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More on Morandi

October 9, 2008

(Village Voice) Even if Morandi’s compositional variations are easily grasped from photos, the material presence of these small paintings must be experienced in the flesh. “Painter’s painter” and “once in a lifetime” are two clichés surpassed by the Met’s eloquent survey of this under-recognized modern master, which includes more than 100 works gathered primarily from Italian collections. The exhibition’s title is blunt—just dates bracketing a life unencumbered by love affairs or any known passions save for art. And yet this homebody—who only rarely ventured far from his native Bologna, where he shared an apartment with his mother and three spinster sisters—was cursed to live in interesting times, including two world wars (the first of which found him quickly discharged from the Italian army after a breakdown) and endless revolutions in politics, science, and the arts. (full article)

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