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“The Treachery of Images,” photo Lucy Komisar.
Magritte at MOMA: the Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938
Everybody knows the famous bowler hat that is the icon of Belgian painter René Magritte. That makes it especially fascinating to see the trajectory of the artist during his prime surrealist period, thirteen years between the world wars. Magritte said himself in a 1938 lecture that those years were the most crucial of his work. This is one of the Museum of Modern Art’s major shows. By Lucy Komisar.
Janet Ruttenberg, detail of ""Roller Blades," oil on canvas.
Janet Ruttenberg’s Paintings Celebrate Central Park
Picturing Central Park, at The Museum of the City of New York, includes 17 major works, that range from realistic to fantastical, monumental to more intimate, mixed media combinations, to traditional oils and watercolors. All of the works are bold, chromatically intense and innovative. By Paulalle Simmons.
Llyn Foulkes, "The Corporate Kiss," 2001.
Llyn Foulkes career retrospective at The New Museum
An underappreciated name on the East Coast, contemporary artist Llyn Foulkes is far better known out west for his diverse array of works. Born in Yakima, Washington, Foulkes made a name for himself in Los Angeles, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1961. The recently opened exhibition at The New Museum at 235 Bowery serves as a career retrospective for Foulkes, while also being Foulkes’ first exhibition at a New York museum, featuring a huge diversity in medium, subject matter, and style. By William Gutierrez.
Jay DeFeo (1929–1989), Crescent Bridge II, 1970–72. Synthetic polymer and mixed media on plywood, 48 × 96 in. (121.9 × 243.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2002.329. © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Jay De Feo retrospective at the Whitney
Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) set a fiercely independent course, and the astoundingly diverse range of art she created over more than forty-five years defies categorization. She made works that can be measured either in inches or in feet, in ounces or in tons, and which range from painting, drawing, jewelry, and photography to various hybrids that confound traditional classifications.
“Presidential Campaign Medal with Portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin, Unknown artist after an 1860 carte de visite portrait by Mathew B. Brady, 1860.
History Through Photography
Next July will mark the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Battle of Gettysburg and it is soon after the hit of Steven Spielberg's last movie “Lincoln.” Now the Met Museum offers, in its turn, to explore the Civil War through the lens of a camera with the exhibition "Photography and the American Civil War," on view through September 2, 2013. By Adele Bossard.
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). "In a Medici Villa," 1906.
Sargent's Watercolors Dazzle at the Brooklyn Museum
For the first time, John Singer Sargent’s watercolors from the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have been united in the exhibition, “John Singer Sargent Watercolors,” now at the Brooklyn Museum until July 28, 2013. By Paulanne Simmons.
Bob Thompson, “Garden of Music,” 1960. Photo courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld.
The Whitney Museum Plays the Blues
The blues has become one of America's basic music language. Since the publication of W. C. Handy's “St Louis Blues” sheet music in 1914, known to be the song that popularized the blues, it has swept through the globe and is now ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm & blues and rock'n roll. With its new exhibition, “Blues for Smoke,” on view until April 28, 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art explores a large array of contemporary art, from the 1950s to the present, through the lens of blues as an artistic sensibility and cultural idiom. By Adele Bossard.
Claude Monet, "Lucheon on the Grass" (1865-66) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Adele Bossard.
"Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity" at the Met Museum
While the Autumn/Winter fashion season opened a few days ago with the New York "Fashion Week," the Metropolitan offered a new eye on fashion with its new exhibition "Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity," that focused on the defining role of fashion in the works of the Impressionist painters and their contemporaries. By Adele Bossard.
"Gli" (Wall) by El Anatsui, 2012 as part of the exhibition "Gravity and Grave: Monumental Works by El Anatsui" at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Adele Bossard.
Tribute to El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum
In the fifth floor of the Brooklyn Museum are hanging some gigantic colorful fabrics made of garbage. This is the trademark of the African artist El Anatsui, whose new exhibition “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui,” on view through August 4, 2013, is the first solo exhibition in New York. By Adele Bossard.
"Picasso Black and White" at the Guggenheim Museum -- Pablo Picasso, "The Kiss," Oil on Canvas, Mougins, 1969.
Rediscovering Picasso, But Without Colors
It is quite unusual to think of Picasso's work as composed of a black and white palette. But Picasso once claimed that “color weakens” and his exploitation of the black and white colors transcends all the established periods that have been assigned to his artistic career. The exhibition “Picasso Black and White” at the R. Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York pays tribute to this facet of his prolific career, featuring 118 black and white paintings, sculptures or works on paper, realized between 1904 and 1971. By Adele Bossard.
Harry Houdini's straitjacket from which he dangled from the ceiling, on display at the Houdini Museum in New York. Photo courtesy of the Houdini Museum.
A New Museum Dedicated to the Great Magician Harry Houdini
As the CEO of Fantasma Toys, Inc., Roger Dreyer created the Midtown magic shop “Fantasma Magic” in 2001. He has always been a great fan of Harry Houdini, the famous illusionist and magician, and has spent a major part of his life gathering the world's second-largest Houdini collection. In 2010, he decided to transform the hall of his Fantasma Magic shop into the first Houdini Museum in New York. By Adèle Bossard.
