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  • A Study in Contrast Two Museums in Lisbon

    National Tile Museum and MAAT Bookend Art and Culture

    Two Libon Museum
    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 30th, 2017

    These institutions visually and physically reflected Portuguese art and culture, one embracing the nooks and crannies of history while the other exhibited a vibrant openness to contemporary urbanity.

  • Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

    Riveting Selection of 43 Works at Met Breuer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 29th, 2018

    With just 43 works Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed at Met Breuer through February 4 provides a small but succinct view of his work. He was a prolific artist, creating approximately 1,750 paintings, 18,000 prints, and 4,500 watercolors, in addition to sculpture, graphic art, theater design, and photography. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch's personal collection and remained with him throughout his life.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Centerbeam of CAVS/MIT Reintroduced at ZKM

    40 Years Post documenta 6 at Kassel, Germany

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 03rd, 2017

    The exhibition: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of 'Centerbeam,' A Performative Sculpture by CAVS, can be seen at ZKM, Karlsruhe/Germany, until October 1st. The museum is also presenting in an adjacent gallery Aldo Tambellini’s, 'Black Matters.' He was one of the 21 artists, who participated in the spectacular, collaborative and participatory outdoor sculpture.

  • Guggenheim Bilbao at Twenty

    An Inspiring Success Story

    By: Zeren Earls - Nov 06th, 2017

    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao recently concluded a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary under the concept "Art Changes Everything", inspired by the major changes that the city of Bilbao and its residents have experienced since the Museum's opening on October 19, 1997, while at the same time underscoring the transformational capacity of art. I felt fortunate to be able to visit this cultural treasure during a tour of the Basque region of northern Spain in late September.

  • Holiday Tour of NY Museums

    From MoMA to the Met

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 10th, 2016

    Here is a cheat sheet of ranked museum exhibitions if you plan to be in NY for the holidays

  • DeYoung Museum Celebrates Summer of Love

    Special Exhibition Has Flowers in Its Hair

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 06th, 2017

    The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is celebrated at the De Young Museum in San Francisco through August 20. Fifty years ago kids from all over the nation flocked to Haight Ashberry with flowers in their hair. This amazing exhibition displays the artifacts of that phenomenon.

  • MASS MoCA Expansion

    To Unveil Memorial Day 2017

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 31st, 2016

    Led by museum director, Joe Thompson, we joined a 'hard hat tour" of the final phase of MASS MoCA renovation and construction. The $65 million project will be completed with a Memorial Day, 2017 weekend of opening celebrations.

  • Ai Weiwei Shown in Three NY Galleries

    Lisson, Mary Boone and Jeffrey Deitch

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 13th, 2016

    In three concurrent New York gallery exhibitions- Lisson, Mary Boone and Jeffrey Deitch- the dissident Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, has created poignant and roiling new works. This is a massive project by arguably our greatest living artist.

  • Puck Magazine Exhibition in Chicago

    19th Century Humor Magazine at Driehaus Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 06th, 2016

    Puck, the 19th century literary-political-humor magazine, was revolutionary in ridiculing everything about Gilded Age society through cartoons created by gifted artists of the period. With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age is the new exhibit from Puck magazine on view at the Driehaus Museum, a magnificent 19th century mansion just off Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

  • Autumn de Forest at Butler Institute of American Art

    Juvenile Has First One Man Show

    By: Nancy Kempf - May 19th, 2016

    Although just fourteen August de Forest is being given a one woman show at the Butler Institute of American Art’s Mesaros Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio. She is from a family famous for its artists and museum professionals.

  • Lester Johnson In Provincetown

    ACME Fine Arts Exhibition Opens on May 20

    Lester
    By: ACME - Apr 12th, 2016

    The watercolors and ink works making up the exhibition were selected from the artist’s estate by ACME Gallery Director David Cowan. Collectively they chronicle Johnson’s response to the landscape that surrounded him during his summers in the art colony during the 1950s, and reveal how the sights of Provincetown informed the development of his unique and important visual voice.

  • Nick Cave at MASS MoCA

    Preview of October Installation

    Cave
    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2016

    African American artist, Nick Cave, creates ritual, fetish costumes Sound Suits which transform and vitalize issues of gender, identity and race. With curator Denise Markonish he discussed an installation that will open at Mass MoCA on October 15 in the vast Building Five.

