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Venice Biennale: serious and smart

Kim Levin in The Brooklyn Rail: “So many skulls, tibia, ribcages, soldiers in uniform, mortally wounded dolls, and flocks of birds morphing into missiles or warplanes (the way skulls and bones morphed into picks and shovels during the Black Plague) haven’t been seen together in the art world since, well, […]

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NYTimes Friday art reviews

Milton Avery watercolors and Sarah Peters drawings are reviewed in the NYTimes today. Roberta Smith on Sarah Peters: “In her first solo show, Sarah Peters breathes life into an obsession with the art and history of colonial America. The breath comes from a fidgety crosshatch technique rendered in pencil and […]

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Abstract painting in NYC: two group shows open tonight

Late Liberties, John Connelly Presents625 West 27th Street, 212-337-9563; July 12 – August 24, 2007Late Liberties is organized by artist and curator Augusto Arbizo in collaboration with John Connelly. “Much maligned and critiqued – and often used as strategy for conceptually based work – abstraction has been largely banished to […]

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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, […]