August cool

In a shortlist for NY Magazine, Rachel Wolff recommends these shows as a respite from the grueling NYC humidity:

�The Abstract Impulse,�
at the National Academy Museum through February 2008
“A visual time line of the museum�s 50-year love-hate relationship with abstract art.”

Lance Esplund reports on the show in the NYSun: ” Lately, the National Academy has attempted to shake off the dusty label of ‘figurative.’ In recent years, it has included installation, video art, and, increasingly, abstraction in its exhibitions. It has also admitted abstract artists as academicians. But, as ‘The Abstract Impulse’ demonstrates, academic thinking, applied to figuration or abstraction, painting or installation, is no less academic.”Read more.

Richard Pousette-Dart, Guggenheim through September 25
“Textured mid-century abstractions by the ‘action painting’ pioneer.”
See a roundup of reviews and a link to the show on Two Coats of Paint.

�Peter Young: 1963�1977,” P.S. 1 through September 24
“A sizable retrospective of Young�s dizzying curves, dots, and grids.”
Read a review and link to the show on Two Coats of Paint.

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