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Jason Brinkerhoff, No. 41, Untitled, 2013. Graphite, colored pencil, wax pastel, and spray paint on paper, 12 15?16 × 10 inches.
Taking a cue from Morton Feldman’s remark that “the love of the past in art is something very different to the artist than it is to the audience,” it’s fair to assume that the audience can remain attached to their...
 
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Richard Phillips: Negation of the Universe from Rizzoli ...
 
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Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman


At the end of the Civil War, there were very few significant paintings in America. By the start of the Great War, however, thanks to a surprisingly small group of men and women, the extensive collections we possess today had started to be formed. Cynthia Saltzman, a marvelously writerly writer, has studied the literature, read…


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New China New Art by Richard Vine


Vine and artist Zhang Hongtu present revised/expanded edition at New York Public Library this Wednesday (February 1)


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Antonie’s Alphabet: Watteau and His World by Jed Perl


I enjoyed every word of this beautifully composed book, a virtuoso performance by a writer at the top of his form, who almost never fails to be totally engaging.


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Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to “In Search of Lost Time” by Eric Karpeles


Thanks to the very fully annotated correspondence, in 38 volumes, we know a great deal about Marcel Proust’s tastes in visual art. When young he frequented the Louvre, went to the Low Countries and, under the spell of John Ruskin, traveled to see France’s medieval churches. He devoted long essays to Gustave Moreau and Monet,…


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Art Power by Boris Groys


Using few footnotes, this collection of Boris Groys’s essays offers a compulsively original account of contemporary art and the political systems that support it. Educated in the former USSR, now a professor in Germany who also teaches at NYU, he brings to contemporary art theory a highly original perspective. Groys discusses fundamental topics: the nature…


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The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Two on Francis Picabia from MIT


Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris by George Baker and I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia


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The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 by Max Kozloff


Published by Phaidon Press, 2007, www.phaidon.com 336 pages, 280 black & white photographs, 70 color photographs $69.95 When the findings of history, a discussion of uses and the reconstruction of story blend with criticism, portrait content, I hope, is enlivened. Still, the narratives within it keep on turning, like the expressions on faces, themselves… (p….


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de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan


“de Kooning: An American Master” By Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan Knopf, 2004 752 pages, $35 With typical existentialist panache, Francis Bacon coined the phrase “exhilarated despair,” an oxymoron that rings true for Willem de Kooning, whom Bacon admired. Not so much for his work, necessarily, which runs the gamut of emotions and sensations (although…


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Sean Scully by David Carrier


Sean Scully by David Carrier Thames & Hudson, 224 pages, $65 Sean Scully does for stripes what Giorgio Morandi did for bottles. He turns an unpreposessing form into the cipher for a fulsome range of painterly emotions. Morandi’s jugs and jars were things in the world, still-life motifs that precariously balanced specificity and generalization. Mr….


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Rudy Burckhardt by Phillip Lopate and Rudy Burckhardt: Selected Photographs


Book Review: Rudy Burckhardt, by Phillip Lopate with an essay by Vincent Katz Abrams, 2004 (224 pp, $65) Rudy Burckhardt: Selected Photographs through September 11, 2004 724 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 212 262 5050 Rudy Burckhardt’s Sense of Place What makes Rudy Burckhardt unique among many great photographers of New York is his magic…