Museum Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions

Hans Haacke’s ethical snark

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / If mid-century art lovers had thought Robert Rauschenberg’s cheeky erasure of Willem de Kooning’s drawing in 1953 was irreverent, they might have revised their definition of the term twenty years later, when Hans Haacke tendered them detailed questionnaires about their backgrounds and attitudes as they […]

Museum Exhibitions

Eric N. Mack and Vivian Suter: How to fill a space

By Kristen Clevenson / Eric N. Mack‘s exhibition “Lemme walk across the room“ at the Brooklyn Museum and Vivian Suter’s eponymous show at Gladstone Gallery are ostensibly similar. Both artists have completely transformed white cube spaces with thoughtfully hung, colorful, unstretched artworks. Mack’s installation, both commanding and purposeful, remains an assembly of individual […]

Museum Exhibitions

Ruth Root: Syntax for a jangled world

Contributed by Jason Andrew / In an exhibition of ten new paintings at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Ruth Root extends her definition of the medium and her own personal language. Since the late 1990s, through a variety of  “painting” materials, Root has charted an independent course through a Formalist-sanctioned medium, often […]

Museum Exhibitions

Simone Leigh: Powerfully present

Contributed by Anne Swartz / Simone Leigh’s art, which focuses on the experience of black women, is powerfully present in New York City by way of a major exhibition at the Guggenheim and the monumental bronze sculpture Brick House on the High Line  – with several pieces at the 2019 Whitney […]

Museum Exhibitions

Zilia Sánchez, surrounded by the sea

Contributed by Katarina Wong / In Zilia Sánchez’s retrospective currently on view at The Phillips Collection, a video shows her on the beach, casting one of her shaped paintings “Soy Isla (I Am an Island)” into the waves. This piece sets the tone for an exceptional exhibition from a fiercely independent artist. Born […]

Museum Exhibitions

Pregame Painting Report: 2019 Whitney Biennial

The 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial, on view May 17 through September 22, was curated by Whitney Museum Associate Curator Jane Panetta and Assistant Curator Rujeko Hockley. Each has experience curating painting into group exhibitions, which means we should see some relevant, maybe thought-provoking, work on canvas (or related material). Hockley came to the Whitney […]

Museum Exhibitions

Made in LA: The personal is political

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / There may be a few artists working today who support the current administration in Washington, but it’s safe to say that most count themselves as members of the Resistance, such as it is. This doesn’t mean that we’re destined to make reflexive, shrill propaganda. For […]