Turner Prize shortlist: All trans-media artmakers, no video

The four trans-media artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2009 are Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright. “Critics of the Turner prize are used to harrumphing crossly about the absence of painting or drawing from the award’s shortlist, and condemning a perceived preponderance of video or film work. This … read more… “Turner Prize shortlist: All trans-media artmakers, no video”

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Rothko edits Rothko

In The Independent Claire Dwyer Hoggs talks to Chris Rothko, Mark Rothko‘s son and editor of The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art, a new book of his father’s writing. “‘People imagine my father had a glamorous existence, but he lived mainly in slums,’ Christopher says, as he settles into his chair. Mark Rothko’s best-known paintings … read more… “Rothko edits Rothko”

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Maria Lassnig: Embarrassment is a challenge

Viennese painter Maria Lassnig, nearly 90, has been producing work over a period of 60 years in Paris, New York and Vienna. An avant-garde pioneer with a feminist viewpoint, Lessnig’s work was included in “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.” Lassnig continues to paint powerful, bold and introspective work that investigates human emotions and bodily … read more… “Maria Lassnig: Embarrassment is a challenge”

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Let’s Go: Glasgow

In The Guardian Adrian Searle reports that the Glasgow International Festival, founded in 2004, is slated to become a regular biennial. “Building on its low-budget, do-it-yourself approach, each edition has been better than the last. The project has slowly expanded, occupying not just established venues but studios and abandoned and derelict buildings around the city. … read more… “Let’s Go: Glasgow”

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Doig retrospective opens in London

Using photographic images from newspapers or snapshots as a starting point, Peter Doig recasts everyday imagery to make imaginary landscapes and figure scenes. All are imbued with a strong sense of atmosphere – his figures seem out of time, and his landscapes possessed of a strange, haunting presence. (See images of his work at Werner … read more… “Doig retrospective opens in London”

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From Russia in London

“From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings 1870-1925 from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” Royal Academy of Arts, London. Through April 18. See images of the show. Because André-Marc Delocque-Fourcaud and Pierre Konowaloff, heirs of two of the most assiduous Russian tsarist-era collectors whose art was confiscated by Lenin in 1918, claimed to be the rightful … read more… “From Russia in London”

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Kentridge-fest at the University of Brighton

“William Kentridge: Fragile Identities,” University of Brighton, Brighton, England. Through Dec. 31. University of Brighton presents William Kentridge’s new work on paper, installations and films, as well as The Soho Eckstein Series, the animated films for which he is best known. In The Guardian, Adrian Searle reports. “Kentridge is best known for his charcoal animations, … read more… “Kentridge-fest at the University of Brighton”

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Painting modern life (from photographs)

“The Painting of Modern Life,” curated by Ralph Rugoff. Artists include Richard Artschwager, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Thomas Eggerer, Judith Eisler, Franz Gertsch, Richard Hamilton, Eberhard Havekost, David Hockney, Johannes Kahrs, Johanna Kandl, Martin Kippenberger, Liu Xiaodong, Malcolm Morley, Elizabeth Peyton, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans and Andy … read more… “Painting modern life (from photographs)”

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Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy

“Georg Baselitz,” Royal Academy of Arts, London. Through Dec. 9. In The Guardian, Adrian Searle reviews the Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy: “For all the physicality of his art, he often appears to be chasing an image that wants to disappear. On a series of wooden panels whose surfaces have been roughly gouged … read more… “Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy”

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Beryl Cook: 80-year-old self-taught painter’s work condemned by critics

“Beryl Cook,” Baltic, Gateshead, through September 2. In the Guardian, Adrian Searle asserts: “Beryl Cook: a homely, round name for a woman we imagine is also round and jolly and homely. Her art depresses me. I thought I would be able to summon some sort of enthusiasm for its Englishness, its playfulness, its sauciness. But … read more… “Beryl Cook: 80-year-old self-taught painter’s work condemned by critics”

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