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Post #700 • January 1, 2006, 8:03 PM • 10 Comments

A recent development is going to raise legitimate questions from my regular readers. Unfortunately, right now the answer to most of them is either I don't know, or I can't tell you. But I wanted you to find out about this from me before you heard about it from someone else. Do check out those shows if you're in the neighborhood.

If anybody sees a print copy of this, did they use any illustrations?




January 1, 2006, 8:52 PM

Neat. I need to run an errand after I scrape away the lastest snowfall, so I'll try and get a copy to find out. Hm, is this why you didn't say anything when I asked if you had caught the exhibition when you were in town a while back?



January 1, 2006, 8:59 PM

Maybe. It might have just been me being soft-headed.



January 1, 2006, 9:54 PM

Nice review, and, once again, why can't we have something like this in Miami sometime.

What "recent development" are you referring to?



January 1, 2006, 9:58 PM

Just that, well, I got a piece in the Globe. Sorry if that was obtuse.



January 2, 2006, 12:06 AM

Yes, the way you worded it sounded so full of portent that it made the actual link looked like an afterthought. Anyway, congratulations. That's great.



January 2, 2006, 1:22 AM

It is worth noting that Degas, for all his innovative use of Japanese art and the like, revered Ingres all his life. In other words, there need be no antipathy or schism between the older and the newer, but rather a continuum (at least for artists sensitive and smart enough to understand and accept that). Whenever I see somebody huffing and puffing about reinventing the wheel or rediscovering the Mediterranean (as in, "I will now show you what art is really about"), I can barely suppress a sneer.


Marc Country

January 3, 2006, 1:04 AM

I can remember not too long ago the B. Globe was advertising an opening at the paper for an art critic... did they hire you for this position, Franklin, or is this just a one-off freelance gig?

Either way, I'm glad they're printing your writing.



January 3, 2006, 4:01 AM

Happy New Year! It sounds like something big is in the works. You aren't going to suddenly spring something on me are you? Say no and say it quickly!


Marc Country

January 3, 2006, 4:26 AM

If I recall correctly (and I often do), the Globe posting had called for “an energetic, incisive critic” with “wide knowledge, wise judgment, and wit”... I dare say that few current art writers would measure up to such a description as well as Mr. Einspruch does.

...and that would certainly explain why this post "sounded so full of portent "...



January 3, 2006, 8:28 AM

Sorry, my friends: don't know, can't say. Thank you for the kind words, Marc.

Regarding "why can't we have something like this in Miami," in fairness, all of the objects were from RISD Museum holdings, and there's just nothing like that down here. I did try to think of when was the last time I saw a Degas at a Miami museum, though. The old CFA had a Degas show - sculptures, mostly, some of which were exquisite ("Dancer, Age 14," the clothed bronze, was there), and a few paintings that weren't the man's best. If I'm not mistaken, it was 1992.



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