Fruitful Reverie

Cézanne can have his apples. These artists go for the watermelon, even when flies are circling.

But then, over the course of a few days, the seeming arbitrariness of the show began to bug me. And when I turned to the catalog, a surprisingly languorous essay by the museum's usually astute executive director, George S. Bolge, failed to shed much light on these highly varied studies of inanimate objects.

Putting a spin on the traditional still life in works like Julio Larraz's Cocos
Putting a spin on the traditional still life in works like Julio Larraz's Cocos
Jorge Varona's Icono
Jorge Varona's Icono

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On display through November 27. Call 561-392-2500.
Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton

In the end, I circled back to Bodegón (Still Life), a Frida Kahlo watercolor that hangs at the very beginning of the exhibition (and, dating to 1928-29, is by far the oldest piece in the show). In its own weird way, this unassuming little image by a painter best-known for her self-portraiture, consisting of the odd ceramic trinity of a floral-patterned platter, an upended pig, and a horse, has more to say about still lifes than everything else that follows it.

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