Ada and Alex Katz donate paintings from their collection to Colby College Museum of Art

David Cohen reports in The New York Sun: “In 2004, Alex Katz, who turns 80 next week, launched a foundation to collect contemporary art. This is something he and his wife, Ada, had been doing for some years, presenting works, for instance, to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and the Pennsylvania Academy of … read more… “Ada and Alex Katz donate paintings from their collection to Colby College Museum of Art”

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SAM slam

Lee Rosenbaum Lee Rosenbaum reports today in the Wall Street Journal: “Most museums expand to make room for their existing permanent collections. The Seattle Art Museum expanded, to 268,000 from 150,000 square feet, so that it could persuade local donors to augment its permanent collection, in time for its 75th anniversary next year. That campaign, … read more… “SAM slam”

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“Lines, Grids, Stains, Words” at MOMA

Sarah Schmerler in The Village Voice: “This smart little offering of Minimalist drawings is curated by Christian Rattemeyer (late of Artists Space). He’s scarcely been at the museum two months, and already he’s making his mark, mixing and matching periods and makers with impunity and inspiration. Skip the show’s rather dull opening wall text: It … read more… ““Lines, Grids, Stains, Words” at MOMA”

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Critics weigh in on Stella Vine’s show at Modern Art Oxford

In the Telegraph, Richard Dorment reports a change of heart about Stella Vine’s paintings: “Imagine my amazement to discover that there is something to Vine’s work after all. True, in terms of the way she actually applies paint to canvas, she isn’t a beautiful or exciting artist in the way that, say, Elizabeth Peyton or … read more… “Critics weigh in on Stella Vine’s show at Modern Art Oxford”

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At Boston’s Allston Skirt Gallery: a small, dark, and stinky slice of the art-world pie

In The Phoenix Sharon Steel writes about “Pull My Finger,” a new group show at the Allston Skirt Gallery, curated by artist Joe Zane: “Artists? They just live for slinging crap — it’s like some kind of unlimited paint supply that’s handy, cheap, and gets them controversy bonus points. Where would museum-worthy pieces like Andres … read more… “At Boston’s Allston Skirt Gallery: a small, dark, and stinky slice of the art-world pie”

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Paintings in the National Gallery: national heritage, art-historical legacy or status symbols?

Chris Bryant reports in The Times: “The news that seven major artworks on loan to the National Gallery, London, might be sold and may leave the country has a depressing air of inevitability. They are magnificent pieces. Titian’s Portrait of a Young is a serene early portrait, less fleshy than others, sparse in colour yet … read more… “Paintings in the National Gallery: national heritage, art-historical legacy or status symbols?”

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Georges de La Tour’s long forgotten nocturnes exhibited in UK

Laura Cumming in The Guardian: “It scarcely seems possible that there could be any old masters left to rediscover, yet so it is with the French painter Georges de La Tour, a figure almost as shadowy as his near contemporary Vermeer but much longer hidden from the public….In its typically inventive way, Compton Verney is … read more… “Georges de La Tour’s long forgotten nocturnes exhibited in UK”

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At the Boston MFA artists grapple with war

Ken Johnson writes in The Boston Globe: “As the war in Iraq grinds on toward no very clear end, collective reaction to it by contemporary American artists remains muted and uncertain. Two exhibitions responding to the war — one directly and the other indirectly — are now on view in Boston: a powerful solo show … read more… “At the Boston MFA artists grapple with war”

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At the Hammer Museum, Gary Garrels assembles a distinctly Angeleno strain of contemporary visual language

Doug Harvey in the LA Weekly: “One of the most pronounced symptoms of the wide-scale institutionalization of artistic practice has been the rise of curatorial studies as an academic category and the subsequent escalation of the curator’s role and visibility — sometimes to the point of supplanting the place of the artist as the raison … read more… “At the Hammer Museum, Gary Garrels assembles a distinctly Angeleno strain of contemporary visual language”

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Churches draw on the spiritual inspiration of contemporary artists

Valerie Gladstone points out in the NYTimes Travel section: “As a wave of contemporary art installations is being unveiled in cathedrals, churches and chapels across Europe, religious spaces are once again becoming showcases for many artists. In the last year alone, the abstract Spanish artist Miguel Barceló completed a ceramic panorama for the St. Pere … read more… “Churches draw on the spiritual inspiration of contemporary artists”

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