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Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Art and Architecture of the Absurd

ShareDISMAY OVER THE DISFIGUREMENT of an artist’s training by pretenses to metaphysical depth and invented meanings—call it skywriting—sent me to the library. What for? Not exactly sure. Anything to clear the palette, really. A good mystery would have done the job. But I had to pass down the architecture aisle to get to pulp fiction. [...]

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The Pathos of the MFA, part II

ShareIT WAS BARNETT NEWMAN, I think, who said: “Aesthetics is for art what ornithology is for the birds.” That is a gravelly way of getting to the point that philosophies of art are written for philosophers. Artists are not the intended beneficiaries. They need not approve and can easily cripple themselves if they try.
Yet MFA [...]

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The Pathos of the MFA, part I

ShareI RECEIVED THE OFFER OF A TEACHING JOB, accepted it, and resigned all in the same day.
Yesterday, I opened my computer to find an invitation to teach a graduate class called Art and Culture in a New York art school’s MFA program. It meant leading a weekly 90-minute seminar on assigned readings and attending, together [...]

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Wayne Thiebaud, Plato at the Dairy Queen

ShareTHE REOPENING OF PAUL THIEBAUD’S uptown gallery is a welcome event. Established on the West Coast, the gallery launched a New York branch in 2005. Four years later, the gallery closed the shutters and hung up a “by appointment only” shingle. Hearts dropped among those who loved the quality of its exhibitions and the pleasure [...]

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Christopher Blyth at Pelavin Gallery

ShareCHERYL PELAVIN FINE ARTS, established nearly three decades ago, has changed its name. It is now simply Pelavin Gallery, under the directorship of Todd Masters, newly aboard as co-owner. Masters, an experienced gallerist, is the founder and CEO of Black Umbrellas, his own fine art consultancy.
In its three decades under Ms. Pelavin, gallery inventory leaned [...]

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The Art of Saving the Planet

ShareTHE ARTS ARE SHORT ON PRACTICING CHRISTIANS AND JEWS but long on vegetarians. Even longer on environmentalists. The two go together, like a statue of Mary on one side of a Catholic altar and Joseph on the other.
Earlier in May, Victor Davis Hanson wrote that “radical environmentalism died this year.” Well, why not. If Philip [...]

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Sangram Majumdar in Jerusalem

ShareBy Heddy Breuer Abramowitz
SANGRAM MAJUMDAR, A YOUNG PAINTER from the U.S., was the Jerusalem Studio School’s visiting artist for its eleventh Jerusalem Landscape Painting Marathon. He  brought with him 13 small paintings and several larger drawings for exhibition in the school’s Hall of Casts. His gallery talk drew an over-capacity audience. It was squatting-room only [...]

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Louise Bourgeois, Dead at 98

ShareCOMING IN OVER THE TRANSOM LAST NIGHT, and again this morning, were various expressions of pious regret at the death, yesterday, of Louise Bourgeois. “Yet another great loss in the arts” intoned one e-mail. “She will be missed,” said another.
Not as an artist. And not by me.
Louise Bourgeois has passed into mystery. To that, we [...]

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