Dorothy Spears in the NYTimes: “When Robert Wuilfe, curator of Landmarks Contemporary Projects in Philadelphia, learned of Karen Kilimnik’s interest in creating a site-specific installation at the 18th-century Powel mansion he had difficulty containing his enthusiasm. Ms. Kilimnik’s reconstructions of 18th-century salons, featuring portraits of contemporary celebrities like Paris Hilton, decked out as Marie Antoinette, … read more… “Karen Kilimnik’s Philadelphia salon”
Cassandra Neyenesch in The Brooklyn Rail: “Mass-produced canvases for sale at Urban Outfitters, though of course decorative, offer a pointed commentary about the way art is produced and thought about and the consumer’s relationship to it.” Read more.
Kim Levin in The Brooklyn Rail: “So many skulls, tibia, ribcages, soldiers in uniform, mortally wounded dolls, and flocks of birds morphing into missiles or warplanes (the way skulls and bones morphed into picks and shovels during the Black Plague) haven’t been seen together in the art world since, well, the Dark Ages….Storr’s show may … read more… “Venice Biennale: serious and smart”
Baltimore Sun art critic Glenn McNatt reports that Tony Shore, whose portraits of family and friends painted on black velvet capture the poignant and gritty flavor of working class life in the city, frequently broke into sobs during his acceptance speech. ‘This award is an amazing thing for Baltimore, Shore said. ‘It not only helps … read more… “Painter Tony Shore awarded Baltimore’s $25,000 Sondheim Prize”
Sopheng Cheang in The Irrawaddy: “The Khmer Rouge’s murderous legacy has been depicted in art by a survivor of an infamous torture center run by the radical communist regime, responsible for the deaths of nearly 2 million Cambodians.Vann Nath, 62, opened a showing Thursday at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centerin Phnom Penh. The exhibition includes … read more… “Torture survivor depicts Khmer Rouge’s murderous legacy”
Milton Avery watercolors and Sarah Peters drawings are reviewed in the NYTimes today. Roberta Smith on Sarah Peters: “In her first solo show, Sarah Peters breathes life into an obsession with the art and history of colonial America. The breath comes from a fidgety crosshatch technique rendered in pencil and black ballpoint pen that gives … read more… “NYTimes Friday art reviews”
Kyle MacMillan in The Denver Post reports: “Denver was chosen in 2004 as the repository for the Clyfford Still estate and future home of a museum devoted to this significant post-World War II painter….The artist retained many of his own works in part because he was something of a curmudgeon and had an often stormy … read more… “Denver hosts first exhibition from the Clyfford Still estate”
Late Liberties, John Connelly Presents625 West 27th Street, 212-337-9563; July 12 – August 24, 2007Late Liberties is organized by artist and curator Augusto Arbizo in collaboration with John Connelly. “Much maligned and critiqued – and often used as strategy for conceptually based work – abstraction has been largely banished to the sidelines by an art … read more… “Abstract painting in NYC: two group shows open tonight”
Roderick Conway Morris writes in the International Herald Tribune: “For most of his career Piero della Francesca pursued painting and mathematics with equal success. In his treatise “De prospectiva pingendi” (On Painting Perspective) he chided his fellow artists for not mastering the rules of scientific perspective.” Recent conservation of several works by Piero have stimulated … read more… “Pre-digital perspective”
Nightwatching, a Peter Greenaway film that explores the circumstances around Rembrandt’s creation of his famed painting The Nightwatch, will join the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival runs Sept. 6-15. See the dark and moody trailer on You Tube.