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    • The Spirit of the Dead Watches (Manao Tupapau).

    • The Spirit of the Dead Watches (Manao Tupapau).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Girls; Youth; Teenagers; Nudes; Backs (Anatomy); Fear; Ghosts; Women; Dead persons; Supernatural beings; Supernatural; Beds; Furniture; Bedsheets; Pillows

    • “In various letters and diary notes the artist has explained how the preoccupation with ethnological problems, with the symbolism of colors, and certain literary concepts participated in the genesis of this canvas: ‘I painted the nude of a...
    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Drawings; Graphite drawings; Seascape drawings; Seascapes; Seas; Oceans; Bodies of water; Nature; Details

    • "[…] Vija Celmins uses nature as a starting point. In her re-creations of the heavens and earth, Celmins prods the viewer into an expanded awareness of both her sources and the process of artistic vision. […] In 1968 Celmins's preferred...
    • Talking.

    • Talking.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Arms (Anatomy); Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Clocks & watches; Cigarettes; Smoking; Smoke; Worry

    • "As in certain paintings by Francis Bacon, existential givens were made stubbornly palpable in Guston's pictures. Recurrent images such as a head with a single wide-open eye, wrist-watches, bare light-bulbs, or cigarette butts spoke of bouts...
    • The Persistence of Memory.

    • The Persistence of Memory.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Dreaming; Time; Clocks & watches; Trees; Flies; Ants; Insects; Reflections; Landscapes (Representations); Cliffs; Bodies of water

    • "Dali's famous 'melting clocks' in The Persistence of Memory portray the uncanny quality of certain dreams. In a stark, oddly illuminated landscape, a number of elements referring to time - watches, eggs, a dead fish, a dead tree - are...
    • Boîte-en-Valise, open.

    • Boîte-en-Valise, open.

    • Boxes; Containers; Luggage; Showcases; Merchandise displays; Commercialism; Art objects; Reproductions; Miniature works; Sculpture; Paintings; Photographs; Plumbing fixtures

    • "Duchamp's Boîte 'unpacked' in such a way that certain sections slid out to become free-standing display boards, whilst a sheaf of folders and black mounts bore other reproductions of works from his output. In all, it contained 69 items....
    • Boîte-en-Valise, open, center section, detail.

    • Boîte-en-Valise, open, center section, detail.

    • Boxes; Containers; Luggage; Showcases; Merchandise displays; Commercialism; Art objects; Reproductions; Miniature works; Sculpture; Paintings; Photographs; Plumbing fixtures; Details

    • "Duchamp's Boîte 'unpacked' in such a way that certain sections slid out to become free-standing display boards, whilst a sheaf of folders and black mounts bore other reproductions of works from his output. In all, it contained 69 items....
    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Symbols; Discrimination; Race discrimination; Race relations; Racism; Ethnic groups; Ethnic stereotypes; Indigenous peoples; Cultural relations; History; Irony; Fantasy; Archaeology; Excavation; Hides & skins; Steering...

    • "Durham's symbolic recoding of the imagery of modern America in the terms of its native Indians is interesting in relation to Joseph Beuys's use of Indian iconography for purposes of symbolic retribution. As a modernist, Beuys assumed his work...
    • Composition with Three Figures (Neo-Cubist Academy).

    • Composition with Three Figures (Neo-Cubist Academy).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Allusions; Symbols; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Lust; Gays; Martyrs; Saints; People associated with religion; Sailors; Men; Women; Bathing beauties; Portraits; Self-portraits; Nudes; Muscles; Standing;...

    • "One of Dali's greatest paintings from the mid-1920s, not exhibited since 1927. The influence of Picasso is manifest. It develops the theme of Saint Sebastian that so fascinated Lorca [Federico García Lorca] and Dali." (Caption);...
    • Lightning Field.

    • Lightning Field.

    • Lightning; Electricity; Storms; Meteorology; Weather; Natural phenomena; Nature; Physics

    • "One of the ironies of the anti-market strategies of certain Land Artists was that to view their works other than via photographs spectators had to travel large distances. This could be costly, especially when specialized transport was...
    • Blaze, detail.

    • Blaze, detail.

    • Paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Optical illusions; Hallucinations & illusions; Details

    • "Riley's 'Op' paintings of the early 1960s were exclusively in black and white although, as her critical mentor the psychologist Anton Ehrenzweig noted, they could generate disembodied sensations of color. She was to begin incorporating color...
    • Young girl, front view.

    • Young girl, front view.

    • Sculpture; Children; Youth; Girls; Clothing & dress; Sandals; Footwear; Hairstyles

    • "The nose, chin, and fingers on the right hand and the complete left hand are modern. This exceptionally well-preserved statue is striking for its elegant pose and the complexity of the garment and hairstyle. The very young girl represented...
    • More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid.

    • More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Symbols; Childhood & youth; Social aspects; Social values; Capitalism; Families; Gifts; Stuffed animals (Toys); Toys; Animals; Dolls

    • "The title of this work powerfully conveys the emotional blackmail tied up with certain instances of toy-making or giving. Alongside imagery relating to childhood, Kelley often explores adolescent subcultures, fads, and obsessions. His work...
    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Sculpture; Figurines; Women; Goddesses; Myths; Legends; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Hairstyles; Headgear; Grooming; Gestures; Mirrors; Symbols; Cupids; Dolphins; Aquatic animals; Lifting & carrying

    • "Venus is represented rising out of the water in accord with the conventions of the Aphrodite Anadyomene type. The triton and dolphin, which recall the maritime setting, were sometimes depicted alternately with two cupids accompanying the...
    • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Allegorical paintings; Allegories; Human life cycle; Indigenous peoples; Men; Women; Adults; Older people; Children; Youth; Girls; Infants; Nudes; Breasts; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Bracelets; Jewelry;...

    • "Where Do We Come From? offers a flowing composition divided into three main figure groupings set in a jungle clearing with the sea in the background. In the center a Polynesian Eve, reminiscent of Botticelli's Giuliano de' Medici in the...
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