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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Art bloggers redefine media coverage of the arts

James Kalm endorses the new art bloggers in the July/ August issue of The Brooklyn Rail: “‘Don’t talk, paint. If you can express what you want in words you should be a writer or poet, not an artist.’ This was one of the slogans frequently repeated by faculty members in the art department where I … read more… “Art bloggers redefine media coverage of the arts”

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Donald and Doris Fisher propose new SF museum for their collection of contemporary art

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker reports: “San Francisco’s stature as a cultural destination and hub of new art scholarship will jump dramatically if Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher get their wish to build a museum for their collection of modern and contemporary art on the Presidio grounds. Containing more than a thousand … read more… “Donald and Doris Fisher propose new SF museum for their collection of contemporary art”

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Angry young man is dead in Sydney galleries

In the Sydney Morning Herald: “The angry young man is dead. In his place: refinement, tradition and women. For more than a decade the Sydney art market has run on testosterone. Angry young men have dominated the gallery scene, snapped up by collectors reconnecting with lost youth. The painter Adam Cullen formed the face of … read more… “Angry young man is dead in Sydney galleries”

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