The Easel

9th July 2024

Vera Molnár: Parler à l’oeil

Molnar’s art has its humour but essentially it is an intellectual exercise into order and the breaking down of order. Starting with a page of squares, for example, she “joins them, divides them, spaces them, squeezes them, flattens them and shakes them” until the image is reduced to an aesthetically pleasing incoherence. Some call her the “godmother of generative art”, but she was a godmother prone to intervention. In an interview, she said “I love order, but I can’t stand it,” Images are here.

2nd July 2024

Masterpieces from the Torlonia Collection

The Torlonia collection, formed over centuries, is Rome’s “last princely collection”. Locked away for decades, it is the world’s most significant private collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. About 90 works recently shown in Rome are now at the Louvre for a first-ever show outside Italy. The linked piece tells the Louvre story but by far the best review of the collection is here. It gushes that “the sculptures [are] of such high aesthetic quality that the visual impression is almost overwhelming.”