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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
 
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The late artist’s assemblages move out of the desert and into the museum. ...
Friday, August 14th, 2015
 
Ai Weiwei, Wang Family Ancestral Hall, 2015, at Galleria Continua, Beijing
For more than two decades, Ai has turned down exhibitions of his work in China ...
Monday, February 16th, 2015
 
Ed Clark, New Orleans Series #4, 2012. Acrylic on canvas,  53 x 66 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans.
Two shows highlight the work of contemporary New Orleans artists and others connected to the city. ...
 

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Judy Pfaff, Scene I: The Garden. Enter Mrs. Barnes (detail), 2015. Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation for "Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things" exhibition. Image © The Barnes Foundation. Photo: Keristin Gaber.

Contemporary History at the Barnes: Three Artists in Philadelphia


A recent installation at the Barnes Foundation reorganized the space and examined its history and founders.

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Thomas Ruff, Porträt (P. Stadtbäumer), 1988. Chromogenic print, 70 7/8 × 63 inches. Collection of Linda and Bob Gersh, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London.

Curatorial Lyricism: “Perfect Likeness” at the Hammer


The Hammer’s current photography exhibition looks at developments in portraiture in the past 40 years.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Clyfford Still, PH-401, 1957. Oil on canvas, 113 x 155 inches. Courtesy of the Clyfford Still Art Museum. © City and County of Denver.

Lightning Bolt: A Realization of Clyfford Still


How we recognize an artist’s greatness can come slowly over decades, or in a flash.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

works by Adrian Ghenie on view at the Romanian Pavilion, Terry Adkins, Darkwater Record, 2003, on view at - la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures, 2015

Marx, Africa and the Serene Republic: A Dispatch from Venice


The first of artcritical’s takes this summer on the Venice Biennale

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Shinique Smith, Through Native Streets, 2011. Ink, acrylic, fabric and paper collage, and found objects on canvas over panel, 60 x 48 x 6 inches. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai. Photo: Adam Reich

Bright Matter: Shinique Smith in Boston


A long-run show at the Museum of Fine Arts and a downtown mural

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Always a Painter: Lawrence Carroll in Bologna


“Ghost House” was at Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Ai Wei Wei, Trace, 2014. Installation view: New Industries Building, Alcatraz. Courtesy of the For-Site Foundation. Photo: Jan Stürmann

Dragon Kite Man of Alcatraz: Ai Weiwei @Large


exhibition at the former island prison on view through April 26

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Jason Cohen, Chuck & George of Finland, 2014. Graphite on paper, 18 x 24 inches. Photo: Heyd Fontanot/CentralTrak.

Dallas in Wonderland: Chuck and George at CentralTrak


A group show of portraits of the artists by their friends, creates a maximalist collaborative installation in Dallas.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Analia Saban, Fireplace, 2015. Machine rendered acrylic paint on linen, 142.2 x 116.8 x 3.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Spru?th Magers.

Sculpture and Painting on the Line: Analia Saban at Sprüth Magers


Dispatch from London Analia Saban: Interiors at Sprüth Magers February 27 to March 28, 2015 7A Grafton Street London, +44 20 7408 1613 The tradition of paint on canvas can act as a provocation to contemporary artists, who may do without either the liquid (e.g. Binky Palermo’s cloth) or the ground (e.g. Lynda Benglis’s pours). The Los…

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

John Currin, Altar, 2015. Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

Show and Tell: John Currin at Gagosian Beverly Hills


The realist painter eschews explicit sex in a new solo show, but refers backwards to earlier tropes of subordination.