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Matisse at the Metropolitan Museum until the 17th March

By Richard P. Townsend Henri Matisse was the master of line. In all its variety—patterns, incisive contours, decorative curves—all he put in service to rendering the essence of form and content. Matisse descends from a long line of the greatest artists France has ever produced and to whom the purity of line and the clarity […]

Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the Metropolitan Museum of Art til the 6th January

Rome may not have been built in a day, but it seems as if the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini was responsible for much of it. The exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay just closing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells us how. It all begins with the terracotta modello. This completely satisfying show—simultaneously pleasurable and […]

Bellini, Titian, and Lotto at the Met

Bellini, Titian, and Lotto:  North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was truly a connoisseur’s exhibition (closed the 3rd September).  This was true not just for the choice works, the generally superb condition of these old masters or the occasional esoteric offering (Vincenzo Foppa, Bergognone, or Bartolomeo Montagna), […]

Mark Dion, Cardiff/Miller, and Tomás Saraceno in New York City

New York City this summer has been chock-a-block with installation and public art. Three exceptional experiences stand out: Phantoms of the Clark Expedition by Mark Dion at the Explorers Club (closed the 3rd August); The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at the Park Avenue Armory (until the 9th September); and […]