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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...

Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner
Exh. cat. New York and New Haven: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Yale University Press, 2014. 416 pp.; 250 color ills.; 50 b/w ills. Paper $55.00 (9780300196870)

Exhibition schedule: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 7–May 25, 2014

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November 7, 2014

The 2014 Whitney Biennial, the last in the iconic Marcel Breuer building on New York's Upper East Side, is divided into three floors curated by Anthony Elms, Stuart Comer, and Michelle Grabner, respectively. Each floor has its own more-or-less open thematic, and little attempt is made to connect them aside from the premise that the curators come from outside of New York (Comer only recently took a job at the Museum of Modern Art). Nevertheless,...

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: 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,...