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.
Barry Hoggard and James Wagner edit ArtCal, a good site that focuses on underknown galleries and artists in Chelsea, Williamsburg and the NYC area. Images of the exhibitions are posted with all the listings. “All content on this site is at our whim. An absence of a show does not necessarily mean we’re not interested … read more… “”
In the Observer, Vanessa Thorpe reports that the farmhouse of Mary Beale, a British pioneer and a leading female painter in England, is threatened by real estate developers. “Beale’s art, enthusiasts argue, is too significant to allow the loss of a centre dedicated to celebrating her life and work. She is seen as a beacon … read more… “17th-century painter’s farmhouse studio faces the wrecking ball”
In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones scrutinizes the Lucas Cranach exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London: “Lucas Cranach was not the first artist to paint women naked, but he may be the first to have made it obvious he wanted to go to bed with them. With his taste for stagey sadomasochism – … read more… “The dirtiness of desire”
Colin Moynihan reports on the splashers’ manifesto in the NYTimes: “In a series of essays and in text that appeared under the headline ‘Interview With Myself’ the anonymous authors said that the splashings were committed not by an individual but by a group of men and women, and offered some explanation of their motives. The … read more… “Activist artists protest the relentless commercialization of street art”
“BOMB contributing editor Joe Fyfe is a painter and writer who has had solo shows of his paintings in New York, Paris, and Ho Chi Minh City. He has written for Arts AsiaPacific and Art on Paper and regularly writes for Gay City News, Art in America, and Artcritical.com. Fyfe is the recipient of a … read more… “BOMB Blog: Waterland Diaries by Joe Fyfe”
Maurice Chittenden in the Times Online: “When Sir Trevor Nunn, the theatre director, paid £27,000 for a painting he thought he was getting a genuine Damien Hirst. Then one night at the theatre he found out that he and his wife, the actress Imogen Stubbs, had bought a painting by two children aged 10 and … read more… “Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that”
Andrea K. Scott on Dan Perjovschi in the NYTimes: “You might not guess it, but the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was formally trained as a still-life painter in a Soviet-style art academy in Romania. The turmoil of the late ’80s prompted him to question the medium’s relevance. In an interview with Ms. Marcoci (available on … read more… “Dan Perjovschi scales the walls at MoMa”
Joy Feasley and Clare Rojas at the Locks Gallery; Tim McFarlane at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Read more.
After his last show, No Title Required, at Pace Gallery uptown, painter Robert Ryman welcomed Brooklyn Rail Publisher Phong Bui to his West Village studio to talk about his recent paintings and other related work. Read more.