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Peter Dean: Life on the Edge of the World

The Figurative Expressionist Comes Full Circle

By: Adam Zucker - 11/22/2014
The Figurative Expressionist Comes Full CirclePeter Dean was a major force in the New York City art scene during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He co-founded two distinct socially conscious art groups, showed in major galleries, and exhibited at the US Pavilion at the 41st Venice Biennale. A current exhibition in Chelsea gives us a rare and thrilling look into Dean's world.

James Turrell at Mass MoCA

Light Years for Planned Installation

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/21/2014
Light Years for Planned InstallationJames Turrell is best known for developing Roden Crater in Arizona as an epic scaled celestial observatory and light work. The project is incomplete and not accessible to visitors. But it is the heart and soul of work that is world renowned. In 2013 there was a touring retrospective of his work. The approximate scale of that exhibition, some 32,000 square feet, will be used for a 25-year-long Turrell installation at Mass MoCA.

Figurative Expressionist Artist Jay Milder

Unblotting the Rainbow

By: Adam Zucker - 11/20/2014
Unblotting the RainbowJay Milder came of age during the Second Generation of the New York School as one of the seminal Figurative Expressionist painters and one of the SoHo loft pioneers. Today Milder's influence on painting is widespread and he has been cited as influence of both Neo-Expressionism in the United States and the graffiti art movement in Brazil.

Laurie Anderson’s Mass MoCA Project

Part of Phase Three Museum Expansion

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/20/2014
Part of Phase Three Museum ExpansionMass MoCA a kunsthalle or non collecting museum established a new paradigm when it opened 25-year-long, large scale installations of works by Sol LeWitt and Anselm Kiefer. Now six more A list artists are planned including space for multi media performance artist Laurie Anderson. During the recent media event to announce these ambitious projects we spoke with Anderson about her ongoing relationship with MoCA and the Berkshires.

Mass MoCA Launches Confluence Campaign

Some $13.56 of $30 Million Matched to States $25.4 Million

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/18/2014
Some $13.56 of $30 Million Matched to States $25.4 MillionYesterday's lively press conference at Mass MoCA, announcing the $54.4 million Confluence Campaign, was preempted by a news leak of an embargoed press release by Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post. While that story provided a tantalizing overview the press conference covered many of the complex and exciting details. This updates our prior reports with more to follow.

Mass MoCA’s Phase Three Renovations

Major Artists Chosen for Long-term Installations

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/16/2014
Major Artists Chosen for Long-term InstallationsOn November 17 Mass MoCA announces plans for the renovation and programming of 130,000 square feet of industrial space as the final phase of development for its North Adams campus. Planned to open in 2016 the museum must match a state grant for $25.4 million. Works from the estates of Robert Rauchenberg and Louise Bourgeoise will be on view in addition to installations by Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell and Gunnar Schoenbeck.

Water & Earth : A Call to Protect Fragile Ecosystems

At Gallery 51 in North Adams, MA

By: Astrid Hiemer - 11/15/2014
At Gallery 51 in North Adams, MAThe exhibition's curators, Julia Morgan-Leamon and Sarah Sutro, have brought together ten national and international artists, who are committed in their work to affect the environment and preserve our ecology by producing works that are mindful and attempt to encourage the visitor to live with care. The individual works are beautifully made and thoughtfully presented. It is a cohesive exhibition, well worth seeing - at Gallery 51, North Adams, MA, until November 30th, open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Getty Center Cost $1.3 Billion

Destination for 1.3 Million Annual Visitors

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/14/2014
Destination for 1.3 Million Annual VisitorsRecently we were among the 1.3 million annual visitors to the Getty Center in California. The Richard Meier designed complex opened in 1997 at a cost of some $1.3 billion. While spectacular in scale and cliff top site the museum is oddly generic displaying a thin permanent collection with a handful of very expensive acquisitions through some curatorial hanky panky.

Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky

Exploring Boston/ Watertown Armenian Heritage

By: Martin Mugar - 11/11/2014
Exploring Boston/ Watertown Armenian HeritageArshile Gorky painted several portraits of himself with his mother. They were based on a precious photograph. She died during the Armenian Genocide. The child emigrated to America and grew up in the Boston/ Watertown Armenian community. The artist, Martin Mugar, discusses family tradition and his Armenian heritage as it relates to the early years and art education of the seminal abstract expressionist.

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