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Romolo Roberti resurfaces in Chicago

“Romolo Roberti: An American Original,” curated by Ken Probst. Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Through Jan. 26. Romolo Roberti, a prominent Chicago artist in the 30’s and 40’s , stashed over 250 paintings in a Mississippi lumber yard. Nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the paintings were recently brought […]


William Beckman’s life studies at Forum

With a surgeon’s attention to detail, William Beckman depicts the people and places closest to him: his family, his first home, and studio, all down to the last strand of hair on each head and smudge on every wall. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson reports that in this new series […]


IMHO: The super-sizing of American museums

At The American Prospect, check out my take on the current infatuation with art museum expansion. “American art museums are experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento to smaller museums elsewhere. Museum directors argue that the expansions […]


Capps on Turner

“J.M.W. Turner,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Oct. 1-Jan. 6, 2008. See images of Turner paintings from the National Gallery’s collection. In the Guardian Unlimited, Kriston Capps reports: “The Turner retrospective compares with another recent show at the National Gallery of Art: that of his less fortunate contemporary, John […]

Solo Shows

Thiebaud at the beach

Laguna Art Museum’s 53-painting survey traces the development of Thiebaud�s signature style but also includes many of his lesser known figural and beach paintings. In the LA Times, Christopher Knight is completely surprised by Thiebaud’s beaches and bathers. “Who knew?” he asks. “In these pictures the nearly squint-inducing light is […]


Dylan’s show at the Kunstsammlungen

“Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank,” curated by Ingrid M�ssinger, Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Germany. Through Feb. 3. Kate Connolly reports in The Guardian: “The critical response has, so far, been positive. Some critics have even gone as far as to compare Dylan to Munch and Matisse, as well as to the German […]


Kanishka Raja at Tilton

“Kanishka Raja,” Tilton, New York, NY. Through November 17. Also at Envoy, New York, NY. Kanishka Raja blends pattern and decoration, Op Art, Indian miniature, doubles, mirrors, multiplies and textures to create complex psychological interiors. In The Village Voice, RC Baker recommends the show. “These 18 small canvases initially appear […]


Sidney Nolan retrospective in Sydney

“Sidney Nolan: A New Retrospective,” curated by Barry Pearce. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Austrailia. Through Feb. 3. Sidney Nolan produced as many as 35,000 paintings. His most prolific periods often came after a bad review, according to his adopted daughter, painter Jinx Nolan, who spoke with Louise […]


IMHO: Gallery for Rent in Connecticut

Alva Gallery has always been about both contemporary art and a commitment to the city of New London, Connecticut. Unfortunately, after trying to cultivate an art market for nine years and barely breaking even, Alva Greenberg has decided to close shop and pursue other interests. I stopped by the gallery […]


The Soviet Social Realism of Geli Korzhev

“Raising the Banner: The Art of Geli Korzhev,” The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN. Through Jan. 5. Marianne Combs of Minnesota Public Radio reports: “Geli Korzhev’s most critically acclaimed work was painted in the ’50s and ’60s, at the end of Stalin’s reign. As a socialist realist painter, his […]