Friday, July 19, 2019

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Jackson Pollock and Thornton Dial Given Equal Billing in Met Exhibition

History Refused to Die at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the acquisition in 2014 of 57 works from the Atlanta-based non-profit Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which promotes the art of self-taught contemporary African-American artists from the south-east US. The show aims “to put these works in the context of contemporary art in general”, says the co-curator Amelia Peck. For...

Exhibition at Pace Gallery Features Twelve Recent Paintings by Julian Schnabel

Pace is presenting Julian Schnabel: The re-use of 2017 by 2018. The re-use of Christmas, birthdays. The re-use of a joke. The re-use of air and water. This is the first solo presentation by the artist at Pace in London. The exhibition features twelve recent paintings using imagery and an approach to painting that the artist has refined throughout his...

What René Magritte did When Surrealism was Trumped by ‘Nazi idiots’

The Fifth Season, a survey of late works from 1943-67 by René Magritte at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), begins with paintings many will not recognise as being by the Belgian artist at all. The curator Caitlin Haskell calls it an act of “artistic ventriloquism” that came out of the artist living through “strange times”—not dissimilar...

Blood, Sweat, Tears, Piss and Vinegar: Adrian Piper at MoMA

Adrian Piper’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016 (until 22 July), is also an analysis of artistic, academic and social institutions. A conceptual artist, Kantian philosopher and yogi, the New York-born, Berlin-based Piper has sought to transcend the boundaries between art and public discourse. Race is central to her investigations. As a light-skinned...

Beyond Banksy: This Massive LA Exhibition Dramatically Expands the Story of Graffiti

Walking through “Beyond the Streets,” the sprawling, adventurous show of diverse work by street artists housed in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse north of LA’s Chinatown, the opening scene of the seminal street art documentary Style Wars flickered into my mind. In it, a group of young New York graffiti artists stand in the street anxiously waiting for a subway train to pass...

Maria Lassnig Retrospective at Kunstmuseum Basel Showcases Key Works

In an exhibition titled Dialogues, the Kunstmuseum Basel (MAY 12, 2018–AUG 26, 2018) presents around ninety drawings and watercolors by the Austrian artist Maria Lassnig, who died four years ago. The retrospective showcases key works as well as sheets that have never been on public display. Deeply felt emotions are at the core of the art of Maria Lassnig (1919–2014). Works she...

Fantastico! Exhibition at Ateneum Art Museum Offers an Introduction to the Mysterious World of Magic Realism

From 10 May to 19 August 2018, the Ateneum Art Museum hosts the exhibition Fantastico! Italian Art from the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition explores an artistic movement known as magic realism, which emerged in Italy at the end of the First World War. The exhibition features masterpieces by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi...

Costume Institute’s Exhibition Focuses on Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view from May 10 through October 8, 2018 is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue—in the medieval galleries, Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art, part of The Robert Lehman Wing, and the Anna Wintour Costume Center—and uptown at The Met Cloisters. The thematic exhibition...

Spark Your Wanderlust With a Wander Through Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie

Like schadenfreude and zeitgeist, wanderlust is one of those German compound nouns that is so handy it has been adopted by the English language. And while the urge to wander or travel is hardly unique to the Germans, it was a prominent feature of 19th-century German Romanticism—an era when poets like Heinrich Heine roamed remote corners of the country...

Who Needs a Rorschach Test? This Artist Mounted a Joint Exhibition With His Therapist

At “Since We Met,” a new exhibition in a Downtown Los Angeles dance studio, rows of mirrors fragment the space into a disorienting collage. The reflective surfaces, according to artist Michael Gittes, are a point of reconciliation. “For a long time, it was difficult to look in the mirror,” he says, following a painful and protracted bout of bipolar mania...

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