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This edition: August 2008

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Original tape date: August 2, 2008.

1/ Louise Bourgeois at the Guggenheim Museum
It takes a career to fill a museum. This season the career is that of Louise Bourgeois, and the museum is the divine spiraling space of the Guggenheim in New York. Born in 1911 in Paris and working in New York since the late 1930s, Madame Bourgeois is still creating art in her 97th year. While she knew a host of the greatest artists of the 20th century, her own style is distinct, unique, unforgettable. She is what most artists yearn to be: an original. Curator Nancy Spector shares with Canape her thoughts on the achievements of this French-American woman.

2/ Courbet at the Metropolitan Museum
Before there was Impressionism there was Realism. One Frenchman more than any other figure stood for the revolutionary principle of showing everyday life on the same scale as Greco-Roman or Biblical scenes. His name was Gustave Courbet, and he changed the visual culture of Western civilization. For the first time in thirty years the Metropolitan Museum is offering a large retrospective of 130 works that gives deep insight into Courbet’s place in the development of modern art. Curator Gary Tinterow gives CANAPE a glimpse of the exhibit.

3/  Van Gogh at the Morgan Library
What artist loved sunflowers, cut off his ear, and revolutionized  painting? Vincent Van Gogh, of course. But what else can we know about this giant of European art? A new exhibit – Painted with Words: Vincent Van Gogh’s Letters to Emile Bernard – at the Morgan Library and Museum reveals a mature artist struggling with his own concerns even as he advises and encourages a younger friend. Curator Jennifer Tonkovich shares with CANAPE the story of  etters never seen before in public.

4/ "Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists" by Lin Arison
Art has many functions. After the death of her husband, arts patron and philanthropist Lin Arison, decided to take her granddaughter, Sarah, on a trip to France. There they would see the places where many of the great Impressionist Paintings were created. Their trip discovering the context of great art, helped the journey of mourning. It also led Lin Arison to create a book with photographer Neil Folberg to explore the world of the 19th century impressionists. The author and world traveler shares her experience with Canapé.
At the end of her trip, Lin Arison realized that one of the reasons she was tracking down the impressionists was that they were ostracized in their time.  They reminded her of the struggles of young artists that she is helping to promote through her foundation back in the United States.

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