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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on September 30 at 9:00 AM

Edwin Longsden Long’s Love’s Labour Lost (1885), oil on canvas, 67 1/2 by 92 inches (courtesy of the Dahesh Museum of Art)

At the Frye. (Museum site here.)

Want to zoom in on that tiny spotted goat looking up at this bored pubescent, or, you know, the monkey playing with kittens near the doorway at the back of the room? Click here.

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The title makes me a little crazy, but I love this painting.

Posted by Greg | September 30, 2008 9:05 AM

Or the tiny alligator/crocidile?

Posted by fARTing | September 30, 2008 9:15 AM

This is a brilliant exhibit and you should all go check it out. 'nuff said.

Posted by CP | September 30, 2008 9:21 AM

CP, I agree; saw it on Sunday. But the Frye needs to move the useless chairs from "Gaze" to "Empire," where they were fucking needed. After two hours of standing I didn't even want to watch the video art.

Posted by EmilyP | September 30, 2008 10:02 AM

This I like.

Posted by elswinger | September 30, 2008 10:03 AM

FYI: There is currently a sister exhibition of more paintings from the Dahesh collection at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Posted by zerb | September 30, 2008 11:20 AM

Victorian porno disguised as a "story picture". This is a variant of the popular harem genre paintings which allowed upper class people to have a little skin showing around the house. I think the goat is actually a poorly imagined gazelle. The Victorians had it that gazelles were popular pets of the harem, they turn up as a trope in all sorts of literature and visual art of the period.

Posted by inkweary | September 30, 2008 11:42 AM

Thanks for posting this, Jen. Beautiful.

Posted by greendyke | September 30, 2008 11:58 AM

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