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A Spanish waiter will offer a small plate of tapas specifically selected to enhance the taste and experience of the accompanying beverage, as well as to enhance the social atmosphere. This exhibition catalog of a show that will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 7 through June 3 surveys Barcelona's role in the European modernist art and architecture movement and mimics a Spanish waiter. The contributors—editors Robinson and Jordi Falgàs are curator, modern European art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and a Cleveland Fellow in modern art, respectively, and Carmen Belen Lord is an independent art historian—provide a wide assortment of social, economic, and cultural tidbits to go along with the 350 magnificent artworks produced in and around Catalonia, and the experience is grand. Thorough exploration of a 71-year period gradually builds a deeper understanding of the history of Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain and its impact on the artists of the time. Readers will see the influence of Spain's defeat in the Spanish-American War, Catalonia's struggle for a national identity, Spain's neutrality in World War I, and more manifested in the very essence of the art itself. Furthermore, in addition to discovering Spanish artists they may not know well, readers will never look at Antoni Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia or Pablo Picasso's Guernicawith the same eyes again. Strongly recommended for libraries specializing in art history.
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