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Ingre’s Portraits on the Cusp of the Photographic Age

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

Yet as astute a contemporary of Ingres’ as Baudelaire differed radically in his appraisal of the painter’s strengths. "It is in fact in this genre that [Ingres] has found his greatest, most legitimate success," Baudelaire wrote about the reluctant portraitist’s gem-like works. "The most beautiful women, rich in nature, of calm and flourishing health–there is [&hellip
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Kinder Power: “Children of Berlin” at P.S. 1

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

The low rumble emitting from across the Atlantic first made itself audible as the now-canonical YBA rave. Following quickly on the heels of London’s success, perennially furrowed German brows unloosed and set free a depression-defying, nearly celebratory atmosphere. New York, to date a conceited wallflower at the youthful, alternative dance (mainly because Manhattan as yet [&hellip
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Attack of the Mutant Paintings

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

Attack of The Mutant Paintings Somewhere out around the farthest edge of painting looms the mutant work of Fabian Marcaccio. Engendered in the entirely unhealthy womb of convoluted, quarrelsome art history since the 1970s, Marcaccio’s work belies its competing strains, structural alterations and bizarre aptitudes. Not photography, installation, digital art or, for certain, pure painting, [&hellip
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Field Guide to Disneyland

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

The resulting hyper-busy images, "a flip-flop between representation and abstraction," Tomaselli calls them, are sent bounding over the top by acknowledgment of their essential medium. That medium is drugs, pure and simple. Encased inside each of Tomaselli’s thickly resinated "rectangles of utopia" it’s possible to find anything from prosaic aspirin to perfectly serrated leaves of [&hellip
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Jenny Seville: Written On a Body

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

Written On A Body If you only see one art exhibition this year, I’ve got two words for you: Jenny Saville. Fresh from her recent appearance at the cynically manipulated and inanely maligned "Sensation" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, this thoroughly British artist has upped the ante on the high-stakes field of contemporary painting. By [&hellip
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Brooklyn’s Burning Sensation

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

Now, just in time for Hizzoner’s fundraising campaign across several conservative Western states including California, the Mayor and his power-drunk yes-men have dragged up yet another politically defenseless non-contender from the ranks of the pugilistic bush league: the bookish, bravely principled, probably foolhardy Brooklyn Museum. If the breakneck pace of recent events is any indication, [&hellip
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American Art for Dummies

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

Things were, certainly, quite different once. "The American Century," Henry Luce wrote in his now famously bombastic Time editorial, "[will be] a vision of America as a world power which…will guide us to the authentic creation of the 20th Century–our Century." Incredibly, Luce’s chauvinistic prediction came true. By the 50s and 60s, America led on [&hellip
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A Scene Grows In Brooklyn

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

Brooklyn is home today to a scene that includes mostly modest experimental galleries (I help run one), topnotch artists and all the accouterments: bars, restaurants, bookstores and art supply shops, in descending order of importance. Developed far enough away from the art world’s crippling speculation and vapid star-system (like Soho in the 60s, when such [&hellip
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