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retrospective

an exhibition of an artist's life's work or a representative selection of it
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He had been led on by pure enthusiasm in his subject, and had really forgotten what bearing this retrospective survey had on his listener.
Captain Wragge's indignation, when he saw the answer to his advertisement, stooped to no retrospective estimate of his own conduct; he was as deeply offended, as sincerely angry as if he had made a perfectly honorable proposal, and had been rewarded for it by a personal insult.
Plymdale's maternal view was, that Rosamond might possibly now have retrospective glimpses of her own folly; and feeling the advantages to be at present all on the side of her son, was too kind a woman not to behave graciously.
Mr Squeers indulged in a retrospective look, for some quarter of a minute, as if this allusion to his lady's excellences had naturally led his mind to the peaceful village of Dotheboys near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire; and then looked at Ralph, as if waiting for him to say something.
Marlow smiled his retrospective smile which was kind as though he bore no grudge against people he used to know.
'Hah!' Mr Riderhood very slowly and hoarsely chimed in, with several retrospective nods of his head.
Grummer intimated, by a retrospective shake of the head, that he should never forget it--as indeed it was not likely he would, so long as it continued to be cited daily.
Then, as she remained silent, and seemed to be losing herself in retrospective meditation upon her perfect respectability, he ventured upon a short cut to his goal.
It's a hire whose credits include a notable list of firsts--the first museum retrospectives of Duchamp and Cornell, the first survey of American Pop art-not to mention the cofounding, with Edward Kienholz, of LA's fabled Ferus Gallery.
To many who knew her work from gallery shows, the tardiness was puzzling; in the late '60s, museums had begun to award full-career retrospectives to those at the early middle, not just the end, of their artistic lives.
At least we'll have at hand the evidence to be able to ponder the issue: That's what retrospectives are for.
1 "Sigmar Polke: The Three Lies of Painting" (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn, 1997) Large retrospectives are risky in that they always seem to push the artist's achievement--even a living one's--into the past tense.