Rezoning leaves artists in the lurch…again

Andrew Lightman in the Patriot Ledger tells the all-too-familiar story of artists being kicked out of their studios in Massachusetts: “The art colony came to life as the town suffered an economic downturn in the late 1980s, when the building lost its key tenants. Attracted by the expansive rooms, high ceilings and large windows, artists … read more… “Rezoning leaves artists in the lurch…again”

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Richard Long’s muddy markmaking

In the Guardian, Adrian Searle visits Richard Long’s show at the Scottish National Galllery of Modern Art: “Lately, Long has begun drawing, not on walls or paper, but on things he has found along the way – bits of driftwood and tree trunk, Berber tent pegs from a Moroccan market, odd-shaped wooden boards used by … read more… “Richard Long’s muddy markmaking”

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Julian Schnabel nominated for Gucci filmmaking award

In Variety, Nick Vivarelli reports: “Julian Schnabel is among the nominees announced by the Gucci Group and the Venice Film Festival for the Gucci Group Award, dedicated to personalities outside the movie industry who have made an outstanding contribution to a film. Schnabel, winner of this year’s director nod at Cannes for “The Diving Bell … read more… “Julian Schnabel nominated for Gucci filmmaking award”

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Blood paintings

In the Hartford Courant, Matt Eagan writes about the new show at Real Art Ways: “Jordan Eagles uses animal blood from slaughterhouses to create his art. He knows how this sounds, but those expecting the art equivalent of the “Saw” movies will be disappointed. This is not a horror show. ‘It’s not designed to be … read more… “Blood paintings”

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Beauty show in Atlanta

Debra Wolf reviews “Luxe, Calme et Volupte” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Order and beauty form the organizing principle in an engaging new painting exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery curated by artist and writer Joanne Mattera. She borrows her concept from 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire and his poem ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’ ….Using Baudelaire and Matisse … read more… “Beauty show in Atlanta”

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Ann Philbin at the Hammer Museum collects paper

According to Jori Finkel in the NY Times, “When Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and Chief Curator Gary Garrels started building a collection, they chose to concentrate on drawings, photographs and works on paper, leaving the more expensive fields of painting and sculpture to play a supporting role…The goal is to be financially … read more… “Ann Philbin at the Hammer Museum collects paper”

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Frida Kahlo retrospective in Mexico City

Elisabeth Malkin writes in the NYTimes: “This year, as Mexico celebrates the centenary of Kahlo’s birth, the largest retrospective ever of her work attempts to look beyond what Mexicans call Fridamania. The result is a rich view of her art and her life, one that broadens the perspective on her career beyond the narrow, cultish … read more… “Frida Kahlo retrospective in Mexico City”

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Martin Kippenberger: champion for insincerity

Christian Viveros-Fauné in The Village Voice: “A balky, buffoonish commentary on the social function of art, Kippenberger’s one-take, slapdash paintings mock the market and the approval of juries and art critics alike without ever acknowledging their near-total dependence on the art world’s closed system of meanings for their deepest, even funniest significance.” Read more. Martin … read more… “Martin Kippenberger: champion for insincerity”

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A Brit’s view of street artist Banksy

Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones: “Banksy has achieved something original, something uniquely of our time: found a visual style for self-congratulatory smugness and given a look to well-heeled soi-disant radicalism. So that’s who likes him: self-proclaimed enemies of the state, fermenting in their own self-righteousness.” Read more.

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