Edvard Munch. The Scream. Pastel on board. 1895. © 2012 The Munch Museum/The Munch-Ellingsen Group/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
After 100 Years, MoMA can Still Hear You "Scream!"
The Mona Lisa. Starry Starry Night. American Gothic. These are just some of the most memorable and iconic paintings from art history, notably seen and spoofed in movies, book covers, and even wallpapers on laptops and iPhones. No list of historical paintings would be complete, however, without including the hauntingly beautiful, and truly paradoxical portrait of Edvard Munch's "The Scream." By Joseph Urick.
ARACHNO-FUN -- Everybody enjoys a photo op at this spider sculpture at Museum of Natural History.
Creepy, Crawly & Totally Fabulous
Ed Rubin likes spiders, he confesses, and so he was drawn to "Spiders Alive!" at the American Museum of Natural History. For eons, writers, artists, as well as filmmakers have delighted in the creepy, crawly little buggers. This exhibition offers works of art from countless sources and enough live specimins to fascinate or horrify just about everybody.
"LIGHT & LANDSCAPE" AT STORM KING ART CENTER -- Alyson Shotz, "Mirror Fence," 2003. Acrylic, wood, aluminum, stainless steel, 36” x 130. Courtesy of artist and Derek Eller Gallery, New York. Photograph: Jerry L. Thompson.
"Light & Landscape" at Storm King Art Center
With 500 acres of rolling meadows and wooded groves Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, one hour north of New York City – arguably North America’s most beautiful sculpture park – just keeps getting better and better. Just when one asks what else Storm King can do that they haven’t already done in the past fifty-two years since their founding – you know how we all crave the new – like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, they surprise us with "Light & Landscape," a thrilling exhibition that smacks of magic mixed with a heady dollop of science, physics, and ecological concerns. By Edward Rubin.
Anemone 2 (2010) Direct Print in Dibond 170cm x 70cm.
Ruth Peche at the Fundacion Pons in Madrid
Madrid-based visionary artist Ruth Peche has taken root in "Deep Entropy," the artist’s breathtakingly beautiful, sea creature-featured, suite of underwater artworks organized and curated by HUMA3 at the Fundacion Pons in Madrid on May 17 – June 1, 2012. By Edward Rubin.
Marc Quinn (England), The Chromatic Archaeology of Desire (2008) Painted Bronze. Photo: Sergio Martucci
The Flowering of Art on the Lido di Venezia
Each year, OPEN, one of the most entertaining art exhibitions in the art world, peppers the beautiful island of Lido with unexpected and imaginative sculptures and installations. Essentially an outdoor walking tour with a few in-hotel installations, OPEN begins the minute you disembark from the vaporetto onto the Piazzale St. Maria Elisabetta. It continues along the shop and restaurant laden Via Lepanto, morphs into the lushly planted promenade of Lungomare G. Marconi, and ends overlooking the beach, at the very chic Hotel Westin Excelsior, the infamous hangout of the Venice Film Festival crowd. This year Madonna and George Clooney, followed by lusting hordes of screaming acolytes, was all the rage. By Ed Rubin.
THE GALLERY GAZETTEER
Xie Xiaoze: November 21, 2012, Wenling, Zhejiang (Nail House No. 1), 2013, Oil on aluminum panel.
Grey and thought-provoking perspectives at Chambers Fine Arts
The exhibition by Xie Xiaoze is a mixture of paintings of old stacks of Chinese newspapers or documents, front pages of world known newspapers with horrifying current news stories and a room with seven small paintings of minor and big disasters. By Ina Stinus.
"In Honor of The Great Leader Father". By Kim Il Soon aka Mina Cheon.
"Choco·Pie Propaganda; From North Korea With Love."
This amazing art project is a political statement, a cry for peace, a collection of beautiful, colorful paintings and best of all, it also contains a lot of Choco·Pies for the guests to eat. By Ina Stinus.
From The Smith Street Print Project.
"The Smith Street Print Project": The artistic re-invention of tattoo art
In April 2012 the four creative souls behind the Smith Street Tattoo Parlour in Brooklyn decided to close their shop for one week to focus on their artistic development. They participated in the first Raking Light Projects artist-in-residence program at Mullowney Printing , San Francisco, where they were guided by the Print Master himself, Paul Mullowney. For seven 18-hours work days the four artists would etch and carve sensitive sheets in order to make true fine art prints. The work has resulted in four individual amazing projects that when put together form an even greater common artistic project, which is defiantly worth defying the cold to see. By Ina Stinus.
Julie Mehretu, "Insile," 2013. Photo courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery.
"Liminal Squared" by Julie Mehretu at the Marian Goodman Gallery
In “Liminal Squared,” Julie Mehretu's latest show at the Marian Goodman Gallery on W 57 Street, she presents a small number of huge, nonrepresentational paintings that blur the lines between landscape, architectural drawing, and pure abstraction. By William Gutierrez.
Mary Hrbacek, "Creature Camouflage Diptych," Acrylic on linen. Photo courtesy of the artist.
