Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored

The History of Transportation Mural Works Project Administration (WPA) Arts project, completed in 1940 and designed by Helen Lundeberg. Located in the Art Park at Manchester Blvd and Grevillea Avenue. Daniel Hernandez in the LA Weekly reports: “The mural represents a renewed sense of identity for Inglewood, which can’t seem to shake its reputation as … read more… “Pioneering modernist Helen Lundeberg’s WPA mural restored”

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Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism

“Warhol Vs Banksy,” The Hospital, London. Through Sept. 1. Louise Jury in the Evening Standard reports: “Duncan Cargill, The Hospital’s creative director, said: ‘Implicitly, Warhol is defending his title, but Banksy makes for a formidable challenger as he has received maximum exposure since 2000. As soon as we announced we were going to do this … read more… “Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism”

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Kahlo’s hidden letters published in Mexico

Javier Espinoza reports in The Observer: “‘My Beloved Doctor’ is a bilingual compilation of the letters Frida Kahlo exchanged with Dr Leo Eloesser between 1932 and 1951, which remained hidden for 50 years after her death…Finally the one part of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life that has remained secret – at the orders of … read more… “Kahlo’s hidden letters published in Mexico”

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Herbert Bayer collection exposed in Denver

“Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive,” curated by Gwen Chanzit. Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. On permanent display. In the Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan reports: “When the Denver Art Museum was campaigning for passage of a $62.5 million bond issue to fund its much-trumpeted expansion, it pledged that the added space would allow visitors to view … read more… “Herbert Bayer collection exposed in Denver”

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Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises

“Ala Ebtekar: Drawings on paper mounted on canvas,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA. Through Sept. 1. Kenneth Baker in the San Franscisco Chronicle: “Born in the United States and raised here and in Iran by his Iranian parents, Ebtekar finds himself positioned to respond as few American artists can to contemporary geopolitical crises. His … read more… “Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises”

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Daniel Mendel-Black’s thick gush of pigment

“Daniel Mendel-Black: Naked Paintings,” Modernism, 685 Market St., San Francisco. Through Sept. 1. Kenneth Baker in the San Franscisco Chronicle: “The juiciness of his paint and his supercharged color make Mendel-Black’s paintings appear almost naive in their exuberance. They look like what we imagine someone might produce if only descriptions of abstract painting survived, no … read more… “Daniel Mendel-Black’s thick gush of pigment”

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NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School

“MARLèNE MOCQUET Recent Paintings,” Freight & Volume, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through Aug. 17 Roberta Smith writes: “The work of the young French painter Marlène Mocquet may be something of a guilty pleasure, but what good is taste if it doesn’t betray you? Working very small, on raw canvas, Ms. Mocquet treads lightly on a … read more… “NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School”

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The tale of the street art Splasher

In NY Magazine, Sam Anderson chronicles the ongoing hunt for the Splasher, the radical, young—and possibly lovelorn—conceptual-Marxist street-art supervillain: “Here at the beginning, then, why don’t we just lay out the mystery, the so-called facts, as plain as we can make them. In the fall, some anonymous figure started vandalizing the city’s most celebrated vandalism—by … read more… “The tale of the street art Splasher”

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The critics respond: What is painting?

‘What Is Painting?” curated by Anne Umland. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In New York Magazine Jerry Saltz writes his own narrative for the exhibition: “The revisionism of this show works partly because it is so seamless. Except for one or two cases—a generically decorative canvas by Beatriz Milhazes … read more… “The critics respond: What is painting?”

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Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,”curated by Elizabeth Armstrong. Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Through Aug. 26, 2007; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Nov. 3, 2007-Jan.20, 2008; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-Aug. 24, 2008; and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Sept. 25-Jan. 25, 2009. Hunter … read more… “Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art”

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