Learning to love abstraction (with footnotes)

“The Abstract Impulse: Fifty Years of Abstraction at the National Academy, 1956-2006,” at the National Academy Museum, New York, NY. Through February 2008. Benjamin Genocchio reports in the NYTimes: “The fabled conservatism of the National Academy, longtime home of the retrograde and anachronistic in art, has faded over the years as this venerable institution has … read more… “Learning to love abstraction (with footnotes)”

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Rethinking William Bouguereau

“In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau and his American Students,” Frick Art & Historical Center through Oct. 7. Originally curated by the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Sept. 17-Dec. 31, 2006. Also installed at the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida, Feb. 9-Apr. 29, 2007. Artists include: Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), Minerva Chapman (1858-1947), Eanger … read more… “Rethinking William Bouguereau”

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The second wave of the Soviet avant-garde

“Nonconformists on Red Square” The Historical Museum, Moscow. Through Sept. 17 Tatyana Gershkovich reports in the Moscow Times: “‘We didn’t drink, we didn’t smoke, we weren’t bohemians, and we didn’t want to engage in ideological debates,’ says Vladislav Zubarev, an artist and a prominent member of the second wave of the Soviet avant-garde. He wants … read more… “The second wave of the Soviet avant-garde”

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Provincetown pigment

“Eric Aho, Peter Hutchinson, Peik Larsen, Sarah Lutz,” DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Through Sept. 16. “Tabitha Vevers: Eden,” artSTRAND, Provincetown, MA. Through Sept. 12. Cate McQuaid reports in the Boston Globe: “Aho is a master of tone and texture. In ‘Truro Beach,’ his loose, broad brush strokes brawl into one another, evoking the turmoil of … read more… “Provincetown pigment”

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Todd Chilton: accepting imperfection

“Todd Chilton: Recent Paintings,” Raw & Co Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Go to Todd’s website to see images of his paintings. Douglas Max Utter reports in The Cleveland Free Times: “Chilton’s six crisp, introspective oil on canvas paintings are engaged in a search for some word, some clue, trapped between paint, canvas, and simple, even primitive … read more… “Todd Chilton: accepting imperfection”

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Anyone can paint

Daniel Kilkelly reports on Digital Spy: “Kate Moss has started painting over the past few weeks, as she attempts to get over her split from Pete Doherty. The supermodel has impressed her friends with the quality of her creations, and is now planning to show off the artwork to a wider audience. A source told … read more… “Anyone can paint”

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Fernando Botero Abu Ghraib paintings go to UC Berkeley

Jesse Hamlin reports in the San Francisco Chronicle: “In April, the artist, who lives mostly in Paris, e-mailed Professor Harley Shaiken, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, who had organized the show, to say he’d decided to give the works to UC Berkeley. He wrote that because of the school’s academic stature and … read more… “Fernando Botero Abu Ghraib paintings go to UC Berkeley”

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Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure”

Gerhard Richter’s Cologne Cathedral south transept window, unveiled this week with a special mass. Cologne, Germany. On artnet, Kimberly Bradley reports: “Prior to the unveiling, some observers had thought Richter’s design too modern and abstract. But three clerestory windows in the south and north part of the chancel — produced around 1300 — contain a … read more… “Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure””

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Scroll story clouds history at SF’s Asian Art Museum

“Telling Tales: Illustrated Storytelling Scrolls,” organized by Forrest McGill. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. Through Oct. 21. Peter Schurmann writes on the New America Media website: “The Korean king kneels, hands clasped in a gesture of submission. Above him looms the Japanese empress, at the head of an armada and clad in full samurai … read more… “Scroll story clouds history at SF’s Asian Art Museum”

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So are they really Jackson Pollocks?

“Pollock Matters,” curated by Ellen Landau. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. September 1-December 9. Geoff Edgers reports in the Boston Globe: “That’s a question, perhaps the question, surrounding the exhibition ‘Pollock Matters,’ which opens Saturday at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art. Though the show features about 170 pieces, including paintings, … read more… “So are they really Jackson Pollocks?”

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