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Exhibition schedule: Exhibition schedule: USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, April 25, 2014–April 19, 2015

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October 31, 2014

A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century is a small exhibition, consisting of sixteen prints and one album, which will be rotated once during the course of the show. The exhibition allows viewers to compare styles and techniques in prints of the shin hanga lineage with those of the sōsaku hanga group. Shin hanga (new prints) as a practice was organized by Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885–1962) in Tokyo, who found artists willing to...

Exhibition schedule: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, September 20, 2013–May 11, 2014

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Exhibition schedule: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, October 17, 2013–January 5, 2014
October 31, 2014

A monumental sculpture made with over two hundred recycled speaker boxes sourced from the Seattle area, William Cordova’s machu picchu after dark (pa’ victoria santa cruz macario sakay y aaron dixon) (2003–14) was shown at the Seattle Art Museum alongside the massive and largely historical exhibition Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition claimed to survey 3000 years of art and culture from a civilization...

Veronica Roberts, ed.
Exh. cat. Austin and New Haven: Blanton Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2014. 192 pp.; 246 color ills.; 22 b/w ills. Cloth $35.00 (9780300204827)

Exhibition schedule: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, September 22, 2013–January 14, 2014; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, February 23–May 18, 2014

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October 31, 2014

Eva Hesse’s Washer Table (1967), a little-known and rarely exhibited work, stands in the middle of the four open gallery spaces of the Blanton Museum of Art’s exhibition Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt. Originally painted white with a gray grid, the squat, four-foot-square coffee table was constructed by LeWitt and given to Hesse as a gift. Hesse subsequently painted the table black and covered its surface in tight rows of rubber washers like...

Exhibition schedule: Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, January 30–May 18, 2014

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October 22, 2014

Curated by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of galleries and collections at Tufts University, Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic asks the question: “how can something as gradual and imperceptible as climate change . . . be narrated or visualized to tell a story?”[1] The exhibition purports to provide one answer: “through artistic representations, rather than scientific visualizations, created with the aid of imaging technologies.” Participating artists Subhankar Banerjee, Olaf Otto Becker, Resa Blatman,...

Anastasia Drandaki, Demetra Papanikola- Bakirtzi, and Anastasia Tourta, eds.
Exh. cat. Athens: Benaki Museum and Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, 2013. 363 pp. Cloth $75.00 (9789604761302)

Exhibition schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 6, 2013–March 2, 2014; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, April 9–August 23, 2014; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, September 27, 2014–February 15, 2015

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October 22, 2014

“We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendour or such beauty and we are at a loss how to describe it. We only know that God dwells there among men.” —Description by Russian visitors to the Byzantine Church of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople/Istanbul. The Russian Primary Chronicle: Laurentian Text, eds. and trans., Samuel H. Cross and Olgerd Sherbowitz-Wetzor, Cambridge, MA: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1953,...

Erin B. Coe, Bruce Robertson, and Gwendolyn Owens
Exh. cat. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2013. 200 pp.; 84 color ills.; 40 b/w ills. Cloth $40.00 (9780500093740)

Exhibition schedule: Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, June 15–September 15, 2013; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, October 4, 2013–January 26, 2014; de Young Museum, San Francisco, February 8–May 11, 2014

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October 22, 2014

The March 1968 cover of Life magazine featured a large black-and-white photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe above a headline declaring her a “pioneer painter.” O’Keeffe is pictured in profile, her face lined and back curved as she leans forward with arms crossed, dressed simply in black. She sits in front of an adobe chimney, and behind her a wide, open sky and stark desert landscape stretch uninterrupted. The Life magazine cover helped cement O’Keeffe’s public image...

Patricia Wengraf
Exh. cat. London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2014. 376 pp.; 250 color ills. Cloth $100.00 (9781907372636)

Exhibition schedule: Frick Collection, New York, January 28‒June 15, 2014

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October 17, 2014

The Frick Collection has positioned itself as one of the premier forums for the study and exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture. Past exhibitions have focused on single artists as well as on individual collections: Willem van Tetrode (2003), Andrea Riccio (2008), Antico (2012), the private Quentin collection (2004), and a selection from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2005). With Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection, curated by Patricia Wengraf, the Frick adds...

San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in association with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2014.

Exhibition schedule: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, February 21–June 29, 2014

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October 17, 2014

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa presents work by twenty-three South African artists and artistic collaborators. The several dozen works in the exhibition span sixty years worth of production in media ranging from photography and performance documentation to installation, print, and drawing. The exhibition places contemporary South African artists in conversation with several apartheid-era photographers including Ian Berry, Ernest Cole, and David Goldblatt. This dialogue proposes intimacy—a concept as complex and...

Mary Morton
Exh. cat. Washington, DC: 2014. 180 pp.; 102 ills. Cloth $45.00 (9780894683862)

Exhibition schedule: Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome, October 23, 2013–February 23, 2014; Legion of Honor, San Francisco, March 29–August 3, 2014; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, September 3, 2014–January 4, 2015; Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, February 7–May 24, 2015; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, October 1, 2015–January 10, 2016

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October 8, 2014

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art is an exhibition of small pictures. By the same token, it is an exhibition about small pictures. Scale matters. Only, for it to matter, for it to develop as an orientation, we have first to break with the usual connotations that accrue to it as a criterion of judgment. Small pictures have their way of drawing us in, of revealing different kinds of relations of people to...

Anne Ellegood and Johanna Burton
Exh. cat. New York and Los Angeles: Prestel in association with Hammer Museum, 2014. 288 pp.; 174 color ills.; 63 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9783791353425)

Exhibition schedule: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, February 9–May 18, 2014

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October 3, 2014

An ambitious statement about American art, Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology examines the intersection of institutional critique, a practice entailing a structural analysis of museums and the art market, and appropriation, a mechanism of recontextualizing found images and ideas. Curators Anne Ellegood and Johanna Burton show that the two, despite having originated from distinct strategies of practice and consecutive historical periods (the 1970s and 1980s), have overlapped significantly, as reflected in their...