Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy

“Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy,” curated by Deborah Rothschild. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Through Nov. 11. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, February 26 – May 4, 2008; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, June 8, 2008 – September 14, 2008. See images. Ken … read more… “Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy”

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Courbet biography: Dirty laundry is the emperor’s new clothes

“The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture” (Princeton; $45), by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu Peter Schjeldahl’s review in the New Yorker: “Gustave Courbet relished scandal as a shortcut to prominence at a time when, for artists, official honors and patronage were losing cachet to notoriety in the popular press and … read more… “Courbet biography: Dirty laundry is the emperor’s new clothes”

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At long last, the visual arts are well represented at Edinburgh festival

Ruaridh Nicoll reports in The Observer: “Not long ago, artists would complain about the degraded place the visual arts occupied at the festival. Sure, the various galleries would do their thing. Openings would take place around now each year but they would be exclusive affairs. Brian McMaster, the previous director of the International Festival, had … read more… “At long last, the visual arts are well represented at Edinburgh festival”

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Rogue NYC galleries open in August

[NOTE: Published in July 2007] In the NYTimes, Seth Kugel provides a listing of galleries that are open in August: “We’re approaching August in Manhattan, when the island pulls a mini-Paris and coughs up a sizable chunk of its population, spraying the natives Jackson Pollock-like onto the beaches and into the country homes of the … read more… “Rogue NYC galleries open in August”

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Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum

“Il Lee: Ballpoint Drawings,” curated by Joanna Kleinberg. The Queens Museum of Art, New York. Through Sept. 30, 2007. The Queens Museum of Art introduces the work of Il Lee (b. 1952), a Korean-born artist living and working in Brooklyn since 1977. Using disposable ballpoint pens, Lee creates dramatic ink fields on surfaces of canvas … read more… “Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum”

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MOMA paintings bring the outdoors indoors

Holland Cotter suggests a mini-vacation to see the paintings at MOMA this summer: “In the hot months artists have traditionally fled Paris and New York, but only to take working vacations. They went to the country for refreshment — to wash the studio light from their eyes, as Georges Seurat put it — but also … read more… “MOMA paintings bring the outdoors indoors”

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Paintings at at Lennon, Weinberg: “Taking Shape”

Frank Holliday reviews the show in the Gay City News: “Painting is not very suited to today’s pace. We live on quick fixes and instant consumerism. Painting takes a long time to harness before convention can be fearlessly thrown out and deeper, profoundly abandoned subjects can emerge.” Read more. “Shape is a word that refers … read more… “Paintings at at Lennon, Weinberg: “Taking Shape””

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NYTimes Friday art reviews: a few paintings at Jack Shainman and Casey Kaplan

Read more.“THE COLOR LINE,” Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY. Through Aug. 3. Holland Cotter: “The artist Odili Donald Odita shaped this group exhibition around, among other things, a knot of prickly questions related to the idea of race as defined by skin color: race as a biological fiction; as a social fact; as a … read more… “NYTimes Friday art reviews: a few paintings at Jack Shainman and Casey Kaplan”

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New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India

Alan G. Artner declares in the Chicago Tribune: “This is a show so full of works embodying meaning that it makes the Western fondness for tacked on ‘concepts’ almost inexcusable. Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs for welcoming Betty Seid, a Chicago-based independent curator (with past ties to the Museum of Contemporary Art and … read more… “New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India”

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Somerville: Boston’s Williamsburg

Greg Cook reports in The Phoenix: “Boston art can often seem constipated. This is an academic, institutional city…Somerville, though, has become a bastion for the wild and woolly. One sign is the city’s public festivals: the Meet Under McGrath open-air dance party this past August, held under the godforsaken overpass where the McGrath Highway bridges … read more… “Somerville: Boston’s Williamsburg”

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