Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Category: Art Exhibitions

Reviews of Art Exhibitions in NYC and beyond.

Art Review | Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage | Metropolitan Museum of Art

Georgina Berkeley, from the Berkeley Album, 1867-71, Watercolor and albumen silver prints, Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Photo: Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

Georgina Berkeley, from the Berkeley Album, 1867-71, Watercolor and albumen silver prints, Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

Photography was invented in 1839, and in no time small photographic portraits – cartes de visites– became popular as calling cards and souvenirs. In the 1860’s and ‘70’s aristocratic British women who, this exhibition indicates, led very busy lives, managed to find time to create photocollages using pieces they cut from the cartes de visites, usually the heads, and pasting them on their own watercolors and drawings to create witty, sarcastic, commemorative, and often wildly surrealistic images. They gathered their work into albums.   Not all who did this work were aristocratic British women but it was particularly their domain. The exhibit is a bounty of their images and albums.

Art Review | The Young Archer sculpture “attributed to Michelangelo” | Metropolitan Museum of Art

… sexual coming into being …

The Young Archer now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a sculpture of sexual discovery.  The nude, sensuous, sinuous, lightly built, somewhat effeminate youth, an object of desire, draws an arrow from his quiver with a dreamy look.  And what a quiver — made from the paw of a leonine animal:  long, thick, strong, feral, in every way a contrast to the slim, delicate boy.  In this play of contrasts, the boy’s act of drawing out his arrow from the quiver becomes a nascent sexual act.  (see the three photos of the Young Archer below)

Did Michelangelo carve the Young Archer?  There’s little or no evidence he did.

Art Review | Is The Torment of St. Anthony by Michelangelo? Here’s another reason to think so.

… look to the landscape …

Did Michelangelo make the painting The Torment of St. Anthony which has recently been in the news?  Writers contemporary with Michelangelo indicate he made a painting of the subject when he was around 12 or 13, and an apprentice in Ghirlandaio’s workshop, but it’s never been agreed that this painting is the one Michelangelo made.

A good place to see color photos, including excellent details, is the website of The New York Times.

Art Note | About Michelangelo’s “Torment of St. Anthony”

You can read about why I think The Torment of St. Anthony, recently purchased by the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas for $6 million, may well be by Michelangelo at Huliq.

Art Review | Heightening Contrasts — Gustave Caillebotte | Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea | Brooklyn Museum

… the front of a boy, the back of a man …

Not always following the Impressionist “rules,” Caillebotte fulfills the French Impressionist purpose — to capture the moment, deliciously.  This exhibition covers his main subjects, scenes of the city and urban labor, and with a special focus on his paintings in which water plays a major role.  Here are two of my favorites.

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