Louise Nevelson: Working small

At Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green reports that art museums are better positioned to weather a recession than other non-profits. “Food banks need to keep buying food, but art museums typically already have art — and they usually have art that isn’t on view and that could be. At a time of budgetary pressure, any … read more… “Louise Nevelson: Working small”

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Painting sympsium at The Phillips Collection in DC

On Saturday, September 27, artists, art historians and critics will be jawing about state of painting. “Although widely proclaimed dead in the 1980s, painting has returned to prominence in recent years.” Participants include Yve-Alain Bois (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Spencer Finch (Artist, Brooklyn, New York), Jonathan Fineberg (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Blake Gopnik (The … read more… “Painting sympsium at The Phillips Collection in DC”

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Modern Art Notes: All Amy Sillman all the time

At Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green dedicates the week to New York painter Amy Sillman, who currently has a show at the Hirshhorn in DC. “There are no shortage of sources in Sillman’s paintings. While many abstract artists love to hide the quarries they mined — such as how Clyfford Still spent decades denying and … read more… “Modern Art Notes: All Amy Sillman all the time”

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Dallas: David Bates paints Katrina’s victims

David Granberry at the Dallas Morning News writes about David Bates, whose recent paintings presented at Dunn and Brown Contemporary depict the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The majority of the paintings consist solely of human faces, and remind me of haunting Max Beckmann figures combined with Marsden Hartley landscapes. The individuals portrayed appear overcome with … read more… “Dallas: David Bates paints Katrina’s victims”

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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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