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Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine, 2015.

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Exhibition schedule: Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine, January 10–March 20, 2015
August 27, 2015

In K8 Hardy and Wynne Greenwood’s video installation New Report: Morning Edition (2005), viewers watch two female newscasters, Henry Irigaray (Hardy) and Henry Stein-Acker-Hill (Greenwood), listlessly deliver news of their everyday lives. Dressed in all black, turtlenecks topped by berets, they sport the costume of revolutionaries: the Black Panthers, Patty Hearst, Che Guevara—Audrey Hepburn, in Funny Face. Otherwise covered up, one has exposed her breast, the other her crotch, to live-feed cameras. Monitors on either...

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2015.
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Exhibition schedule: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 30, 2014–January 31, 2015
August 20, 2015

“My name is Talky Tina . . . and I’m going to kill you.” In 1963, Morton Bartlett, a freelance commercial photographer based in Boston, carefully disassembled and packed up the dolls of children he had painstakingly made over the previous twenty-eight years. He wrapped these painted plaster creations in newspaper along with the assorted outfits and undergarments he had designed and tailored for them, interring everything in wooden crates in a locked cabinet in...

Dita Amory, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. 168 color ills.; 24 b/w ills.; 240 ills. Cloth $45.00 (9780300208108)

Exhibition schedule: Metropolitan Museum of Art, November 19, 2014–March 15, 2015

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August 13, 2015

Madame Cézanne was an unprecedented, likely once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that spotlighted Paul Cézanne’s portraits of his wife, Hortense Fiquet. Organized by Dita Amory, Acting Associate Curator in Charge and Administrator of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the show sought to revise misconceptions, especially about the artist’s affection, or lack thereof, for his wife, and reinvigorate general and scholarly interest in this group of work. To that end, it presented twenty-four of...

Alejandro Vergara and Anne T. Woollett, eds.
Exh. cat. Los Angeles and Madrid: Getty Publications and Museo Nacional del Prado, 2014. 112 pp.; 88 color ills.; 10 b/w ills. Paper $24.95 (9781606064306)

Exhibition schedule: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, March 25–June 29, 2014; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, October 14, 2014–January 11, 2015; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 15–May 10, 2015

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August 6, 2015

Because the few grand tapestries of the early modern period that survive are frail and rarely exhibited, we forget that they were the most luxurious and prized of art forms among European elite, far costlier than painting or sculpture. So it is rare to encounter not one but four monumental Flemish tapestries in the remarkable exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The four belong to a series...

Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock
Exh. cat. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2014. 212 pp.; 150 color ills. Cloth $55.00 (9781938922190)

Exhibition schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, May 4–November 30, 2014

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July 30, 2015

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue of Andrew Wyeth paintings illustrating views looking out of and through windows are the most recent examples of a sea change in scholarship on the artist. In 1977, Robert Rosenblum called Wyeth at once the most overrated and underrated artist of the twentieth century (cited in Henry Adams, “Wyeth’s World,” Smithsonian Magazine [June 2006]: 84–92). Wanda Corn has labeled the critical and academic hostility to Wyeth’s work throughout much of...

Exh. cat. Houston: Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 2013. 144 pp.; 50 color ills.; 40 b/w ills. Cloth $39.95 (9781933619385)

Exhibition schedule: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, November 17, 2012–February 16, 2013; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, September 10–December 7, 2013; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 24, 2014–January 4, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver and presented by Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art opened at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center in a festival-like manner and included two densely installed museum galleries and a plethora of performances presented in the sculpture garden. At the Walker, Radical Presence featured thirty-six artists—one less than the original showing in Houston due to conceptual artist Adrian Piper’s public and controversial self-removal from the exhibition. Predominantly...

Alessandra Comini, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: Neue Galerie in association with Prestel, 2014. 296 pp.; 227 color ills.; 72 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9783791354194)

Exhibition schedule: Neue Galerie, New York, October 9, 2014–April 20, 2015

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July 16, 2015

In 1911, while viewing new works by the emerging Viennese Expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890–1918), Albert Paris von Gütersloh suggested that Schiele’s paintings “yearn only for gestures”—an observation that epitomizes the very crux of Schiele’s varied portraits, with their enigmatic visual language of the human body (Albert Paris von Gütersloh, Egon Schiele, Vienna: Brüder Rosenbaum, 1911, 1). Gütersloh, who was a fellow artist, writer, and critic in turn-of-the-century Vienna, was aware of the power of...

Jens Hoffmann and Kynaston McShine
Exh. cat. New York: The Jewish Museum, 2014. 116 pp.; 76 b/w ills. Paper $35.00 (9780300197334)

Exhibition schedule: The Jewish Museum, New York, March 14–August 3, 2014

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July 16, 2015

In Other Primary Structures, Jens Hoffmann’s recent exhibition at the Jewish Museum, the presence of Primary Structures, a show organized by Kynaston McShine at the same museum in 1966, was felt through text and images. Most aggressively, photographic murals of installation views from the earlier exhibition pervaded the galleries. Larger-than-life-size, the images reached from floor to ceiling. In these period photographs, canonical works of Minimalism were pictured, including a Sol LeWitt untitled cube from 1966,...

Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, and Natalie Bell, eds.
Exh. cat. New York: New Museum, 2014. 279 pp.; 128 color ills.; 152 b/w ills. Paper $55.00 (9780915557059)

Exhibition schedule: New Museum, New York, July 16–September 28, 2014

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July 2, 2015

Promoted in the press release as “the first museum-wide exhibition in New York City to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world,” Here and Elsewhere brought together over forty-five artists from more than fifteen countries. The ambitious exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Gioni with Natalie Bell, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Helga Christoffersen, and Margot Norton, included many artists who had not previously exhibited their work in New York. Despite its expansiveness and regional arrangement (and the...

Chicago: 2014.

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July 2, 2015

Expo Chicago boasts local pride as another annual art fair to emerge in the United States. Now in its third year, the event took place from September 18–21, 2014, at Navy Pier, a city landmark and hub for tourists, where summer crowds line up to board boat tours and take rides on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel to view the famed Chicago skyline. Expo Chicago is young within the U.S. art-fair circuit; it emerged in...