  • Vermont’s Eclectic Shelburne Museum

    How Sweet It Is

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 12th, 2018

    Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) founded the Shelburne Museum which has 150,000 objects and 39 buildings on 45 acres. Her father Henry Osborne Havemeyer was known as The Sugar King. With his wife Louisne they created a vast collection donating 2,000 objects, including French Impressionist masterpieces, to the Met. Electra married polo champion James Watson Webb II of the Vanderbilt family. Well before the controversies of the Berkshire Museum, in 1996, the Shelburne Museum sold $30 million of its art to pay expenses. During the winter just five buildings are open. We viewed two special exhibitions in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education which opened in 2013. It was a lively and intriguing experience.

  • Charles Giuliano's Honky Art

    A 1968 Sketch Book

    Honky
    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2016

    During the late 1960s there was such a proliferation of experimental art forms that they were gathered under umbrella terms like Pluralism and Post Modernism. It was a time of radical social and political change. In 1968, while working as a journalist in the underground press I devoted a sketch book to developing the concept of Honky Art. Some related works were used as illustrations for the alternative weekly Avatar. The idea was to conflate the consumerism and humor of Pop art with a more sarcastic social and political edge.

  • More Honky Art

    Giuliano's Collages and Watercolors from the 1970s

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2016

    Honky Art was an attempt to created a movement of art in the late 1960s and 1970s. Little of the work has survived and what remains has been posted here. Decades later Honky Art has an uncanny and timely relevance.

  • Rafael Mahdavi Dancing with Luck

    Sonnets by Rory Brennan

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2016

    Now 70 the artist Rafael Mahdavi, who lives and works on a farm in the Burgundy region of France, created a suite of nine narrative paintings. They have been handsomely reproduced in a book with 25 sonnets inspired by them from the Irish poet Rory Brennan. There are also critical essays by David Galloway and Jonathan Shimony. It has been interesting to follow the work which has changed in the decades during which I have had extensive critcal dialogues with artist.

  • Rockwelling the Boat

    Norman's Ersatz Conquest of Abstraction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2016

    In Norman Rockwell's 1961 Saturday Evening Post illustration "The Connoisseur" a dignified gentleman gazes on a simulacrum of a Jackson Pollock painting. It provided the impetus for a mishegos attempt to locate the representational populist illustrator as responding to the avant-garde art of that formative era.

  • Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA

    Bling, Bling, Sparkle, Sparkle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2016

    Bling, bling, bling went our heartstrings during a first encounter with Nick Cave's "Until" which will be on view at MASS MoCA for a year. The installation which has a festive, crowd pleasing appeal is a not readily apparent statement about deaths of African-Americans in police custody in places like Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

  • 2017 Whitney Biennial

    Sixty Three Artists to be Shown from March 17 to June 1

    By: Whitney - Nov 19th, 2016

    The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1931 and opened its first of several venues in 1931. Initially American art was viewed as inferior to the School of Paris. That shifted after WWII with the ascent of the New York School. Early on the museum mounted Annuals which eventually evolved into Biennials. They have long been regarded as reflecting the latest developments in the field. With 63 participating artists the 2017 Whitney Biennial (March 17 to June 1) continues that tradition.

  • Takashi Murakami's Pop Kitsch in Chicago

    Enormous Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 08th, 2017

    Takashi Murakami is best known for his work related to Japanese anime and manga, as well as his sweeps into commercial and pop art and collaborations with artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. During last week’s press preview, he was articulate in discussing his work and his inspirations with curator Michael Darling (although the artist occasionally needed help from his translator).

  • Grant Wood's American Gothic

    Iowa's Most Famous Artist

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 10th, 2016

    American Gothic, arguably the best known and most iconic painting by an American artist, was created by Grant Wood when he was on the dole from the WPA. Artists had to pass in work to get their monthly checks. This painting was part of the inventiry when the relief program was shut down. It was given to the Art Institute of Chicage where it has deliughted viewers ever since.

  • Ai Weiwei: Laundromat

    Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

    By: Jeffrey Deitch - Dec 13th, 2016

    Three New York galleries- Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone and Lisson Gallery- have collaborated to create a massive, museum-level overview of work by the dissident Chinese artist, Ai Weiewi. This is an interview with the artist in a release from Deitch gallery.

  • Exploring Porto

    Winding Down an Adventure in Portugal

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 03rd, 2017

    My pre Thanksgiving travel in Portugal ended with a weekend in Porto. With 2.4 million inhabitants it is the small nation's second largest city. On a glorious, summer-like afternoon a highlight of the adventure was a river cruise in the romantic City of Bridges.

  • Touring Chelsea Galleries

    A Selection of Exhibitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2016

    Extracted from a recent tour io Chelsea galleries we present a selection of highlights. The artists include Benny Andrews, Alfred Leslie, Mark di Suvero and Carrie Mae Weems.

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