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Penone

Penone Momentousness

Follow @yaleARTbooks A colleague of ours had the opportunity last week to attend the opening events for Italian artist Giuseppe Penone’s outdoor exhibition in New York’s Madison Square Garden, and offered the following observation. Giuseppe Penone joins the ranks of prominent sculptors (Sol Le Witt, Jessica Stockholder, Mark di Suvero, and Leo Villareal, among others) […]

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Classic Modern: The Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr.

Classic Modern: The Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr.

For the May 13 centennial of Joseph Pulitzer Jr.’s birth, Marjorie B. Cohn, author of Classic Modern, the first biography of Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. to focus on his art collecting—arguably his greatest passion—and his role in bringing modernism to the American Midwest, writes here about one of the pleasures of writing the biography of a man whose life ended only […]

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Eva Hesse 1965

Eva Hesse: “Pre-Sculpture”

Kirsten Swenson, a contributor to the new book, Eva Hesse 1965, edited by Barry Rosen, writes here on the artist’s important transitions beginning in the last five years of her short life, as Hesse changed media from drawing and painting to sculpting the works for which she is so widely known. Kirsten Swenson— The sculptures made […]

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Edwardian Opulence

Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Follow @yaleARTbooks Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century opens with Giovanni’s Boldini’s Portrait of a Lady, which features a popular society woman seated on an elaborately embroidered coral silk settee fanning herself with a great black ostrich feather fan.  As she leans toward the viewer with a coquettish smile, the […]

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Caro: Close Up

Follow @yaleARTbooks Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, curated the exhibition Caro: Close Up, and opened the show on October 17th with an illuminating lecture.  The exhibition features Sir Anthony Caro’s early paintings and smaller sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, and Bryant’s lecture focused on […]

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The English Prize

Rediscovering the English Prize: A Conversation at the Yale Center for British Art

Follow @yaleARTbooks On Wednesday evening, more than 150 people made their way to the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) to attend the opening lecture of The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, An Episode of the Grand Tour. The exhibition is touted as a cross-section of the Grand Tour, and is perhaps the […]

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Michelangelo jacket

Eminent Biography: Michael Hirst on Michelangelo

Born March 6, 1475 not far outside of Florence, Italy, Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni seemed already to have the credentials to become the quintessential Renaissance Man. His hometown—Caprese—has since been renamed Caprese Michelangelo in honor of this most highly celebrated of artists.  Michelangelo’s early life, however, was notable for his father Lodovico’s financial troubles: […]

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Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures

Curator Alisa LaGamma on African Art in Suspended Motion

Alisa LaGamma challenges conventional understanding of key masterpieces of African sculpture. In her new book, Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures, accompanying an exhibition currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the curator of the MMA’s Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas looks at the eminent figures who inspired […]

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In Giacometti's Studio

The One-Sided Love Affair in Giacometti’s Studio

Nobody expects an artist’s studio to be tidy. In popular imagination, the artist works in a Paris garret or a New York City loft, surrounded by scattered paintbrushes and stacked canvases. Twentieth-century sculptor Alberto Giacometti, however, took the disorganized-artist stereotype to new extremes. After visiting his studio, Simone de Beauvoir wrote of him, “I must […]

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Salvador Dali: The Late Work

An Even More Complicated Dalí—Yes, Really

Most people are unlikely to associate science and religion with a man who is best known for painting melting clocks, who threw buckets of paint on nude models, and who kept detailed records of his dreams. Yet for the bulk of his career, those two subjects influenced much of Salvador Dalí’s work. He painted Madonnas […]

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