European Art

Swiss Photography

In Switzerland, as in much of the world today, art is increasingly photographic. Abandoning the notion of the artwork as a self-contained, autonomous object, many contemporary artists use photography to document and comment on life around them. New technologies—including digitization and speedier methods of enlargement, editing, and reproduction—have helped break down the division between a […]

Kunstlerplakate: Artists’ Posters from East Germany

Surveying the evolution of artists’ posters in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the decades preceding reunification in 1989, Künstlerplakate ranges from early examples of the late 1960s to the rich and varied highpoint of the late 1980s.

Muiltiple Identities

Like a good conversation, it takes two to make a portrait. Something special arises when artists depict their sitters or, in the case of self-portraits, themselves. Many times, however, portraits initially are judged by their ability to capture and evoke a sitter’s likeness. Yet the mirroring capacity of portraiture constitutes just one facet of its […]

Art of the Everyday: France in the 90s

In the last fifteen years, there has been a prevailing attitude in the United States that contemporary French Art was either non-existent or not of sufficient quality to be viewed on par with the art of other European, Asian, and North-American artists. Consider the recent article that appeared in The New York Times, 1/14/96; its […]