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still from Yevgeniy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina and Alexandra Lerman ‘Reading Lenin with Corporations’

‘It’s the Political Economy, Stupid’ in New York and Grayson Perry’s ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ in London

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid is an exhibition of work by ten artists or collectives, at the Austrian Cultural Forum through April 22, 2012.  Curated by Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette, this is a smart exhibition that I suspect will be preaching to the converted, but in style.  By means of a slide show, sculptural installation, wall drawing, and numerous, single-channel videos, the international group of artists address the politics of our current economic crisis.  This is the gallery version of Occupy Wall Street. Dred Scott literalized the metaphor of money to burn by asking volunteers on Wall Street to ... More » »

Reliefs from the palace at Nimrud, (c. 883-859 B.C.) gypsum alabaster,  92 1/4 x 92 x 4 1/2 in, MMA

The debut of an occasional series: One Work Worth the Trip

As I was leaving the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA, or The Met) on a Sunday afternoon in July, I followed the line of people waiting to get into the Alexander McQueen exhibition. The line ran the entire length of the corridor of the 19th century galleries, took a left turn where it continued through the enfilade of Near Eastern galleries and ended somewhere on the mezzanine balcony. It was 3:45,  and I doubted everyone would get inside the exhibition, much less have time to see it properly. Now, the McQueen exhibition was spectacular – literally and figuratively – but ... More » »

Gold bowl    ca. 2550 BCE

Treasures of Ancient Iraq: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery at the Penn Museum

Iraq has been front-page news for years and the Holy Crescent is central to Jewish and Christian scripture, so it’s surprising that some of the greatest treasures excavated there have been sitting in Philadelphia since the early 20th Century and been relatively ignored.  The British Museum’s spectacular goat of lapis lazuli caught in a thicket of gold has a twin at the Penn Museum.

Report from London: The Gold Standard, Kate Moss…and more

Post by Max Mulhern Marc Quinn, Siren, gold, from Statuephilia at the British Museum. Photo by Max Mulhern. Mark Quinn’s 52 kilogram solid gold statue of super model Kate Moss “Siren” went on display at the British Museum last week in an exhibition entitled « Statuephilia ». “Statuephilia” consist of one work per featured figurative artist:  Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Ron Mueck, Marc Quinn and Noble & Webster (3 of the 5 artists are represented by the White Cube Gallery in London). The works are scattered among the pieces of the permanent collection and highlight the way we sculpt ourselves ... More » »