Philip Guston’s stories

The Morgan Library & Museum presents the first major survey of Guston’s drawings in 20 years. Organized by the KunstMuseum Bonn, and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich, in cooperation with the artist’s estate, the show examines the importance of drawing throughout key periods of Guston’s career, from the mid-1940s to 1980. While Guston is primarily … read more… “Philip Guston’s stories”

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Abts in heaven

New Museum is presenting the first major U.S. solo exhibition of paintings by London-based artist Tomma Abts (born Kiel, Germany, 1967). Abts creates surprising, small abstract paintings that are being touted as the antidote to the “florid figuration” that has dominated contemporary painting in recent years. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that Abts’s paintings … read more… “Abts in heaven”

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Self-hallucination suggesting a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism: Carroll Dunham’s early work

“Self-hallucination which initially suggests a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism” is how Klaus Kertess described Dunham’s aesthetic back in 1983. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that many elements seem to arise from an instinctive, quasi-primitive intuition, but other parts suggest a more intellectually sophisticated play with the … read more… “Self-hallucination suggesting a multiple organ transplant performed by a surgeon with a degree in Surrealism: Carroll Dunham’s early work”

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Smokestack symbolism in Demuth’s paintings at the Whitney

In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that gay precisionist Charles Demuth might have felt marginalized by the mainly heterosexual art world. “If true, that interpretation casts the Lancaster paintings in another intriguing light. You could read the series as Demuth’s attempt to shuck off any stigma of effeminacy that might have accompanied his career as … read more… “Smokestack symbolism in Demuth’s paintings at the Whitney”

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Alberto Burri: surgeon turned artist after WWII

“Alberto Burri,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through January 19. Alberto Burri (1915 – 1995) was born in Città di Castello, Italy. He earned a medical degree in 1940, before serving as a surgeon during World War II in North Africa where he was captured in 1943 by Allied troops and sent to the … read more… “Alberto Burri: surgeon turned artist after WWII”

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Carousing with the Ashcan School boys

“Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists’ Brush With Leisure, 1895-1925,” curated by James W. Tottis. New-York Historical Society, New York, NY. Through Feb. 10. Artists include Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, George Luks, George Bellows, Jerome Myers, Guy Pene du Bois, Walt Kuhn, Edward Hopper, and Rockwell Kent. “John Sloan’s New York,” Museum … read more… “Carousing with the Ashcan School boys”

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William Beckman’s life studies at Forum

With a surgeon’s attention to detail, William Beckman depicts the people and places closest to him: his family, his first home, and studio, all down to the last strand of hair on each head and smudge on every wall. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson reports that in this new series of paintings, Beckman is showing … read more… “William Beckman’s life studies at Forum”

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Gabriel de Saint-Aubin drawings at the Frick

“Gabriel de Saint-Aubin,” curated by Colin B. Bailey, Kim de Beaumont, and, from the Louvre, Pierre Rosenberg, and Christophe Leribault. Frick Collection, New York, NY. Through Jan. 27. This exhibition includes fifty drawings and a few paintings and etchings that range in subject from ancient history to portraiture to the decorative arts, and include the … read more… “Gabriel de Saint-Aubin drawings at the Frick”

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NYTimes art reviews: Talese, Ossorio

“Pamela Talese: Working Waterfront, Paintings of the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY. Through Oct. 20. Talese paints straightforward images of the working ships, tugboats, and docks of the industrial waterfront. Roberta Smith reports that “the total effect is unexpectedly convincing, all the more so because each painting is accompanied by a brief … read more… “NYTimes art reviews: Talese, Ossorio”

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So are they really Jackson Pollocks?

“Pollock Matters,” curated by Ellen Landau. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. September 1-December 9. Geoff Edgers reports in the Boston Globe: “That’s a question, perhaps the question, surrounding the exhibition ‘Pollock Matters,’ which opens Saturday at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art. Though the show features about 170 pieces, including paintings, … read more… “So are they really Jackson Pollocks?”

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