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.
Gallery info. “Good Girls/Bad Girls,” another Murphy exhibition, is at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery in NYC. “Third-generation feminist artist Margaret Murphy paints images of kitschy mass produced 99-cent store figurines that challenge the shifting contexts of female stereotypes of fundamentally ‘good’ or ‘bad.’” Read more.
Nigel Reynolds talks to Hockney about the state of British painting: “When asked what he thought about Emin’s paintings, he replied: ‘They’re OK, but you don’t remember them too well.’ With uncharacteristic nuance, the normally blunt Yorkshire artist went on: ‘You always see photos of Tracey (in the papers), not of her paintings. I’d rather … read more… “David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings”