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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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Museum & Gallery Shows – Top Picks for Autumn/Winter 2011 in New York

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 September 2011

Carsten Höller’s “Mirror Carousel”

The wonderful art critic Roberta Smith has written a helpful, informative and interesting article entitled “For Spectacle’s Sake, Museums Get Specific” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times in which she offers up her anticipated museum and gallery show Top Picks for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season in New York.  A wonderful list it is, as well, including, of course, de Kooning at MoMA, but also Maurizio Cattalan at the Guggenheim, Carsten Höller at the New Museum, Sherrie Levine at the Whitney, Diego Rivera at MoMA and, among others, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, “The Bearden Project”, celebrating the centennial of the birth of the great American Cubo-collagist Romare Bearden.  Check the dates and get your calendars in order, there’s some wonderful and inspiring art to see.

See our previous posts on de Kooning at MoMA, here and here, and our previous post on Romare Bearden, here.

image: Attilio Maranzano / The New York Times

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Whitney Museum Board OKs Renzo Piano-Designed Downtown Building to Open in 2015

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 30 May 2010

Image The New York Times

The Renzo Piano-designed downtown Whitney will be a six-story building adjacent to the High Line Park in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District.

Carol Vogel has written an article entitled “Whitney Museum Plans New Building Downtown” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times (online) looking at the approval by the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Board of Directors to build, beginning in one year, and scheduled to open in 2015, a new, much larger facility designed by Renzo Piano, adjacent to the High Line Park in the Meat Packing district of New York City.  The future of the museum’s current Marcel Breuer-designed upper east side Manhattan building, opened when the Whitney’s permanent collection numbered 2000 works, and much too small to expose more than an miniscule portion of its now 18000 work-strong collection,  may very well entail a joint venture with Metropolitan Museum of Art.

See our sister blog, designalog, for a  post on the Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Kimbell Art Museum to open in 2013, for more on Piano’s museum designs, here.

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The Whitney Heads Downtown – Even Before Deciding on a New Downtown Branch

Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 April 2010

Photo: Guyton\Walker

Part of a digital rendering of the Guyton\Walker installation near an entrance to the High Line

Describing it as a Whitney Museum “Pop-up Store”, Carol Vogel has written an article entitled “Whitney Heads for the High Line” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times discussing the Whitney’s planned temporary outdoor exhibition program to be installed in the space of the, as yet undecided, Whitney Downtown.  The programs and exhibitions have already been planned and will open in the near future and run through next October.  This seems an interesting way to gauge potential public interest in the Whitney Downtown project (High Line park management expects over a million visitors there this summer), and to, perhaps, justify the $50,000 a month the Whitney is apparently currently spending to keep their option on the space, one fervently hopes, destined to be the new Whitney Downtown branch.
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Whitney Museum Downtown – Is There Enough Money?

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

The Whitney’s signature building on the Upper East Side, designed by Marcel Breuer

Though there is no disputing the fact that the Whitney Museum of American Art is in desperate need of additional space to expose (more of) its collection, Carol Vogel, with Kate Taylor have written a necessarily interesting article entitled “Rift in Family as Whitney Plans a Second Home” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times which discusses the seemingly much more thorny subject of money.  The real question, apparently, is can the Whitney afford to run two museums….  More on the Whitney Downtown in our post, yesterday, “A New Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown”.
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