Craft in America and Its New Direction

Craft in America and Its New Direction 40 Under 40: Craft Futures at the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum July 20th, 2012- February 3rd, 2013 by Sarah Jorgensen When asked if they are craftsmen, artists often pause. One artist, Paul Myoda, at Project 4 Gallery recently said that this is a loaded question, as “craft” […]

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LA Art Shows, Summer 2012

LA Art Shows, Summer 2012 The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol at MOCA plus Susanne Vielmetter  and Ace Gallery by Ingrid M. Reeve The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol at MOCA is surprisingly warm and inviting. It might be the carpet. I love the carpet (an installation by Rudolf Stingel).The show is comprised almost entirely […]

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Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney Museum of Art

Yayoi Kusama: Deconstruction and Discontent July 12- September 30, 2012 by Deborah Johnstone Whitney Museum of American Art The 1960s was a decade of deconstruction as artistic practice was married to the social and political tumult of the era. Art and performance fused and symbolized a commentary on cultural and political conflicts. The environment and […]

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George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art

George Bellows June 10–October 8, 2012 National Gallery of Art by Sarah Kate Jorgensen George Bellows, the subject of an exhaustive retrospective and handsome catalogue by the National Gallery, gained fame for his seminal paintings of boxing matches in early twentieth century New York City.  The exhibition opens up a new conversation about Bellows, showing […]

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Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972  By Joanna Roche The Hammer Museum Perhaps it was her 1971 series Photosculptures, small-scale sculptures from chewing gum “shaped by the artist’s mouth” (and photographed by Cieslewicz) that made me realize Alina Szapocznikow could take any medium and transform it into a work of art that speaks of our own […]

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Magnificent Mexico: 20th Century Modern Masterworks

Magnificent Mexico: 20th Century Modern Masterworks January 28 –  May 27, 2012 By Ingrid M. Reeve As an artist, all art is an ancestor. But I feel a particular affinity for the work of Diego Rivera- my grandfather was an artist who studied with Mariano Rodriguez, a pupil of Diego Rivera, so it was a […]

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John Chamberlain: Choices at the Guggenheim

John Chamberlain: Choices By Sarah Kate Jorgensen Guggenheim Museum The Guggenheim’s retrospective of John Chamberlain’s (1927 –2011) work is the first museum exhibition of the artist’s work since 1986.  The exhibit includes approximately 95 works that were selected from various periods in his 60-year career to illuminate the complex underpinnings of the artist’s oeuvre including […]

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Gauguin at the Seattle Art Museum, 2012

Gauguin at the Seattle Art Museum, 2012 by Ingrid M. Reeve A painting is a painting is a painting. Paul Gauguin’s paintings recently on exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum seem to exist for the purpose of reminding one of the aforementioned fact. Gauguin reminds one that a painting is a painting through his use […]

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Richard Diebenkorn at OCMA

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series by Sarah Kate Jorgensen Orange County Museum of Art   Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series is one of the most intriguing and exceptional series of works in American Art. It is put on breathtaking display at the Orange County Museum of Art. The career of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), which […]

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