Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature

“Suburban Sublime,” curated by Lucia Sanroman. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA. Through Sept. 23. “Condensation,” paintings by Adam Belt. Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA. Through Sept. 1. Robert L. Pincus reports in the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Belt’s exhibition, ‘Condensation,’ captures this attitude in a thematically subtle, visually provocative fashion. In … read more… “Compare and contrast: ambiguous and complex relationships to nature”

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Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama

“Edwin Dickinson: The Provincetown Years, 1912-1937,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Through September 23. In the Boston Globe, Ken Johnson reports: “Unlike those artists generally counted in the first ranks of American painters in the pre-Abstract Expressionist era, Dickinson did not forge a single, formally pared-down modern style. Rather, he worked in two … read more… “Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama”

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Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize

Jennifer Allen reports in ArtForumt: “Painter Marlene Dumas has won Germany’s prestigious Düsseldorf art prize, worth €55,000 ($74,875). As the APA and DPA report, the South African artist—who has lived in the Netherlands since 1976—was chosen to show in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1995. In addition to participating in Documenta in … read more… “Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize”

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LaBute premiere: “The Shape of Things” at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston

Terry Byrne reports in the Boston Globe: “Neil LaBute’s drama ‘The Shape of Things’ explores often misguided assumptions about both art and relationships. For the newly launched Spontaneous Theater Project, the play’s setting in an art gallery became an opportunity. Performances will take place in the Bernard Toale Gallery in the South End Aug. 23-Sept … read more… “LaBute premiere: “The Shape of Things” at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston”

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Tangled up in blue

Charlie Finch reports on artnet: “In 1974, after living in Woodstock with his young family for seven years, Dylan moved back to MacDougal Street and began taking intense painting classes with a mystic Abstract Expressionist named Norman Rabin in a studio above Carnegie Hall. Dylan enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow art students, whom he … read more… “Tangled up in blue”

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Artist’s legacy: Alice Neel

“Alice Neel,” directed and written by Andrew Neel. Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Various dates through Oct. 7. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reviews the film: “Andrew Neel splices old footage of interviews with his grandmother alongside his own talks with her sons, other family members, scholars, and … read more… “Artist’s legacy: Alice Neel”

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Guggenheim’s Pousette-Dart show draws reviews

“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. See NYTimes slide show of the exhibition. Peter Schjeldahl reports in the New Yorker: “Pousette-Dart’s blowzy spirituality is a trial, what … read more… “Guggenheim’s Pousette-Dart show draws reviews”

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Painter-turned-director Greg Mottola scores with “Superbad”

Greg Mottola, graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art (notable grads: Andy Warhol, Jonathan Borofsky, John Currin), directed “Superbad,” which opens in theaters today. Rumor has it that instead of submitting a screenplay with his application to Columbia’s film school, he opted to submit a graphic novel. After graduating with an MFA in the early … read more… “Painter-turned-director Greg Mottola scores with “Superbad””

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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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