Schjeldahl on Demuth: Slanting rays of abstracted light

Peter Schjeldahl reports: “Most esteemed for his floral and figurative, often homoerotic watercolors, Demuth in his painful last years, confined to his home town in Pennsylvania, undertook a modest national epic, exalting industrial structures in flat oil colors and incised pencil lines, with slanting rays of abstracted light. In spirit, the series recalls the contemporaneous … read more… “Schjeldahl on Demuth: Slanting rays of abstracted light”

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“All power to the hardboiled intellect”

Peter Schjeldahl writes about the Color Chart show at MoMA: “Predominant are attitudes of ironic detachment that derive from Marcel Duchamp, whose rebuslike canvas of 1918, “Tu m’,” with its represented commercial color samples, begins the show. Is it outlandish—a reductio ad absurdum of the Duchampian, even—to regard color, the most emotionally affecting of visual … read more… ““All power to the hardboiled intellect””

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“Bitter slog” for painting in the Whitney Biennial

“Devotees of painting will be on a near-starvation diet, with the work of only Joe Bradley, Mary Heilmann, Karen Kilimnik, Olivier Mosset and (maybe) Cheyney Thompson to sustain them. Hard-line believers in art as visual pleasure will have, poor things, a bitter slog. But if the show is heedless of traditional beauty, it is also … read more… ““Bitter slog” for painting in the Whitney Biennial”

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Schjeldahl on Lucas Cranach the Elder

“Lucas Cranach the Elder,” Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany. Through Feb. 17. Slide show. As an antidote to all the reports on contemporary art and the art market in Miami, check out Peter Schjeldahl’s essay in The New Yorker on the Cranach retrospective in Frankfurt. Cranach’s work, which was painted back in the 1500s during tough … read more… “Schjeldahl on Lucas Cranach the Elder”

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Schjeldahl visits Frida

“Frida Kahlo,” curated by Hayden Herrera and Elizabeth Carpenter. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Through Jan. 20. Scheduled tour: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, February 20 – May 18; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, June 14 – September 28, 2008. In The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl reports that Kahlo’s paintings … read more… “Schjeldahl visits Frida”

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Hopper show arrives in DC

“Edward Hopper,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Through Jan. 21, 2008. Schedule: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 6–August 19, 2007; National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008; The Art Institute of Chicago, February 16–May 11, 2008 Paul Richard reports in the Washington Post: “A Freudian might note that Hopper’s pictures … read more… “Hopper show arrives in DC”

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A Peter Schjeldahl stop and chat

Christian Viveros-Fauné chats with The New Yorker’s art critic Peter Schjeldahl. “The only national chronicler of the expanding circus of art, Schjeldahl has spent four decades writing for publications like ARTnews, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. At The New Yorker since 1998, Schjeldahl transitioned from writing weekly to bimonthly copy, … read more… “A Peter Schjeldahl stop and chat”

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Rembrandt and pals stir unlikely controversy in Gotham

“The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” organized by Walter Liedtke, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Paintings. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6, 2008. In a wacky installation that reminds me of the time my ex-husband rearranged my books according to size, the … read more… “Rembrandt and pals stir unlikely controversy in Gotham”

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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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Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy

“Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy,” curated by Deborah Rothschild. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Through Nov. 11. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, February 26 – May 4, 2008; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, June 8, 2008 – September 14, 2008. See images. Ken … read more… “Making It New (again): The Art and Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy”

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