Art History Funnies

A charming exhibition of Miguel Rep is currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. From Matisse preparing a hot dog to Picasso coming to terms with a woman in the flesh, Rep is a master of Art History 101 humor. Even when he verges on bad taste (poor Toulouse-Lautrec and his absurdly long brushes) Rep’s light touch keeps cruelty at bay. Life is too short to take anything too seriously and it was refreshing to have a giggle in this gallery.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Henri Matisse.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Pablo Picasso.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin,  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

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Valparaíso in Santiago

Between 1982 and 1983 the School of Valparaíso mounted three exhibitions celebrating three anniversaries: 30 years since the School’s founding, 10 years of Graphic Design, and 10 years of Object Design. These last two exhibitions were a bit mixed up in my mind and I feel compelled to correct the caption on this plane—it does indeed seem to be landing in the grand central space of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), but the year is 1983 and it is part of the Object Design exhibition. Continue reading

Day in Architecture

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Last Saturday our downstairs neighbors became too much to bear. Since their bender showed no signs of slowing down after 14 hours, we decided to hit the streets and visit some long-postponed exhibitions. Continue reading