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Photos of the Week Feb 04, 2009

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Nearly missing from contemporary painting for decades is the kind of narrative found in Da Vinci's “Last Supper,” Courbet's “Burial at Ornans,” or Picasso's “Guernica.” University of Richmond Museums found four painters who are keeping the tradition alive, each finding new ways to integrate representation with technical approach. Erling Sjovold, the university's own associate professor of art, provides some of the most imaginative and confounding gems. Borrowing strange perspectives and an effusive painting style from Baroque masters, Sjovold keeps viewers in suspense by painting a tense line between syrup and utter ecstasy. “Form and Story; Narration in Recent Painting” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art runs through May 15. Also check out the selection of snapshots by Andy Warhol from his archive of photos of the friends and freaks that surrounded the man and his era of New York history, running March 20-May 15. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8276.

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