Ovals, spirals, opulent materials, heroic gestures: what does the modern spirit know of these essential elements of Baroque art? Inveterate individualists, we cannot see pomp and grandeur as a way of life; and the idea that human experience should be framed publicly, as it often is in Baroque art, does not match up with our sense that each of us is locked inside his or her own head. The Baroque works today mostiy as a romantic metaphor, as a dream in which our private grandiosity bursts out and takes over the entire world. Some would say this can never be a modern metaphor. And one may wonder if the later, neo-Baroque work of Jacques Lipchitz and Giorgio de Chirico ought to be called modernist, anti-modernist, or modernism having a bad dream about itself. These are questions that Baroque forms inevitably raise when they appear in a modern context. What is missing, in the current climate, are considered answers. In December, when Borghi &...

 
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