"Peopled Forest of My Mind"
Mary Hrbacek’s solo exhibition "Peopled Forest of My Mind" curated by Elga Wimmer on view at the Creon Gallery in New York City from April 10 to 30, 2013, features Hrbacek’s new, very small and very large, personified tree paintings. Inspired by her dense dramatic charcoal drawing, executed on stark white paper, Hrbacek cultivates eerie hybrid plant forms as they emerge through the drawing process, coaxing these unfathomable figural apparitions into coherent energized human-like entities that disclose the organic origins of all natural systems. The works stress our primal link to nature in an increasingly high tech global existence. Edward Rubin's conversation with the Artist Mary Hrbacek.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Frogmen” (detail), 1983. Photo courtesy of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is Back Home
The Gagosian Gallery's new exhibition is worth braving the winter winds around Chelsea Piers. It explores the work of the great New Yorker vanguard artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and takes place just next door to the Mary Boone Gallery, an annex of the gallery of the same name where he had his first solo show back in 1984. By Adele Bossard.
Gene Beery, "Untitled," 1990s/2000s.
"Early Paintings and Recent Photographs" by Gene Beery
While it still is too chilly for a springtime, the Algus Greenspon Gallery offers a warm refuge where sunny light pierces through the ceiling windows. Located in the heart of the pleasant West Village neighborhood, the gallery presents an exhibition of early paintings and recent photographs by Gene Beery until April 27, 2013. By Adele Bossard.
"Dependance" by the Quebec artist Patrick Berube as part of the Brooklyn/Montreal exhibition.
Brooklyn and Montreal are Getting Closer
The artistic exchange between Brooklyn and Montreal is the first one in a decade to bring together artists of these two leading north American cities. First on display in Montreal in the fall of 2012, the exhibition has just arrived in Brooklyn, with 40 artists featured in eight different venues. By Adele Bossard.
Lights by Kevin Adams and scenic design by Christine Jones in the Broadway musical "American Idiot." In “From the Edge,”currently on display at La MaMa La Galleria.
"From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America"
The exhibition “From the Edge,”currently on display at La MaMa La Galleria, compiles pictures and work from 37 American theatrical productions. Commissioned and sponsored by the USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology), this exhibition represented the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial, a world celebration of performance design and theater architecture. By Adele Bossard.
Untitled, From the Series "There is something I don't know" by Jitka Hanzlová, 2011. Photo by Adele Bossard.
Jitka Hanzlová's Time Travel at the Yancey Richardson Gallery
Jitka Hanzlová's work has something of a travel back in time. Her current exhibition “There is something I don't know,” at the Yancey Richardson Gallery is made up of several portraits of men and women facing the camera and looking to it in a three quarter or full profile, with a dark background reduced to the minimum. For this series, Ms Hanzlová has captures contemporary people in a background from the Renaissance, giving to the pictures a touch of timelessness. By Adèle Bossard.
The Craft of Turning Nature into Art
Edward Rubin talks with artist Joyce Melander-Dayton.
"Cerise" by Richard Artschwager, 2002 and "Michael Anthony Fisher" by Edward Mapplethorpe, 2011. Photo by Adele Bossard.
Visually Conversing at the Fisher Landau Center for Art
"Visual Conversations" is culled from the collection that Emily Fisher Landau bestowed on the Whitney Museum and highlights numerous artists she has been collecting in depth. With different works for each artist, it opens a dialogue among them and brings together various stages of their creative process. The "visual conversation" can exist as a time line between various artworks by the same artist, brought together for the first time, or between different artists, echoing each other. By Adèle Bossard.
Janet Bellotto-- Bliss or Torture Lenticular
Following the Lure of the Scent
The Lure, Dubai/Toronto based artist Janet Bellotto’s exhibition at the De Luca Fine Arts Gallery, intellectually engaging in the infinite number of ideas that it conjures up, is at its very root, sensuous, seductive, and romantic, albeit in a self-contained and carefully orchestrated manner — meaning that despite the traditional feminine aesthetic inherent in the work – read flowers and perfumed fragrances – there is not one ounce of sentimental gush or sappiness. By Ed Rubin.
