Fine Arts

  • Puck Magazine Exhibition in Chicago

    19th Century Humor Magazine at Driehaus Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 06th, 2016

    Puck, the 19th century literary-political-humor magazine, was revolutionary in ridiculing everything about Gilded Age society through cartoons created by gifted artists of the period. With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age is the new exhibit from Puck magazine on view at the Driehaus Museum, a magnificent 19th century mansion just off Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

  • More Honky Art

    Giuliano's Collages and Watercolors from the 1970s

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2016

    Honky Art was an attempt to created a movement of art in the late 1960s and 1970s. Little of the work has survived and what remains has been posted here. Decades later Honky Art has an uncanny and timely relevance.

  • Autumn de Forest at Butler Institute of American Art

    Juvenile Has First One Man Show

    By: Nancy Kempf - May 19th, 2016

    Although just fourteen August de Forest is being given a one woman show at the Butler Institute of American Art’s Mesaros Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio. She is from a family famous for its artists and museum professionals.

  • John Leavey at Prince Street Gallery

    Selected Works 1963 to 2016

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 11th, 2016

    A passion for the Italian Renaissance informs the approach of the artist John Leavey. The Berkshire resident who lives and works in Pownal, Vermont is exhibiting a selection of work spanning 1963 to 2016 at Prince Street Gallery

  • Stefan Stux Closes New York Gallery

    Started in Boston in 1980

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2016

    When Stefan and Linda Stux, with a partner, opened a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1980 it was a year before they made a sale. The partner left and they continued to support the gallery while working full time jobs. His brother asked how long he intended to maintain his "museum." The answer was "forever." But now that day has come with the closing of the New York gallery after some 35 years of ups and downs. Stefan and Linda had an enormous impact during the era of Boston's cultural revolution in the 1980s.

  • "Rodin — Transforming Sculpture” Peabody Essex Museum

    Human Form Shaped With Emotional and Psychological Complexity

    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 21st, 2016

    Rodin was the first truly "modern" sculptor. His work was an evolving process in creating figurative pieces that expressed and integrated emotional, psychological and even spiritual notions of humanity. Rodin sometimes mixed, recycled,, and re-combined used “spare parts”: plaster-cast heads, torsos, arms, and legs. His mix-and-match sensibility was the inevitable result of his deep belief that art is always in transition, never complete. And these hybrid assemblages were put together in ways that are intended to evoke passion and reaction. This PEM show is a visual treat.

  • Ken Moffett at 81

    First Contemporary Curator of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2016

    During the 1970s Kenworth Moffett, while a full professor at Wellesley College, was hired part time as the founding curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts. After a long illness he passed away at the age of 81. Long after our days as aesthetic adversaries we remained friends. During annual visits to Palm Beach we would meet for lunch in Ft Lauderdale where he was director of its museum. In 2015 we collaborated on an extensive interview which is linked to this obituary.

  • Aaron Siskind's Photographs

    Art Institute of Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 27th, 2016

    The beautifully curated exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the full range of Siskind’s abstract expressionist photography in scenes shot in Chicago, New York, Gloucester, Martha’s Vineyard, Rome and other locations all over the world.

  • Summer Nudes in Williamstown

    Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2016

    In the quid pro quo of museum trades, through October 10, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is hosting “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado.” This includes 28 paintings by primarily Italian, Flemish, and Spanish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • Charles Giuliano's Honky Art

    A 1968 Sketch Book

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2016

    During the late 1960s there was such a proliferation of experimental art forms that they were gathered under umbrella terms like Pluralism and Post Modernism. It was a time of radical social and political change. In 1968, while working as a journalist in the underground press I devoted a sketch book to developing the concept of Honky Art. Some related works were used as illustrations for the alternative weekly Avatar. The idea was to conflate the consumerism and humor of Pop art with a more sarcastic social and political edge.

  • Gagosian Asks Who Reads Poetry?

    Vulgarian One-percenters Trump the Art World

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2016

    In the contemporary art world bigger is better. Presiding over the complex ever more decadent global art world is mega dealer Larry Gagosian. As king of the heap he makes no apology for catering to the whims and vulgarian taste of one-percenters. The benefit to the general public is that they can enjoy his museum-level gallery exhibitions free of charge. Critics may debate the quality of the work on display but their opinions have long since been marginalized by those who write the checks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

  • Stunning Intersections at Peabody Essex Museum

    A Beacon for Remembering Beauty of Islamic Creative Culture

    Intersections at Peabody Essex Museum
    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 26th, 2016

    In a period of radicalism and terrorism, Intersections serves as a beacon for remembering and cherishing the sensitive beauty of the best of Islamic creative culture. This is a must-see visual and environmental experience.

