Madrid Realists’ Exhibition Review

Published in The Jackdaw June 2016

Madrid Realists Exhibition 2016
Madrid Realists Exhibition 2016

A crowd is gathered in front of a picture, there’s shuffling and whispering, angling for a better view. Several people are up close, peering at the surface plane as if cross-examining it. The buzz of conversation is rising as viewers shift their weight and linger in front of this picture. The timed entry to the exhibition means the crowd behind is building, waiting. Finally the noise, now approaching cocktail party level, is too much for the guard. She issues a loud, insistent shhhhhhhhhhh!

It’s not the Mona Lisa, and it’s neither porn nor politics

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