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Ellen Lanyon, Hat, Pin & Scarf, 1999. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 22 inches. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
The show that Ken Johnson previewed with incendiary effect. ...
 
Caravaggio, The Fortune Teller, 1594. Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Scala / Art Resource, NY, Pinacoteca Capitolina, Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy.
Channeling their own brand of the Arab Spring, arts community protests unseat the 30 year head of the city’s arts trust; plus an exhibition of Caravaggio… ...
 
Kristin Baker, Full Dawn Parallax, 2010. Acrylic on acrylic with powder-coated aluminum frame 114-1/8 x 99-1/8 x 15-1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Suzanne Geiss Co., New York. © Kristin Baker. Photograph by Matthu Placek. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Kristin Baker at the MFA, Boston, and commercial gallery shows of Joanne Mattera, Imi Hwangbo and Benicia Gantner ...
 


Mercedes Matter, Tabletop Still Life, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 43 x 48 inches, Private collection, Florida.

Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University


There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE


Misheck Masamvu, Post Election Results oil on canvas, dimensions not known, courtesy of the artist.

Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe


In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.


installation shot of the exhibition under review

Yan Pei-Ming: Landscape of Childhood at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


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.


Diana Thater, RARE 2008. 16 LCD monitors, DVD player, DVD, and existing architecture, 204 x 264 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. All photographs by Pablo Mason.

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet at the Berkeley Art Museum


By design, the show is a revealing jumble, expressing something of what it has come to mean to respond to a place (or site, region, niche), and something of what it can no longer mean.


Qigu Jiang Figure A 2008. Ink on rice paper, 16 x 12 feet. Courtesy Koehnline Museum.

Ink Paintings by Qigu Jiang: Figures at The Koehnline Museum


Jiang’s work is philosophy in motion: Essence of line and essence of modern truth are his constant themes.


Renato Giuseppe Bertelli, Continuous Profile (Head of Mussolini), 1933. Terracotta with black glaze

The Russian Linesman, curated by Mark Wallinger on tour in the UK


16 February – 4 May 2009 The Hayward Gallery, London 16 May – 28 June 2009 Leeds Art Gallery 18 July – 20 September Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea At a first glance, The Russian Linesman, a group exhibition curated by Mark Wallinger seems to be an eclectic choice of art and artefacts, like a contemporary…


Allison Katz, Poires Noires, 2009. Oil and rayon string on canvas, 66 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Allison Katz: Ruthless in Chalk Farm at Battat Contemporary


Although this exhibition consists of a wide range of works done over the past two years it is purely, and unapologetically, commemorative in spirit.


Report from Berlin


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…


Austin: The Texas Biennial


While the Texas Biennial has some kinks to be ironed out, ALISON HEARST reports, working together to increase the dialogue and push Texas art forward is what Austin does well.


Sculpture Key West 2009


At Sculpture Key West, the artists had only a few days – working in the heat, wind and rain – to execute their pieces. The drama inherent to such a logistically challenging process is palpable in the final result., CHRISTINA KEE discovered