Plagens novel: It’s just fiction

Peter Plagens, painter and longtime art critic for Newsweek magazine, has written The Art Critic, a novel which will be published on artnet. According to Regina Hackett, it’s being published in serial form, one chapter a week for 24 weeks. If you see yourself in any of the characters, remember that, as my husband’s bestselling … read more… “Plagens novel: It’s just fiction”

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Art in America gets a makeover

In the NY Times Randy Kennedy reports that the longtime editor of Art in America magazine, Elizabeth C. Baker is stepping down. “Peter M. Brant, a newsprint magnate and art collector, took over Brant Publications, the magazine’s publisher, in January after buying out the 50 percent stake owned by his former wife, Sandra Brant. Mr. … read more… “Art in America gets a makeover”

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Rosa Loy’s Leipzig dreamworld

At artnet Charlie Finch absolutely swoons over Leipzig artist Rosa Loy’s new paintings. “Rosa is not afraid to blatantly paint-check her influences: languid nymphs sampling a long bolt of orange silk drifting down a hidden staircase are right out of Balthus and the knowing smiles of a tableful of women devouring turkeys are a sly … read more… “Rosa Loy’s Leipzig dreamworld”

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Joe Brainard: The Nancy Book

In celebration of The Nancy Book, published by the Siglio Press, Tibor de Nagy has organized a show of Joe Brainard’s drawings of the Nancy cartoon character. Along with Brainard’s poems and drawings, the book includes essays by poets Ron Padgett, who is also from Oklahoma and one of Brainard’s many friends, and Anne Lauterbach. … read more… “Joe Brainard: The Nancy Book”

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Deborah Brown loves animals

At artnet, blogaphobic Charlie Finch writes that his old pal Deborah Brown has captured the feeling of Pier 25 and other natural NYC sites in a new series of paintings at Lesley Heller Gallery. “These paintings arrive none too soon, as tacky glass high-rises obliterate much of the sparse nature of familiar New York. Now … read more… “Deborah Brown loves animals”

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March museum openings

At artnet, a roundup of exhibitions opening in March includes Directions — Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art; In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet at the National Gallery of Art; … read more… “March museum openings”

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The Berkenblit girl

At artnet, Adrian Dannatt reports on Ellen Berkenblit’s recently closed show at Anton Kern. “Her recent exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery consisted of 11 large canvases depicting in consistent black-and-white the profile of a woman who is clearly not a physical ideal, most obviously due to a snub nose so protrusive and dominant it shocks. … read more… “The Berkenblit girl”

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Fathoming the depths of Schnabelia

“Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings,” Sperone Westwater, New York, NY. Through Feb. 16. In the catalog for the show, Sounding in Fathoms: Julian Schnabel’s Recent Navigation Drawings, David Moos writes that “Schnabel’s work is rooted in exploring and trying to define the difference between epiphany and the commonplace. In his recent series of drawings on nautical … read more… “Fathoming the depths of Schnabelia”

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Fetching Freud’s etchings

“Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings,” curated by Starr Figura. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Dec. 16 through Mar. 10. The press release says the exhibition presents the full scope of Freud’s achievements in etching, including seventy-five examples ranging from rare, early experiments in the 1940s to the large and complex compositions created since … read more… “Fetching Freud’s etchings”

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Finch flogs blogs

On artnet, Charlie Finch takes on art bloggers. “The proliferation of art blogs has taken all the day-tripper fun out of criticism by circle-jerking, recycling and regurgitating the effluvia of critique beyond the wildest fantasies of Rosalind Krauss. An example is Sharon Butler of the ‘Two Coats of Paint’ blog who is so exhaustive in … read more… “Finch flogs blogs”

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