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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 2-4 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."



Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598-1680 Rome). Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain. Italian (Rome), 1649-50. Terracotta. 12 5/8 x 23 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (32 x 59 x 32 cm.) Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome, 258.
The triumph of art over the ravages of time is the theme of the wondrous exhibition of “Bernini: Sculpting in Clay” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through January 6; thereafter at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, February 3 through April 14). The centerpiece of this show, and  Read More 
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Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries  Read More 
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