Herbert Bayer collection exposed in Denver

“Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive,” curated by Gwen Chanzit. Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. On permanent display. In the Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan reports: “When the Denver Art Museum was campaigning for passage of a $62.5 million bond issue to fund its much-trumpeted expansion, it pledged that the added space would allow visitors to view … read more… “Herbert Bayer collection exposed in Denver”

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Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises

“Ala Ebtekar: Drawings on paper mounted on canvas,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA. Through Sept. 1. Kenneth Baker in the San Franscisco Chronicle: “Born in the United States and raised here and in Iran by his Iranian parents, Ebtekar finds himself positioned to respond as few American artists can to contemporary geopolitical crises. His … read more… “Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises”

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Daniel Mendel-Black’s thick gush of pigment

“Daniel Mendel-Black: Naked Paintings,” Modernism, 685 Market St., San Francisco. Through Sept. 1. Kenneth Baker in the San Franscisco Chronicle: “The juiciness of his paint and his supercharged color make Mendel-Black’s paintings appear almost naive in their exuberance. They look like what we imagine someone might produce if only descriptions of abstract painting survived, no … read more… “Daniel Mendel-Black’s thick gush of pigment”

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NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School

“MARLèNE MOCQUET Recent Paintings,” Freight & Volume, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through Aug. 17 Roberta Smith writes: “The work of the young French painter Marlène Mocquet may be something of a guilty pleasure, but what good is taste if it doesn’t betray you? Working very small, on raw canvas, Ms. Mocquet treads lightly on a … read more… “NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School”

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The tale of the street art Splasher

In NY Magazine, Sam Anderson chronicles the ongoing hunt for the Splasher, the radical, young—and possibly lovelorn—conceptual-Marxist street-art supervillain: “Here at the beginning, then, why don’t we just lay out the mystery, the so-called facts, as plain as we can make them. In the fall, some anonymous figure started vandalizing the city’s most celebrated vandalism—by … read more… “The tale of the street art Splasher”

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The critics respond: What is painting?

‘What Is Painting?” curated by Anne Umland. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In New York Magazine Jerry Saltz writes his own narrative for the exhibition: “The revisionism of this show works partly because it is so seamless. Except for one or two cases—a generically decorative canvas by Beatriz Milhazes … read more… “The critics respond: What is painting?”

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Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,”curated by Elizabeth Armstrong. Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Through Aug. 26, 2007; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Nov. 3, 2007-Jan.20, 2008; Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-Aug. 24, 2008; and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Sept. 25-Jan. 25, 2009. Hunter … read more… “Mary Heilmann retrospective: injecting vernacular juice into abstract art”

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Postwar occupation: American painters in Paris

“Americans in Paris: Abstract Painting in the Fifties,” Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY. Through September 29. Note: Gallery closed August 18 to September 3. In the NYSun, Maureen Mullarkey reports: “A surprisingly satisfying exhibition that showcases the work of 11 postwar pilgrims to sites abandoned by the Lost Generation well before the fall of … read more… “Postwar occupation: American painters in Paris”

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Jubilee City: Joe Andoe’s memoir at full speed

“JUBILEE CITY: A Memoir at Full Speed” by Joe Andoe. Illustrated. 207 pages. William Morrow. $22.95. Visit Joe’s website Amy Finnerty in The NYTimes Sunday Book Review: “He has a gift for ruthless analysis, and among the disjointed microchapters of his life story, there are exacting self-revelations every few pages. He describes his relationship with … read more… “Jubilee City: Joe Andoe’s memoir at full speed”

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The Neointegrity Manifesto

“NeoIntegrity,” curated by painter Keith Mayerson. Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY. Through Aug. 24. Holland Cotter in the NYTimes: “Mr. Mayerson explains in a gallery news release that when he was given the go-ahead for the group show, he decided to take the opportunity to start an art movement. He even wrote a position … read more… “The Neointegrity Manifesto”

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