Art: Where Fantasy Teases Reality

A show explores the whimsical world of Jean-Michel Folon

Stone. Bronze. Oil on canvas. This is the durable stuff that heavy-duty art history is made of. For more than three decades, however, Jean-Michel Folon has taken on serious, humanistic themes with no more than delicate whispers of watercolor on paper. His skill and inventiveness have made him one of the world's best-known commercial artists. Now, in a career-spanning survey on view at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art through June 3, Folon is coming in for the sort of institutional scrutiny rarely afforded an artist whose work is better known from posters and magazines than from trend-setting galleries. Mounted...

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