Jerry Saltz Book Review
Brian Alfred at Haunch of Venison
“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”
Giambattista Tiepolo (1696 – 1770), very famous and much in demand in his lifetime, has a roomful of his enormously tall paintings at the entrance to the European galleries of the Metropolitan Museum. Thought to be just a gifted decorative artist, unlike Piero della Francesca, he has not has not become a culture hero. In a…
Taking subjects from the raw materials for old master art, Steir transforms them in accord with her very contemporary sensibility.
10 September to 24 October, 2009 745 Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th streets New York City, 212 752 2929 In the 1980s, when painting was beleaguered and abstract painting under much pressure, Peter Halley was one of the few younger abstractionists who attracted attention. His distinctive hard-edge pictures were accompanied by his theorizing that,…
By his critical reference to the illusions of the rhetoric of the Olympics, vastly expensive events which diverted funding from the fundamental needs of the population, he makes a powerful political statement, all the more potent because it is extremely elliptical.
Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.
Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China by Karen Smith; and Ai WeiWei by Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrisi, Bernard Fibicher
It may seem odd to locate the birth of the Chinese avant-garde so close to the present, for in the West that period style label is associated with the late 19th Century, but in the early 1980s, China was emerging from a long period of being effectively cut off from the outside world.
Rothko/Giotto Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin February 6-May 3, 2009 Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin March 7- May 10, 2009 Blockbuster exhibitions can be extremely small. When recently the Frick presented the London Cimabue alongside its Manhattan mate, in the small room next to the bookstore, a revelatory visual relationship was…