The Constructivist’s battle against aestheticism

In case you’ve heard the term “constructivism” bandied about in discussions of Shepard Fairey and ObamArt, but aren’t quite sure what it actually means, check out the Tate Modern’s current exhibition, “Aleksandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova: Defining Constructivism.” In the Telegraph Richard Dorment reports that Rodchenko and Popova thought abstraction was a universal language that … read more… “The Constructivist’s battle against aestheticism”

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Putin paints

Telegraph art critic Richard Dorment gives Vladimir Putin a painting crit. “In that special category of world leaders who paint, Putin may not be the Picasso, but at least he’s the Winifred Nicholson. I like the way the yellow window frame and white curtain fill the blue canvas, so that we find ourselves looking through … read more… “Putin paints”

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Crime-obsessed Walter Sickert’s paintings of prostitutes

“Walter Sickert: The Camden Town,” curated by Barnaby Wright. Institute of Art Gallery, London. Through Jan. 20. In the Telegraph, Richard Dorment reports: “Reacting both to the slick academic nudes exhibited at the Royal Academy and to the tepid Impressionism of artists associated with the New English Art Club, Sickert developed a gritty, tactile art, … read more… “Crime-obsessed Walter Sickert’s paintings of prostitutes”

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Painting modern life (from photographs)

“The Painting of Modern Life,” curated by Ralph Rugoff. Artists include Richard Artschwager, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Thomas Eggerer, Judith Eisler, Franz Gertsch, Richard Hamilton, Eberhard Havekost, David Hockney, Johannes Kahrs, Johanna Kandl, Martin Kippenberger, Liu Xiaodong, Malcolm Morley, Elizabeth Peyton, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans and Andy … read more… “Painting modern life (from photographs)”

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John Everett Millais at the Tate Britain

“Millais,” curated by Alison Smith and Jason Rosenfeld, Tate Britain, London. Through Jan. 13. Schedule: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam February 15 to May 18 , 2008, and two venues in Japan: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art from June 7 to August 17, 2008, and The Bunkamura Museum of Art, August 30 to October 26, 2008. … read more… “John Everett Millais at the Tate Britain”

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Critics weigh in on Stella Vine’s show at Modern Art Oxford

In the Telegraph, Richard Dorment reports a change of heart about Stella Vine’s paintings: “Imagine my amazement to discover that there is something to Vine’s work after all. True, in terms of the way she actually applies paint to canvas, she isn’t a beautiful or exciting artist in the way that, say, Elizabeth Peyton or … read more… “Critics weigh in on Stella Vine’s show at Modern Art Oxford”

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