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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Guggenheim’s Pousette-Dart show draws reviews

“Richard Pousette-Dart,” curated by Philip Rylands with Luca Massimo Barbero. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. August 17- Sept. 25. Exhibition travels to Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland, October 10 to December 22. See NYTimes slide show of the exhibition. Peter Schjeldahl reports in the New Yorker: “Pousette-Dart’s blowzy spirituality is a trial, what … read more… “Guggenheim’s Pousette-Dart show draws reviews”

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The art of restitution

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Berlin Street Scene” (1913–14), on view at Neue Galerie, New York, NY. Through September 17. In the Village Voice, Morgan Falconer reports: “This show celebrates its arrival, bringing together similarly debauched urban imagery by Kirchner’s Berlin contemporaries. But while Street Scene is the showpiece, others outstrip it in decadence. George Grosz’s drawings … read more… “The art of restitution”

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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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Postwar occupation: American painters in Paris

“Americans in Paris: Abstract Painting in the Fifties,” Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY. Through September 29. Note: Gallery closed August 18 to September 3. In the NYSun, Maureen Mullarkey reports: “A surprisingly satisfying exhibition that showcases the work of 11 postwar pilgrims to sites abandoned by the Lost Generation well before the fall of … read more… “Postwar occupation: American painters in Paris”

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What is painting?

‘What Is Painting?” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 17 In The Village Voice, R.C. Baker recommends the show: “This big, brightly didactic survey of painting movements since roughly 1965 feels a bit like the Astor Place Kmart—blocky white spaces filled with disparate goods of mixed quality. Culled from MOMA’s collection, … read more… “What is painting?”

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David Humphrey riffs on linear connections at EFA Gallery

Stephen Maine writes about group show “Horizon” in the NY Sun: “The show is a blast, and a funny send-up of the inevitable catch-all summer group show that commercial galleries struggle to repackage under curatorial cover.” Curator David Humphrey,a painter represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, suggests that there is a linguistic analogy lurking … read more… “David Humphrey riffs on linear connections at EFA Gallery”

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