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On Helen Frankenthaler & John Chamberlain – Two Artists Who Embraced Freedom, by Roberta Smith

Posted by the editors on Friday, 30 December 2011

The thoughtful and astute art critic Roberta Smith, has written a short article entitled “Two Artists Who Embraced Freedom” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the similarities and differences between the works of the artists Helen Frankenthaler and John Chamberlain, who both, sadly, passed away very recently.  Smith’s sensitive and sharp mind and feeling for their work offers a discrete eulogy for two great American artists, their work’s importance in the transition from Abstract Expressionism, and the continued repercussions of their techniques and sensibilities even today.

Grace Glueck has also written a very fine article entitled “Helen Frankenthaler, Abstract Painter Who Shaped a Movement, Dies at 83” this time, in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at, in more detail, the beautiful and pioneering work of Frankenthaler.

An excellent slideshow accompanies the article, here.

See our previous post on Helen Frankenthaler, Helen Frankenthaler – 30 Years of More Than Colorfield at Knoedler & Co.

top image: Mountains and Sea, by Helen Frankenthaler: Helen Frankenthaler/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/The New York Times

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“Real/Surreal” at The Whitney – Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 November 2011

Ken Johnson has written an interesting and probing article entitled “Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered”, itself a rather evocative title, in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at the show “Real/Surreal” (through 12 February 2012 at the Whitney Museum of American Art; (212) 570-3600, whitney.org). “Real/Surreal”, works from the Whitney’s permanent collection, is an exhibition of American art from the 1920s to the 1950s: a haunting, disenchanted, uncomfortably dream-like body of work, and a significant predecessor to the energy-filled creations of Abstract Expressionism.  Johnson proposes a resurgence of context: Depression, ecological cataclysm, war, loss of moral referents, in attempting to understand and find the roots of today’s rekindled interest in Surrealism.

top image: Edward Hopper ‘s “Early Sunday Morning” (1930), from “Real/Surreal”/Whitney Museum of American Art/The New York Times

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Willem de Kooning – Unfurling a Life of Creative Exuberance

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 18 September 2011

Pink Angels, 1945, Willem de Kooning

Holland Cotter has written an inspired and inspiring article entitled “Unfurling a Life of Creative Exuberance” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, reviewing the enormous and masterful new MoMA retrospective entitled, appropriately enough, “De Kooning: A Retrospective” (through 9 January 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art; (212) 708-9400, moma.org) which includes paintings, drawings and sculpture created over a period of 70 years.  Cotter looks, with insight, knowledge and clarity, at de Kooning, his “energy-generating” work, and his methods in a way that is informative, easily accessible, and motivating.  All the more reason to make MoMA’s wonderful exhibition a must-see on your fall calendar.

image: Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / The New York Times

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Still Unearthing Discoveries in de Kooning’s Brush Strokes

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Carol Vogel has written an excellent article, entitled “Still Unearthing Discoveries in de Kooning’s Brush Strokes”, in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at the work of the brilliant Abstract Expressionist painter Willem de Kooning and the work, and fascinating discoveries, by John Elderfield, the MoMA‘s chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture, as he immersed himself in the work of Willem de Kooning in preparation for the massive show at MoMA, “de Kooning: A Retrospective”, opening 18 September 2011.  From Casper The Friendly Ghost, to stenography, to Life Magazine, and more.

image: Librado Romero/The New York Times

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“Robert & Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection,” at Acquavella Galleries in Manhattan – More on This Wonderful Exhibition

Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 April 2010

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Robert and Ethel Scull: Portrait of a Collection Art by, from left, Larry Poons, Myron Stout and Frank Stella at Acquavella Galleries

Our favorite Roberta Smith has written another excellent, perceptive article entitled “Appetite for New and Next New” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times offering a further, and moving, look at this excellent exhibition of, not only, Pop Art, but Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism, to name just a few of those so-called “-isms”.  Includes a nice photo of the installation (shown above) and a slideshow.  See our previous post on the exhibition  for more on this amazing show at the Acquavella Galleries in New York, “Incredible Pop Art at Acquavella Galleries”.
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