Thomas Germano: A response to Roberta Smith’s review of “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design”

My former colleague, painter and art historian Thomas Germano, sent an interesting rebuttal to Roberta Smith’s dismissive review of the Pre-Raphaelite show at the National Gallery, and has agreed to let me post it: Without mentioning John Ruskin, or discussing the PRB’s literary associations beyond a superficial glazing, RSmith simply hasn’t done her homework or, … read more… “Thomas Germano: A response to Roberta Smith’s review of “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design””


A death exaggerated

In the April 8 issue of New York Magazine: Jerry Saltz argues that gallery shows may no longer be relevant: Artists and dealers are as passionate as ever about creating good shows, but fewer and fewer people are actually seeing them. Chelsea galleries used to hum with activity; now they’re often eerily empty. Sometimes I’m … read more… “A death exaggerated”


Art History lesson: The Pre-Raphaelites, courtesy of Roberta Smith

“Pre-Raphaelite art is a volatile, highly complicated mixture of questionable intentions, literary erudition, ironclad nostalgia, meticulous realism, lavish costumes and a prescient technicolor palette. The brotherhood was formed in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, three disgruntled students at the Royal Academy of Art. Barely 20, they were repelled … read more… “Art History lesson: The Pre-Raphaelites, courtesy of Roberta Smith”


Portfolio: Becky Yazdan

I first encountered Becky Yazdan’s seductive paintings at the 2011 NurtureArt benefit, and this month she has a compelling show at Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. A graduate of the New York Studio School, Yazdan works in an intimate scale, deftly mining daily incident and objects for content and meaning. Bill Jensen, Graham Nickson (both … read more… “Portfolio: Becky Yazdan”

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Potshot of the Day: Ken Johnson

 “This terrific exhibition makes me think that more artists should take time off from the grind of self-marketing.”  — Ken Johnson in a NYTimes review of Catherine Murphy’s show at Peter Freeman  Catherine Murphy, Knot 1, 2008, oil on canvas on board, 16 x 19 inches. Courtesy of Peter Freeman Gallery. Catherine Murphy, Snowflakes dedicated … read more… “Potshot of the Day: Ken Johnson”

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Ben Godward’s exploded view

Crafted from aluminum, neon-colored foam, paint, and plastic materials such as bubble wrap, plastic cups, and other discarded detritus, Ben Godward’s work has always careened impulsively toward excess and chaos. More restrained than previous work, Voitenko vs. Berkeley (contemplation of the imploded past perfect (intremes) (2013) tempers Godward’s signature exuberance with the geometric unity of … read more… “Ben Godward’s exploded view”

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Win win: UConn MFA students raising money for their NYC thesis exhibition

From the UConn Art & Art History blog: Please join us on Tuesday, March 26th, at the Benton Museum for an auction of artwork by faculty, alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates to benefit the MFA in Studio Art program. The preview will take place noon-7 pm, and the live auction starts at 7 pm. The … read more… “Win win: UConn MFA students raising money for their NYC thesis exhibition”

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Brece Honeycutt’s book report

Working on a book collaboration with poet Dara Mandle for Norte Maar Projects, Brece Honeycutt is on the lookout for book shows, projects and sightings. The following is her report from a recent ramble around New York. First stop: “The Book Lovers, A Project about Artist Novels” at the Elizabeth Foundation Project Space (sadly, exhibition … read more… “Brece Honeycutt’s book report”

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VIDEO: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her deconstructed paintings

In the short video (below) from the Walker Art Center Video Channel, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her relationship to painting in the exhibition Painter Painter.  “I had to unlearn everything I was doing,” she says about her process.   ——————————————————————– This is a screen grab of Zuckerman-Hartung’s manifesto-style text piece 95 Theses on Painting Zuckerman-Hartung teaches … read more… “VIDEO: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her deconstructed paintings”


Painting? Painting?

At the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, curators Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan have organized “Painter Painter,” an exhibition comprising work by fifteen artists, some of whom are working with painting materials in ways that are often labeled “painting” but may be more firmly rooted in  Minimalism and Process Art than with the formidable history … read more… “Painting? Painting?”