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John McLaughlin, Untitled (1941) at Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013

(Andrea strolls the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, and offers her picks from both new and familiar artists. — the artblog editors) Each year, friends ask about my response to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), and I reply that someone might be able to attend a fair for three and a half hours and offer an opinion, but I’m not that someone. I attend fairs to see what I can learn, preferably to see interesting work by artists I didn’t know, or new aspects of artists whose work I’ve seen before. Another wonderful Picasso drawing, such as the ... More » »

Serge Diaghilev, photographed by Jan de Sterleki (1916)

Impresario of Modernism — ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes 1909-1929’ at the National Gallery of Art

Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was neither artist, musician, dancer or choreographer, yet contributed crucially to all the arts with his realization of a modernist Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art, or merging of the arts), an idea made famous in the mid 19th-century writings of Richard Wagner, which has been an influence on the visual and performing arts ever since. His company, the Ballets Russes, definitively brought modernism to the world of ballet. Ballet Russes was known extravagant, highly original performances The Ballets Russes was unlike anything its audiences had ever seen: larger-than-life, unconventional, multi-sensory, and often highly-sexualized. It was ballet on ... More » »

the Fridericianum, which housed the heart and brain of documenta XIII, sits on a grassy square

documenta 13: On War and Memories

The commissioner of documenta XIII, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, treated the entire ground floor of Kassel’s Fridericianum (a Neoclassical building from 1779, designed as one of the earliest public museums) as her introductory statement to the 300 plus-artist exhibition centered in Kassel, with outposts in Kabul, Alexandria and Banff. When I reached the phrase in the first label …, suggesting a particular mode of proximity by way of the spacially diffused aggregation of elements that also maintain their own singularities,  I realized that the reading, at least, would be hard going. To the right, the large but sparely-installed gallery contained three small, bronze ... More » »

Picasso, Music and Negative Space; the Guitars at MoMA

Picasso Guitars 1912-1914, on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through June 6, 2011, is an intense and thrilling experience for anyone concerned with art and visual thinking in the early 20th Century. What it reveals, at least to someone who has worked and thought in three dimensions, are Picasso’s first, profound experiments with one of the key concepts of Twentieth Century plastic arts: negative space. Moreover, the exhibition indicates that like abstraction, for which music was both inspiration and justification, Picasso’s interest in negative space grew out of thinking about music; not musical form and language, but ... More » »


Picasso, Picasso everywhere – museum roundup

by Cheryl Harper Pablo Ruiz Picasso lived from 1881-1973, a long span in any terms, but he has never left this world judging from the manner in which his life and work are continuously celebrated. Take this season for instance; I’ve seen four Picasso museum shows in as many months: “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ended in May (artblog ran two posts so I won’t tell you more); “Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art” at the Met, just closed August 15; “Picasso Themes and Variations” at MOMA through August 30; and “Picasso ... More » »


Here today, gone tomorrow, still worth buying

In one of our chats yesterday about Manya’s piece in the Weekly on selling art, I said, We as a society spend $100 or $150 for seats at a rock concert, but why not for an ephemeral piece of art that might last a day, a year, five years, giving us pleasure? I wouldn’t have had this thought perhaps if Roberta and I weren’t talking together. The following thoughts ensued from the original conversation:

Picasso ‘Nudes in a Forest,’ wc, PMA, White Collection

Picasso: the Master and his followers and understudies at the PMA

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through April 25, 2010 is a remarkable exhibition for two reasons.  Most importantly, it emphasizes the strength of the PMA’s collection in the area of early Modernism; secondly, it has the public paying a special admission fee and standing in line to see an exhibition whose most important works, unless on loan elsewhere, are on permanent view in the museum’s galleries.  The exhibition is neither a definitive view of Picasso, nor a serious study of the Avant-Garde in Paris during the first half of the 20th Century. ... More » »

Three Beautiful Books

Three especially beautiful volumes are sitting on my desk at the moment, all of which would make perfect holiday gifts for an artist or art lover. Two are exhibition catalogs which have interest well beyond their respective exhibitions; the third, a wild card, is an unusual science book from Harvard University Press. Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait (1907), oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 18 in., Narodni Gallery, Prague. This painting is the subject of an article by Leo Steinberg, published for the first time in Cubist Picasso. Cubist Picasso (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Flammarion, SA, 2007 ... More » »

Peek at Perelman

Press listening as they stand in the Skylit Galleria of the Art Museum’s new addition, the Perelman Building The thrill shined through this morning at the press opening for the new Perelman Building addition to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “I stand here pinching myself quite hard,” normally unflappable PMA Director Anne d’Harnoncourt declared into the microphone to a crowd of cameras, microphones and people, all gathered in the Skylit Galleria. A ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 15 will mark the opening of the new Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building to the public, she said. more press, Skylit Galleria, and ... More » »

Where’s the anti-war art?

How can art respond to war? Picasso, Goya and Kathe Kollwitz were witnesses to war who produced powerful antiwar imagery that gives vent to human anger and sorrow at war’s cruelty. Who’s going to pick up the tools today and make antiwar art for us? Who’s got the guts to make hot, political art in this cool, postmodern world? Maybe the best we can do is the cyber posters or comic strips, like Tom Tomorrow’s, pictured here, that poke fun at Bush. And maybe cyber art is the appropriate response for this war being played live on tv in our ... More » »