According to Jori Finkel in the NY Times, “When Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and Chief Curator Gary Garrels started building a collection, they chose to concentrate on drawings, photographs and works on paper, leaving the more expensive fields of painting and sculpture to play a supporting role…The goal is to be financially … read more… “Ann Philbin at the Hammer Museum collects paper”
Elisabeth Malkin writes in the NYTimes: “This year, as Mexico celebrates the centenary of Kahlo’s birth, the largest retrospective ever of her work attempts to look beyond what Mexicans call Fridamania. The result is a rich view of her art and her life, one that broadens the perspective on her career beyond the narrow, cultish … read more… “Frida Kahlo retrospective in Mexico City”
Christian Viveros-Fauné in The Village Voice: “A balky, buffoonish commentary on the social function of art, Kippenberger’s one-take, slapdash paintings mock the market and the approval of juries and art critics alike without ever acknowledging their near-total dependence on the art world’s closed system of meanings for their deepest, even funniest significance.” Read more. Martin … read more… “Martin Kippenberger: champion for insincerity”
Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones: “Banksy has achieved something original, something uniquely of our time: found a visual style for self-congratulatory smugness and given a look to well-heeled soi-disant radicalism. So that’s who likes him: self-proclaimed enemies of the state, fermenting in their own self-righteousness.” Read more.
Stephen Maine writes about group show “Horizon” in the NY Sun: “The show is a blast, and a funny send-up of the inevitable catch-all summer group show that commercial galleries struggle to repackage under curatorial cover.” Curator David Humphrey,a painter represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, suggests that there is a linguistic analogy lurking … read more… “David Humphrey riffs on linear connections at EFA Gallery”
Leslie Camhi in the Village Voice: “Zigzagging between figuration and abstraction, his disparate oeuvre is filled with conceptual antics, optical pleasures, and abject traces of his melancholy presence…. At times visually dazzling, his work is also strangely off-putting—flirting on the one hand with decay, and on the other with pure decoration….There’s an emperor’s-new-clothes-ish quality to … read more… “Wrangling over Rudolf Stingel”
Ana Finel Honigman in the Gaurdian arts blog: “Every month since November 2005, the blog’s two anonymous chairs have posted handsome, medium-sized reproductions of paintings by an artist who can be found in Manhattan. Their selections of images are consistently representative of each artist’s style and the comments they summon up are directed more to … read more… “PaintersNYC creates forum for snarky debate”
Patrick Sawer in the Evening Standard: “The National Army Museum is at the centre of a political row after it acquired a painting that pins the blame for the 7 July bombings on the Iraq war…. The painting, by leading British pop artist Gerald Laing, will be unveiled before the second anniversary of the suicide … read more… “London’s National Army Museum defends painter Gerald Laing’s right to draw his own conclusions”
The Museo del Prado in Madrid has organized an exhibition dedicated to Joachim Patinir, a 16th century Flemish artist, contemporary of Bosch, who has gradually slipped into oblivion. He is considered to be the father of landscape painting. The exhibition, titled ” Patinir and the Invention of Landscape”, runs from 3 July – 7 October … read more… “Flemish father of landscape painting resurrected in Madrid”
Suzanne Muchnic in the LA Times chronicles the Getty’s preparation for the European drawings exhibition, the first at the museum’s new drawings galleries. “Think sycamore bark.” Read more.