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702 9th Ave New York
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The Flaneur
Jun 20 - Aug 07 2019 - 17 days left
The French word ''flaneur'' -- which means a person who idles or strolls around, often with the implication of wasting time -- has appeared in discussions on contemporary art since the nineteenth century, perhaps first in Charles Baudelaire's historic 1863 essay, The Painter of Modern Life. In that text, Baudelaire was considering the artists of his day -- Manet, Degas, Monet, and Renoir among them -- and their paintings of Parisian life, in which people are shown walking around, lounging in cafes, parks, and nightclubs, and taking in the cityscape. However, rather than describing his flaneur as lazy or indifferent to their surroundings, Baudelaire instead celebrates the flâneur as the “passionate spectator” of contemporary urban life. For this show at Fountain House Gallery, ''We asked the artists to inhabit the role of flaneur themselves, reflecting on the bustle and diversity of city life as only artists can.'' Curator: Adam Yokell. Opening Reception: Thu, Jun 20, 6-8pm.