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On "Dreams of Nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky” at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
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Dreams of Nature” surveys the symbolist movement as expressed in landscape painting across Europe from Mallorca to western Russia, and is likely the first exhibition ever to do so. The exhibition, organized by Richard Thomson and Rodolphe Rapetti, contains seventy canvases, with some implausible choices among them depending on where one might draw the line regarding what qualifies as Symbolist.
That turns out to be a complicated consideration. Jean Moréas, writing his Symbolist Manifesto in 1886, described it thus: “Enemy of education, declamation, wrong feelings, objective description, symbolist poetry tries to dress the Idea in a sensitive form which, however, would not be its sole purpose, but furthermore that, while serving to express the Idea in itself, would remain subjective.” The subjectivity was key. Symbolism was above all a defiance of literary naturalism, but there was an equivalent in visu ...
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Review of "Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
On "Johann Zoffany RA: Society Observed” at the Yale Center for British Art.
On "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey" at the Boston Athenæum.
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Reviews of “El Greco in New York” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “El Greco at the National Gallery and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration,” and “El Greco at The Frick Collection.”
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On “Claire Seidl and Kim Uchiyama: Plain Sight, Selected Paintings, Prints and Photographs” at Fox Gallery NYC, Eleventh Street Arts at Grand Central Atelier, "Tom Goldenberg: Landscapes” at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and “Todd Gordon, Tom Goldenberg” at George Billis Gallery.
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