LONEY'S ARTS RAMBLES
by Glenn Loney
June, 2013 Roundup
Are You Ready for the End of Times? The Man of Steel Certainly Is!, A Regional Theatre TONY for Boston's Huntington Theatre & a Brilliant Play Production., Gina Gionfriddo's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, NC Hunter's A PICTURE OF AUTUMN, Rod McLachlan's GOOD TELEVISION, Rosen, Saxe, & Moore's VENICE, Moe Angelos' SONTAG: REBORN, Early Music in Boston: Baroque Opera & Other Treats for The Music Critics of North America., Georg Frideric Händel's ALMIRA, Charpentier's LA DESCENT D'ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS & LA COURONNE DE FLEURS, Jenny Schwartz' SOMEWHERE FUN, Steven Levenson's THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN , Richard Greenberg's FAR FROM HEAVEN, Neil Benjamin's THE EXPLORER'S CLUB, Bronson Howard's THE HENRIETTA, John Guare's THREE KINDS OF EXILE Not Seen, So No Rating, James Joyce's adapted GIBRALTAR, Neil LaBute's REASONS TO BE HAPPY, Thomas Lanier Williams' THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY Performances Cancelled, Chris Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, MORE PASSING GLANCES AT THE MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, & SPECIAL EVENTS, More Broken Records at Christie's Auction House: $21 Million Plus for Latin American Art!, Sensation on Sunset! Mrs. Sidney Sheldon's Doll Collection Up for Auction at Bonhams LA!, Bulletin Just In from the LA Sale!, Israeli Pride Day Parade on Fifth Avenue Blocks the M1, M2, M3, M4 & M72 at 72nd Street, Le Corbusier at MoMA: An Architectural Life's Work on Parade--with Models Galore!, At Christie's, Two Million Dollars for an Egyptian Bronze Cat--But No Kitty Litter, Ship Ahoy! Set Sail for Bonhams Fine Maritime Paintings & Full Speed Ahead!, Even in Death, Richard Artschwager Is Still with The Whitney Museum of American Art!, Amazements at the Park Avenue Armory: Do Your Really Want To See Snow White Get Raped?, Triple Play at the Met: Bronze Boxer, Sculptor Ken Price, & Five Centuries of Decorative Arts!, Let's Hear It for Ken Price, Maker of Colorful Blobs!, Down into the Met Vaults for Some Centuries Old Furniture Designs & Room Interiors, Celebrating Children's Books at the NYPL's Steven Schwarzman Marble Palace, Federico Garcia Lorca: Back Tomorrow, Poet in New York, Let's Try Another Alteration on that Print Plate: Mary Cassatt at Work in Paris, William Shakespeare: From Stratford Upon Avon to the NYPL--But Only for a Day, Edward Armitage, RA, at Hirschl & Adler: Where Are My Ancestor's Crimean War Corpses?, The Oldest Library in New York City Shows Its Rarities in Extraordinary Gifts., Bulletin from Ben Katchor! When You Are on Ben's E Mail List, You Never Know What's Next, Let's Hear It for Contemporary Canopic Jars! Forget about the Pharaohs, Laying Down the Law: Alma Law's Amazing Archive of Russian Theatre Incunabula at Bonhams!, More Broken Records at Christie's! Tiffany Lamp Shades Always Popular!, At the Met Museum: Run of the Mill Photographs from 1969 to Now: Everyday Epiphanies, Ancient Persian Epiphanies: The Cyrus Cylinder & the Rise & Fall of Dynasties
May, 2013 Roundup
Mark Nadler's I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF, Leos Janácek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, JM Barrie's THIS SIDE OF NEVERLAND, Richard Foreman's OLD FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A True Romance) #!§#¥, David Bruce & Glyn Maxwell's THE FIREWORK MAKER'S DAUGHTER, Stephen Sondheim's SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM: A Musical Entertainment, Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Julia Jordan & Juliana Nash's MURDER HEART BALLAD, David Willinger's Version of Saroyan's Rock Wagram, Now Known as THE UPPER LIP, Richard Nelson's NIKOLAI & THE OTHERS, Ernest Abuba's DOJOJI: The Man Inside the Bell, Conor McPherson's THE WIER, Henrik Ibsen's THE MASTER BUILDER, Bertolt Brecht's Der Caucasischen Kreiderkreis, Tom Attea's BENEDICTUS, Mark Brown's Version of Jules Verne's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Does Matthew Barney need a Restraining Order? Morgan Library Offers Subliming Vessel, Press Preview at Christie's: When Did Picasso Find Time for Love & So Many Ceramic Plates?, At the Whitney: I, YOU, WE…, New Sales Records at Bonhams & Christies, At the Jewish Museum: Long Dead Appropriation Artist Jack Goldstein Has Vinyl Disks On View!, At Grand Central Terminal: The Grand Centennial Parade of Trains!, More Millions Paid at Manhattan Auctions: Christie's & Bonhams Keep Setting Records!, Meanwhile, Over at Christie's: Impressionist & Modern Art Win Totals of $158 Million!, Saving Wildlife & The Environment with Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour Auction, At the Met Museum: Land Marks on the Wall--Blood on the Roof!, Nothing of Jeff Koons, of Bamboo, or Simply Monumental on the Met's Roof: Blood Patterns, Not Pin the Tail on the Donkey, But Search for the Unicorn at the Met's Cloisters!, The Last Supper at the Morgan: Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Medieval Manuscripts, At the Met Museum: More About the War Beween the States--American Art & The Civil War: Including Generous Lendings from the Museum of The Confederacy, Located in Virginia!, Paul Krugman at the CUNY Graduate Center, That Place with the Upside Down Flags, Tribal Arts Week at Bonhams: Not the Whole Canoe, Only the Prow!, All Time World Record for Art Auction Sales Set at Christie's: $638.6 Million!, At the Whitney: Hopper Drawings & David Hockney: The Jugglers, David Hockney Shows his Jugglers Video on Floor Two of the Whitney!, New Ways of Thinking about Contemporary Portraiture on the Whitney's First Floor!, More World Records Shattered at Christie's: $828.8 Million Finds Safe Haven in Artworks!, Tour the Morgan Library/Museum on Your Cell Phone, Thanks to Google's Art Project!, Monster Show at Met Museum of Old Masters: From 1300 AD To 1800 CE--Out of the Vaults!, Kolo Moser at the Neue Galerie: Die Wiener Werkstätte Lives Again!, Theatre Folk at Sardi's OCC Get Together: Cicely Tyson, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, & Others!, NY Philharmonic at St. John the Divine: Not as Tough as Being a Canterbury Pilgrim, At the Morgan Library/Museum: Old Masters, Newly Acquired, More Museum Notes: American Folk Art's Innovative Former Home Facing Destruction, While Its Palazzo del Mondo Is Off To the Venice Biennale!, End of Month Auction House Sales Results: Bonhams & Christie's Break Records Again.
