The New York School at Bowdoin College

Surveying Lower Manhattan’s disparate art world in the 1950s and early 1960s, “New York Cool,” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, features over 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints culled from the collection of New York University. While the post-war period witnessed tremendous creative ferment in the New York art scene, … read more… “The New York School at Bowdoin College”

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“The wall drawing is a permanent installation, until destroyed”

After nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of some sixty-five artists and art students, “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective” is fully installed at Mass MOCA. Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery in collaboration with the artist before his death in April 2007, the project has been undertaken by … read more… ““The wall drawing is a permanent installation, until destroyed””

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Painting the Polar landscape: Majesty and awe

In the Boston Globe Sebastian Smee reports that “To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem “shows us what happened when 19th- and early 20th-century painters finally decided they were ready to see – and get excited about – the polar regions. Assembled and researched by … read more… “Painting the Polar landscape: Majesty and awe”

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Rouault’s comedy of errors

The current exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art reveals Georges Rouault’s keen sense of disjunction, unintended consequences, and ironic reversals. This irony (a sometimes bitterly satirical one) was often glossed over by a conventional piety that suffused the interpretation and presentation of his work from the time of his death (1958) until the centenary … read more… “Rouault’s comedy of errors”

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Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose

In The Phoenix Greg Cook reports that Alexis Rockman, whose earlier work is often compared to the Museum of Natural History’s diorama painting, has adopted an “expressionist action-painting style while holding to the disasters-of-global-climate-change theme. These paintings from 2005 to ’07 are a catalogue of The Day After Tomorrow–style weather calamities: a truck chugging through … read more… “Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose”

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Dunham donates his printmaking archive to his alma mater

Carroll Dunham donated his printmaking archive to The Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, his high school alma mater. The Addison Gallery is organizing a traveling exhibition of the prints, which will be the first museum study of Dunham’s graphic work. The exhibition opened at the Allen Memorial Art Museum … read more… “Dunham donates his printmaking archive to his alma mater”

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