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The Purist

Tomma Abts, Yet-to-be-titled acrylic and oil on canvas, 2014, 18 7/8 x 15 inches;

Abstractionist Tomma Abts lets her paintings paint themselves, and the results are intricate, challenging, and beautiful. Continue reading

The Lalique Mystique

René Lalique, Illuminated Surtout de table, Oiseau de Feu (Firebird), R. Lalique et Cie., circa 1922, mold-pressed, acid-etched intaglio design, 42.2 cm.

French designer-entrepreneur René Lalique was a wizard who could make glass do just about anything—and die-hard devotees of his works will do just about anything to get them. Continue reading

The Aristocrats

Charles Green Shaw, Untitled (Intersecting Trapezoids No. 1)

They were wealthy, privileged, and rigorously formalist. But the “Park Avenue Cubists” believed that the most sophisticated art should be available to everyone. Continue reading

Pile On

Marianne Richter, Granen flatweave carpet, 1949, Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom AB, hand-woven wool, 64 x 95 inches.

Twentieth-century carpets weave strands of modernist geometry and color abstraction into traditional formats, taking textile into the realm of fine art. Continue reading

Portrait

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of Shorty, 1963, oil on canvas.

Jamie Wyeth gets a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston that looks beyond his status as American art royalty. Continue reading