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On Site
Gesture by
Nicholas Cullinan
, curator

Jackson Pollock (American): Number 28, 1950

This painting is incredibly honest; Pollock isn’t trying to fool us in any way.
#97
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Clips
Poetic License by
Martina Rugiadi
, curator

Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi (Iran): Wine Cup

It’s actually a celebration of the exalted status of being drunk.
#94
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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On Site
Hipster by
Jan Glier Reeder
, curator

Charles James (American, born Great Britain): Evening dress

The construction defies any usual dress-making norms.
#93
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Close-Ups
Accident by
Samantha Rippner
, curator

Robert Rauschenberg (American): Accident

It’s just the start of what we now know as the media and the barrage of information that infiltrates our daily life.
#87
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Close-Ups
Stubborn by
Sinéad Vilbar
, curator

Fudõ Myõõ (Achala-vidyãrãja) [Japan]

He’s like the bouncer of Buddhism.
#59
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Rotations
Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
, curator

Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Close-Ups
Motion Picture by
Asher Miller
, curator

Eugène Delacroix (French): The Abduction of Rebecca

It’s a still image, but I see it in motion.
#51
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Close-Ups
Line by
Sheila Canby
, curator

Groom and Rider [Iran, Tabriz]

There’s no break in the line; there’s no hesitation in the hand of the artist.
#52
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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On Site
Tipping Point by
Stijn Alsteens
, curator

Albrecht Dürer (German): Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso)

All kinds of aesthetic decisions are taken that make the jump from an observation to a work of art.
#43
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Juxtapositons
Originality by
Dita Amory
, curator

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch): The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci

The density of lines enhances the extraordinary emotion of the moment.
#30
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Rotations
Naked Authority by
Joan R. Mertens
, curator

Marble statue of a kouros (youth) [Greek, Attic]

His power resides in his beautiful body and the steadfast gaze.
#20
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Rotations
Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
, curator

Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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