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Blake Gopnik's best art of 2010

The old masters are getting younger by the day. 2010 was a year -- maybe the first -- in which all of modern art has started feeling safely in the past, fully museum-able. There were fine shows of older work, but they rarely had the force of exhibitions exploring the last century. Here, in chronological order, are 10 shows that have stuck in my mind.

 
 

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"The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700," at the National Gallery of Art in February. An innovative show about 17th-century art, providing harrowing visions of suffering made saintly. The pairing of 2-D and 3-D images of the same scenes made clear that what an artwork showed might once have mattered more than how it showed it. The surface look of art is a 20th-century obsession.


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Blake Gopnik's best art of 2010
Photos | The old masters are getting younger by the day. 2010 was a year -- maybe the first -- in which all of modern art has started feeling safely in the past, fully museum-able. There were fine shows of older work, but they rarely had the force of exhibitions exploring the last century. Here, in chronological order, are 10 shows that have stuck in my mind.

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