Month: June 2008

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Sports writers on art, art critics on sport

The Guardian’s arts critics and sports writers swapped roles. Yesterday the critics got a taste of the sporting life, while today the sports team is set loose on the contemporary arts world. (Via Art News Blog) Jonathan Jones, visual art critic, on football Hull City v Bristol City at Wembley, […]

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Shafrazi uses two coats of paint

I’d be a negligent blogger if I didn’t applaud Jerry Saltz’s fabulous article title in this week’s New York,”Two Coats of Painting.” Saltz writes that Tony Shafrazi’s current show, “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns,” centers on a collaboration by the two impresario-organizers, gallerist Gavin Brown and artist Urs Fischer. “It […]

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Flying colors at OK Harris

Blogger Steven Alexander strongly recommends “No Chromophobia” at OK Harris.”Curated by Richard Witter, this show focuses on color as content in abstract painting, and brings together thirty-three painters in a stunning array of discerning concept and sensuous chroma…. There is a conspicuous absence of irony – these artists are engaged […]

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For the fall reading list

Seven Days in the Art World, Sarah Thornton. Norton, $24.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-393-06722-4. November release.According to Publishers Weekly, Sarah Thornton offers an elegant, evocative, sardonic view into some of the art world’s most prestigious institutions. “The hot, hip contemporary art world, argues sociologist Thornton, is a cluster of intermingling subcultures […]

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Hackett on Seattle artist Sherry Markovitz

Sherry Markovitz, 60, currently has a retrospective at the Bellevue Arts Center and a show of recent work at Greg Kucera. The Seattle artist is best known for her beaded, richly-adorned papier-mâché animal head trophies and dolls, which explore art and craft, life and death and metaphors of gender and […]

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Marlene Dumas: Contented Bohemian

In the NY Times Magazine Deborah Soloman profiles Marlene Dumas. “‘I never learned to ride a bicycle, and it is too late now,’ Dumas told me with a hint of pride, before going on to list her other negative achievements. ‘I never learned to drive. I never learned to swim.’ […]

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Delia Brown’s children

According to Brown the title of her new show at D’Amelio Terras, ‘Precious,’ refers to gendered attitudes toward painting. In art school during the late 80s, students were told not to be ‘precious,’ which was a way of saying that paintings had to be bold, muscular, unattached, unsentimental – in […]

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Basquiat painting inspires U2

Bloomberg art reporter Scott Reyburn writes that the Irish rock band U2 may get up to 6 million pounds ($11.7 million) from the sale of a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat which has been hanging in its Dublin studio for nearly two decades, said Sotheby’s. “Untitled (Pecho/Oreja),” featuring Basquiat’s trademark primitive […]