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Important art and archaeology exhibitions reviewed.

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Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art

Five exhibitions and a series of related programs feature a broad spectrum of the arts from across the African continent.

Budapest Masterpieces

Renovations to Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts occasion the traveling exhibition of works rarely (if ever) seen outside of Hungary. Patricia Boccadoro comments on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the masterworks at the Musee de Luxembourg.

"Carambolages" Crashes and Burns

A curiously curated and chaotic mishmash of minor works of art is not what visitors to the Grand Palais need, want or, apparently, find compelling.

Transhumance: Beyond Cuban Horizons

Eleven guest artists reveal the historic specificities of Cuban society, culture and migration.

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.

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.

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.

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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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