Essays

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

by Meredith Bergmann

This is the apt title of a book by James David Draper and Edouard Papet, inspired by and documenting the 2014 retrospective exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay.

We have drained and secularized the word “passion.” The classical Latin word meant “suffering” and in Medieval Latin... More »

Sculpture Through the Prism of Gender

by James F. Cooper

The inaugural opening at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a 113,000 square-foot gallery, located in Los Angeles, is an important, monumental, museum-size exhibition of one hundred abstract sculptures created by thirty-four well-known contemporary women artists during the last seventy years.

Why, the reader might ask, does this... More »

Out of the Past

by Gail Leggio, Daniel T. Schultz

On the day when a statue is finished, its life, in a certain sense, begins.

—Marguerite Yourcenar

In the title essay from her collection That Mighty Sculptor, Time, Marguerite Yourcenar traces the life of an art work—after an artist has brought it “into human shape... More »

Glorious Victorian Art at Yale

by James F. Cooper

One of the handsomest architectural interiors at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, is at the Yale Center for British Art. Designed by Louis I. Kahn (1901–74), its staid, box-like stone façade makes a striking contrast to the soaring, curved interior galleries and research facilities. The... More »

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