Oregon Biennial ditched in favor of $10,000 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

In The Stranger, Jen Graves reports: “This spring, Portland Art Museum announced its decision to ditch its traditional Oregon Biennial to pursue a broader, better, more authoritative project: the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, an exhibition of only a few artists instead of the usual jam-packed biennials. And one of those few will win a fat … read more… “Oregon Biennial ditched in favor of $10,000 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards”

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Repetition examined at Goff + Rosenthal

“Summer 2007: Philip Akkerman, Francis Alÿs, Stephen Bush,” Goff+Rosenthal, New York, NY. Through August 3. See images. Daniel Kunitz In The Village Voice: “In art as in life, repetition can be a bore, a comfort, or even a novelty, depending on the context and how it’s done. Each summer in Chelsea, for instance, we go … read more… “Repetition examined at Goff + Rosenthal”

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Reclusive Austrailan painter Janet Dawson has retrospective

“Janet Dawson Survey, 1953-2006,” curated by Christine France. University of Queensland Art Museum, through August 19. Suzanna Clark in the The Courier Mail: “Since the 1950s, the highly accomplished painter has displayed her mastery in a wide variety of styles – she has influenced the development of lithography in 1960s’ Australia; was a significant figure … read more… “Reclusive Austrailan painter Janet Dawson has retrospective”

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Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy

“Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy,” curated by Deborah Rothschild. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Through Nov. 11. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, February 26 – May 4, 2008; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, June 8, 2008 – September 14, 2008. See images. Ken … read more… “Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy”

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Courbet biography: Dirty laundry is the emperor’s new clothes

“The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture” (Princeton; $45), by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu Peter Schjeldahl’s review in the New Yorker: “Gustave Courbet relished scandal as a shortcut to prominence at a time when, for artists, official honors and patronage were losing cachet to notoriety in the popular press and … read more… “Courbet biography: Dirty laundry is the emperor’s new clothes”

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At long last, the visual arts are well represented at Edinburgh festival

Ruaridh Nicoll reports in The Observer: “Not long ago, artists would complain about the degraded place the visual arts occupied at the festival. Sure, the various galleries would do their thing. Openings would take place around now each year but they would be exclusive affairs. Brian McMaster, the previous director of the International Festival, had … read more… “At long last, the visual arts are well represented at Edinburgh festival”

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Rogue NYC galleries open in August

[NOTE: Published in July 2007] In the NYTimes, Seth Kugel provides a listing of galleries that are open in August: “We’re approaching August in Manhattan, when the island pulls a mini-Paris and coughs up a sizable chunk of its population, spraying the natives Jackson Pollock-like onto the beaches and into the country homes of the … read more… “Rogue NYC galleries open in August”

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Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum

“Il Lee: Ballpoint Drawings,” curated by Joanna Kleinberg. The Queens Museum of Art, New York. Through Sept. 30, 2007. The Queens Museum of Art introduces the work of Il Lee (b. 1952), a Korean-born artist living and working in Brooklyn since 1977. Using disposable ballpoint pens, Lee creates dramatic ink fields on surfaces of canvas … read more… “Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum”

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MOMA paintings bring the outdoors indoors

Holland Cotter suggests a mini-vacation to see the paintings at MOMA this summer: “In the hot months artists have traditionally fled Paris and New York, but only to take working vacations. They went to the country for refreshment — to wash the studio light from their eyes, as Georges Seurat put it — but also … read more… “MOMA paintings bring the outdoors indoors”

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Paintings at at Lennon, Weinberg: “Taking Shape”

Frank Holliday reviews the show in the Gay City News: “Painting is not very suited to today’s pace. We live on quick fixes and instant consumerism. Painting takes a long time to harness before convention can be fearlessly thrown out and deeper, profoundly abandoned subjects can emerge.” Read more. “Shape is a word that refers … read more… “Paintings at at Lennon, Weinberg: “Taking Shape””

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