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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."



The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
I’ve long heard how admirable is the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Its many admirers rave about the impressionists in its permanent collection, but I have also heard much praise for those special exhibitions held in summer.  Read More 
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Antonio Canova (Italian, Possagno 1757–1822 Venice) The Creation of the World 1821–22 Plaster Gipsoteca, Possagno (Inv. 292)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has two truly rewarding boutique shows. One is “Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters” (through March 30) and the other is “Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works” (through April 27). Piero is the greater artist; Canova’s exhibition is the more comprehensive display of his art.  Read More 
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Piero della Francesca (1411/13-1492). Saint John the Evangelist, 1454-1469. Oil and tempera on poplar panel, thinned and cradled. 52.7 x 24.5 inches. The Frick Collection, New York.
At The Frick Collection is a perfect gem of a show—on the main floor, in the Oval Gallery. The show has only seven paintings and only three of any size at all-- but in terms of their impact and inner largeness, all are giants. There is also the theoretical reconstruction of  Read More 
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