Good vibrations: Peter Young paintings pulsate in P.S. 1 retrospective

“Peter Young: 1963-1977,” organized by Alanna Heiss and David Deutsch. P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens, NY. Through Sept. 24. “Peter Young: Folded Mandalas & Oaxacan Paintings,” Mitchell Algus Gallery, Chelsea, NY. Through Aug. 17. In the NYTimes, Roberta Smith reports: “By 1969 he was part of a generation that would tinker … read more… “Good vibrations: Peter Young paintings pulsate in P.S. 1 retrospective”

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NY Times Friday art reviews: abstraction and landscape

“LATE LIBERTIES,” John Connelly Presents, New York, NY. Through Aug. 24 Bridget L. Goodbody reviews: “One can’t help but agree with Augusto Arbizo, a curator of “Late Liberties,” that it’s hard to find a place for abstract painting in today’s art world, driven as it is by a market enthralled primarily with the new and … read more… “NY Times Friday art reviews: abstraction and landscape”

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Beryl Cook: 80-year-old self-taught painter’s work condemned by critics

“Beryl Cook,” Baltic, Gateshead, through September 2. In the Guardian, Adrian Searle asserts: “Beryl Cook: a homely, round name for a woman we imagine is also round and jolly and homely. Her art depresses me. I thought I would be able to summon some sort of enthusiasm for its Englishness, its playfulness, its sauciness. But … read more… “Beryl Cook: 80-year-old self-taught painter’s work condemned by critics”

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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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