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Jim Hodges at the ICA

Summer in the City

By: Charles Giuliano - 07/23/2014
Summer in the CityThe artist Jim Hodges came to New York in the 1980s at a time when AIDS was decimating the arts community. Like others of his generation his work responded to a sense of devastation and loss. A retrospecitve of his eclectic conceptual work is on view at Boston's ICA until September 1.

Jamie Wyeth at the MFA

Good Genes

By: Charles Giuliano - 07/22/2014
Good GenesOutgoing populist and vulgarian, MFA director Malcolm Rogers, has orchestrated yet another celebrity based, crowd pleasing exhibition. The traveling restrospective of paintings by Jamie, a third generation manifestation of the famous Wyeth dynasty, is actually kind of fun. Where the work fits in the canon of the art of our time, however, is another matter.

Group ZERO Co Founder Otto Piene at 85

Guggenheim ZERO Exhibition to Open in October

By: Charles Giuliano - 07/19/2014
Guggenheim ZERO Exhibition to Open in OctoberFrom 1974 to 1994 the German/ American artist Otto Piene was the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. With a farm in Groton he continued to commute to his studio in Dusseldorf. He died this week, at 85, while working on a major museum exhibition and sky art event in Berlin. While celebrated internationally, there will be an exhibition of Group ZERO this seaon at the Guggenheim, he was snubbed by the Boston art world and media.

Preserving Mother Cabrini

The Religious Art of Mummification

By: Stephen Boyer - 07/14/2014
The Religious Art of MummificationOnce inside the Mother Cabrini sanctuary I found myself transfixed by her mummified corpse. I wondered: How does anyone worship God in this space? What is it like to take communion with a mummified corpse in the same room? Then I noticed the late afternoon light pouring through the stain glass representation of her on the back wall of the sanctuary. The light poured across the room with the full spectrum of color, it flooded the pews, and led my eye back to her remains.

Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith

Special Exhibition for The Clark Art Institute

By: Charles Giuliano - 07/03/2014
Special Exhibition for The Clark Art InstituteAs a part of its expansion and renovation, taking advantage of appropriately scaled new special exhibition space, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Insitute is progressing beyond its tradition roots by showcasing modern and contemporary art. Currently there is Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith. In August the museum will feature Make It New master works of American modernism from the National Gallery.

Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.

The Actor Celebrates His Father

By: Adam Zucker - 06/26/2014
The Actor Celebrates His Father"Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr." is a short documentary tribute in which the actor pays homage to his father. It examines the art and life of a Figurative Expressionist painter from the New York School.

Franz West at Mass MoCA and WCMA

From Actionism to the Absurd

By: Charles Giuliano - 06/21/2014
From Actionism to the AbsurdThe Austrian artist Franz West (16 February 1947- 25 July 2012). is being featured this summer in the Northern Berkshires. There is a display of several large scale, puffy, pink phallic sculptures at Mass MoCA and a tandem exhibition of works on paper and smaller scale sculptures at Williams College Museum of Art. The artist was widely included in global biennials and museum exhibitions including a retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art. We consider West in the milieu of post war artists in Vienna including its outrageous Actionists.

Adrian Ghenie’s Golems at Pace London

Figurative Works by a Romanian Artist

By: Paul Black - 06/21/2014
Figurative Works by a Romanian ArtistAdrian Ghenie highlights an era that questioned man’s significance, the existence of God, and the question of Creationism —through a use of paint that suggests the anamorphic nature of identity through the evolution of scientific understanding, and contradiction of the Baconian flesh that presents it.

Emotional Impact: American Figurative Expressionism

April Kingsley's Catalogue for Michigan State University

By: Charles Giuliano - 06/19/2014
April Kingsley's Catalogue for Michigan State UniversityWhile curator of Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University from 1999 to 2011 April Kingsley had the resources and inspiration to collect works by the undervalued and poorly understood artists of the Figurative Expressionist movement. It was widely felt among artists that there would be a return to the figure informed by but diverging from abstract expressionism. Aspects of this experimentation occurred with little or no direct communication in New York, Provincetown, Boston, and the Bay Area of San Francisco. This book fails to present a cohesive overview of those complex developments.

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