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Drawing closer to uncertainty — Kit White at Andre Zarre

[Andrea examines why painter Kit White has recently radically changed his style--perhaps it's a reflection on his environment. -- the artblog editors] In his recent paintings, on exhibit at Andre Zarre Gallery, New York through May 10, 2014, Kit White has pared his palette back to black, white, and gray. Each of the ostensibly abstract works has a horizon line, so that thinking of them as landscapes doesn’t seem overly interpretive. The artist sometimes drags a thick gray band of paint below the horizon, sometimes bringing it into the upper register as well, where several paintings have a light staccato ... More » »


“Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect” at the Guggenheim

[Andrea experiences a two-day multidisciplinary event involving music, visual and performance art, presentations, and discussions centering around notable African-American artwork, thought, and creativity]. — the artblog editors] Until this weekend, I’d never experienced crowd fervor aroused for a loftier goal than football. “Carrie Mae Weems LIVE” dramatically changed that. I was challenged, engrossed, stretched, and deeply moved by a showcase of current African-American artists, critics, and scholars. It was a heady experience to be with a majority African-American audience in a major, New York museum for two-and-a-half days that celebrated, discussed and analyzed African diasporic creativity. High time for this ... More » »

Richard Renaldi, The Big Top, Geneva, Ohio (2012)

New York Roundup – Photos, jazz and mobs on the Highline

(Roberta goes to New York and sees a bunch of good things –the artblog editors) It’s always good to have a list, and between mine, Steve’s and my sister Cate’s, we saw a lot last weekend.  Much of it was good but there were some things we rolled our eyes at, and of course we only scratched the surface of the huge basket of goodies that is New York.  We also met up with friends, Chuck and Iris, saw a play and heard jazz.  Grey Art Gallery Cate’s list brought us to the big show Energy That is All Around, ... More » »

John Chamberlain, Tongue Pictures (1979)

Marfa, Texas and Environs

[Andrea hits the road to visit Donald Judd's Marfa, Texas art installations, and lauds the way the unconventional site highlights the featured artworks. -- the artblog editors] To those of us in the art world, “Marfa” means Donald Judd’s installations at the Chinati Foundation‎. The site opened to the public in 1986 and I’ve wanted to go since then, but Marfa is three and a half hours’ drive from the airport in El Paso, and even further from San Antonio, and I don’t like highway driving on my own. My good friend Hilary Jay, director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, ... More » »

Terry Adkins, Aviarium, 2014, polyurethene and enamel

Whitney Biennial 2014 – Tough sledding through a hodgepodge with some gems

Like walking through a yard sale or grandma’s attic, the hodgepodge that is the Whitney Biennial 2014 is a a little sad. All that stuff made by 103 participants, collected and sitting there, clogs the space and makes the journey through the show like walking through the Armory Show, only without the aisles and missing the weirdly high art-fair energy.  Advice:  Start at the top and work your way down.  Fourth Floor – Curator Michelle Grabner It’s shocking, we know, but like everyone, we come to the Whitney Biennial looking for our favorites and hoping to be introduced to great ... More » »

Zanele Muholi, gallerist told us that was Zanele in the picture, at Yancey Richardson, ADAA Art Show

New York art fairs – Armory Show is tame, ADAA’s is elegant with tons of women artists!

March Madness happens in the art world every two years when the Whitney Biennial coincides with the annual international art fairs.  It’s way too much art for anyone to digest, but it’s party time, with the tribes gathered, congratulations all round, and in the case of the fairs, SALES, which make the world go round. Louder than ever this year, the globalization of the art market showed. At almost every turn  we said “We’ve seen work like this in Philly!” The Armory Show We visited the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94. The huge monster on the Piers seemed ... More » »

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, a few years back when Stella and I visited.

Happy Mardi Gras! We’re off to New York today for the Whitney Biennial and the NY Art Fairs

Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been skewering the Whitney Biennial in his recent Bananazz comics — take a look if you’ve missed them! Meanwhile, Libby and I are off to New York to see the real thing today. Lots of Philadelphia artists in the show (the late Terry Adkins, Ken Lum, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson), and a Philadelphia curator, Anthony Elms, of ICA.  We’ll also check out the Art Fairs – Armory Show, ADAA, Volta, Scope….  Many pictures will be forthcoming!  (Picture is from Mardi Gras in 2004, pre-Katrina, when Stella and I went down to New Orleans.)

Past and present: New Orleans Museum of Art photography curators hold a dialogue about the museum's photographic holdings.

Camera-derie — Six photography curators chat about curation at the New Orleans Museum of Art

[artblog editor Lianna Patch attended a panel of photography curators last month at the New Orleans Museum of Art, during which the curators spoke about what they each added to the museum's extensive photography collection. -- the artblog editors] Want to see one of the largest permanent photographic collections in the country? Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where a long lineup of curators has been collecting photographs since the 1970s. Last month, NOMA hosted an unusual event to celebrate the close of massive retrospective Photography at NOMA. The museum brought together five of its photography curators from ... More » »

Kim Westfall, Wintergreen

Nip Slips at Current Space

[Nate examines how vanity pervades pop culture, and reviews a group show that attempts to combat vanity through modesty. --the artblog editors] In the last decade, pop culture has included some moments of embarrassment that came to epitomize specific events (e.g. Janet Jackson’s controversial performance incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII). Her public humiliation, known as a “nip slip” (or its more polite euphemism, the “wardrobe malfunction”) is the takeoff point for the group show Nip Slips at Current Space in Baltimore. In examining the issues raised by a moment of vanity and its consequences, the show asks the question: What happens when ... More » »

Maren Hassenger performing Senga Nengudi’s "RSVP" at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Nov. 17, 2012

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

[Andrea comments on a large exhibition of contemporary performance art by African-American artists, finding both the show's performances and accompanying catalog well-curated and memorable. For more information on individual artists, please see Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Valerie Cassel Oliver, ed. (Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; 2013), ISBN 978 -1-933619-38-5 --the artblog editors] In New York, the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art was split between the Grey Art Gallery at NYU (from Sept. 10 – Dec. 7, 2013) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, where it remains on view until March 9, 2014. It does a particularly good ... More » »

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