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Fragonard in Love

Fragonard’s works encompass every conceivable form of love and libertinage, from chivalric courtly love, romantic love, passion, seduction as well as to libidinous acts and possibly rape.
21 Nov 2015

On View: Material Effects From West Africa

In 'Material Effects' the artists explore the relationship between people and things as it relates to global commodity markets, individual and collective identities, and contemporary sociopolitical realities.
10 Nov 2015

Review: The Rome of Vice and Poverty

European artists depitct the poetic, vulgar and violent universe of slums, nightlife, the Carnival and its licentiousness in Seicento Rome.

Review: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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