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Dear Nemesis — Nicole Eisenman at the Institute of Contemporary Art

[Michael enjoys a retrospective of Nicole Eisenman’s incisive, poignant, and often-hilarious work. — the artblog editors] I visited Dear Nemesis knowing nothing about Brooklyn-based artist Nicole Eisenman, and seeing her work for the first time. The 20-year survey of her paintings, prints, sculpture, and drawings is physically and emotionally challenging to appreciate because of the sheer number of works displayed, the dramatic subject matter explored, and the extent to which so many of the works themselves are absorbing. Prolific and political The exhibit is comprised of 20 or so large canvases; a set of 34 prints (mixed-media and monotypes on paper); ... More » »

Santa makes an appearance with a famed Rembrandt.

News post – Santa Classics returns, AJW directs a Dan Deacon mind-melter, Dupree Studio stays, opportunities and more!

News   Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been absent from Bananazz a few times, but for good reason: he conceived and directed the bizarre-o video for Dan Deacon’s “Feel the Lightning.” Deacon’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is out on February 24-25, 2015. Reports of Dupree Studio’s demise, it turns out, have been exaggerated: there’s been a reversal and James Dupree gets to keep his studio! The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has decided to not move to condemn his property, setting a precedent for future resistance to eminent domain cases like this. Motorcycle buffs who also love Ewan McGregor are getting their money’s worth ... More » »

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Egon Schiele, "Self-Portrait with Arm Twisted above Head," 1910.

Egon Schiele at Neue Galerie

[Diana analyzes two self-portraits in a new show by the short-lived, yet prolific painter Egon Schiele. — the artblog editors] While Egon Schiele is notorious for his depictions of erotica, subjects performing acrobatic sexual acts upon themselves and each other, his motives for creating them were as commercial as they were prurient (they sold!). His models were usually prostitutes, but even cheaper was the model he always had at hand: himself. Schiele based his multiple self-portraits on his image in the full-length mirror he kept in his studio and even took with him when he traveled. Iconic composition and narcissism The ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Gifts galore; transgender New Yorkers will get insurance coverage for gender reassignment; Miami gets a contemporary art institute; and more. — the artblog advisors] Miami is About to Get Its Own Institute of Contemporary Art (Unsurprisingly Funded by Billionaires), via New York Times Popular Online Music Magazine Fact Has Released Its List of 2014’s Best Albums, via Fact Mag In the Wake of Rolling Stone’s Clumsy Handling of Yet Another College Rape Case, Mother Jones Takes the Magazine to Task, via Mother Jones Gawker’s Guide to a Perplexing Predicament: How Police Are Able ... More » »

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Studio visit with Althea Baird

[Kelly can’t get her recent visit with Althea Baird off her mind, and finds herself interpreting Baird’s latest project from a different level. — the artblog editors] It turns out I was wrong about Althea Baird’s “Roof Residency”. When I walked into her studio during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours a few weekends ago, I found her work interesting in a way she didn’t intend. What stuck in my mind was something she said about looking at the sky. She mentioned that in the city, people tend to direct their gaze to about head height and down, never looking to the ... More » »

Costumes

Books for holiday giving, part II

[Andrea continues her gift recommendations for art lovers. — the artblog editors] Inside Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits” Nick Cave: Epitome (Prestel: Munich, London, New York), ISBN 978-3791349169, $65 Nick Cave’s performative sculptures, which he calls “Soundsuits,” disguise their wearers and transform them into extravagant creatures of the artist’s imagination. The fact that many of them maintain evidence of the homey materials that Cave employs–including twigs, baskets, crocheted potholders, woven straw handbags, stuffed toys, and small ceramic figurines, as well as pipe cleaners, buttons, sequins, and beads–only makes his creations more magical, emphasizing Cave’s ability to discern the extravagant and theatrical potential of ... More » »

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Paul Strand, “Blind Woman” (1916)

[New artblog contributor Diana takes a close look at one of Paul Strand’s seminal photos, considering the photographer’s role in the dehumanization of his street-portrait subjects. — the artblog editors] If it weren’t for the hint of the half-closed eye and the shout of the sign emblazoned on her breast, you’d hardly get it. Her eyes dart to the left, as if her peripheral vision has picked up movement. For a second, you wonder what she’s looking at, then realize that your experience of trompe l’oeil is only one of the many ironies this iconic photograph poses. The question of ... More » »

Art Basel Miami

Miami Project, on the periphery of Art Basel Miami

[Andrea singles out several favorites from Miami Project, one of ABMB’s satellite fairs. She found herself particularly drawn to drawings this year. — the artblog editors] Miami Project is a fairly new member of the 22 smaller fairs that circle, like small fish, around the shark that is Art Basel Miami Beach. The dealers are all well-established galleries across the U.S. As usual, I paid attention to the work that was unfamiliar, and found a lot of it interesting. Rare sketches from Mel Chin Mel Chin’s work was on view at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans): a wall piece in ... More » »