Marville

Stunning exhibition of Marville at the Metropolitan Museum. Usually I prefer early paper negatives and salt prints but Marville is an exception. The opening gallery of salt prints is extremely uneven and Marville only really hits his stride in the subsequent galleries which present his later albumen prints from glass plates. The pictures of an old canal in Paris are incredible.

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The Carpeaux exhibition, although in need of double the space, is extraordinary. The marble of Ugolino, although melodramatic, is incredibly powerful, as are all the small terracotta studies, which are often more expressive and intense than the finished marbles.