Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that

Maurice Chittenden in the Times Online: “When Sir Trevor Nunn, the theatre director, paid £27,000 for a painting he thought he was getting a genuine Damien Hirst. Then one night at the theatre he found out that he and his wife, the actress Imogen Stubbs, had bought a painting by two children aged 10 and … read more… “Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that”

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Dan Perjovschi scales the walls at MoMa

Andrea K. Scott on Dan Perjovschi in the NYTimes: “You might not guess it, but the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was formally trained as a still-life painter in a Soviet-style art academy in Romania. The turmoil of the late ’80s prompted him to question the medium’s relevance. In an interview with Ms. Marcoci (available on … read more… “Dan Perjovschi scales the walls at MoMa”

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Margaret Murphy presents “The Ballerina Project” at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia

Gallery info. “Good Girls/Bad Girls,” another Murphy exhibition, is at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery in NYC. “Third-generation feminist artist Margaret Murphy paints images of kitschy mass produced 99-cent store figurines that challenge the shifting contexts of female stereotypes of fundamentally ‘good’ or ‘bad.’” Read more.

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David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings

Nigel Reynolds talks to Hockney about the state of British painting: “When asked what he thought about Emin’s paintings, he replied: ‘They’re OK, but you don’t remember them too well.’ With uncharacteristic nuance, the normally blunt Yorkshire artist went on: ‘You always see photos of Tracey (in the papers), not of her paintings. I’d rather … read more… “David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings”

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In US museums this month

Artnet’s listing of summer museum exhibitions includes Richard Diebenkorn at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; “The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; and “The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso” at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TXRead more.

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Abraham Orden’s guide to current NYC shows

“Painters still look, as Monet looked, but there aren’t many around who look and nothing but. Painting is no longer just painting; now it is always ‘painting after’ something, as in ‘painting after photography…’”Read more at artnet.com.

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I need a Gabo

In Flash Art online, Patricia Ellis recounts her visit with Gabo in his East London studio. “Though you’d never guess it from his demeanor, the quiet guy with the specs paints like a man possessed: fields of bright colors engulf his canvases with edgy aggression, interrupted with hurried swipes, obsessive gestures and globular splotches. Unwieldy, … read more… “I need a Gabo”

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