April, 2013 Roundup
63rd Annual Awards: Outer Critics Circle Announce 2012 13 Season Nominees / THE 37th HUMANA FESTIVAL: Showcasing New Plays on Main Street in Louisville / Theatre Journalism & Drama Criticism Re Invent Themselves in the Digital Age! / THE PANEL: Charting the Course: New Play Directors in Conversation / A Big Kentucky Welcome To the Humana Festival: Greetings! / Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE / Mallery Avidon’s O GURU GURU GURU, or why I don’t want to go to Yoga Class with you / Jeff Augustin’s CRY OLD KINGDOM / Sam Marks’ THE DELLING SHORE / Will Eno’s GNIT Minus Stars / Rinnie Grof / Lucas Hnath / & Anne Washburne’s SLEEP ROCK THY BRAIN / THE FAMOUS HUMANA TEN MINUTE PLAYS / Sarah Ruhl’s TWO CONVERSATIONS OVERHEARD ON AIRPLANES / Emily Schwend’s HALFWAY / Jonathan Josephson’s 27 WAYS I DIDN’T SAY "HI" TO LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Re Fighting the Civil War at the Met Museum: But in Vintage Photos / Not with Pot Shots / Islamic Art: Making the Invisible Visible-- / SALVAGING THE PAST: Georges Hoentschel & French Decorative Arts from the Met Museum / CONFLUENCES: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935 / At the Leslie & Lohman Museum: Paul Thek & His Circle in the 1950s / At the Met Museum: Diego Velázquez’ Portrait of Duke Francesco I d’Este / At MoMA: CLAES OLDENBURG--Seminal Works: The Street, The Store, & the Mouse Museum! / At the Galerie St. Etienne: FACE TIME: Self & Identity in Expressionist Portraiture / Sam Maloof at Bonham’s: Iconic Rocking Chair Sells for $43,750! / Meanwhile / Over at Christie’s in Rock Center: the delighted eye Sets Man Ray Record! / The Show of Shows over at the Park Avenue Armory: The Annual NY Antiquarian Book Fair. / Bill Irwin & David Shiner’s OLD HATS / Mark Janas & DISCOVER OPERA!’s MUSILDA / Roald Dahl’s MATILDA / THE MUSICAL / Tanya Barfield’s THE CALL / CRUNCH WEEK FOR THE OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE / Berry Gordy’s MOTOWN / Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE / Richard Greenberg’s THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES / David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE / Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse’s JEKYLL & HYDE / Alan Cumming’s MACBETH / Lyle Kessler’s ORPHANS / Clifford Odets’ THE BIG KNIFE / Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY / Horton Foote’s THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL / John Logan’s I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A Chat with Sue Mengers / Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN / At Christie’s: The Power of Pink: The Princie Diamond Sells for $39,323,750 / Speaking of Christie’s: How About $5 Million+ for Russian Works of Art? / Building the Blue Box--with White Ribbon--over the Rock Center Skating Rink! / Silent Stone Sentinels Stand Tall Behind Rock Center’s Blue Box / August Strindberg’s THE DANCE OF DEATH / Jacques Offenbach’s LA PÉRICHOLE / Five Major New Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum: / Bright Orange Walls for the Delicate Watercolors of John Singer Sargent! / What To Do with Old Tin Can Lids! Monumental Works by El Anatsui! / Considering Life, Death & Transformation in the Americas / Braddock, PA in Decline, Documented by LaToya Ruby Frazier in A Haunted Capital / From the Archives: Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum. / Not To Worry: There Are Even More Brooklyn Museum Special Exhibitions On Offer! / Bonhams & Christie’s Stage Unusual Auctions: / The Treasures of the Late Larry Hagman / Better Known as JR Ewing On Sale! / How About A Palladian Villa by Michael J. Smith at Christie’s? / Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill’s MAHAGONNY / Jonathan Tolins’ BUYER & CELLAR / Wright & Forrest’s SONG OF NORWAY.
