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  • Henri Laurens

    Kunsthalle Bielefeld
    Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
    March 4–May 27

    With the right birthdate (1885) and connections (Kahnweiler, Braque Picasso, Diaghilev, Chanel), Laurens claims a niche in every account of Cubism. But his early works have seldom made anyone’s pulse beat faster; and his later anguished females tend to seem well-mannered next to Moore’s and Lipchitz’s heroic earth mothers. With this retrospective, curated by Thomas Kallein, things may change, especially with Louise Bourgeois’s promised essay, which will explore the personal mysteries in what now look only like “modernist” period pieces. (An amputee, Laurens was particularly dependent on his adoring wife, Marthe.) Perhaps this new reading of the artist’s psychodrama will stir things up.