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    • Sarcophagus of a consul(?), from Acilia, Italy.

    • Sarcophagus of a consul(?), from Acilia, Italy.

    • Sculpture; Sarcophagi; Coffins; Containers; Monuments & memorials; Ceremonial objects; Parades & processions; Rites & ceremonies; Men; Women; Boys; Youth; Teenagers; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Headbands (Headgear); Headgear;...

    • “One of the finest – and most controversial – works of third-century relief sculpture is the fragmentary sarcophagus found at Acilia, near Rome. It is an example of a later form of Roman coffin that art historians call the lenos (bathtub)...
    • Dead (Tote) from October 18, 1977.

    • Dead (Tote) from October 18, 1977.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Photographs; Activists; Left-wing extremists; Terrorists; Dead persons; Death; Suicides; Social justice; Political issues; Politics & government; Protest movements; Opposition (Political science); Student movements;...

    • "[…] the German painter Gerhard Richter […] looked back mournfully on painting's loss of public function in his October 18, 1977 (1988), a cycle of 15 paintings which mimicked the appearances of blurred black-and-white photographs. Richter...
    • Sarcophagus of Cornelius Statius, front panel.

    • Sarcophagus of Cornelius Statius, front panel.

    • Sculpture; Sarcophagi; Coffins; Death & burial; Containers; Monuments & memorials; Memorial works; Inscriptions; Human life cycle; Childhood & youth; Domestic life; Child rearing; Breast feeding; Feeding; Lifting & carrying; Riding;...

    • "[…] this child's sarcophagus has been reassembled from many fragments. The front panel is, however, in fairly good condition, with a few missing pieces reconstructed from Carrara marble. […] This sarcophagus is among the earliest of the...
    • The Ultimate Anxiety.

    • The Ultimate Anxiety.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Marines (Visual works); Seascapes; Landscapes (Representations); Rites & ceremonies; Harbors; Bodies of water; Ships; Boats; Sailing ships; Galleys (Ships); Vessels; Sailing; Gondolas; Rowboats; Vehicles; Railroad...

    • "Although resident in America, Morley was the first winner of the Turner Prize in 1984. Funded by the 'Patrons of New Art' affiliated to London's Tate Gallery, this prize was subsequently awarded annually for 'outstanding contributions' to...
    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Breasts; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states; Details

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Agriculture; Agricultural productivity; Croplands; Farms; Farming; Economics; Economic & social conditions; Landscapes (Representations); Villages; Coastlines; Animals

    • "Bojewyan is a small village near St. Just in Cornwall, England. At the time of the painting local farmsteads were falling empty because they were uneconomic. Lanyon saw this as a serious threat to the region. His painting contains hints of a...
    • Untitled (Ocean with Cross, no. 1).

    • Untitled (Ocean with Cross, no. 1).

    • Drawings; Graphite drawings; Pencil works; Seascape drawings; Seascapes; Seas; Oceans; Water; Bodies of water

    • "Born in Riga in 1938, and transplanted to America in 1949, Celmins has only recently become well known. Her strangely detached, unlocated subjects suggest a radical retreat from the concerns of modern life. Perhaps they relate to her early...
    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Video recording; Storytelling; Fantasy; Myths; Science fiction; Metamorphosis; Supernatural; Supernatural beings; Heroes; Dandies; Men; Ears; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Corsages

    • "Here the artist aspires to a metamorphosis which hints partly at mythology, partly at science fiction. However, with mock pathos, Barney's floppy ears and dual kiss-curls inadequately match up to the four horns of the ram which the video's...
    • Fair of the Holy Cross.

    • Fair of the Holy Cross.

    • Paintings; Watercolors; Gouaches; Posters; Fairs; Festivals; Celebrations; Circuses & shows; Sideshows; Performances; Entertainment; Entertaining; Leisure; Recreation; Social life; Crowds; Men; Women; Couples; Circus performers; Entertainers;...

    • "In an article published in Figueres in May 1921, Subias Galter (1897-1984) praised the gouache posters that Dali had done for the recent Santa Creu festivities. Several critics had pointed out that they and other works in the same vein owed...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings

    • "In de Kooning's black canvases the elimination of color was conditioned as much by financial constraints as by the need to simplify pictorial problems in the spirit of Analytic Cubism. The deliberately artless use of shiny enamel housepaints...
    • Blue Veil.

    • Blue Veil.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • "In Louis's enormous 'veils' of the 1950s the physical operations of pouring paint or tilting a canvas so that the paint floods down it are powerfully implied." (Caption, p.28); "[Clement] Greenberg's conception of 'Modernism' as...
    • Loop My Loop.

    • Loop My Loop.

    • Sculpture; Photographs; Mixed media; Allusions; Symbols; Hair; Body parts; Animals

    • "In the decade before her premature death in 1996, Chadwick developed an iconography which has links with the thought of Georges Bataille […] In Nostalgie de la Boue (1990) two rounded cibachrome transparencies were hung one above the other....
    • July 1983.

    • July 1983.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • "In the mid-1980s Richter produced abstract paintings as well as realist 'photo-paintings'. […] he appeared here to be recapitulating the ideological options underpinning postwar modernism in so far as his own transplantation from Eastern to...
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