Holland Cotter says weird can be cool but….

Gavin Brown Enterprise and Maccarone released an interesting curatorial statement for their star-studded joint group show, “Pretty Ugly.” “When you wake up in the morning, walk into the bathroom, and look at yourself in the mirror-raising the toothbrush to your stinking mouth-do you feel pretty or ugly? Dried drool in the eyes of the beholder. … read more… “Holland Cotter says weird can be cool but….”

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“Bitter slog” for painting in the Whitney Biennial

“Devotees of painting will be on a near-starvation diet, with the work of only Joe Bradley, Mary Heilmann, Karen Kilimnik, Olivier Mosset and (maybe) Cheyney Thompson to sustain them. Hard-line believers in art as visual pleasure will have, poor things, a bitter slog. But if the show is heedless of traditional beauty, it is also … read more… ““Bitter slog” for painting in the Whitney Biennial”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Loren MacIver

I spent the day yesterday in the MoMA archives researching a story about Loren MacIver for the March issue of The Brooklyn Rail, so I’m pleased to see that Holland Cotter reviews MacIver’s current show at the Alexandre Gallery today. MacIver, a self-taught painter who lived in NYC with poet and soulmate Lloyd Frankenberg, died … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Loren MacIver”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Judith Bernstein

Holland Cotter reports: “This small, punchy overview of Judith Bernstein’s work is set to close a week before ‘WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution’ opens at P.S. 1, which is too bad. Although Ms. Bernstein has been producing a pointedly feminist art since the 1960s, she’s not in the big survey, and she should be. … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Judith Bernstein”

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How Pattern and Decoration broadened the artworld’s horizon

“Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975-1985,” curated by Anne Swartz. Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Through Jan. 20. Check out Librado Romero’s NYTimes slide show. Holland Cotter takes a ride to Yonkers and reports that P&D was the last real art movement of the 20th century. “We don’t do art movements … read more… “How Pattern and Decoration broadened the artworld’s horizon”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Chris Ofili, Elif Uras, Thomas Eggerer

“CHRIS OFILI: Devil’s Pie,” David Zwirner, New York, NY. Through Nov. 3. Holland Cotter reports: “Mr. Ofili has always been forthright about the devotional spirit of his art; here he makes the cross-cultural nature of the spirit clear, and a little too clear. Time and further experimentation should bring the synthesis he’s after. I take … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Chris Ofili, Elif Uras, Thomas Eggerer”

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Kara Walker’s racy cutouts arrive at the Whitney

“Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love,” organized by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond, both from the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Whitney Museum of American Art, , New York, NY. Through Feb. 3. UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA March 2 to June 8, 2008. “It’s interesting that as soon as … read more… “Kara Walker’s racy cutouts arrive at the Whitney”

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Blockbuster artists van Gogh, Renoir, Monet on view in Philadelphia, NYC and Columbus

“Painted With Words: Vincent van Gogh’s Letters to Émile Bernard,” Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY. through Jan. 6. To complement the letters, more than twenty paintings, drawings, and watercolors by van Gogh and Bernard are on view. These works document their exchange of ideas—among them are paintings and drawings discussed and sketched by … read more… “Blockbuster artists van Gogh, Renoir, Monet on view in Philadelphia, NYC and Columbus”

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Rembrandt and pals stir unlikely controversy in Gotham

“The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” organized by Walter Liedtke, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Paintings. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6, 2008. In a wacky installation that reminds me of the time my ex-husband rearranged my books according to size, the … read more… “Rembrandt and pals stir unlikely controversy in Gotham”

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The Neointegrity Manifesto

“NeoIntegrity,” curated by painter Keith Mayerson. Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY. Through Aug. 24. Holland Cotter in the NYTimes: “Mr. Mayerson explains in a gallery news release that when he was given the go-ahead for the group show, he decided to take the opportunity to start an art movement. He even wrote a position … read more… “The Neointegrity Manifesto”

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