Activist artists protest the relentless commercialization of street art

Colin Moynihan reports on the splashers’ manifesto in the NYTimes: “In a series of essays and in text that appeared under the headline ‘Interview With Myself’ the anonymous authors said that the splashings were committed not by an individual but by a group of men and women, and offered some explanation of their motives. The … read more… “Activist artists protest the relentless commercialization of street art”

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Dan Perjovschi scales the walls at MoMa

Andrea K. Scott on Dan Perjovschi in the NYTimes: “You might not guess it, but the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was formally trained as a still-life painter in a Soviet-style art academy in Romania. The turmoil of the late ’80s prompted him to question the medium’s relevance. In an interview with Ms. Marcoci (available on … read more… “Dan Perjovschi scales the walls at MoMa”

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Neo Rauch at the Met

Roberta Smith in the NYTimes: “Mr. Rauch’s dreams may be unlike any dreamed before, but they have not enabled him, as yet, to develop an individual style….The tendency of Mr. Rauch’s paintings to remain an assembly of more or less — or a lot less — interesting parts rather than resolving into convincing wholes is … read more… “Neo Rauch at the Met”

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Anselm Keifer thinks énorme

Alan Riding looks at the artist chosen for the innaugural solo show at the Grand Palais in Paris. “Since moving to France in 1993, this German-born artist has turned his 50-acre property in Provence into a sprawling installation, with a former silk factory serving as his studio, and warehouses, greenhouses, towers and tunnels displaying his … read more… “Anselm Keifer thinks énorme”

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The “touchingly strange” paintings of Georges Rouault

Michael Kimmelman reviews the Rouault exhibition in today’s NYTimes. “At one time Rouault’s reputation rivaled Matisse’s, and his clowns and prostitutes were as ubiquitously reproduced as Ben Shahn posters. He had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in 1945 and 1953; when he died in 1958, at 87, the French government organized a state … read more… “The “touchingly strange” paintings of Georges Rouault”

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The inscrutable Sigmar Polke

In today’s NYTimes, Carol Vogel visits Polke in his Cologne studio before he ships his paintings to the Venice Biennale. As is always the case with his work, Mr. Polke said, the paintings for the biennale sprang from specific ideas yet evolved in mystical ways as he experimented. “This is the meeting point of ideas … read more… “The inscrutable Sigmar Polke”

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NYT art reviews: Markus Lüpertz & Martin Kippenberger

Roberta Smith looks at German paintings made with a wink and a sneer. “Painting may go in and out of fashion, but its many lifesaving graces always keep it afloat. One is its capacity for what might be called beautiful sarcasm, a sly self-parody while still looking good that is cultivated by many young painters … read more… “NYT art reviews: Markus Lüpertz & Martin Kippenberger”

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Michael Kimmelman NYT review of Myron Stout

Art Reveiw “The canvas,” Stout wrote, “came not from any remembered form of flowers or flower beds but from a tree outside the door, a tree that the thin foliage of the lower reaches allowed the rising branches to be seen, rising, yet moving sideways, toward each other.” His small, spare, intimate abstractions can be … read more… “Michael Kimmelman NYT review of Myron Stout”

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Dana Schutz Fest

Schutz’s new paintings are at Zach Feuer through May 19. Holland Cotter weighs in on Schutz’s show at Feuer in The New York Times. “The art industry requires that at least one young artist be shot into the stratosphere every few years. The painter Dana Schutz was the choice in 2002, when she was in … read more… “Dana Schutz Fest”

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