And perhaps this last is one of the most significant points the exhibition makes: despite an international interest in the commercial vernacular and the visual impact of the media, the works in the exhibition can only be truly understood within the cultures that produced them. This leaves serious viewers with the realization that the information in many of the introductory labels is insufficient background for a real understanding of the art and how it functioned in its native territory.Read More
The crowd of African-American students and younger scholars who attended Powell’s session indicates that the field is rich. It’s now up to the institutions to give them a chance.Read More
This beautifully produced and spectacularly illustrated book offers a six-continent tour of twenty-
five sculpture parks; readers are unlikely to know of most of the collections, which can be visited only with considerable planning, if at all. Three are exclusively private, one is open on a single day every year, and another is best viewed from a hotair balloon.
The question of web-based collections of digital art could be considered museums has been raised. It’s in the nature of new art to test such boundaries. Are we ready to accept an organization with no physical presence as a museum?Read More
Eastern European artists whose work is known in the West—among them Marina Abramović, Miroslav Balka, Sanja Ivecović, Ilya Kabakov, and Dan Perjovschi—are diverse and extremely interesting, and passing time reveals further significant artists whose reputations have been obscured by the politics of the Cold War. There were many art scenes throughout the East, often underground.Read More
We may think we know what we mean by the term “contemporary art,” forgetting that all art of the past was contemporary to its own time.Read More