Having just been to Madrid, and the Prado, for the first time, this is particularly interesting.
Postmodern Velázquez, New York Times, Dec 11 2014
In Michel Foucault’s essay on Velázquez’s baroque masterpiece “Las Meninas,” he comments on Velázquez’s decision to insert his self-portrait into the painting’s narrative, planting a seed that would bloom into postmodernism.
That blossom continues to flower. “Las Meninas Renacen de Noche (Las Meninas Reborn in the Night),” a new exhibition of photographs by Yasumasa Morimura at the Luhring Augustine Gallery, sees the artist restaging, even remixing, Velázquez’s picture, using the actual canvas, as it hangs in the Prado in Madrid, as the focal point for a series of self-portraits in which Mr. Morimura inhabits different characters from the painting. Foucault clearly didn’t know the half of it.
You can get a first glimpse by attending the opening reception Friday night [19 Dec 2014] from 6 to 8; the show runs from Saturday through Jan. 24.
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