A Tip of the Hat
March 9, 2023 issue
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Susan Tallman’s most recent book, with Niels Borch Jensen, is No Plan At All. She is currently working on a book about the prints of Kerry James Marshall. (January 2023)
The thesis of an exhibition on the inspiration a subset of Cubism took from trompe l’oeil is convincingly built with objects made across four centuries.
Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil Tradition
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 20, 2022–January 22, 2023
January 19, 2023 issue
The effervescent linocuts of Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power from the interwar years transformed the Futurist fascination with speed, rendering common pleasures in a way that would not be seen again until Pop Art.
Sibyl and Cyril: Cutting Through Time
by Jenny Uglow
Modern Times: British Prints, 1913–1939
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 1, 2021–January 9, 2022
March 10, 2022 issue
The House That Johns Built
What has Jasper Johns done for us lately? As two exhibitions show, pretty much what he did for us in the first place: continually disrupt the mental shorthand that converts complex visual experience into simple mental categories.
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, September 29, 2021–February 13, 2022
January 13, 2022 issue
The Uses of Portraiture
As three exhibitions show, portraiture can be an argument, a celebration of surfaces, an occasion to play with historical tropes, or a form of resistance on behalf of the normally unpictured.
The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 26–October 11, 2021
Alice Neel: People Come First
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 22–August 1, 2021
The Political Portrait: Leadership, Image and Power
edited by Luciano Cheles and Alessandro Giacone
The Obama Portraits
by Taína Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell, and Kim Sajet
The Obama Portraits Tour
an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum
October 7, 2021 issue
Taking different approaches, two new books tell the story of how expressions of mind have gained hegemony over manipulations of matter, and what has been damaged in the process.
Craft: An American History
by Glenn Adamson
Art Isn’t Fair: Further Essays on the Traffic in Photographs and Related Media
by Allan Sekula, edited by Sally Stein and Ina Steiner
Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019
an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, November 22, 2019–February 2022
August 19, 2021 issue
Philip Guston’s Discomfort Zone
How is it that the artist, dead these forty years, is still pushing our buttons?
Philip Guston: A Life Spent Painting
by Robert Storr, with a chronology compiled by Amanda Renshaw
by Musa Mayer
Philip Guston Now
Catalog of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and three other museums in 2022–2024, by Harry Cooper, Mark Godfrey, Alison de Lima Greene, and Kate Nesin, with essays by Tacita Dean, Peter Fischli, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, David Reed, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Art Spiegelman, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, and a chronology by Jennifer Roberts and Harry Cooper
by Philip Guston, with an afterword by Harry Cooper
Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971
an exhibition at Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles, September 14, 2019–January 5, 2020
January 14, 2021 issue
Who Decides What’s Beautiful?
A History of Art History
by Christopher S. Wood
The Barbarian Invasions: A Genealogy of the History of Art
by Éric Michaud, translated from the French by Nicholas Huckle
September 24, 2020 issue
The Master of Unknowing
Gerhard Richter is contemporary art’s great poet of uncertainty; his work sets the will to believe and the obligation to doubt in perfect oscillation.
Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York, March 4–closing date to be announced; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, August 15, 2020–January 18, 2021
an exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, February 28–April 25, 2020
May 14, 2020 issue
What the Little Woman Was Up To
Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
an exhibition at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, February 28–June 15, 2019; and the Grolier Club, New York City, December 11, 2019–February 8, 2020
March 26, 2020 issue
‘I Just Look, and Paint’
Vija Celmins’s bewitching retrospective at the Met Breuer
Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory
an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 4–August 4, 2019; and the Met Breuer, New York City, September 24, 2019–January 12, 2020
Vija Celmins: Selected Prints
an exhibition at the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York City, September 12–November 2, 2019
Vija Celmins: Ocean Prints
an exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, September 13–October 26, 2019
December 5, 2019 issue
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
The Self-Portrait: From Schiele to Beckmann
an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, February 28–June 24, 2019
July 18, 2019 issue
Painting the Beyond
Hilma af Klint channeled spirit-masters who she claimed moved her hand and planted images in her mind.
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, October 12, 2018–April 23, 2019
World Receivers: Georgiana Houghton, Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz
an exhibition at the Lenbachhaus, Munich, November 6, 2018–March 10, 2019
Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods
edited by Christine Burgin
April 4, 2019 issue
Poons v. Koons: The Art of ‘The Price of Everything’
Though the art market is often described as capricious, it has a clear logic: the art that commands the most money at a given moment is that which best reflects its collectors’ view of themselves—pious or powerful, beautiful or deep.
January 19, 2019
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