A minimalist in Edinburgh

“Michael Craik: Razed to the Ground,” Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. Through Aug. 30. Visit his website. Susan Mansfield in The Scotsman: “Paint is built up in layers to create an effect which is almost three dimensional, then colours are added, a restrained palette of greys, pinks and blues. Yet, in these flat planes … read more… “A minimalist in Edinburgh”

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August travel tip: Warhol outpost in Slovakia

Stephanie MacLellan reports in the Toronto Star: “When Andy Warhol thought about his 15 minutes of fame, he probably didn’t expect any of them would be spent in this one-street town of less than 7,000 people in the northeastern corner of Slovakia. Yet there he is, multiplied in six different colours, larger than life on … read more… “August travel tip: Warhol outpost in Slovakia”

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Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an actual art-world remembrance….One after another, … read more… “Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries”

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Art for the centrally isolated at Cornell

“Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Art,” The Herbert F. Johnson Museum Of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Through Septmeber 30. Arthur Whitman reports at Big Red and Shiny: “To those well-versed in contemporary art, the selection of work in ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is likely to have a wearisome familiarity. Many or perhaps most of the artists will … read more… “Art for the centrally isolated at Cornell”

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Sylvia Plath was a teenage artist

Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, edited by Kathleen Connors. Oxford University Press, USA (October 26, 2007) Francesca Martin reports in the Guardian: “In the book Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, editor Kathleen Connors reveals illustrated childhood letters that Plath wrote when she was seven, which were found in the … read more… “Sylvia Plath was a teenage artist”

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Lost in the beginnings of infinity: Pousette-Dart at Guggenheim

“Richard Pousette-Dart,” curated by Philip Rylands with Luca Massimo Barbero. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. August 17- Sept. 25. Exhibition travels to Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland, October 10 to December 22. From Antiques and the Arts Online: “Pousette-Dart was a founding member of the New York School, which included Willem de Kooning, … read more… “Lost in the beginnings of infinity: Pousette-Dart at Guggenheim”

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IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon

On Sunday, at her home in upstate New York, Elizabeth Murray died of complications from lung cancer. She was duly renowned as a passionate, energetic, and ambitious painter whose work is in collections all over the world. Yet Murray is rarely credited with helping to forge a neo-feminist vision of the triumphant, uber-artist who is … read more… “IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon”

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Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk

Adam Williams at Reuters: “Politicians and artists urged Berlin’s authorities on Monday to let them rebuild the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall before it decays beyond recognition as a reminder of the city’s grim history. In the spring of 1990, when most of the city was itching to tear down its most hated … read more… “Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk”

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The art of restitution

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Berlin Street Scene” (1913–14), on view at Neue Galerie, New York, NY. Through September 17. In the Village Voice, Morgan Falconer reports: “This show celebrates its arrival, bringing together similarly debauched urban imagery by Kirchner’s Berlin contemporaries. But while Street Scene is the showpiece, others outstrip it in decadence. George Grosz’s drawings … read more… “The art of restitution”

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Muralists at work in Baghdad

Stephen Farrell in the NYTimes reports: “Dead blocks, they call them, the most visible legacy of the latest war in a city with a long history of wars. Many murals have focused on the glories of Iraq’s pre-Islamic civilizations in hopes of avoiding the ire, and bullets, of Islamist militants, who have killed or driven … read more… “Muralists at work in Baghdad”

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