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State of the Art in Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Captures America's Heartbeat

By: Susan Hall - 10/20/2014
Crystal Bridges Captures America's HeartbeatIn Bentonville, Arkansas, a stunning museum by Moshe Safdie houses one of the great collections of American Art, and celebrates the future too in 'State of Art."

Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to January 15

By: Charles Giuliano - 10/18/2014
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to January 15The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art received a grant from the Tremaine Foundation in support of the ambitious and insightful special exhibition Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. It has been installed for several months in the three galleries of a former movie theater. The provocative project plays well in a staunchly red state dealing with unchecked undocumented immigration.

Xanti Schawinsky Eclipse

Bauhaus Artist at Broadway 1602 to Nov. 22

By: Broadway - 10/05/2014
Bauhaus Artist at Broadway 1602 to Nov. 22Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky (1904-79), of Polish-Jewish origin, immigrated in 1936 to the United States. After his years at the Bauhaus he continued an intense and ultra creative journey from his radical post-Bauhaus theater work at the Black Mountain College, the innovative designs for the New York World Fair in 1939, to his unparalleled surreal drawing and painting work throughout the 1940s influenced by war and immigration (on show at the Drawing Center in tandem with our exhibition). In the 1960s Schawinsky entered a new phase of creation with an intense and enigmatic body of work of abstract and optical paintings, the Eclipses and Spheras.

Mark Favermann Functional Abstraction

Newbury College Exhibition

By: Arthur Birkland - 10/01/2014
Newbury College ExhibitionMark Favermann is known to readers of Berkshire Fine Arts for reviews of Boston theatre and articles on fine arts, architecture and design. From October 15 through December 5 an exhibition of his work Functional Abstraction will be on view at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass.

Modern Art in the Berkshires

Clark Curator David Breslin Part Two

By: Charles Giuliano - 09/12/2014
Clark Curator David Breslin Part TwoThrough October 13 the new special exhition galleries of the Clark Art Instiute feature Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art 1950-1975. This is part two of a dialogue with Clark curator David Breslin who worked with Harry Cooper of the National Gallery. We discussed how this changes art history and the impact of the exhibition on showing modern art in the Berkshires.

Susan Erony’s Redeeming Pessimism

Trident Gallery Gloucester, Mass.

By: Matthew Swift - 09/12/2014
Trident Gallery Gloucester, Mass. In the heart of downtown Gloucester, a short walk from the renovated and expanded Cape Ann Museum of Art is the ambitious Trident Gallery. Unlike the tourist kitsch of the majority of Gloucester and Rockport galleries this venue speaks to the historic role of Cape Ann as a vibrant modernist art colony. Susan Erony is an example of the small but seminal community of professional artists represented by gallerist Matthew Swift. In his catalogue essay published here he offers an insightful overview of the issues and work of a concerned artist.

Clark Launches New Galleries with Make It New

Selection of Mid Century Abstraction from the National Gallery

By: Charles Giuliano - 09/11/2014
Selection of Mid Century Abstraction from the National GalleryClark curator, David Breslin, worked with Harry Cooper of the National Gallery for a special exhibition launching the spacious new galleries designed by Tadao Ando. For long time friends of the Clark it is a bold move into issues of 20th century art. This is the first of two parts of a dialogue with Breslin about the impact of the exhibition, a related seminar, and what this means for the future of modernism in the Berkshires.

The Koons Phenomenon

Reacting to Jed Perl's Essay in New York Review of Books

By: Martin Mugar - 09/08/2014
Reacting to Jed Perl's Essay in New York Review of BooksAs Brice Marden commented in a symposium at the Clark "I haven't made up my mind about Jeff Koons. But it's not for lack of information." He's not the only one that's hanging on the fence. Here Martin Mugar responds to a review of Koons by the always fiesty Jed Perl.

Brice Marden Discusses Cheap Shots

At 75 an American Master

By: Charles Giuliano - 09/08/2014
At 75 an American MasterBrice Marden is widely admired as one of the foremost abstract artists of his generation. He spoke with the poet Vincent Katz during a recent symposium Make It New? Conversations on Mid-Century Abstraction at the Clark Art Institute During a break we spoke with him and also researched his experiences as an undergraduate at Boston Unversity and transition to graduate study at Yale.

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