Michael Craig-Martin: U is for Cynic

“Michael Craig-Martin: A is for Umbrella,” Gagosian Gallery, London. Through Jan. 31. In The Observer, Rachel Cooke writes that Craig-Martin has been turning out work that is repetitive, mundane and just a tiny bit cynical. “Craig-Martin has never stopped being interested in the meanings we invest in quotidian objects: the hope is that by reducing … read more… “Michael Craig-Martin: U is for Cynic”

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Joe Amrhein still in Florida

“Joe Amrhein: New Work,” Red Dot Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL. Through Jan. 5. In today’s Palm Beach Post, Gary Schwan’s audio Art Lesson! column features Joe Amrhein’s painting Infinity, 2007. “Amrhein is a former sign painter who runs a Brooklyn art gallery when he’s not painting bold pictures that usually deal with words. Pompous … read more… “Joe Amrhein still in Florida”

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Remembering Robin Utterback

“Remembering Robin Utterback,” curated by Clint Willour. Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX. Through Jan. 5. On March 30, 2007, well-known Houston painter Robin Utterback was pronounced dead after being pulled from a fire at his studio. Later police learned that Utterback had actually died from multiple stab wounds inflicted by his partner, Cliff Gaylord, who … read more… “Remembering Robin Utterback”

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Cranch’s transcendental landscape paintings at the Lyman Allyn Museum

“At Home and Abroad: The Transcendental Landscapes of Christopher Pearse Cranch,” curated by Nancy Stula. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT. Through Feb. 24. Travels to the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, NY, March 17 through May 31, 2008. Despite a fifty-year career as a landscape painter, Christopher Cranch’s paintings are little known. Instead, … read more… “Cranch’s transcendental landscape paintings at the Lyman Allyn Museum”

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Jacob Lawrence: Painting as aesthetic object or historic narrative?

“Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series: Selections From the Phillips Collection,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6. “Undoing the Ongoing Bastardization of ‘The Migration of the Negro’ by Jacob Lawrence,” Triple Candie, New York, NY. Through Jan. 20. Slide show. This exhibition, originally organized by the Studio Museum in Harlem but presented … read more… “Jacob Lawrence: Painting as aesthetic object or historic narrative?”

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Carousing with the Ashcan School boys

“Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists’ Brush With Leisure, 1895-1925,” curated by James W. Tottis. New-York Historical Society, New York, NY. Through Feb. 10. Artists include Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, George Luks, George Bellows, Jerome Myers, Guy Pene du Bois, Walt Kuhn, Edward Hopper, and Rockwell Kent. “John Sloan’s New York,” Museum … read more… “Carousing with the Ashcan School boys”

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Gopnik asks why: John Alexander retrospective at Smithsonian American Art Museum

“John Alexander: A Retrospective,” curated by Jane Livingston for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Through March 16. In the Washington Post, Blake Gopnik takes aim. “We’ve all come across actors too fond of their thespian skills. They rage when their characters are mad, wail when they’re supposed … read more… “Gopnik asks why: John Alexander retrospective at Smithsonian American Art Museum”

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Burgoyne Diller’s polite abstraction

“Burgoyne Diller and Hard-Edge Abstraction: Underpinnings and Continuity,” Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY. Through January 5. Along with examples by Diller, the exhibition includes art by Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Lorser Feitelson, Alexander Lieberman, Helen Lundeberg, Howard Mehring, Leon Polk Smith, and Angelo Testa. In the 1930s, Burgoyne Diller, influenced by Mondrian, Kandinsky and other … read more… “Burgoyne Diller’s polite abstraction”

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Mala Iqbal’s radiant calamity at PPOW

“Mala Iqbal: Washed Away,” P.P.O.W, New York, NY. Through January 5. In The Village Voice, RC Baker’s picks this week include Mala Iqbal’s garishly vivid, Disneyesque landscapes. “Imagine Max Ernst’s ‘Europe After the Rain’ (a corrosive 1942 painting conjuring the shattered landscape and psychological devastation of World War II) spray-bombed with Day-Glo colors—that will give … read more… “Mala Iqbal’s radiant calamity at PPOW”

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85-year-old Grace Hartigan shows new work in Baltimore

“Grace Hartigan: New Painting,” C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Through January 5. In the Baltimore City Paper, Kate Noonan reports that Hartigan continues to explore familiar themes in her paintings of brides, starlets and reinterpretations of famous portraits from art history. “In addition to the art-historical paintings that dominate the exhibition, Hartigan continues to progress … read more… “85-year-old Grace Hartigan shows new work in Baltimore”

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