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Tobias Rehberger
American Traitor Bitch
2006
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
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WEEKEND UPDATE
by Walter Robinson


The team here at Weekend Update is way behind schedule, so if you don’t mind we’ll race through our backlog, okay? First up is a painting by Max Liebermann (1847-1935) at the Jewish Museum, part of the survey show, "Max Liebermann: From Realism to Impressionism," Mar. 10-July 30, 2006. Interesting, since the work in question is neither Realist, like Liebermann’s progressive scenes of workers and ordinary 19th-century life, nor Impressionist, like the 1926 scene of the flowering rose hedge in his garden at Wannsee that sold at auction for a record $1,576,000 in 2003. Rather, the painting is religious, a large if fairly typical rendering of an early episode of the life of Jesus, the "finding in the temple" from Luke 2:42-51.

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