February, 2013 Roundup
Now Legal, but You can get High on Theater as well! / Shakespeare in the Shadow of the Rockies / Don't Mess with My Head! Re Programming Ed's Memories / THE OUTSIDER ART FAIR 2013: Outlandish/Inlandish & Almost at The Chelsea Piers / Polish Priest Learns Spanish, While His Orphan Charge Becomes Roller Derby Charger. / At the Met Museum: A Trio of Mini Exhibitions & a Website Enrichment / Blues Lovers & Video Addicts Should Flock To the Whitney To See & Hear BLUES FOR SMOKE! / It's All About Inheritance: Who Will Get Big Daddy's Rich Plantation--No Neck Monsters? / CAN VENICE BE SAVED? / New MoMA Show: Dieter Roth's Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing / Remarkable Baronial Hall Dominates Juilliard Production of Marital Misfires Somewhere in Italy. / MISS LA LA ALOFT: Edgar Degas' Painting of Black Prussian Aerialist at Cirque Fernando / GOD HATES FAGS! Did Organized Religion Help Kill Matthew Shepard? Talking To Locals / Who Was That Masked Man with That Flowing Black Cape? ZORRO, of course, But from the UK / For a "Good Time," Call The New York City Opera: Oral Sex Onstage / at BAM, Plus 24 Naked Men! / Impressionism & Fashion at the Met! Manet & Monet were not only into Bustles & Corsets / Marilyn "Jackie" Horne Conducts a Masterful Master Class at Manhattan School of Music! / At the Guggenheim: Lots of Food & Lots of Talk & Talkers about "Art Mapping" in SE Asia / Seven Ages of Man in Shakespeare, but Five Stages of Women Characters! / ANDY WARHOL Art Artifacts Up for On Line Bidding at Christie's! / At the Grolier: A Plenitude of Handsome "Little Magazines," with Beardsley & Elbert Hubbard / Clockwork Precision Marks the Cast Work in the Hilarious Revival of Ives' Six Timed Parodies / A Largely Overlooked & Forgotten Irish Playwright Gets a Second / Chance at Mint Theatre. / There's Evil Onstage at BAM: Governess Battles Ghosts for Possession of Orphan Children / Piero Della Francesca in America? When Did He Arrive? How Did He Get Through Customs? / Trio of New Shows at the Met: Cambodian Rattan, Plain or Fancy, & Southern Poverty Photos. / Muni Art Society Faces New Challenges: After Hurricane Sandy, Sustainability & Livability. / My Old UC/Berkeley Artist/Designer/Friend, Jay DeFeo, Back at the Whitney! / Old Testament Sings Aloud: Mendelssohn's Elijah Electrifies at the Manhattan School / Ronald Lauder's "Magnificent Obsession" with German/Austrian Expressionism at Neue Galerie! / Elite Private School Then & Now: Making Boys into Men Doesn't Always Work.
January, 2013 Roundup
Peter Brook's THE SUIT, Martin Moran's ALL THE RAGE, DRAWING SURREALISM: The Art of Drawing as Manifest in the Creation of Surrealist Ikons, ALBRECHT DÜRER VERY BIG AT CHRISTIE'S: World Record for His Rhinoceros Woodcut!, Americana Week at Christie's Totals $15 Million: Edward Hicks' Wm. Penn Fetches $2.5 Million!, RENAISSANCE: Old Masters Week at Christie's, with the Walls Crowded with Masterpieces!, CHRISTIE'S OLD MASTERS WEEK EARNS TOTAL OF $88.4 MILLION, William Inge's PICNIC, Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari & Gigliola Fantoni's WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY, Aaron Posner's Adaptation of Chaim Potok's MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, FORTUNY Y MADRAZO: An Artistic Legacy, Own a Piece of Tatzu Nishi? Discovering Columbus Amethyst Velvet, Couch & LED TV For Sale!
Drying Out with the Arts after Hurricane Sandy
What--in God’s Name--Are We To Do about Acts of God? Will NYC Survive Another Hurricane?, Tuesday, 6 November 2012, Was Election Day: If You Think Hurricane Sandy was Traumatic, Whatever Became of Armistice Day? Veterans’ Day Suggests Our Wars Will Never Stop, Already, Another Thanksgiving Day--But Still an Unlucky Day for Big Breasted Turkeys, Nationwide, Ayad Akhtar’s DISGRACED, Neither Snow nor Sleet nor Hurricane Sandy Kept Fine Print Dealers from the Armory Show!, Charlie Strouse, Tommy Meehan, & Marty Charnin’s ANNIE, Tony Chekhov’s IVANOV, James McManus’ BLOOD BROTHERS, Three Chaffers & a Cragin’s SON OF A GUN, Beatrix Potter at the Morgan: How About Getting a Letter with Peter Rabbit Looking Out at You!, August Strindberg’s THE STRONGER & CASPER’S FAT TUESDAY, Richard Nelson’s SORRY, Aurelian Bory’s SANS OBJET, The French Take Over the Park Avenue Armory for The Salon: Art & Design! , Andy Warhol Artifacts Cram Christie’s Galleries, Plus Big Bucks for Impressionism & Modernism., Talk About Tax Cuts for The Rich! Sales Totals at Christies for the Warhol Week: $525 Million, Michael John LaChiusa’s GIANT, Kev & Wil B’s BLACK VIOLIN, Forget Pearl Harbor! Celebrate the Post War Transformation of Tokyo as an Avant Garde Nexus!, Out of the Ashcan & Onto Museum Walls: George Bellows, Graduate of the Ashcan School, Concealed Compartments? Roentgen Desks & Cabinets Are Crammed With Trick Drawers, Tommy Meehan & Chris Curtis’ CHAPLIN, Eve Ensler’s EMOTIONAL CREATURE, Daniele Finzi Pasca’s DONKA: A LETTER TO CHEKHOV, Joshua Elias Harmon’s BAD JEWS, Ivo van Hove’s Modernised Shakespeare/Marlowe ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Bruce Graham’s THE OUTGOING TIDE, Celebrating Aromas at MAD: The Art of Scent--1889 2012, Charles Morey’s FIGARO, Christopher Durang’s VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE, August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON, Linda Christian Sells for Half a Million Dollars: Formerly "Lost" Diego Rivera Portrait at Christie’s!, Kathie Lee Gifford & Friends’ SCANDALOUS: The Life & Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Colorful Canvasses Now On View at the Met Museum: MATISSE: In Search of True Painting , African Masks Again! Modernists & Primitives: AFRICAN ART: New York & The Avant Garde., Theresa Rebeck’s DEAD ACCOUNTS, Joseph Robinette & Jean Shepherd’s A CHRISTMAS STORY, Ruth & Augustus Goetz’s Adaptation of Henry James’s Washington Square: THE HEIRESS, American Masterworks in the Bohemian National Home, Near the New Second Ave Subway, More Records Broken at Christie’s Auction House: Edward Hopper Sold for $9.5 Million On Line!, Food Over the Ages & Around the World: But No Ethnic Eats Mornings: Global Kitchen at AMNH., Bogart & Clarke’s THE TROJAN WOMEN (After Euripides), David Henry Huang’s GOLDEN CHILD, "Mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria Will Be Back in Richard Wagner’s Wahnfried Villa This Summer!
