Holiday shopping guide: Buy art for everyone, even small children

In New York, facebooking Jerry Saltz reports that the last time money left the art world, intrepid types maxed out their credit cards and opened galleries, and a few of them have become the best in the world. Now, as money is leaving art again, history could repeat itself—especially in Bushwick and the Lower East … read more… “Holiday shopping guide: Buy art for everyone, even small children”

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Saltz asks: What’s MoMA’s problem with women?

In New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz asks why there isn’t more women’s work hanging in MoMA’s recently reshuffled permanent collection. “Not to sound like a broken record, but it has become bitterly clear that MoMA’s stubborn unwillingness to integrate more women into these galleries is not only a failure of the imagination and a moral … read more… “Saltz asks: What’s MoMA’s problem with women?”

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Ofili shows us the long journey, the big picture

“Chris Ofili,” David Zwirner, New York, NY. Through November 3. This is Ofili’s first NY solo show since The Holy Virgin Mary came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999 and sparked a huge controversy. Ofili now lives in Trinidad and no longer uses elephant dung on his canvases. In New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz reports … read more… “Ofili shows us the long journey, the big picture”

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Steve Parrino’s sex and death paintings

Steve Parrino, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY. Through Nov. 3. Gagosian presents Steve Parrino’s paintings, drawings and sculpture. Parrino died in a New Year’s morning motorcycle accident at the age of 46 in 2005. “When I started making paintings the word on painting was ‘PAINTING IS DEAD,’” Parrino said. “I saw this as an interesting … read more… “Steve Parrino’s sex and death paintings”

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Close scrutiny

“Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” organized by Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Through Jan. 26. The show is on an eleven-stop tour. The final stop will be at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. February-April 2008. “Chuck Close: Recent Prints,” Augen Gallery, Portland, … read more… “Close scrutiny”

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Joan Snyder receives MacArthur genius award

The MacArthur Foundation profile of Joan Snyder declares that her paintings “mirror her personal experience, but, at the same time, the visual messages she provides through her images convey universal and readily understood emotions. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting … read more… “Joan Snyder receives MacArthur genius award”

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August cool

In a shortlist for NY Magazine, Rachel Wolff recommends these shows as a respite from the grueling NYC humidity: “The Abstract Impulse,” at the National Academy Museum through February 2008“A visual time line of the museum’s 50-year love-hate relationship with abstract art.” Lance Esplund reports on the show in the NYSun: ” Lately, the National … read more… “August cool”

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The tale of the street art Splasher

In NY Magazine, Sam Anderson chronicles the ongoing hunt for the Splasher, the radical, young—and possibly lovelorn—conceptual-Marxist street-art supervillain: “Here at the beginning, then, why don’t we just lay out the mystery, the so-called facts, as plain as we can make them. In the fall, some anonymous figure started vandalizing the city’s most celebrated vandalism—by … read more… “The tale of the street art Splasher”

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The critics respond: What is painting?

‘What Is Painting?” curated by Anne Umland. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In New York Magazine Jerry Saltz writes his own narrative for the exhibition: “The revisionism of this show works partly because it is so seamless. Except for one or two cases—a generically decorative canvas by Beatriz Milhazes … read more… “The critics respond: What is painting?”

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NY Magazine features Chelsea gallery recommendations

In New York Magazine, Karen Rosenberg asks, given “an afternoon in Chelsea: which shows are worth the sweltering slog?” Before all the galleries close and their staffs make the customary late-summer retreat to cooler climes, she offers this guide to the season’s final must-sees. Several include painting. Read more.

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