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‘Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey’ at Columbia University

While thousands traipsed to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to view Henri Matisse’s epoch-making Cut-Outs, fewer made it to Morningside Heights to enjoy the equally charming collages of Romare Bearden. There are similarities and differences, though the works of both … Continue reading

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Henri Matisse, MoMA, America, and the Rockefellers

In 1930, when the Museum of Modern Art was not even a year old, Henri Matisse came to America. The main purpose of his voyage was to visit Albert Barnes and to view the future site of the Dance Mural … Continue reading

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Thomas Hart Benton’s Mural: America Today at Home in the Met

In 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, Alvin Johnson, the director of the twelve-year-old New School for Social Research, asked Thomas Hart Benton to paint murals for its boardroom. Murals were in. Just then Alfred Barr and Abby … Continue reading

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An Homage to the Madame Cézanne Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Cézanne painted 29 portraits, and made innumerable drawings, of Hortense Fiquet, whom he met in 1869. Paul, their son, was born in 1872. To legitimize him his parents eventually married in 1886. Dita Amory, the Met’s curator of the … Continue reading

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The British Pre-Raphaelites (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, others) in a Micro-Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Small art shows are good for the soul. The current Pre-Raphaelite exhibition familiarizes the public with the Met’s small collection of the the neglected movement that galvanized Britain during the second half of the twentieth century. The members of the … Continue reading

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Family Reunion: The Red Boy (Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga) and his Family by Francisco Goya

Portraits of children occupy an important place in art history, and few are more beloved than Francisco Goya’s Red Boy, one of the Met’s iconic paintings. Manuel Osorio’s portrait, painted when he was three or four, is neither saccharine nor … Continue reading

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Degenerate Art: Exhibition at the Neue Galerie and my Family

In addition to its Jews, gypsies, mentally ill, and gays, Nazi Germany decided to rid its homeland of the “alleged horrors” perpetrated by its own writers and artists. Specially chosen “experts” plundered Germany’s museums and private collections and confiscated, sold … Continue reading

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