Alice Neel at the Zwirners

David Zwirner has two concurrent exhibitions of Alice Neel’s work, “Alice Neel: Selected Works” at the Chelsea branch, and “Alice Neel: Nudes of the 1930s” uptown at Zwirner & Wirth. According to Zwirner, who now represents her estate with a couple other galleries, Neel (1900-1984) is one of the most important American painters of the … read more… “Alice Neel at the Zwirners”

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Ian Whitmore and Graham Caldwell: DC artists move to NYC

Ian Whitmore, who, according to Washington Post’s Blake Gopnik, is one of DC’s most promising young painters, has recently moved to Brooklyn. “In NYC, he gets ‘a big inspiration from something’ at least once a week, from the music scene to the latest art in Chelsea to the Old Masters at the great museums (Whitmore’s … read more… “Ian Whitmore and Graham Caldwell: DC artists move to NYC”

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Guston: Laugh out loud?

On Spring Break this week, I’ve been invited down to DC for a day or two where, besides staying in a swanky Jetson-style hotel, I’m looking forward to visiting a few galleries at Logan Circle and stopping by the National Gallery of Art to see the permanent Mel Bochner installation and the Philip Guston show. … read more… “Guston: Laugh out loud?”

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Nick Miller’s alternative studio

I’m always interested in artists like Nick Miller who have developed unusual studio solutions. Miller’s current show at the New York Studio School features paintings he made in the back of a 8′ x 13′ truck that he converted into mobile studio. The larger paintings, built up with small clotty agitated brushstrokes, don’t translate well … read more… “Nick Miller’s alternative studio”

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Gettysburg Cyclorama reopens on Friday

Cycloramas were a popular form of entertainment in the late 1800’s, both in America and Europe. These massive cylindrical paintings were displayed in special rotundas and enhanced with landscaped foregrounds, life-size figures, and realistic lighting. The result was a three-dimensional effect that surrounded the viewers who stood on a central platform, placing them in the … read more… “Gettysburg Cyclorama reopens on Friday”

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Rodney Graham examines modernist myths and moments in Morris Louis tableau

Rodney Graham’ show at 303 Gallery (loathed by bloggers for their “no photography allowed” policy) consists of drip paintings styled in the manner of Morris Louis, and a huge studio photograph in which Graham recreates the fictional livingroom where the paintings were created. In The Washington Post, Blake Gopnik describes the image. “The photo shows … read more… “Rodney Graham examines modernist myths and moments in Morris Louis tableau”

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Lame review of the week: O’Sullivan reviews Sillman at the Hirshhorn

Arts generalist Michael O’Sullivan ‘s clueless Washington Post review of Amy Sillman’s show proves why more painters and artists must start writing. “There’s something underneath all that paint in Amy Sillman’s new solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, one of the museum’s ‘Directions’ shows devoted to up-and-comers. The artist, a rising star … read more… “Lame review of the week: O’Sullivan reviews Sillman at the Hirshhorn”

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Charles Cohan’s terminal hieroglyphs

“In what may be the smallest art gallery in the United States, you can discover the whole world.” Blake Gopnik reports in The Washington Post. “Or at least its airport terminals. Atlanta, Berlin, Vilnius, Bangkok, Calgary — all up there on the walls of Curator’s Office in Washington. Charles Cohan, a 47-year-old printmaker and art … read more… “Charles Cohan’s terminal hieroglyphs”

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Brouhaha in Baltimore when local conceptual artist swipes painter’s visual tropes

“Christine Bailey: New Work,” curated by Jordan Faye Block. Corporate lobby at 100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Christine Bailey’s new work is painted in the style of one of Baltimore’s well-known painters, Cara Ober, who often blogs about the city’s scene. Bailey claims it’s a conceptual project about branding and originality, while angry Ober … read more… “Brouhaha in Baltimore when local conceptual artist swipes painter’s visual tropes”

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For every abstract reference to migration, human beings are involved

“Migration: La Diaspora,” curated by Jack Rasmussen. Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC. Through Feb. 2. Michael O’Sullivan reports in the Washington Post. “In a nutshell, it’s that the issue of migration is not just political, but personal. For every map, for every fragment of a national flag, for every abstract reference to geography, there’s a … read more… “For every abstract reference to migration, human beings are involved”

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