Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”
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Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”

Complex, intelligent and absorbing like the works he produced, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has proved a fascinating figure for people since his rapid rise to fame in the late 1490’s. However, particularly in his early career, the artist was still prone to mistakes. And in The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, the Courtauld Gallery, while showing … Continue reading

Larger than Life: Michael Landy’s “Saint’s Alive”
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Larger than Life: Michael Landy’s “Saint’s Alive”

If the title of Michael Landy’s solo exhibition, Saints Alive, stirs up gentle images of heavenly hosts appearing as a blurry-lensed vision, think again. Landy’s saints are alive with a painful, gritty intensity that brings their legends and their suffering into sharp focus. Landy is the National Gallery’s current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist, and his … Continue reading

We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There
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We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There

Da Vinci’s Demons, which just finished its first season on Starz, already shows its age. “History is a lie,” a mystic man from the East coughs from the murky haze of a hot-boxed temple in Episode 1. But whatever fictions our descendants come up with about us, I doubt they’ll fail to place Demons as … Continue reading

The Escape Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and the Art of Other Worlds
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The Escape Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and the Art of Other Worlds

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682) is a great artist. Sure, a lot of people have disliked him, and sure, he might have a knack for falling out of favour. Still, he keeps sneaking his way back into the canon of artists. To me, that’s saying something. And whatever you might think personally about his work, the … Continue reading

Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Somewhere along the line, I’ve become an art snob. One day I realized that I automatically snorted a little when someone told me how cool M.C. Escher’s pictures are, and that when I replied I would use the phrase “graphic work” to describe the drawings. And this attitude of mine also goes for, among other … Continue reading

The Work and Story of Emil Nolde
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The Work and Story of Emil Nolde

To start a discussion of the German artist Emil Nolde, I think we could all use a simile. I expect many of you organize your dresser drawers into categories. And if you do, I bet you also have one item that defies classification. For me it’s my one belt. “Thematically,” I’ll think to myself in … Continue reading

Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro
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Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

Two weeks ago, artist Paul Emsley unveiled his new portrait of Kate Middleton. What do you think of it? Though it’s received some praise, for the most part critics have dismissed it as disappointingly bland. In a way, it’s the image’s attempt at “sweetness” that is the real problem. Emsley’s portrait doesn’t really make you … Continue reading