Fine Arts

  • Sidewalk Sam at 75

    North Adams Remembers Street Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 28th, 2015

    In August of 2010 Sidewalk Sam was on hand, at the invitation of Gail and Phil Sellers of Art About Town, to create one of his renowned public art projects on Holden Street.During a Boston blizzard yesterday he died in his sleep. We first met the artist as an activist and prankster in the 1970s.

  • George McNeil: About Place

    At Boston's ACME Fine Arts

    By: Adam Zucker - Jan 21st, 2015

    George McNeil emerged as one of the First Generation Abstract Expressionist and New York School painters during the late thirties. He was shown in the New York Worlds Fair in 1939, and in 1935 he was a member of the W.P.A. and served on the Federal Art project with artists such as Willem de Kooning and James Brooks.

  • The Getty Center Museum Photographs

    An Album of Inages and Memories

    By: Philip Kampe - Jan 20th, 2015

    Charles Giuliano's article inspired our visit to the Getty Museum This is a photo essay of a magnificent museum and its collection..

  • Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center

    Open Call NNE (North Northeast)

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 11th, 2015

    The Open Call NNE (North Northeast) at Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center will be on view to February 7, 2015. During the breakfast opening we were pleased to encounter artists we haven't seen for decades. The Vermont kuhsthalle featured several simultaneous exhibitions including celebrity photographs by senator Patrick Leahy.

  • Anne Tabachnick: Object As Muse

    At Lori Bookstein Fine Art

    By: Adam Zucker - Jan 11th, 2015

    The late modern and contemporary expressionist painter Anne Tabachnick is revitalized in a well curated thematic exhibition at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea.

  • Warhol's Art Alive and Well

    Update of Foundation Activities and Generosity

    By: Warhol Foundation - Jan 06th, 2015

    After giving away more than 50,000 artworks by Andy Warhol and making approximately a quarter of a billion dollars in cash grants, the Warhol Foundation is now approaching its 30th anniversary with a renewed focus on grant-making programs, as seen in the grassroots activity it is seeding through Common Field and the exhibitions resulting from its last round of gifts.

  • Jim Jacobs Private Art Dealer

    Paradigms from Elgin Marbles to Chamberlain and Judd

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 26th, 2014

    During the 1960s I was an intern in the Egyptian Department and Jim Jacobs worked in the Classical Department. In the decades since the MFA we have remained friends back in the day celebrating holidays in the Berkshires. Recently we met to discuss his career from classicist to artist and then private art dealer. He started working for Charles Alan and Leo Castelli. In particular he was close to the sculptors John Chamberlain and Donald Judd We discussed minimal and pop art as well as the museums Dia Beacon, Mass MoCA, Chinati and Judd Foundations.

  • New York Galleries

    Through the New Year

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 24th, 2014

    It is the norm for Chelsea galleries to program exhibitions by their leading artists during the busy holiday season. Here is an overview of shows that run through the New Year.

  • Judith Stein on Dick Bellamy

    Another Take on Figurative Expressionism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 22nd, 2014

    In the November issue of Art in America there was a story "Richard Bellamy. Interview by Billy Kluver and Julie Martin, introduction by Judith E. Stein." It was a sidebar of Stein's research on the Bellamy an eccentric, brilliant and complex art dealer. We spoke about that research as well as work with the little understood or appreciated movement of Figurative Expressionism.

  • The Clark Changes Winter Admission Policies

    Update on Programming

    By: Sally Morse Majewski - Dec 22nd, 2014

    Traditionally the Clark Art Institute offered free admission during the off-season. This was particulaerly attractive for local residents with the opportunity to view the collection and special exhibitions. The museum also staged some wonderful Clark After Dark parties. We used to say never miss a Clark party. Particularly on a bleak winter night. Now less costs more.

  • The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MoMA

    Made Readymades by Robert Gober

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    The merry Dada prankster Marcel Duchamp changed the definitions of art with his Found Objects, Ready Mades and Assisted Readymades. The Robert Gober show at MoMA requires a new category, Made Readymades.

  • Kara Walker Afterword

    Outtakes of Giant Sugar Sphinx at Sikkema Jenkins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    At the age of 28 Kara Walker won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Now middle aged she has enjoyed success with work focusing on ante bellum slavery and more recently the triangle trade in slaves, molasses and rum. Our critique about her show at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery has more to do with marginal execution than its polemical subject matter.

  • Cubism for the Holidays

    School of Paris Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 17th, 2014

    The School of Paris, particularly Picasso and Matisse, with sidebars on Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Leger are the heart and soul of museum and gallery exhibitions during the busy holiday season. These show provide invlauable insights to the issues of cubism and abstract art in the 20th century.

  • ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow – Guggenheim Museum, NY

    Otto Piene – Artist and Mensch

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 17th, 2014

    The Guggenheim Museum in New York will close the ZERO exhibition on January 7, 2015. It is a comprehensive survey, highlighting more than 40 artists from 10 countries in Europe, South America and Japan. They were members of major artist groups and developments post WWII during the 1950s - 1960s.The second part of this article is dedicated to Otto Piene at CAVS/ MIT - and all who came to work or knew him and The Center.

  • Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

    At MoMA through February 4

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 15th, 2014

    During the busy holiday season The Museum of Modern Art is featuring the blockbuster exhibition of the artist’s triumphant and inventive last works Henri Matisse: The Cutouts. The exhibition drew some 500,000 visitors last summer to London’s Tate Modern.

  • Perry T. Rathbone and The Boston Raphael

    A Biography by His Daughter Belinda

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 12th, 2014

    The Boston Raphael by Belinda Rathbone is the first book to focus on the Museum of Fine Arts since the two volume official centennial history by Walter Muir Whitehill in 1970. She writes about the scandal that brought disgrace to her father's brilliant career. This attempt to rehabilitate his reputation also provides a rich and compelling overview of the era in which he was the paradigm of a successful museum director.

  • Peter Dean: Life on the Edge of the World

    The Figurative Expressionist Comes Full Circle

    By: Adam Zucker - Nov 22nd, 2014

    Peter 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 - Nov 21st, 2014

    James 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.

  • Laurie Anderson’s Mass MoCA Project

    Part of Phase Three Museum Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 20th, 2014

    Mass 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.

  • Figurative Expressionist Artist Jay Milder

    Unblotting the Rainbow

    By: Adam Zucker - Nov 20th, 2014

    Jay 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.

  • Mass MoCA Launches Confluence Campaign

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

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2014

    Yesterday'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 - Nov 16th, 2014

    On 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 - Nov 15th, 2014

    The 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 - Nov 14th, 2014

    Recently 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 - Nov 11th, 2014

    Arshile 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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