At the Frick: Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld in London, BASHFORD DEAN & THE CREATION OF THE ARMS & ARMOUR DEPARTMENT!, Also At the Met Museum: Bernini in the Basement!, At MoMA: ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW: Sculpture Undone, 1955 1972, Birdhead, Zoe Crosher, Shirana Shahbazi & Michele Abeles, Amazement at the Whitney: WADE GUYTON OS, Craig Wright's GRACE, Ed Rostand's CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Gene Ionesco's RHINOCEROS, Mario Fratti's SUICIDE CLUB & THREE SISTERS & A PRIEST, Steven Cosson & Michael Friedman's PARIS COMMUNE, From Salvation Army Soup Kitchen to Performing Arts Powerhouse: Thank you, Hugh Hardy!, Dark Doings in the Dark Room: FAKING IT: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, ROBERT WILSON/PHILIP GLASS: Einstein on the Beach, DÜRER TO DE KOONING: 100 Master Drawings from Munich, JOSEF ALBERS IN AMERICA: Painting on Paper, Stephen Belber's DON'T GO GENTLE, At the Asia Society: CHINA CLOSE UP All Year Long!, BOUND UNBOUND: Lin Tianmiao--The Obsessive Thread Binder, Simon Stephens' HARPER REGAN, Circolombia's URBAN, Deanna Jent's FALLING, WW II & NYC: How New York City Helped Defeat the Japs & the Nazis!, The Hudson River School returns to Central Park West!, A Brief Brush with Daniel Brush at MAD: Gold/Silver/Diamonds--Blue Steel/Gold Light , Sitting in Chris Columbus' Sitting Room on Columbus Circle!, Pigpen Theatre's THE OLD MAN & THE OLD MOON, Brian Friel's LOVERS, Colman Domingo's WILD WITH HAPPY, Joe Papp Would Have Been Proud!, Ernie Lubitsch'sTHE LOVES OF PHARAOH, Daisy Foote's HIM, Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again! $40 Million Restoration of Memorial & North American Mammals!, Edvard Munch Screams Again at MoMA: Only On Loan for Six Months! Otherwise, Oslo!, The Art of Richard Artschwager Pre empts an Entire Floor at Whitney Museum!, At the Guggenheim: Picasso's Black & White Artworks, Plus: Looking Ahead at Guggenheim Museums Worldwide, The Builders Association's HOUSE/DIVIDED, Millionaires Buy Treasures of Other Millionaires at Christie's: Artworks & Furniture Recycled!, Not Porn! Anxiety Rather Than Arousal: Egon Schiele's Women at Galerie St. Etienne, Edward Albee's Steppenwolf WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Theatre Rites' MOJO, Brian Freel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY, Hurricane Watch: Vintage Vincent Van Gogh Portrait On Loan at the Frick Collection!
Back from a summer's round of European festivals, Glenn Loney offers September's Show Notes and brief observations on museum & gallery shows.
Nuremberg Diary 2012
Dürer on display in his home town, My Very Own Dürer Experience: Coming to War Torn Europe in the 1950s, My Dear Late Friend: Matthew Matthias Prechtl.
Vienna: Celebrating Gustav Klimt on his 150th Anniversary!
The Beethoven Frieze at Secession , At the Leopold Museum: Klimt Up Close & Personal, 150 Jahre Gustav Klimt at the Obere Belvedere, AT MUMOK—THE LUDWIG MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: ART & FASHION SINCE MODERNISM!, AT VIENNA’S MAK, KLIMT HAD ALREADY COME & GONE AWAY AGAIN, MADE 4 YOU: Design for Change, DINGE: schlict und einfach—THINGS: plain & simple…, From Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna to the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Report from Berlin’s DDR Past in Summer 2012
Two museums from Berlin's postwar years as a divided city: The Stasi Museum and The DDR Museum.