  • Ferrin Contemporary at Mass MoCA

    RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

    By: Ferrin - Mar 03rd, 2016

    The exhibit at Ferrin Contemporary features work by contemporary artists whose pieces imitate, replicate, or honor inventive repairs of the past. Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld examines the current interest in materially related forms and graphic material by leading artists who exploit and explore surrounding issues. The show was originally presented as a special exhibition at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016.

  • Ancient Oracles

    Horror Vacui

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 09th, 2016

    In the mid 1960s while working in the basment of the Egyptian Department of the MFA ancient oracles were packed into a dense drawing. It was sold during my second exhibition. I used the money to buy an Alpha Romeo. While organizing files I recovered that vintage image.

  • Nasreen Mohamedi at Met Breuer

    Work of Exquisite Indian Artist Launches Rebranded Museum

    By: Susan Schwalb - Mar 15th, 2016

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has leased the iconic Madison Avenue building that was formerly the home of the relocated Whitney Museum. The artist Susan Schwalb offers an insightful and personal view of the work of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) which launches the new space.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Susan Schwalb at Garvey|Simon

    Abstract Metalpoint Works on View in New York Gallery

    By: Garvey|Simon - Mar 19th, 2016

    An exhibition by Susan Schwalb features abstract, linear compositions of mixed metalpoint on colored surfaces, many of which investigate absence or the void as a constructive element The exhibition at Garvey/ Simon Gallery in New York will run from April 28 – June 4, 2016

  • Lester Johnson In Provincetown

    ACME Fine Arts Exhibition Opens on May 20

    By: ACME - Apr 12th, 2016

    The watercolors and ink works making up the exhibition were selected from the artist’s estate by ACME Gallery Director David Cowan. Collectively they chronicle Johnson’s response to the landscape that surrounded him during his summers in the art colony during the 1950s, and reveal how the sights of Provincetown informed the development of his unique and important visual voice.

  • Nick Cave at MASS MoCA

    Preview of October Installation

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2016

    African American artist, Nick Cave, creates ritual, fetish costumes Sound Suits which transform and vitalize issues of gender, identity and race. With curator Denise Markonish he discussed an installation that will open at Mass MoCA on October 15 in the vast Building Five.

  • Thomas Merton's The Glory of the Word

    Coney Island of the Mind

    By: Martin Mugar - Feb 14th, 2016

    Thomas Merton observed that the meditation exercises in the Buddhist tradition in many ways were more refined and subtle than those of Christianity and sought to integrate them into the monastic tradition of the Church without changing the importance of Christian notions of salvation. At a moment when his drift toward Eastern thought was picking up speed he died accidentally from electrocution due to bad wiring in a Thai hotel.

  • A Very Hungry Caterpillar on Broadway

    Berkshire's Eric Carle's Stories and Art Live

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 07th, 2016

    Puppets in the collage-inspired work of Eric Carle engage in story-telling on Broadway. Three actors tell four of Carle's stories in the magical tones of familiar classics, the audience is incanting phrases like, "but he was still hungry." The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art and its literacy programs in Amherst benefit from this production of Jonathan Rockefeller's charming puppetry.

  • Art of the Ozarks

    From the Old Frontier to Fine Arts

    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 24th, 2016

    From Little Rock, we traveled to Fort Smith which is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Fort Smith was established in 1817 on the banks of the Arkansas River. Wild West history is celebrated in Fort Smith. During the Civil War, the North met the South here and there was lots of blood shed.

  • John Stomberg Discusses Hood Museum

    51 Million Expansion Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2016

    Recently we visited Dartmouth College where we learned that the Hood Museum of Art will close in March for renovations to begin this summer. We discussed these plans with an old friend, John Stomberg, who has just arrived in Hanover as the new director of the museum.

  • Giant White Bunnies at the Lawn on D

    Down the Pop Culture Rabbit Hole

    Big White Bunnies
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2016

    In recent years several serious artists, Amanda Parer among them, have created giant inflatable pieces with the aim of making cultural and political statements. Last year, five giant white rabbits took over the Lawn on D for a few days. They were not just visually compelling but intellectually provocative.

  • Robert Morgan's Large Watercolors

    AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 11th, 2016

    The occasion of an opening for Large Watercolors by Robert Morgan inspired a winter break weekend. On Friday night we visited the spacious and lively AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. We spent Saturday at Dartmouth College in nearby Hanover viewing the Orozco murals and works in the Hood Museum of Art. There was a lot of remarkable work to enjoy and think about.

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