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Ready Mades at Urban Outfitters

Mass-produced canvases for sale at Urban Outfitters, though of course decorative, offer a pointed commentary about the way art is produced and thought about and the consumer’s relationship to it.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

With MoMA sporting a forty-year retrospective of Richard Serra, the Whitney Museum’s Summer of Love, and Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, why, with time-stamped ticket in hand, would an artist want to see a bunch of live frogs and storied fossils housed in a marble mausoleum?

LuminaTO Arts Festival: Cultural Makeover for New York's Northern Counterpart

The slogan of Toronto’s LuminaTO arts festival is “see the world in a new light.” However, its organizers make no apologies about the fact that LuminaTO is very much about seeing the city of Toronto in a new light—as an emerging cultural Mecca.

Richard Tuttle
Memory Comes from Dark Extension

Last summer I introduced my one-year-old daughter to a new bin of art supplies and, within minutes, she was putting out a steady stream of fantastic assemblages, which I immediately pinned up around the room.

Liz Brown Most Triumphant

“Local motorist performs death-defying jump through ring of fire and is abducted by mysterious UFO, full details at eleven.” This is the king of breathless tease that baits us into tuning in for the news, or turning to the next page of those supermarket tabloids.

Marilyn Bridges In the Footsteps of Alexander

An aerial photographer equipped with a pilot’s license, Marilyn Bridges has long focused on ancient sites.

Letter from London

Varda Caivano at Chisenhale Gallery and Sam Basu at Kate Macgarry

Brooklyn Dispatches

“Don’t talk, paint. If you can express what you want in words you should be a writer or poet, not an artist.”

Art 38 Basel and Beyond

In my original notes covering the Basel art circus, I emphasized what, in retrospect, seems a tired take on the art fair phenomenon.

Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) 1985–1995

This is some strange, gutbucket picture making. Like an electric guitar, sounding tinny and raw without amplification, or the taste of a stone after days without water, Don Van Vliet’s uncouth, dry pictures claw their way out at us.

Don Van Vliet

Trying to make Don Van Vliet the painter and Captain Beefheart the musician and songwriter, not to mention Don Van Vliet the poet, fit under one umbrella, is like trying to climb Mount Tamalpais backwards. One can do it, but what’s the point?

Stuart Arends Wedges and A-Squares

Since 1980 Stuart Arends has been using a box as both a support and a surface. In 1985, he began working on a small cube that extended out from the wall. While he painted all six sides, the emphasis was on the three most visible.

From Berlin to Broadway: The Ebb Bequest of Modern German and Austrian Drawings

From Berlin to Broadway is the Kurt Weill-inspired title of an installation of 43 early-twentieth-century German and Austrian works on paper that the Morgan Library & Museum received in 2005 as a bequest from Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb (1928–2004).

Realicide

“Face melting” does not do Realicide justice. It’s more akin to skull melting and face imploding. The visceral quality of their primordial screams was buoyed and punctuated by the distressed noise and tornado thuds issuing from an expertly flitted mixer: the umbra of the curled fist.

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