Archive for the 'Art' Category

Botticelli’s Venuses and Our Enduring Need for Beauty

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read: Botticelli’s Venuses and Our Enduring Need for Beauty: The Botticelli exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, so filled with the hopes and ambitions of the Renaissance, seems especially timely in our deplorable political moment by Susan Silas on the HyperAllergic website on May 19, 2017.

Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (1444 or 1445–1510)

The Graphic Persuasiveness of 20th-Century Communist Posters

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Graphic Persuasiveness of 20th-Century Communist Posters: The first major survey of communist poster art considers the visual legacy of propaganda graphic design in nations around the world by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic Website on May 18, 2017.

Central Academy of Fine Arts Woodblock Print Combat Group, “Smash the Old World. Establish the New World” (People’s Republic of China, 1967) (courtesy University of Chicago Press)

The Lost Sights and Sounds of Storyville, New Orleans’s Red Light District

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Lost Sights and Sounds of Storyville, New Orleans’s Red Light District: Through guidebooks and rare artifacts, the New Orleans Historic Collection considers the complicated legacy of Storyville, the city’s former red light district by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic website on May 18, 2017.

A woman in striped stockings in New Orleans’s Storyville red light district (1912), attributed to E. J. Bellocq (via Wikimedia)

Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum: An exhibition at the National Building Museum explores St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, and the history of mental health architecture in the United States by Allison Meieron the HyperAllergic Website on May 12, 2017.

An “old electric shock machine” used for patient therapy at St. Elizabeths in the early 20th century (1920s) (courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration)

The Multifarious Feminism of the Whitney Biennial

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Multifarious Feminism of the Whitney Biennial: Through its feminist contributions, the exhibition offers a window onto some of our most pressing cultural concerns, as well as our shortcomings by Anne Swartz on the HyperAllergic Website on May 11, 2017.

What a Renaissance artist taught Freud about memory

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   What a Renaissance artist taught Freud about memory: A new book looks at the psychoanalyst’s favourite Old Mater fresco—and his inability to remember the artist’s name by Pac Porbick on the Heffel website on May 10, 2017.

Luca Signorelli, The Damned Cast into Hell (1499-1504) (Photo: courtesy Wiki Commons)

Should the National Cathedral remove its Robert E. Lee windows?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Should the National Cathedral remove its Robert E. Lee windows? It’s complicated By John Reeves in The Washington Post on April 28, 2017.

A detail of a stained-glass window in the Washington National Cathedral honoring Robert E. Lee. (John Kelly/The Wwashington Post)

Philip Johnson’s First House Needs a New Owner

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Philip Johnson’s First House Needs a New Owner: The owners of the concrete residence known as the Booth House in Bedford, New York, are now trying to sell Johnson’s 1946 building within a month by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website on April 24, 2017,

Interior of the Booth House (all photos by Robert Gregson unless otherwise noted, courtesy Matt Damora)

The Painter and the Novelist

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The Painter and the Novelist: Review of: Vanessa Bell (1879–1961) an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, February 8–June 4, 2017 Catalog of the exhibition edited by Sarah Milroy and Ian A.C. Dejardin, and Philip Wilson, sex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, January 28–April 23, 2017, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, Catalog of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, by Frances Spalding, London: National Portrait Gallery, 191 pp., £22.50 (paper), Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar and Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read by Barbara Lounsberry Reviewed by Paul Levy in the New York Review of Books. MAY 11, 2017 Issue.

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven/Estate of Vanessa Bell/Henrietta Garnett
 Vanessa Bell: Self-Portrait, circa 1915

See incredible pictures of a giant statue of the Goddess of Beauty being built in China

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   See incredible pictures of a giant statue of the Goddess of Beauty being built in China by Megan Eaves on the Lonely Planet website on April 20, 2017.

The construction site as it is today and on the right, an artist’s rendering of the completed statue. Image by: Imagine China

Weaving Together the Story of a Forgotten Pop Artist and Her Rugs: In the annals of overlooked artists, Dorothy Grebenak is an extreme case.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Weaving Together the Story of a Forgotten Pop Artist and Her Rugs: In the annals of overlooked artists, Dorothy Grebenak is an extreme case.
by Glenn Adamson on the HyperAllergic Website on April 4, 2017.

