Found Objects: Treasures from an Italian Flea Market, the Still Life of Mandy Boursicot

7 July- 5 September, 2016

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The historian Peter Burke in his book Eyewitnessing theorizes that the objects in background of antique paintings are just as important as the people painted in forefront. These paintings are a window into the world of times past, and the objects within them convey the values, aesthetics, occupations, and preoccupations of that time. The classical realist painter Mandy Boursicot creates a series of paintings based on objects she found in an Italian flea market. The exhibition looks at these objects of the past and questions why these relics have such an enduring fascination.