The Hundred Day Art Show that is: dOCUMENTA (13)
The Good News is that the Missing Head of the great Herkules Denkmal that stands high above the City of Kassel has been restored! Few who come to Kassel to see dOCUMENTA (13), however, even realize that Herkules is silently standing High Above them, looking down on what passes for Contemporary Art in the Land of Hesse in 2012. It may seem Odd that—in 2012—this is the 13th dOCUMENTA. But the 13 has nothing to do with this Actual Year—possibly even less to do with Art as it was once Understood—but only that this is the Thirtheenth of these wide ranging Art Exhibitions.
A Farewell to Salzberg, If Not to Arms?
Visual Arts & Museum Shows On View During the Salzburg Festival 2012, The Trapp Family Lives Again at the Panorama: Reality & The Sound of Music Special Exhibition., At Salzburg’s MoMA—or Museum der Moderne: John Cage und…, At The Rupertinum of the Museum der Moderne: Merce Cunningham Dance Movement Photos!, Celebrating Marcus Sitticus in the Dom Museum, Curtains—on 2 September—for Salzburg’s Barock Museum in the Mirabel Gardens!, Die Kunst zu Wohnen—Good Housekeeping in the Late 18th Century…, Sunday, Bloody Sunday in Salzburg: Not a Creature was Stirring, Only Some Masses …, See Some of the Austrian Alps!
June wasn't bustin' out all over!
Going Crazy at MAD: New Shows Feature American Indian Art & Elegant Jewelry! Plus: June theater roundup.
This was the Tornado that was and still is!
Report for The Trip to Branson & Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in May 2012
That was the Art Safari that Was!
Report on The Trip to Bentonville & Crystal-Bridges-Museum in May 2012.
"Clybourne Park" is Raisin in the Sun territory, with racial problems, Spring Season Double Header at the Jewish Museum and more!
April is the Cruelest Month, Again!
"Newsies" at the Nederlander, Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," Artists from Shanghai at Asia Society, Masterworks at the Frick and more!
February Arts Rambles
Philippe Entremont Conducts, With Three Outstanding Young Pianists in Mozart Concertos!, Mellon Lecture at the Morgan: Fantastic Photos of Farnese Gallery in French Embassy in Rome, Collegiate Choral Sing Bruckner's Te Deum at Carnegie: Anything But TeDious!, Too Many Unresolved Plot Lines in Instinct on Theatre Row: What's It All About?, Little Known Rossinis at Juilliard: Silken Ladders & Repudiated Marriage Contracts, Renoir's Full Length French Dancers at the Frick!, Charles Ryskamp Lives Again at the Frick!, Demented & Defeated Artist in the Desert at Repertorio…, Take Your Medicine! Primary Stages Prescribes RX at 59E59…, Mile High New Play Interlude in Denver!, Prints, Prints, & More Prints at MoMA: Even Hanging on Wash Lines!, Vistas of Endless Lottery Ticket Mosaic Space: Ghost of a Dream/forever, almost at Davidson!, NY City Opera Lives Again! Jonathan Miller's La Traviata at BAM!, Masterful Kurt Masur Master Class in Conducting at Manhattan School, THE ANNUAL: 2012—At the National Academy! Not To Be Confused with the Whitney Biennial…, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna Takes a Bow at BAM!, The Steins Collect & Degas Draws at the Met Museum:, What Is It about Those Art Loving Jews? A Genius for Collecting Avant Garde: Cones & Steins!, The Civil War Revisited at the Grolier: Is That the Appomattox Courthouse?, Way Out West on 42nd Street: CQ/CX—The Atlantic at the Peter Norton Space, Crushed Auto Bumpers & Colorful Crumpled Truck Bodies: Chamberlain at the Guggenheim, Learning How To Drive All Over Again: Paula Vogel's Behind the Wheel Play Revived, More Arts Treasures Up for Grabs [or Bids] at Christie's, Freshly Minted Rutherford & Son Revival at the Mint Theatre!, At the New City, "Christopher Marlowe's" Julius Caesar?, The Set Implodes & Explodes—With Some Assistance—in Assistance at Playwrights Horizons, Gingerbread Ahead! Amato Hansel & Gretel at the Manhattan School!
OUT OF TOWN
Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic (video still), 2010. Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman.
The Many Shades of Black
Carrie Mae Weems, whose subjects she examines from every conceivable angle, are race, gender, class, identity, culture, history and institutional power – in short, what it ultimately means to be a human being, past and present – is currently presenting three decades of her work at the Frist Center For The Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. By Edward Rubin.
Photo By Scott Walden in "In The End A Good Story Is All That Remains," an exhibition of New York Artists at Fran Hill Gallery in Toronto.
In The End A Good Story Is All That Remains: Eight New York Artists Figuratively Speaking
"In The End A Good Story Is All That Remains" comprises the recent work of an eclectic group of eight New York City-based artists. As its title and subtitle imply, the human figure informs storytelling, whose attendant connotations of fantasy, intimacy, and attentiveness set the exhibition’s tone. By Earl Miller.