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On 10 works of art that changed my life

A list of works of art that I saw in a museum or gallery (rather than on the internet or in a book) that drew me towards art or transformed my ideas about art:
‘Pieta’ (1499), by Michelangelo

‘The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian’ (1867-69) by Manet

‘La Romeria de San Isidro’ (1819-23) by Goya

‘Man with a Guitar’ (1911) by Braque

‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ (1907) by Picasso

‘Deutschlands Geisteshelden’ (1973), by Anselm Kiefer

‘The Three Crosses’ (1653), etching by Rembrandt

‘Australia’ (1951), by David Smith

‘Limehouse Basin’ (1990), by Jock McFadyen

‘Altar to the Chases High School’ (1987), by Christian Boltanski

What pictures changed your life in some way?

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  1. I'll name exhibitions:
    Donald Sultan at the old MCA
    Anselm Keifer at the AIC
    Francis Bacon, Maillol Museum , Paris
    Christian Boltanski at the old MCA
    William Kentridge at the Hirshhorn, DC
    Art and Napoleon, JACQUEMART-ANDRE Museum, Paris
    Rembrandt, 400th Anniversary, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
    Gustave Moureau at the Art Institute (w/ a follow up at the Moureau studio/museum, Paris)
    Ross Bleckner, Mary Boone, NYC
    ...and te one that started it all, Jim Dine retrospective, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

  2. That's quite a list, Dan. Speaking of Jim Dine, I've been thinking a lot about his prints recently, particularly his etchings of farm implements and brushes. Something about the single minded focus on the mundane, in order to see if any symbolic forms emerge.


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