Martha Schwendener in the NYTimes: “Ah, summer. Time to venture into the great American outdoors — or at least consider the concept by paying a visit to the New-York Historical Society. Because, as the exhibition “Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School” argues, the notion of an American landscape brimming with sacred sites … read more… “Hudson River School painters at the New-York Historical Society”
Roberta Smith reviews: “Alex Hay’s paintings have always operated in the unlikely gap between modernist abstraction and a precise form of rendering that relates to both Pop Art and Photo Realism…This show takes him into new terrain with six paintings completed from 2003 to 2007, which get better as they go along. They are scaled-up … read more… “NYTimes Friday art reviews: Alex Hay”
Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle: “These days, art museums frequently introduce important exhibitions with orientation materials. They seldom enlist another institution to do it for them, as the San Jose Museum of Art has with its visually gripping exhibition ‘Martín Ramírez.’ Stop first at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza, where two large rooms … read more… “Martín Ramírez drawings at the San Jose Museum of Art”
Children in portraits were first depicted only as tiny adults, little devils, or props to their parents’ ambition. In The Guardian, Antonia Fraser charts the evolution from brats to innocents as art reflected changing attitudes to childhood throughout Europe “Fifty years after Montaigne, a neighbour reassured a woman who had recently given birth to her … read more… “Sublime portraits of children reveal evolving notions of innocence”
In New York Magazine, Karen Rosenberg asks, given “an afternoon in Chelsea: which shows are worth the sweltering slog?” Before all the galleries close and their staffs make the customary late-summer retreat to cooler climes, she offers this guide to the season’s final must-sees. Several include painting. Read more.
Kenneth Baker in The San Francisco Chronicle recommends The Passionate Gesture: “Hackett-Freedmaninvites us to think about whether and how we can recognize unrehearsed expressiveness in art. Modernism staked itself on fresh starts, or faith in them, again and again. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism, on down to Pop Art, minimalism and conceptual art — … read more… “Unrehearsed expressiveness in art”
On artnet, Donald Kuspit’s erudite review of Sean Scully’s show (Sept. 26, 2006-Jan. 15, 2007) at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. For anyone interested in art criticism, it’s worth a (re)read. Read more.
Marianne Combs in a Minnesota Public Radio broadcast about pioneering work by Minnesota’s first professional women painters: “Any story about American women artists involves grit and determination, even today. But this is particularly true of these first Minnesota women. The exhibition, titled “In Her Own Right” focuses on five painters. Minnesota Museum of American Art … read more… ““In Her Own Right: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art”
‘What Is Painting?” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In The Village Voice, R.C. Baker recommends the show: “This big, brightly didactic survey of painting movements since roughly 1965 feels a bit like the Astor Place Kmart—blocky white spaces filled with disparate goods of mixed quality. Culled from MOMA’s collection, … read more… “What is painting?”
Geoff Gehman of The Morning Call reports: “On Saturday, the 125th anniversary of Edward Hopper’s birth, eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will open a show-sale of 27 works on paper Hopper made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before he became a household name. All but four of the drawings are owned by … read more… “Edward Hopper sale in Pennsylvania: early works on paper”