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em>Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things (organized by the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern); and Speaking with Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection. The Brancusi exhibition was a treat, as his work is rarely shown in such breadth in this country. Its installation on the Guggenheim’s ramp made viewing it a bit strange, because there were few groupings and little context for the sculptures. I love Brancusi’s work, but enjoyed seeing it much more in Paris in his studios, which are a permanent part of the Pompidou Museum. Speaking with Hands is a wonderful collection of photographs that features images of hands or images where hands play an expressive role. The exhibition did not include all the images of this sort that are in the collection, but it was, like other shows I saw while in New York, a “who’s who” of New York and European vintage.

- Terri Cohn [Friday, August 13th, 2004]

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