Picassify it

In the NY Times Carol Vogel wonders what Picasso was thinking during the final years of his life, when he was living in Notre-Dame-de-Vie on the French Riviera, obsessively producing images of musketeers and matadors, twisted couples and haunted women laced with obvious art-historical references or simply drawn from his fertile imagination. His unflagging confidence … read more… “Picassify it”

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MoMA hires Ann Temkin as Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture

In the NYTimes, Carol Vogel reports that the Museum of Modern Art has chosen one of its own curators, Ann Temkin, to succeed John Elderfield, who retired as chief curator of painting and sculpture in July. “Ms. Temkin said that one of her priorities would be to ‘change our viewers’ experience in many ways,’ especially … read more… “MoMA hires Ann Temkin as Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture”

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Is Danny Ocean in Zurich?

The art thefts in Switzerland this week would make a worthy sequel to Oceans Thirteen. Carol Vogel reports in the NYTimes that three men wearing ski masks walked into a private Zurich museum in broad daylight and grabbed four 19th century paintings. “They tossed them into a van and sped off, pulling off one of … read more… “Is Danny Ocean in Zurich?”

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Jasper Johns: Eminence gray

“Jasper Johns: Gray,” curated by James Rondeau and Douglas Druick at The Art Institute of Chicago. Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY. February 5 – May 4. Check out the NYTimes slide show of images. “Jasper Johns: Drawings 1997-2007,” Matthew Marks, New York, NY. Through April 12. According to the press release, Johns has worked in … read more… “Jasper Johns: Eminence gray”

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Hugo Boss shortlist gives painters the brush

In the NYTimes, Carol Vogel reports that this year’s finalists for the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize “include some of the hottest names around, and their work is heavily tipped toward conceptual and installation art. ‘A number of painters were nominated,’ said Joan Young, the associate curator of contemporary art at the Guggenheim. ‘But this is … read more… “Hugo Boss shortlist gives painters the brush”

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Google Search: Rufino Tamayo

This week , Carol Vogel reported in the NYTimes that a colorful painting found in the trash was in fact painted by well-known Latin American artist Rufino Tamayo. Tamayo (1899-1991) was a Zapotecan Indian born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He moved to México City where he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas … read more… “Google Search: Rufino Tamayo”

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Young stunt

“Aaron Young: Greeting Card,” Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, NY. Through Sept. 23. In the NYTimes, Roberta Smith reports:”If there was any doubt that we live in a reasonable facsimile of the Gilded Age, it disappeared Monday night during ‘Greeting Card,’ Aaron Young’s enormous paint-by-motorcycle spectacle in the vast, emptied-out drill hall of the Seventh … read more… “Young stunt”

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The inscrutable Sigmar Polke

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”

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