Dorothy Grebenak, “NRA Tapestry (National Recovery Administration)” (1963), wool, 54 x 41 in. (all images courtesy Allan Stone Gallery and the artist’s estate)

How To Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry, review – ‘exhilarating’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   How To Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry, review – ‘exhilarating’: The psychoanalyst investigates the world of Dalí, Buñuel and Man Ray on BBC Four by Sarah Kent on the The Arts Desk website on April 04. 2017.

Philippa Perry: richly informative

The Stories of Asian American Activism in 1970s LA

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Stories of Asian American Activism in 1970s LA: The Chinese American Museum’s exhibition Roots uses books, posters, films, and music to examine the politicization of Asian Americans by Abe Ahn on the HyperAllergic website on March 22, 2017.

Installation view of publications in Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968–80s at the Chinese American Museum (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

From a Jade Suit to Bronze Dildos, Ancient Tomb Luxuries of the Han Dynasty Elite

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read: From a Jade Suit to Bronze Dildos, Ancient Tomb Luxuries of the Han Dynasty Elite: Even in death the Han Chinese thought that life continued in its own way so they buried the deceased with luxurious objects that continue to impress.by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website.

Jade suit, unearthed from Tomb 2, Dayun Mountain, Xuyi, Jiangsu (2nd century BCE) (photo © Nanjing Museum)

The Mysterious Experiments of Hercules Segers, a 17th-Century Art Radical

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The Mysterious Experiments of Hercules Segers, a 17th-Century Art Radical: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major retrospective on the radically experimental 17th-century Dutch artist by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic website on March 27, 2017.

Hercules Segers, “Ruins of the Abbey of Rijnsburg from the South” (1625-30), line etching printed with tone and highlights in yellow-white, on a dark brown ground, Sheet: 7 7/8 × 12 9/16 inches (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin)

 

What Happened to Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: What Happened to Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting? After Frida Kahlo discovered that her beloved husband Diego Rivera had conducted an affair with her younger sister Cristina, she painted ‘The Wounded Table.’ Then it disappeared. Allison McNearney on the Daily Best Wesbite on March 25, 2017,

The Violence of the 2017 Whitney Biennia

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Violence of the 2017 Whitney Biennial: One of the themes of this year’s Whitney Biennial appears to be violence, and not every artist has the ability to transform it into a successful work of art by Hrag Vartanian on the HyperAllergic website on March 21, 2017.

Jordan Wolfson’s “Real Violence” (2017) on display at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)

 

 

Painting on Message at the 2017 Whitney Biennial

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Painting on Message at the 2017 Whitney Biennial: This year, the Whitney Biennial includes plenty of painting. And — for the most part — the painting is on message. It’s eccentric figuration with political content by Jennifer Samet on the HyperAllergic website on March 20, 2017,

Henry Taylor, “Ancestors of Ghenghis Khan with Black Man on horse” (2015-17), acrylic on canvas, 104 x 250 inches (all images by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic, unless stated otherwise)

Isamu Noguchi’s Voluntary Stay in a Japanese-American Incarceration Camp

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Isamu Noguchi’s Voluntary Stay in a Japanese-American Incarceration Camp: The modernist sculptor voluntarily entered one of the many incarceration camps for Japanese Americans, and it was an experience that deeply impacted him by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website on March 16, 2017.

Isamu Noguchi, “Yellow Landscape” (1943) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Hanne Darboven Reflects the Infinite Feeling of History

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Hanne Darboven Reflects the Infinite Feeling of History: The artist’s “Kulturegeschichte 1880–1983” (“Cultural History 1880–1983”) is a seemingly endless archive that renders the viewer mute by Cynthia Cruz on the HyperAllergic website on March7, 2017.

Installation view, Hanne Darboven, “Kulturegeschichte 1880–1983 (Cultural History 1880–1983)” (1980–83) at Dia:Chelsea (© 2016 Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg/Artists Rights Society, ARS, New York; photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York)