons Retrospective: So Simple Even An Artist Can Do It

Alan Behr comments on the recent Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
2 Dec 2014

Review: Marville of Paris

Alan Behr in New York on the photography of Parisian-born Charles-François Bossu (a last name that means 'hunchback'in French) who adopted the pseudonym Marville when he began his career as an illustrator in the 1830s.

Review: Mrs. Castelli Gets Her Due

Alan Behr on 'Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New' at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Leonaert Bramer: Drawings from the Spanish Underworld

Sold as one-off originals to connoisseurs and aficionados, Bramer's illustrations of beggars, adulterers and rogues were the first examples of the graphic novel.

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A Bright Light En Bref: Basquiat at the Fondation Beyeler

Is the short, hot career and early death of Jean-Michel Basquiat the cause of his celebrity, or is it a diversion making the assessment of his work cliché-driven and shallow? The Fondation Beyeler wades into the debate.

Adrian Piper: A Retrospective, 1965 - 2000 and MEDI(t)Ations on view at The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Piper played a formative role in the emergence of Conceptual art, and an even more crucial role in identity-based art in the 1980s and 1990s, focused on bigotry, stereotyping, and xenophobia. The New Museum of Contemporary Art offers a retrospective on her work in several media.

African Masks: Magical Faces of Africa-- image gallery

Virtual Gallery accompanying the exhibition review of 'Magical Faces of Africa' at the Musee Dapper. Includes a dozen pictures of authentic African masks from the exhibition, each with descriptions and historical background.
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