Margaret Murphy presents “The Ballerina Project” at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia

Gallery info. “Good Girls/Bad Girls,” another Murphy exhibition, is at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery in NYC. “Third-generation feminist artist Margaret Murphy paints images of kitschy mass produced 99-cent store figurines that challenge the shifting contexts of female stereotypes of fundamentally ‘good’ or ‘bad.’” Read more.

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David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings

Nigel Reynolds talks to Hockney about the state of British painting: “When asked what he thought about Emin’s paintings, he replied: ‘They’re OK, but you don’t remember them too well.’ With uncharacteristic nuance, the normally blunt Yorkshire artist went on: ‘You always see photos of Tracey (in the papers), not of her paintings. I’d rather … read more… “David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings”

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In US museums this month

Artnet’s listing of summer museum exhibitions includes Richard Diebenkorn at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; “The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; and “The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso” at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TXRead more.

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Abraham Orden’s guide to current NYC shows

“Painters still look, as Monet looked, but there aren’t many around who look and nothing but. Painting is no longer just painting; now it is always ‘painting after’ something, as in ‘painting after photography…’”Read more at artnet.com.

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I need a Gabo

In Flash Art online, Patricia Ellis recounts her visit with Gabo in his East London studio. “Though you’d never guess it from his demeanor, the quiet guy with the specs paints like a man possessed: fields of bright colors engulf his canvases with edgy aggression, interrupted with hurried swipes, obsessive gestures and globular splotches. Unwieldy, … read more… “I need a Gabo”

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David Gonzalez and the rights of graffiti muralists

“Privacy might seem like an odd desire for these professional graffiti muralists whose works adorn everything from bodegas and medical vans to playgrounds and public schools. But they have been serious about controlling their work ever since a number of their aerosol tableaus were photographed — without their permission — for a book and an … read more… “David Gonzalez and the rights of graffiti muralists”

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Neo Rauch at the Met

Roberta Smith in the NYTimes: “Mr. Rauch’s dreams may be unlike any dreamed before, but they have not enabled him, as yet, to develop an individual style….The tendency of Mr. Rauch’s paintings to remain an assembly of more or less — or a lot less — interesting parts rather than resolving into convincing wholes is … read more… “Neo Rauch at the Met”

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Anselm Keifer thinks énorme

Alan Riding looks at the artist chosen for the innaugural solo show at the Grand Palais in Paris. “Since moving to France in 1993, this German-born artist has turned his 50-acre property in Provence into a sprawling installation, with a former silk factory serving as his studio, and warehouses, greenhouses, towers and tunnels displaying his … read more… “Anselm Keifer thinks énorme”

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Frida Kahlo centennial exhibition to premiere at Walker Art Center

Curated by Kahlo biographer and art historian Hayden Herrera and Walker associate curator Elizabeth Carpenter, the presentation will include approximately 50 paintings from the beginning of Kahlo’s career in 1926 to the year of her death in 1954. Following its showing at the Walker, Frida Kahlo will travel to Philadelphia and San Francisco. See images … read more… “Frida Kahlo centennial exhibition to premiere at Walker Art Center”

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