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Saturday, August 8th, 2009

James Ensor Skeletons Fighting Over a Pickled Herring 1891. Oil on panel, 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches. Musées royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Brussels. All images, © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

James Ensor at the Museum of Modern Art

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.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


Ann Stokes: Artists’ Potter, edited by Tanya Harrod

Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


Books in Brief

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,…

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


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…

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Dorsal Fin 2009. Oil on panel, 11.81 x 7.87 inches. Images courtesy of Marc Jancou Contemporary

Ross Chisholm at Marc Jancou Contemporary

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.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

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.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Wang Guangyi, Great Criticism: Andy Warhol 2002. Oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm.

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.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey) 1968. Oil on canvas, 63-3/8 x 37-1/8. © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Alice Neel at David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth

Thinking of herself as a “collector of souls,” Neel created an oeuvre that not only reveals different facets of humanity, but also sums up the diversity of American urban society.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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…

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


Broken Flowers and Grass: Nature and Landscape in the Drawings of Anselm Kiefer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kiefer is a complicated independent, one who adopts the revanchist Neo Expressionist mode of his peers, yet embraces and exposes the repressed and tangled complexities of German life.