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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Cy Twombly’s juggling act

In the NY Sun David Cohen writes that the Cy Twombly retrospective at Tate Modern is a reminder that no matter how intellectually ambitious, above all else, painting is smearing and drawing is scribble. “In room after room, this survey offers spare yet dynamic canvases, or cruddy yet evocative sculpture. However nonchalant his painterly marks … read more… “Cy Twombly’s juggling act”

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Studio visit with Cy Twombly

“It is always a privilege to visit an artist in their studio.” says Tate Director Nick Serota, who recently visited Cy Twombly in Rome and in his studio in Gaeta on the coast, halfway between Naples and Rome. “It is a challenge to be confronted with unfamiliar and new work, and to gain an insight … read more… “Studio visit with Cy Twombly”

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Dada London

This spring the Tate Modern presents a big Dada show that includes over 400 works, among them Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No21) , Fountain 1917, L.H.O.O.Q , Man Ray’s rayographs, and Picabia’s paintings. The Times gives the show four out of five stars. “As far as art history is concerned, it was like mixing … read more… “Dada London”

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Ellsworth Kelly rocks at the Tate Modern

In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones wonders why gallery goers aren’t blown away. “If Kelly makes you see the sheer beauty of minimalism – as opposed to the ready-made conceptualism it is so often seen as a dumb vessel of – he also connects contemporary, living art with the heritage of Matisse. This makes him one … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly rocks at the Tate Modern”

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