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“Freestyle”: 28 Emerging, Largely Unknown Black Artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"‘Authenticity,’" Henry Louis Gates wrote somewhat ruefully in his book Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, "is among the founding lies of the modern age." A painfully realistic, partially muffled wake-up call for black artists after decades of political activism in the arts, Gates’ statement provided a late rejoinder to the uncompromising engagé [&hellip
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The Harder They Come: How Did Curators Rise to Such an Exalted Place in the Art World?

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Few roles in the art world command as much power and prestige today as that of the global curator. Virtually unchallenged powerbrokers and tastemakers, curators spin big-time international contacts and frequent-flyer miles into an endless number of grandiose, important-seeming phenomena. Proliferating mega-museum-exhibitions, biennials and, more recently, curated "book-xhibitions" are all testaments to their rapidly growing [&hellip
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Andreas Gursky, Photographer of Globalism, at MOMA

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Andreas Gursky is the photographer of globalization. Traipsing around the globe with scads of stainless-steel luggage, he searches out and shoots the world’s most colossal and up-to-date subjects. His choices are both iconic and unusual for contemporary photography: huge office buildings and hotel atriums, bustling stock markets, sprawling industrial and retail complexes, swarming adolescent raves. [&hellip
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“Gary Hume: New Paintings,” at Matthew Marks Gallery

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Gary Hume first began making his now considerable name in the late 80s painting doors. Seeing a newspaper advertisement for life insurance with a set of hospital double doors got him hooked. He spent four years covering doors in bright household gloss, with colored ovals and vertical or horizontal rectangles to suggest, among other possibilities, [&hellip
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Francis Bacon at London’s Barbican Art Center

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

During his scandalous, intensely lived lifetime, Francis Bacon steadfastly maintained that he never, under any circumstances, ever drew in preparation for his celebrated paintings. Bacon famously said, speaking of his distorted portraits of friends, patrons and well-known historical personages: "My ideal would really be just to pick up a handful of paint and throw it [&hellip
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Trite Paul McCarthy, at the New Museum

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The cover of last week’s New Yorker could hardly have summed things up better. That theater billboard proclaiming its wares at a smiling, streaming audience. "Lurid!" screams one sign. "Gratuitously Prurient!" yells another. "A New Low!" promises a third. Veiled commentary on rising attendance following the recent controversy at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, but [&hellip
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Lisa Ruyter is the Painterly Equivalent of Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A kelly-green sky above lilac and tan topiary, gnarled trees painted the color of gray plaster, a baby-blue footpath cutting through a cemetery dotted with orange and chocolate gravestones. The painting described above is by a gifted young painter named Lisa Ruyter. Choosing style over the demands narrative realism makes on her subject matter, Ruyter’s [&hellip
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Modern Art at the Dear Old Met

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

After all the millennial hoopla, the 100-year surveys, the futuristic announcements of theme-park museum expansions, New York museums in early 2001 have been left with something of a morning-after mess and a what-now hangover. The Whitney’s "American Century" exhibition, deficient in novel historical visions but generous in razzmatazz, provided a largely complete but dumbed-down version [&hellip
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“Disasters of War: Francisco de Goya, Henry Darger, Jake and Dinos Chapman,” at P.S. 1.

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In the spring of 1808, when Napoleon’s armies occupied Madrid, liberal, freethinking Francisco Goya and his countrymen hoped that the French would bring reform to poor, backwards, superstitious Spain. France, cradle of revolution and the Enlightenment, dashed those hopes almost immediately, sparking the world’s first guerrilla conflict, a popular war almost as savage as the [&hellip
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Painter Lisa Yuskavage Goes Beyond Undressed Nymphs

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Lisa Yuskavage’s work reminds me of an old Castilian adage. A book is like a mirror, the saying goes; depending on who’s looking at it, he will see a monkey or the Virgin. Yuskavage’s paintings of erotic Keane kids, stridently old-fashioned in facture yet hotly contemporary in subject matter, burst onto a dry, incipiently greening [&hellip
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