In addition to putting enormous demands on a museum staff, imported blockbusters also seem to take away curators' opportunities to mount innovative exhibitions of important new contemporary work by relatively unknown or local artists or new ways of looking at a museum's own holdings.

The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis Davíd appears in a number of reincarnations in Phoenix Art Museum's "Masterpiece Replayed."
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The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis Davíd appears in a number of reincarnations in Phoenix Art Museum's "Masterpiece Replayed."

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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Museums

Region: Central Phoenix

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"Masterpiece Replayed: Monet, Matisse & More" runs through May 4. Call 602-257-1222.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue

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While "Masterpiece Replayed" is built on solid, often absorbing, scholarly ground, it falls far short of the blockbuster category. Sadly, it reminds me of one of those contests in the back of National Enquirer asking the reader to spot the subtle differences in two almost identical photos. Only with this show, there's not even the chance that you can win a prize.

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