Engaged in Pasadena

“Touched: Artists and Social Engagement,” curated by Noel Korten. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA. Through Sept. 2. Holly Myers reports in the LA Times: “The show is as earnest an exhibition as its rather clunky title implies, but — thanks to a thoughtful selection of artists and plenty of … read more… “Engaged in Pasadena”

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American-art collectors Peter and Paula Lunder believe the collection speaks for itself

Robbie Brown reports in the Boston Globe: “Peter Lunder, the former Dexter Shoe Company president, and his wife Paula, who live in Maine and own a home in Boston, have assembled one of the nation’s largest and most valuable collections of American art. Appraised at $100 million, the Lunder portfolio comprises 500 works by American … read more… “American-art collectors Peter and Paula Lunder believe the collection speaks for itself”

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Callum Innes: the painter’s process

Callum Innes ‘From Memory’ Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. through Sept. 23. Organized by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. The exhibition was previously shown at Modern Art Oxford, and will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in November 2007. Read more about the artist. Rebecca Rose reports in the Financial Times: “Callum Innes is a painter’s … read more… “Callum Innes: the painter’s process”

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Street art and mural news

Note to emerging artists, upstart galleries and other publicity seekers: street art and mural projects always generate more media coverage than gallery shows, although not necessarily from the art critics. Because of their public visibility, these projects are treated as “news,” and as we all know, news stories receive far more space than arts coverage. … read more… “Street art and mural news”

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Embedding artists with the troops

In The Observer, Ruaridh Nicoll reports:”Peter Howson never took to the role of official war artist. The Glasgow-based painter had such a grim time during his trips to Bosnia in 1993 that he turned to drink, drugs and, latterly, religion. He created paintings of such brutality that even the hardened curators at the Imperial War … read more… “Embedding artists with the troops”

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August cool

In a shortlist for NY Magazine, Rachel Wolff recommends these shows as a respite from the grueling NYC humidity: “The Abstract Impulse,” at the National Academy Museum through February 2008“A visual time line of the museum’s 50-year love-hate relationship with abstract art.” Lance Esplund reports on the show in the NYSun: ” Lately, the National … read more… “August cool”

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Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature

“Suburban Sublime,” curated by Lucia Sanroman. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA. Through Sept. 23. “Condensation,” paintings by Adam Belt. Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA. Through Sept. 1. Robert L. Pincus reports in the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Belt’s exhibition, ‘Condensation,’ captures this attitude in a thematically subtle, visually provocative fashion. In … read more… “Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature”

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Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama

“Edwin Dickinson: The Provincetown Years, 1912-1937,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Through September 23. In the Boston Globe, Ken Johnson reports: “Unlike those artists generally counted in the first ranks of American painters in the pre-Abstract Expressionist era, Dickinson did not forge a single, formally pared-down modern style. Rather, he worked in two … read more… “Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama”

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Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize

Jennifer Allen reports in ArtForumt: “Painter Marlene Dumas has won Germany’s prestigious Düsseldorf art prize, worth €55,000 ($74,875). As the APA and DPA report, the South African artist—who has lived in the Netherlands since 1976—was chosen to show in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1995. In addition to participating in Documenta in … read more… “Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize”

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LaBute premiere: “The Shape of Things” at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston

Terry Byrne reports in the Boston Globe: “Neil LaBute’s drama ‘The Shape of Things’ explores often misguided assumptions about both art and relationships. For the newly launched Spontaneous Theater Project, the play’s setting in an art gallery became an opportunity. Performances will take place in the Bernard Toale Gallery in the South End Aug. 23-Sept … read more… “LaBute premiere: “The Shape of Things” at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston”

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