Roberta Smith in the NYTimes: “Mr. Rauch’s dreams may be unlike any dreamed before, but they have not enabled him, as yet, to develop an individual style….The tendency of Mr. Rauch’s paintings to remain an assembly of more or less — or a lot less — interesting parts rather than resolving into convincing wholes is … read more… “Neo Rauch at the Met”
Alan Riding looks at the artist chosen for the innaugural solo show at the Grand Palais in Paris. “Since moving to France in 1993, this German-born artist has turned his 50-acre property in Provence into a sprawling installation, with a former silk factory serving as his studio, and warehouses, greenhouses, towers and tunnels displaying his … read more… “Anselm Keifer thinks énorme”
Curated by Kahlo biographer and art historian Hayden Herrera and Walker associate curator Elizabeth Carpenter, the presentation will include approximately 50 paintings from the beginning of Kahlo’s career in 1926 to the year of her death in 1954. Following its showing at the Walker, Frida Kahlo will travel to Philadelphia and San Francisco. See images … read more… “Frida Kahlo centennial exhibition to premiere at Walker Art Center”
Michael Kimmelman reviews the Rouault exhibition in today’s NYTimes. “At one time Rouault’s reputation rivaled Matisse’s, and his clowns and prostitutes were as ubiquitously reproduced as Ben Shahn posters. He had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in 1945 and 1953; when he died in 1958, at 87, the French government organized a state … read more… “The “touchingly strange” paintings of Georges Rouault”
Jerry Saltz reviews the show in New York Magazine. “The main attractions of this exhibition are 50 little happy-faced flower paintings and six large portraits of a haggard-looking Zen patriarch. The flowers are insipid. So are the portraits, although at least with them Murakami is up to his old extreme stylization. But the real content … read more… “The superslick, super-flat, superexpensive paintings of Takashi Murakami”
According to Spiegel Online International, German painter Jörg Immendorff passed away today from complications related to a neurodegenerative disorder. He was among Germany’s most influential postwar artists. Read more.
In their first street festival, Ugandan Artists from Kampala filled in and painted some of the city’s biggest potholes. Read more.
In today’s NYTimes, Carol Vogel visits Polke in his Cologne studio before he ships his paintings to the Venice Biennale. As is always the case with his work, Mr. Polke said, the paintings for the biennale sprang from specific ideas yet evolved in mystical ways as he experimented. “This is the meeting point of ideas … read more… “The inscrutable Sigmar Polke”
Roberta Smith looks at German paintings made with a wink and a sneer. “Painting may go in and out of fashion, but its many lifesaving graces always keep it afloat. One is its capacity for what might be called beautiful sarcasm, a sly self-parody while still looking good that is cultivated by many young painters … read more… “NYT art reviews: Markus Lüpertz & Martin Kippenberger”
George Baselitz in New YorkChristopher Wool in Berlin