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New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India

Alan G. Artner declares in the Chicago Tribune: “This is a show so full of works embodying meaning that it makes the Western fondness for tacked on ‘concepts’ almost inexcusable. Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs for welcoming Betty Seid, a Chicago-based independent curator (with past ties to the […]

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Somerville: Boston’s Williamsburg

Greg Cook reports in The Phoenix: “Boston art can often seem constipated. This is an academic, institutional city…Somerville, though, has become a bastion for the wild and woolly. One sign is the city�s public festivals: the Meet Under McGrath open-air dance party this past August, held under the godforsaken overpass […]

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The Provincetown beat

Provincetown, MA, unlike most tourist hotspots, has a serious gallery scene. Exhibitions, crammed full of paintings, change every two weeks. Openings are on Friday nights.Current listingsfrom the Provincetown Banner. Check out the American modernist painter Edwin Dickinson’s show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Reviewed by Randi Hopkins in […]

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The branding of Mona Lisa: a lesson for young artists

Mary Blume reports in the International Herald Tribune: “If, as Andr� Malraux said, museums do not simply exhibit masterpieces but create them, Sassoon adds that they need to be written about, publicized, to reach iconic status and in mid-19th-century France, more than anywhere else, men and women of letters wrote […]

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Hirst buys Insects

Colin Gleadel reports in the Telegraph’s Market News: “Last week Damien Hirst bought an entire exhibition before it had even opened. Clearly flush from his �130 million sell-out exhibition at White Cube (bar the diamond skull), he spent �500,000 on works by artist/designer Paul Insect, which went on view at […]

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An Iraqi artist’s response to an unfathomable reality

Maymanah Farhat reports on electroniciraq.net: “The fundamental nature and creative force that has propelled the evolution of Iraqi art is what curator Ulrike al-Khamis has described as ‘Its conscious and committed attempt to create a synthesis between historical Iraqi art forms and modernism.’ Concurrently, modern and contemporary Iraqi art has […]

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Hearts, Minds, and Abstract Expressionism

For more on the relationship between government funding and international art collaborations between institutions, check out “Arts and Minds,” an article I wrote for the October issue of The American Prospect. In the article, I examine the new State Department/American Association of Museums program for funding overseas arts projects, through […]

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Looking at the Serra show from a painter’s perspective

Blogger Joanne Mattera writes: “The mottled and scratched surface texture, always interesting, reveals itself in daylight to be something more like skin: thick here, thin there, pocked, shiny, flaky, smooth. Or skins, plural: human, animal, mammalian, amphibian. Or planetary: a sandy strand, a lunar crust, a Martian landscape. There are […]