Fine Arts

  • 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.

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