‘The Painter Sam Francis’ 85 minutes Shot on 16mm, Super 8, Hi-8, DV ©2008 Body and Soul Productions Showing at Anthology Film Archives, New York, through September 17 The film biography “The Painter Sam Francis” might be better called “What Happened to Sam Francis?” It reinforces all the standard cliché’s of the outsized artist’s life….
The consequences of Van Wieren’s style allow for simultaneous readings of her art.
As these mercurial installations, films, and performances indicate, Conceptual art often yielded works of great elegance in novel forms of presentation.
The skulls, which appear early on in his work, are more than momento mori. On the beach, where over 130,000 Flemish were massacred by the Spanish in the 17th Century, skulls were as common as driftwood.
Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.
NAMIES AND NEWBIES: THE KRAMARSKY COLLECTION 560 Broadway A New York Drawing Collection at Work 1991-2006, edited by Amy Eshoo, with contributions by Derrick R.Cartwright, James Cuno, Elizabeth Finch, Josef Helfenstein, Glenn D. Lowry, David Mickenberg, Ann Philbin, Earl A. Powell III, Jock Reynolds, and Townsend Wolfe. Fifth Floor Foundation in Association with Yale University Press,…
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo
One of art historian Leo Steinberg’s hobby horses is the way the literature of art generates interpretations that are autonomous of the images being described. What is written about a work can spin false leads and confused trails that looking directly at the work ought to dispel. Just as this happens with the historical interpretation of…
The background shadows throb with an almost Goya-esque expressionism. Maybe the matron is escaping into a sci-fi film. Maybe she’s wandering through the forbidden recesses of memory itself.
Jiang’s work is philosophy in motion: Essence of line and essence of modern truth are his constant themes.
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.