Berfrois

Enjoy a Goya

Enjoy a Goya

Goya’s first big opportunity as an artist came in 1772...

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The Chalice Study of Destiny BOB

The Chalice Study of Destiny BOB

What is self-determination in an algorithmic age?

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The insect flew into Van Gogh’s impasto of Olive Grove…

The insect flew into Van Gogh’s impasto of Olive Grove…

Theoretically the insect could have been been trapped in the olive grove or the artist’s studio...

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Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

This small stone man shows the fathomless silent darkness in our past. He is the wordless night...

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Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

When an exhibition is devoted to a theme, its paintings take a backseat, often to the detriment of the paintings...

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Constable’s Cart

Constable’s Cart

Constable’s work depicts a quiet, pastoral scene on the River Stour, which forms part of the border between Essex and Suffolk...

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Sketchy

Sketchy

When it comes to matters of the courtroom, some cases are surely easier to empathise with than others. A sketch artist may have a personal connection to the plight of the accused or accuser...

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Medha Singh: Photography, Function, Fascism

Medha Singh: Photography, Function, Fascism

Was Walter Benjamin correct in suggesting a relationship between art and fascism?

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Douglas Penick on Su Shi and Beeple

Douglas Penick on Su Shi and Beeple

Su Shi’s work speaks beyond time and place and returns us to our shared life, our shared uncertainty, our shared search...

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In the Caffè Michelangiolo

In the Caffè Michelangiolo

Disappointed as soldiers, the Macchiaioli went back to their paintbrushes and began creating paintings of the Italy they had known before the Austrian occupation...

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Soviet Realism; Russian Experimentation

Soviet Realism; Russian Experimentation

The avant-garde was banned in the USSR for over five decades. Between 1932 and the end of the 1980s, Soviet artists were compelled to abandon any creative experimentation. The work they had once done, held in museums throughout the country, was hidden away and sometimes destroyed...

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Scroll Stroll

Scroll Stroll

I imagined the scroll’s spread—it motivated me to abandon archival research in the British Library and travel to Bikaner...

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Dosso’s Parega

Dosso’s Parega

For Dosso, the burgeoning foliage of the countryside outside the coastal town that can be glimpsed through the trees is as much of a subject as the human action...

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Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto needed no more than the outlines of the figures—no more than their idea—for them to come to life...

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Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

We will only take as many fish as can fit into this basket. We must only use what the tree gives us...

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Sold-out meant three seats apart…

Sold-out meant three seats apart…

My first experience was at the Konzerthaus Berlin, a beautiful old building with a huge concert auditorium whose ceiling reaches up 90 or 100 feet above the seating area...

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How the Art World Worked in a Non-market Context

How the Art World Worked in a Non-market Context

Klara Kemp-Welch’s latest book, Networking the Bloc: Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1981, challenges the idea of unconnected isolated art production

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Chris Moffat on the Lahore Biennale

Chris Moffat on the Lahore Biennale

Biennales are experiments with proximity. They reconfigure spaces with art, sound or bodies, temporarily disrupting the usual rhythms of their host environments. In Lahore...

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Zeny May D. Recidoro On Éliane Radigue

Zeny May D. Recidoro On Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue’s three-part composition Trilogie de la Mort is a masterwork on passages through death and life, grief and rebirth. Subtle and potent, it is built upon the amplification of sounds that oscillate, spiral, hiss, recede and swell.

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Adieu, Fakir by Eli S. Evans

Adieu, Fakir by Eli S. Evans

Recently, I learned of the passing of Fakir Musafar, the renowned body artist whose professional and creative life (and, as far as I know, personal life, as well)

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