This Art Exhibit Sends You To Spain On American Soil

This Art Exhibit Sends You To Spain On American Soil


It seems somehow fitting, both as this publication’s resident art critic and as a half-Spaniard, that the first exhibition I’ve been able to visit and write about since COVID-19 lockdowns explores the phenomenon of Americans traveling to Spain: something I’ve been prevented from doing for nearly a year now.

Whether you’re primarily interested in simply looking at beautiful works of art, or if you care to wade into the somewhat unexplored waters of Spain’s influence on American art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, “Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920,” which opened at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk this past weekend, and will later head to the Milwaukee Art Museum this summer, is a terrific show. The exhibition proved to be an all-too-brief reunion with something that has been denied to me for lo these many months of lockdowns and travel bans, and which I very much need to feel completely myself.

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