Martín Ramírez drawings at the San Jose Museum of Art

Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle: “These days, art museums frequently introduce important exhibitions with orientation materials. They seldom enlist another institution to do it for them, as the San Jose Museum of Art has with its visually gripping exhibition ‘Martín Ramírez.’ Stop first at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza, where two large rooms … read more… “Martín Ramírez drawings at the San Jose Museum of Art”

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Sublime portraits of children reveal evolving notions of innocence

Children in portraits were first depicted only as tiny adults, little devils, or props to their parents’ ambition. In The Guardian, Antonia Fraser charts the evolution from brats to innocents as art reflected changing attitudes to childhood throughout Europe “Fifty years after Montaigne, a neighbour reassured a woman who had recently given birth to her … read more… “Sublime portraits of children reveal evolving notions of innocence”

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NY Magazine features Chelsea gallery recommendations

In New York Magazine, Karen Rosenberg asks, given “an afternoon in Chelsea: which shows are worth the sweltering slog?” Before all the galleries close and their staffs make the customary late-summer retreat to cooler climes, she offers this guide to the season’s final must-sees. Several include painting. Read more.

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Unrehearsed expressiveness in art

Kenneth Baker in The San Francisco Chronicle recommends The Passionate Gesture: “Hackett-Freedmaninvites us to think about whether and how we can recognize unrehearsed expressiveness in art. Modernism staked itself on fresh starts, or faith in them, again and again. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism, on down to Pop Art, minimalism and conceptual art — … read more… “Unrehearsed expressiveness in art”

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From the archives: Donald Kuspit on Sean Scully

On artnet, Donald Kuspit’s erudite review of Sean Scully’s show (Sept. 26, 2006-Jan. 15, 2007) at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. For anyone interested in art criticism, it’s worth a (re)read. Read more.

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“In Her Own Right: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art

Marianne Combs in a Minnesota Public Radio broadcast about pioneering work by Minnesota’s first professional women painters: “Any story about American women artists involves grit and determination, even today. But this is particularly true of these first Minnesota women. The exhibition, titled “In Her Own Right” focuses on five painters. Minnesota Museum of American Art … read more… ““In Her Own Right: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art”

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What is painting?

‘What Is Painting?” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In The Village Voice, R.C. Baker recommends the show: “This big, brightly didactic survey of painting movements since roughly 1965 feels a bit like the Astor Place Kmart—blocky white spaces filled with disparate goods of mixed quality. Culled from MOMA’s collection, … read more… “What is painting?”

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Edward Hopper sale in Pennsylvania: early works on paper

Geoff Gehman of The Morning Call reports: “On Saturday, the 125th anniversary of Edward Hopper’s birth, eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will open a show-sale of 27 works on paper Hopper made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before he became a household name. All but four of the drawings are owned by … read more… “Edward Hopper sale in Pennsylvania: early works on paper”

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Ink on paper at Gallery Joe

Edith Newhall reviews of the show in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “In the lush Philadelphia summer, with vivid color running rampant, ink on paper can look as crisp and smart as Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. That’s the immediate effect of “Ink!”, Gallery Joe’s summer group show, organized by assistant gallery director Sarah Holloran. … read more… “Ink on paper at Gallery Joe”

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Fadia Haddad retrospective: fluttering between the chaos of life and death

Farah Aridi writes in The Daily Star: “Amid the mayhem of Lebanon’s current crisis combo of security concern, political deadlock, institutional meltdown and existential dread, there is still some respite to be found in art. Many galleries in the Lebanese capital have suspended their exhibitions for the summer. Others have postponed single-artist shows and are … read more… “Fadia Haddad retrospective: fluttering between the chaos of life and death”

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