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The Italian director Matarazzo Raffaello was the king of melodrama. He was a populist filmmaker who embraced his audience without contempt.

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Studio Eye

by Jeff McMahon on March 28, 2015

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Walking through In the Studio: Photographs, a three-part show organized by Peter Galassi, former Chief Curator of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and spread over several floors of the Gagosian empire on Madison Avenue, the underlying themes of accumulation, storage, labeling, and just plain looking remind us how artists often surround themselves with visual repertories.

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Post image for Confounding the Eye: “Breaking Pattern” at Minus Space

Optical painting has been making its presence felt lately, with its 21st-century manifestation swapping the psychedelia and illusionism of its Sixties progenitor, Op Art, for an emphasis on process, systems and formal interrogation.

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Post image for The Limits of Shedding Light on Grief

Anguished, powerful, and problematic as they are, there is a heavy bar to what images of war and suffering can do, and what they can carry beyond cynicism, voyeurism, or spectacle.

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Post image for A Gutai Painter Finally Has His Moment in the West

Much attention is being focused on the paintings of the late Japanese Gutai painter and Tendai monk, Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008), who for years has been collected throughout Europe, even as he has been virtually ignored in the United States.

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Post image for Artists Visit a Spiritual Medium and Make Work About It

Eight artists spent time in psychic sessions with a medium before evoking their experiences in paintings dripping with texture, a video of a morphing eye, and a curious dollhouse.

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Post image for Alec Soth’s Photographs Mine the Margins of the US

SAN FRANCISCO — Alec Soth’s latest multi-year investigation of life in the hinterlands of the United States is a refined version of the now venerable notion of the photographic road trip.

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Family Portraits Left Incomplete

by Keith Plocek on March 25, 2015

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HO CHI MINH CITY — Trong Gia Nguyen was only three years old when he was crammed into a Renault Dauphine with 13 other family members and driven to the Saigon docks on April 30, 1975.

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Post image for Joyce Pensato’s Messy Imagination, Laid Bare

Joyce Pensato is best known for her stark, large-scale paintings of cartoon characters and in particular for her series of Batman paintings that depict the cape crusader’s iconic mask using splashy skeins of black and white paint.

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Post image for Surveying Surveys of New American Sculpture and Photography

Concurrent surveys of new American art in two specific media — New American Sculpture at FiveMyles and Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography at Pioneer Works — reinforce just how interdisciplinary their respective fields have become.

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