Museum Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions

Who is Kay Sage?

Contributed by Sharon Butler / A few years ago I was at the Mattatuck Museum checking out the Connecticut Biennial, and I ran across a haunting painting by Kay Sage in the permanent collection. From the painting’s label I learned that Sage had died in 1963, but I didn’t know […]

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Abstract Expressionist New York: Line and legacy

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), “Blast, I,” 1957, oil on canvas, 7′ 6″ x 45 1/8.” The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund � Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Hans Hofmann (American, born Germany, 1880�1966), “Memoria in Aeternum,” 1962, oil on canvas, 7′ […]

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A 2010 Whitney Biennial biopsy

In their opening remarks on Tuesday, the 2010 Whitney Biennial curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari confessed that they approached the selection process (gasp) open-mindedly, without a preconceived theme. Fortunately, the exhibition itself faithfully reflects their intent, presenting a resonant sampling of contemporary art practice. That is not to say […]

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The Constructivist’s battle against aestheticism

In case you’ve heard the term “constructivism” bandied about in discussions of Shepard Fairey and ObamArt, but aren’t quite sure what it actually means, check out the Tate Modern’s current exhibition, “Aleksandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova: Defining Constructivism.” In the Telegraph Richard Dorment reports that Rodchenko and Popova thought abstraction […]

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Hofmann’s push-pull at the Rose

This winter the Rose Art Museum presents work that painting guru Hans Hofmann created for architect Josep Sert�s Chimbote Project in Peru. Created for a series of murals, the nine painting studies form a concise example of Hofmann�s strengths as an abstract painter and modernist visionary. All were created in […]

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Jewel-encrusted vs. diamond-dusted

I spent a few hours rambling around the Met this week and saw the survey of Raqib Shaw’s opulent jewel-encrusted paintings based on Hans Holbein the Younger’s (ca. 1497-1543) paintings. They reminded me of my daughter’s stained-glass craft kits, but of course those don’t have the oppresive glut of obvious […]