“Posters of Paris” Ponderings

After a lovely afternoon at the Milwaukee Art Museum with the audio guide and my notebook as my companions, these are few of the observations I jotted down while navigating the metaphorical Morris columns: 1. Morris columns are smooth, cylindrical pillars installed on Parisian streets in the late 1800s—specifically for displaying poster advertising in the round. 2. These advertising posters (affiches artistique) inspired poster mania (affichomanie). 3. People coveted these works so much that artists like Grün had to stamp their art with, “This poster may not be given or sold.” 4. My…
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This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Impressionism

Don’t go see Impressionism Masterworks on Paper for the water lilies. Because there aren’t any. Save those for the guest bedroom at Grandma's house. See it for the draftsmanship of great artists like Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Pisarro. I think I expected something very French Vanilla in this Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition, expertly curated by Christopher Lloyd and Laurie Winters, but what I got was a very Neapolitan-By-Way-Of -Paris collection of masterful avante-garde drawings. There’s something so immediate and vital about a sketch dashed off in minutes or a sweep of white pastel on…
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