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Olaf Peters, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2014. 320 pp.; 140 color ills.; 180 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9783791353678)

Exhibition schedule: Neue Galerie, New York, March 13–September 1, 2014

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December 17, 2014

Nazi officials confiscated more than twenty-one thousand works of art from German public collections during the infamous “degenerate art” action of 1937–39. Nearly six hundred of these stolen works appeared in the hastily organized propaganda exhibition, Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art), which opened in Munich on July 19, 1937. The exhibition drew an estimated two million visitors to the cramped and shabby galleries of the Munich Archaeological Institute, and it traveled, in modified form, to eleven...

Hilliard T. Goldfarb, ed.
Exh. cat. Paris: Editions Hazan, 2013. 240 pp.; 200 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300197921)

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Exhibition schedule: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, October 12, 2013–January 19, 2014; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, February 15–May 11, 2014 (under the title Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music)
December 17, 2014

Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in Venice at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts included 120 works of art, music manuscripts, and musical instruments as a means to explore the connections between music and art in the Serenissima between 1488 and the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797. Curator Hilliard T. Goldfarb states the premise of the exhibition in the catalogue: “the remarkable interface of these forms of...

Timothy Anglin Burgard, Steven A. Nash, and Emma Acker
Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2013. 256 pp.; 200 color ills.; 15 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300190786)

Exhibition schedule: de Young Museum, San Francisco, June 22–September 29, 2013; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, October 26, 2013–February16, 2014

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Exhibition schedule: College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA, September 30–November 14, 2013; Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, April 15–May 17, 2014; Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC, November 8–December 14, 2014; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, June 6–August 23, 2015; Montana Museum of Art and Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, September 24–December 12, 2015
December 17, 2014

Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1922, Richard Diebenkorn grew up in San Francisco, and went on to attend Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. After serving in the Marines between 1943 and 1945, Diebenkorn returned to the Bay Area and enrolled for a semester on the GI Bill at the San Francisco Art Institute (then the California School of Fine Arts) where he would become an instructor from 1947 to 1950, while living...

Debra Diamond, ed.
Exh. cat. Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2014. 360 pp.; 250 ills. Cloth $55.00 (9781588344595)

Exhibition schedule: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC, October 19, 2013–January 26, 2014; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, February 22–May 25, 2014; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, June 22–September 7, 2014

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December 11, 2014

Yoga, and the variety of practices that can be subsumed under that heading, is identifiable in sculptures, paintings, photographs, and films representing virtually every region of the Indian subcontinent over the course of more than three millennia—from third-century depictions of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain ascetics, to the transgressive rituals of medieval yoginis, to the recognizable asanas practiced today in yoga studios worldwide. Deities engaged in yogic practice and instruction populate the walls of temples in...

Marilyn Kushner, Kimberly Orcutt, and Casey Nelson Blake, eds.
Exh. cat. London and New York: D Giles Limited in association with New-York Historical Society, 2013. 512 pp.; 160 color ills.; 160 b/w ills. Cloth $79.95 (9781907804045)

Exhibition schedule: New-York Historical Society, October 11, 2013–February 23, 2014

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December 11, 2014

For far too many scholars the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, which has since come to be known as the Armory Show, was not simply a watershed event in the story of international modernism; it was rather a pioneering event in American modernism. The exhibition is generally regarded as the moment when contemporary American artists first emerged from under whatever rock they were hiding and made their presence known to a public at large,...

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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December 3, 2014

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston (CAMH), Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art was presented in New York over two venues: Grey Art Gallery and Studio Museum in Harlem. Timed to coincide with Performa 13 (the biennial performance art festival held in New York in November), this pioneering exhibition was activated by a number of performance commissions and bridged two legendary neighborhoods long associated with artists: Harlem and Greenwich...

Stephen Little
Exh. cat. Los Angeles and New York: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with DelMonico, 2014. 176 pp.; 118 color ills.; 7 b/w ills. $50.00 (9783791353531)

Exhibition schedule: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, May 11–June 1; June 7–July 6, 2014

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November 19, 2014

Visitors to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art who caught this exhibition with the unassuming title Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections were treated to the rare opportunity of viewing some of Japan’s most treasured works of art. Thirty-five paintings in handscroll and hanging scroll formats, presented in two rotations, offered diverse examples of the major subjects of Chinese painting. Figures were especially well represented, including an emaciated Confucian scholar with papyrus-like skin preaching the...

Yvonne Szafran, Laura Rivers, Alan Phenix, Tom Learner, and Ellen G. Landau
Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2014. 124 pp.; 78 color ills.; 13 b/w ills. Cloth $29.95 (9781606063231)

Exhibition schedule: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, March 11–June 1, 2014

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November 19, 2014

Recognized at the time of its making as a groundbreaking painting in both Jackson Pollock’s development as an abstract artist and the field of advanced American art, Mural of 1943 is a massive work—the largest that Pollock produced, in fact—at a staggering 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 inches. These monumental dimensions were prescribed by the size of the entryway in collector and gallerist Peggy Guggenheim’s Upper East Side townhouse. At just thirty-one years old, Pollock...

Carol Squiers, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: International Center of Photography and DelMonico, 2014. 256 pp.; 200 color ills. Cloth $49.95 (9783791353517)

Exhibition schedule: International Center of Photography, New York, January 31–May 4, 2014

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November 19, 2014

Curator Carol Squiers’s overview of photography since the 1970s at the International Center of Photography poses a vexing question in its title. For most of photography’s history before this period, the dilemma was: is photography an art? Finally answered to the satisfaction of most art institutions, the central question in the last few decades has dramatically turned to the very basis of the medium’s identity, particularly given the onslaught of digital media. Rather than answering...

Amelia Peck, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. 360 pp.; 360 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300196986)

Exhibition schedule: Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014

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November 14, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition on textiles entitled Interwoven Globe certainly accomplished the goal stated on the show’s website, which was to “explore the international transmittal of design from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century through the medium of textiles.” Its scope was impressive, as was the great variety of textiles on display, whether in terms of geographic and chronological span or category type: fashion, liturgical textiles, marriage quilts, raw fabric, etc. The...