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Art for the centrally isolated at Cornell

“Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Art,” The Herbert F. Johnson Museum Of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Through Septmeber 30. Arthur Whitman reports at Big Red and Shiny: “To those well-versed in contemporary art, the selection of work in ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is likely to have a wearisome familiarity. Many or perhaps […]

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Sylvia Plath was a teenage artist

Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, edited by Kathleen Connors. Oxford University Press, USA (October 26, 2007) Francesca Martin reports in the Guardian: “In the book Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual, editor Kathleen Connors reveals illustrated childhood letters that Plath wrote when she was seven, […]

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IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon

On Sunday, at her home in upstate New York, Elizabeth Murray died of complications from lung cancer. She was duly renowned as a passionate, energetic, and ambitious painter whose work is in collections all over the world. Yet Murray is rarely credited with helping to forge a neo-feminist vision of […]

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Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk

Adam Williams at Reuters: “Politicians and artists urged Berlin’s authorities on Monday to let them rebuild the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall before it decays beyond recognition as a reminder of the city’s grim history. In the spring of 1990, when most of the city was itching to […]

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The art of restitution

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Berlin Street Scene” (1913�14), on view at Neue Galerie, New York, NY. Through September 17. In the Village Voice, Morgan Falconer reports: “This show celebrates its arrival, bringing together similarly debauched urban imagery by Kirchner’s Berlin contemporaries. But while Street Scene is the showpiece, others outstrip it […]

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Muralists at work in Baghdad

Stephen Farrell in the NYTimes reports: “Dead blocks, they call them, the most visible legacy of the latest war in a city with a long history of wars. Many murals have focused on the glories of Iraq�s pre-Islamic civilizations in hopes of avoiding the ire, and bullets, of Islamist militants, […]

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Warhol vs. Banksy: celebrity, satire and voyeurism

“Warhol Vs Banksy,” The Hospital, London. Through Sept. 1. Louise Jury in the Evening Standard reports: “Duncan Cargill, The Hospital’s creative director, said: ‘Implicitly, Warhol is defending his title, but Banksy makes for a formidable challenger as he has received maximum exposure since 2000. As soon as we announced we […]

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Kahlo’s hidden letters published in Mexico

Javier Espinoza reports in The Observer: “‘My Beloved Doctor’ is a bilingual compilation of the letters Frida Kahlo exchanged with Dr Leo Eloesser between 1932 and 1951, which remained hidden for 50 years after her death…Finally the one part of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life that has remained secret […]