Legend has it that no one took notice of Jackson Pollock’s first exhibitions in Paris, but an anonymous Hungarian immigrant named Judit Reigl did.
MIAMI BEACH — The 14th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach offers its expected share of conventional, cheesy, captivating, cool, and curious works, but it would be impossible to discuss everything worth a mention.
In 1983, at the height of his career, Simon Hantaï (1922–2008), then sixty years old, decided to withdraw from the art scene and stop exhibiting his work, if not to stop painting altogether. He would not show again until 1998, a fifteen-year hiatus and self-imposed silence that echo with more force as time goes by. Why, we may wonder, would an artist at the top of his game, especially someone of Hantaï’s stature, do such a thing?