James Ensor, 150 Years Young

When James Ensor turned to print-making, he offered the cryptic rationale that “I want to survive, to speak for a long time to men of the future.” Dr. Richard Simms’¬†gift of 11 Ensor prints to the Getty Research Institute includes My Portrait in 1960, the meme-alicious etching of the artist at age 100. No, the real Ensor didn’t make it to 100, and neither did the one in the print, whose chief mourner is a big-ass spider. For a 2006 Belgian arts festival, a Louise Bourgeois spider was installed over Ensor’s grave, and Ensor, who turned¬†150 this April, is still speaking to us.

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