Who is Burton Silverman?

Burton Silverman, arguably the top newsmaker in the painting world last week, was the artist commissioned to paint the portrait of W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The museum, whose spokesperson says they couldn’t find a Native American with similar portraiture skills, paid Silverman over … read more… “Who is Burton Silverman?”

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Gopnik asks why: John Alexander retrospective at Smithsonian American Art Museum

“John Alexander: A Retrospective,” curated by Jane Livingston for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Through March 16. In the Washington Post, Blake Gopnik takes aim. “We’ve all come across actors too fond of their thespian skills. They rage when their characters are mad, wail when they’re supposed … read more… “Gopnik asks why: John Alexander retrospective at Smithsonian American Art Museum”

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New reviews: Kara Walker’s racy cutouts

“Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love,” organized by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond, both from the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Whitney Museum of American Art, , New York, NY. Through Feb. 3. UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA March 2 to June 8, 2008. At Time Out New York, Howard … read more… “New reviews: Kara Walker’s racy cutouts”

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Before cut-and-paste, copies were made (gasp) by hand

“Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces,” organized by Eik Kahng. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. Through Jan. 1. Phoenix Art Museum, January 20 through May 4, 2008. In the Baltimore Sun, Glenn McNatt says that by seeing the paintings side-by-side, the painting process is revealed. “How did Monet manage to show that it’s morning … read more… “Before cut-and-paste, copies were made (gasp) by hand”

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Morris Louis unveiled

“Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Feb. 17–May 6, 2007. Back in the sixties, Morris Louis developed an innovative method of painting by “staining” his unprimed canvases with thinned washes of acrylic pigments, and was one of the … read more… “Morris Louis unveiled”

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The Bard’s Self-Appointed Flack

“Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond,” curated by Ann Hawkins and Georgianna Ziegler. The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. Through Jan. 5, 2008. In the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott reports: “Boydell opened his gallery, a 4,000-square-foot space in a very good neighborhood, as part of concerted campaign to promote Shakespeare, commission art and … read more… “The Bard’s Self-Appointed Flack”

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Earl Cunningham’s imaginary landscapes

“Earl Cunningham’s America,” curated by Virginia Mecklenburg. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Through Nov. 4. In the Washington Post, Blake Gopnik reports: “Outsider art is truly peculiar stuff. In some ways, it breaks the rules: It looks coarse and eccentric and up to its own thing. On the other hand, it often knows that’s … read more… “Earl Cunningham’s imaginary landscapes”

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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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Durand retrospective arrives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape,” organized by Linda S. Ferber, curated by Eleanor Harvey. Smithsoniam Amercian Art Museum, Washington, DC. Sept. 14- Jan. 6, 2008. The exhibtion originated at the Brooklyn Museum. In the Washington Post, Paul Richard reports: “Asher B. Durand (1796-1886) formally invites you to hike into his landscapes. … read more… “Durand retrospective arrives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”

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