On the artist Gabriele Münter and freeing her from the shadow of Wassily Kandinsky.
For my new monthly column for The Paris Review, I will travel across Europe—from Copenhagen to Dublin to Berlin to London—searching out essential artworks and exhibitions that speak to a wider cultural context, such as our desire for wanderlust or the complexities of artistic romances. In this first segment, I explore the complicated burden placed upon the lovers, close friends, and heirs of famous artists after they die.
A new Picasso exhibition, curated by one of his granddaughters, celebrates one of the only women he didn’t harm for his art: his daughter Maya.
With the writers we read again and again, our interpretation of their stories and legacies tends to change over time.