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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, 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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Thinking Outside the Canvas – Blinky Palermo Retrospective

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 28 April 2011

Composition With 8 Red Rectangles” (1964), by Blinky Palermo at the Hirshhorn Museum

The wonderful art critic  Roberta Smith has written another excellent, fascinating and perceptive article, entitled “Thinking Outside the Canvas” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at the impressive retrospective exhibition of work by the late German painter Blinky Palermo, entitled “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC (through 15 May 2011, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & Seventh Street, SW, Washington; (202) 633-1000,  “…intractably consistent and endlessly malleable…”

According to the Hirshhorn in their online notes for the exhibition:

“Blinky Palermo (born Peter Schwartze) continually expanded the definition of painting throughout his career. The exhibition reflects this progression, following a loose chronology based on his four main bodies of work. Early works illustrate his evolution away from traditional materials while he continued to employ Modernism’s bold colors and geometric forms. Starting in 1964, Palermo’s “Stoffbilder” (Cloth Pictures) composed of sewn, horizontal strips of commercially available, solid-colored fabric mounted on stretchers, take cues from advertising and fashion of the time. The artist continued to toy with decoration and its intersection with Modernism through site-specific wall paintings, which he carefully documented with preparatory drawings and installation photographs. A number of these framed documents form the third section of the exhibition. The final phase of Palermo’s career is represented by his “Metallbilder” (Metal Pictures). An outgrowth of the previous Cloth Pictures, this series of acrylic paintings on metal culminates with “To the People of New York City” (1976), a tribute to the city the artist loved and called home from 1973 to 1976 and where he maintained a studio until his sudden death at age 33. Part of Dia’s collection and on long-term view at Dia: Beacon, this multi-panel installation is traveling for the first time.”

image: Jens Ziehe/Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y., VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/The New York Times


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Conceptual Art with Grit – Glenn Ligon Retrospective at the Whitney in New York – Politically Provocative & Beautiful to Behold

Posted by the editors on Friday, 4 March 2011

“Warm Broad Glow,” by Glenn Ligon, in a 2005 installation, is being reconfigured for his Whitney retrospective

image: Whitney Museum/The New York Times

Carol Vogel has written an interesting article entitled “The Inside Story on Outsiderness” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times about the conceptual artist and painter Glenn Ligon and his upcoming retrospective Glenn Ligon: AMERICA” at the Whitney Museum in New York City (10 March 2011 – 5 June 2011, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St., New York, NY 10021, (212) 570-3600)

  As the Whitney puts it:

“Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted to this pioneering New York–based artist. Throughout his career, Ligon (b. 1960) has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Ligon’s subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold.

This exhibition features roughly one hundred works, including paintings, prints, photography, drawings, and sculptural installations, as well as striking recent neon reliefs, one newly commissioned for the Whitney’s Madison Avenue windows. Ligon’s most iconic works will be presented alongside previously unexhibited early paintings and drawings, which will shed new light on his artistic origins. The exhibition is accompanied by an amply illustrated catalogue that examines Ligon’s working methods in the context of American culture more broadly. Yourself in the World, a companion volume published by the Whitney and Yale University Press, collects Ligon’s lively interviews and trenchant essays on topics ranging from pop culture and the work of young artists to the first post-Katrina Biennial in New Orleans.

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is organized by Whitney curator Scott Rothkopf. The exhibition travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the fall of 2011 and to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in early 2012.”

It’s never too late to be provoked, nor to behold beauty, nor, for that matter, to learn more about conceptual art.

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“John Baldessari: Pure Beauty” – “Tweaking Tradition, Even in Its Temple”

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 23 October 2010

“Falling Cloud,” John Baldessari, 1965

image: Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg/The New York Times

Roberta Smith has, as usual, written a fine article, this time on the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fine John Baldessari retrospective (“John Baldessari: Pure Beauty” through Jan. 9 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710,  Definitely recommended reading, and, of course, viewing.  “Tweaking Tradition, Even in Its Temple” by Roberta Smith in the Art & Design section of The New York Times.

Great slideshow, here.

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