Exhibition Review: Courbet at Boston College

October 31, 2013

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Influence is tricky to pin down. In the visual arts it’s safe to say that artists of every time and place develop languages that respond to and expand upon others they encounter. Forrest Bess lived alone on an island in the Texas gulf, yet he corresponded regularly with Meyer Schapiro about the formal issues of […]

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Exhibition Review: See it Loud at the National Academy Museum

October 8, 2013

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The National Academy Museum, on Fifth Avenue, is now hosting “See it Loud,” an exhibition of paintings by seven painters—Leland Bell, Albert Kresch, Paul Resika, Paul Georges, Neil Welliver, Peter Heinmann and Stanley Lewis—whose deep influence on the sensibilities of at least two generations of painters in this city is reflected—some will think this perverse—in […]

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Exhibition Review: Great and Mighty Things at the Philadelphia Museum

March 26, 2013

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Some of the most striking works in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, are the sculptures of William Edmondson, who was born in 1874 to former slaves and held various manual labor jobs until his mid-50s, when a series of divine visitations—and the […]

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Essay: Maria Walker and Charles Miller

February 11, 2013

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Charles Miller works on paintings in year-long cycles. Giving a group of eight or ten canvases a single motif from his summers in Maine, he develops them through the fall, winter and spring months in New York, until a return to Maine provides the impetus for a new body of work. It’s an annual cycle […]

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Exhibition Review: Per Kirkeby at the Phillips Collection

November 29, 2012

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Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, The Phillips Collection’s survey of works by the 74-year-old Danish artist, is a must-see exhibition for anyone who has walked through that museum’s collection of early modernist masters wondering which, if any, of today’s painters have picked up the project they bequeathed to us. That Kirkeby’s paintings hold their ground […]

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Exhibition Review: Ferdinand Hodler at Neue Galerie

October 12, 2012

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Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity, The Neue Galerie’s exhibition of late works by the Swiss symbolist (1853-1918), is structured around three distinct phases of Hodler’s mature work: symbolist paintings from the 1900s and early 1910s; a series of drawings and paintings documenting the decline and eventual death of Hodler’s lover Valentine Godé-Darel, from 1913-1915; and […]

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Exhibition Review: Lloyd Martin

June 4, 2012

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The exhibition Lloyd Martin: Mettere, recently on view at Stephen Haller Gallery, in Chelsea, reminds us that an artist’s adherence to strict formal parameters need not keep him from pushing his aesthetic in new directions. Martin, a Providence-based painter who has been showing with Haller for a decade, makes paintings composed entirely of vertical and […]

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Exhibition Review: Odd Nerdrum

May 7, 2012

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Odd Nerdrum, the legendary Norwegian painter who is currently showing new work at Forum Gallery, makes large dark oil paintings of figures in the landscape in the scumbled chiaroscuro style of Rembrandt. Although the paintings are said to illustrate some distant post-apocalyptic future, it is a future, like the painter’s style, that seems firmly rooted […]

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Museum Review: Copley at the MFA

April 20, 2012

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The Art of the Americas Wing in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts features dozens of paintings by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), the eponymous scion of many things Bostonian who is regarded as one of America’s first important painters. Copley, self-taught and ambitious, was by his mid twenties doing a brisk business as a society portraitist, […]

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Exhibition Review: Catherine Yass

March 17, 2012

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Catherine Yass. "Lighthouse" film still. 2011.

All the world’s a stage. In Lighthouse, the captivating twelve-minute film by British artist Catherine Yass on view at Galerie Lelong, the fact that the subject of the work looks very much like a stage does not inhibit the metaphor. A mesmerizing portrait of one of the millions of purely functional places that make our […]

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