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Pre-digital perspective

Roderick Conway Morris writes in the International Herald Tribune: “For most of his career Piero della Francesca pursued painting and mathematics with equal success. In his treatise “De prospectiva pingendi” (On Painting Perspective) he chided his fellow artists for not mastering the rules of scientific perspective.” Recent conservation of several […]

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Watching Nightwatch

Nightwatching, a Peter Greenaway film that explores the circumstances around Rembrandt’s creation of his famed painting The Nightwatch, will join the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival runs Sept. 6-15. See the dark and moody trailer on You Tube.

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Rezoning leaves artists in the lurch…again

Andrew Lightman in the Patriot Ledger tells the all-too-familiar story of artists being kicked out of their studios in Massachusetts: “The art colony came to life as the town suffered an economic downturn in the late 1980s, when the building lost its key tenants. Attracted by the expansive rooms, high […]

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Richard Long’s muddy markmaking

In the Guardian, Adrian Searle visits Richard Long’s show at the Scottish National Galllery of Modern Art: “Lately, Long has begun drawing, not on walls or paper, but on things he has found along the way – bits of driftwood and tree trunk, Berber tent pegs from a Moroccan market, […]

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Julian Schnabel nominated for Gucci filmmaking award

In Variety, Nick Vivarelli reports: “Julian Schnabel is among the nominees announced by the Gucci Group and the Venice Film Festival for the Gucci Group Award, dedicated to personalities outside the movie industry who have made an outstanding contribution to a film. Schnabel, winner of this year’s director nod at […]

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Blood paintings

In the Hartford Courant, Matt Eagan writes about the new show at Real Art Ways: “Jordan Eagles uses animal blood from slaughterhouses to create his art. He knows how this sounds, but those expecting the art equivalent of the “Saw” movies will be disappointed. This is not a horror show. […]

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Beauty show in Atlanta

Debra Wolf reviews “Luxe, Calme et Volupte” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Order and beauty form the organizing principle in an engaging new painting exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery curated by artist and writer Joanne Mattera. She borrows her concept from 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire and his poem ‘L’Invitation au […]

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Ann Philbin at the Hammer Museum collects paper

According to Jori Finkel in the NY Times, “When Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and Chief Curator Gary Garrels started building a collection, they chose to concentrate on drawings, photographs and works on paper, leaving the more expensive fields of painting and sculpture to play a supporting role…The […]

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Frida Kahlo retrospective in Mexico City

Elisabeth Malkin writes in the NYTimes: “This year, as Mexico celebrates the centenary of Kahlo’s birth, the largest retrospective ever of her work attempts to look beyond what Mexicans call Fridamania. The result is a rich view of her art and her life, one that broadens the perspective on her […]

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Martin Kippenberger: champion for insincerity

Christian Viveros-Fauné in The Village Voice: “A balky, buffoonish commentary on the social function of art, Kippenberger’s one-take, slapdash paintings mock the market and the approval of juries and art critics alike without ever acknowledging their near-total dependence on the art world’s closed system of meanings for their deepest, even […]