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At the Boston MFA artists grapple with war

Ken Johnson writes in The Boston Globe: “As the war in Iraq grinds on toward no very clear end, collective reaction to it by contemporary American artists remains muted and uncertain. Two exhibitions responding to the war — one directly and the other indirectly — are now on view in […]

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Karen Kilimnik’s Philadelphia salon

Dorothy Spears in the NYTimes: “When Robert Wuilfe, curator of Landmarks Contemporary Projects in Philadelphia, learned of Karen Kilimnik’s interest in creating a site-specific installation at the 18th-century Powel mansion he had difficulty containing his enthusiasm. Ms. Kilimnik’s reconstructions of 18th-century salons, featuring portraits of contemporary celebrities like Paris Hilton, […]

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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 […]