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A minimalist in Edinburgh

“Michael Craik: Razed to the Ground,” Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. Through Aug. 30. Visit his website. Susan Mansfield in The Scotsman: “Paint is built up in layers to create an effect which is almost three dimensional, then colours are added, a restrained palette of greys, pinks and blues. […]

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August travel tip: Warhol outpost in Slovakia

Stephanie MacLellan reports in the Toronto Star: “When Andy Warhol thought about his 15 minutes of fame, he probably didn’t expect any of them would be spent in this one-street town of less than 7,000 people in the northeastern corner of Slovakia. Yet there he is, multiplied in six different […]

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Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an […]

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Art for the centrally isolated at Cornell

“Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Art,” The Herbert F. Johnson Museum Of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Through Septmeber 30. Arthur Whitman reports at Big Red and Shiny: “To those well-versed in contemporary art, the selection of work in ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is likely to have a wearisome familiarity. Many or perhaps […]

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Sylvia Plath was a teenage artist

Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, edited by Kathleen Connors. Oxford University Press, USA (October 26, 2007) Francesca Martin reports in the Guardian: “In the book Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, editor Kathleen Connors reveals illustrated childhood letters that Plath wrote when she was seven, […]

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IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon

On Sunday, at her home in upstate New York, Elizabeth Murray died of complications from lung cancer. She was duly renowned as a passionate, energetic, and ambitious painter whose work is in collections all over the world. Yet Murray is rarely credited with helping to forge a neo-feminist vision of […]

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Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk

Adam Williams at Reuters: “Politicians and artists urged Berlin’s authorities on Monday to let them rebuild the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall before it decays beyond recognition as a reminder of the city’s grim history. In the spring of 1990, when most of the city was itching to […]

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The art of restitution

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Berlin Street Scene” (1913–14), on view at Neue Galerie, New York, NY. Through September 17. In the Village Voice, Morgan Falconer reports: “This show celebrates its arrival, bringing together similarly debauched urban imagery by Kirchner’s Berlin contemporaries. But while Street Scene is the showpiece, others outstrip it […]

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Muralists at work in Baghdad

Stephen Farrell in the NYTimes reports: “Dead blocks, they call them, the most visible legacy of the latest war in a city with a long history of wars. Many murals have focused on the glories of Iraq’s pre-Islamic civilizations in hopes of avoiding the ire, and bullets, of Islamist militants, […]