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Bruce Pearson is One of America’s Most Important Painters

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Bruce Pearson Pearson’s large-scale works, made more monumental by their deep-relief quality, look at once like swirling coral reefs and hallucinatory 3-D landscapes, rapturous fields of color and highly textured surfaces of well-calibrated, but ambiguous, meaning. Cast from phrases literally or figuratively clipped from, among other sources, fashion magazines, product catalogs, bad television and modern [&hellip
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“Open Ends,” at MOMA, Examines the Art of 1960 to the Present

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Organized across disciplines and including works from all of the Museum’s six curatorial departments, the mega-exhibition "MOMA2000," of which "Modern Starts," "Making Choices" and "Open Ends" are part, inaugurated the vision of New York’s most celebrated museum as the Loews Multiplex Theater of the art world: a comfortably relativistic, corporately ambitious, all-encompassing art venue, temperamentally [&hellip
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“Ruskin’s Italy, Ruskin’s England,” at the Morgan Library

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John Ruskin In the spring of 1843, having only recently taken a middling "Double Fourth" degree from Oxford, John Ruskin finished the first volume of Modern Painters. The book, launched like a cannon shot into the complacent pond of the English art establishment, was written when the author was only 24. Inspired by attacks on [&hellip
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Havana Biennial

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Havana Biennial Located in several key sites in and around Havana’s elegant, crumbling colonial center and select farther-flung spaces, the 16-year-old "Bienal de La Habana 2000" opened Nov. 17 to a packed house. Receiving what must certainly be the biggest U.S. and New York attendance on record, this year’s Havana Biennial currently plays host to [&hellip
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The Returnâeuro;”for Better or Worseâeuro;”of Bridget Riley, 60s Art-World “It” Girl

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Bridget Riley Bridget Riley, despite her new position as grande dame of British art, is a living lesson in the fickle character of artistic fashion. The consummate It girl of international art in the 1960s, the attractive, talented Riley once seemed poised at the edge of a brilliant career, mere millimeters away from chalking up [&hellip
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Figurative Painting on Staten Island

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The Figure In 1950s America the choice was clear: a painter could paint either abstract pictures or, saving that, abstract pictures. The dominant lingo of abstract expressionism, America’s first major art movement, counted among its chief concerns issues of "formal purity," "flatness" and the "all-over unified field," not line, contour, shape or, ever, narrative. The [&hellip
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Rineke Dijkstra’s Teenage Portraits

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Rineke Dijkstra MTV, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dawson’s Creek, South Park, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men, gangsta rap, Razor scooters. Kiddie culture produced by adults for an astonishingly large child market, these and other pure products of America dominate national and global culture today. Fake, clumsy, estheticized reflections of teenage angst and joy, these ubiquitous [&hellip
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Damien Hirst in Chelsea

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Damien Hirst Damien Hirst has left the building. His new exhibition at Larry Gagosian’s 27,000 square foot gallery is big, really, really big. Larger in scale, sheer weight, financing and hype than any other gallery exhibition in recent memory, Hirst has grown his already monstrous conceit to unheralded, mammoth proportions. Serving notice on other purveyors [&hellip
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“New York Now 2000: Contemporary Work in Photography,” at the Museum of the City of New York

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New York Now In 1839, the invention of photography was made public by the French scientist François Arago, acting on behalf of the better-known Louis Daguerre, and by a Briton named William-Henry Fox Talbot, who acted very much on his own. Somewhere on the shores of Lake Como, Fox Talbot first toyed with the notion [&hellip
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Ruscha’s Return: 21st-Century Pop Art

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Ruscha’s Return 21st Century Pop Art Despite sounding like desiccated postmodernist guff, scrutinizing public languages like advertising and painting and private idioms like slang and emotion has long been a key artistic proposition for Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. Since before Foucault and Baudrillard purloined the country’s college curricula, Ruscha had been carefully examining and [&hellip
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