Xavier F. Salomon

Xavier F. Salomon is the Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, a post he assumed in January of 2014. More »

Past Exhibitions: Veronese's Allegories

Painting of man in white garb stretching between two women in dresses

Veronese’s Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice

April 11, 2006 to July 16, 2006

The art of Paolo Veronese (1528–1588) is inextricably linked to the idea of opulence and splendor in Renaissance Venice. His paintings are grandiose visions of the richness and spectacle of sixteenth-century Venetian life. Crowded compositions with theatrical effects, in which groups of sumptuously dressed people re-enact religious and secular events, have become synonymous with Veronese’s oeuvre, and his dazzling and effective use of color has been praised and celebrated over the centuries.

Past Exhibition: Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Oil painting of a young girl leaning out a window sill.

Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery

March 9, 2010 to May 30, 2010

Dulwich Picture Gallery holds one of the world's major collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century paintings. The exhibition, which heralds the Gallery’s bicentenary in 2011, reintroduces American audiences to this institution’s collection through an exceptional group of works, to be shown exclusively at the Frick through May 30, 2010.

Curators Reflect: Degas’s “Adelchi Morbilli”

video still of Xavier F. Salomon looking closely at work in gallery

With only three weeks left to see The Eveillard Gift at Frick Madison, Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, reflects on Degas’s exquisite drawing of his young cousin. The drawing epitomizes a shared quality among the works on paper in the exhibition, many of which appear to give an intimate look into both artist and subject.

The work is on view at Frick Madison through February 26, 2023, in The Eveillard Gift.

Cocktails with a Curator: From Series to Publication

You asked and we listened! Based on The Frick Collection’s acclaimed video series of the same name, the Cocktails with a Curator book is now available. Here, watch as curators Xavier F. Salomon, Aimee Ng, and Giulio Dalvit reflect on the unexpected popularity of the series and their excitement to share engaging histories of Frick artworks, paired with themed drinks, with readers around the world. Cheers!

Living Histories: In Conversation with Jenna Gribbon

video still of Xavier Salomon and Jenna Gribbon seated and talking
Artist Jenna Gribbon speaks with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon about the third installment of Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters, on view through May 22, 2022. Jenna discusses engaging critically with the history of art, enlivening the Old Masters through the lens of the camp aesthetic, and disrupting the Frick’s traditional displays of husbands, wives, and male rivalry through her painting What Am I Doing Here? I Should Ask You the Same, a powerful portrait of her partner created in response to the work of Hans Holbein.

Living Histories: In Conversation with Salman Toor

video still of Xavier Salomon and Salman Toor seated at table, talking

Artist Salman Toor joins Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon for a conversation about  Museum Boys, his painting on view at Frick Madison through January 16, 2022, as part of the year-long project  Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters. Salman recounts moving from Pakistan to the United States, his lifelong interest in Western artistic traditions, finding safety and empowerment through painting, and revisiting his “Vermeer phase” at the Frick.