Museums

Keith Haring,

Ten years ago, the Morgan Library & Museum decided it was time to bring its collection up to speed on the art of drawing in the 20th and 21st centuries — a daunting task in itself, and even more improbable in the face of a superheated, late-capitalist art market: at the feast of the trophy-eaters, would the museum be forced to content itself with scraps?

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Post image for A Portrait of Martin Wong Between Text and Image

SAN FRANCISCO — Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media by Martin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate.

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Post image for In the Spotlight, Harvard’s Rothkos Don’t Shine

Cambridge, Mass. — There is a story that sometimes circulates through the art world claiming the reason some of Mark Rothko’s work has faded over time is because he bought his paint at Woolworth’s Department Store.

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Post image for The Irresistible Pull of Takis’s Magnetic Fields

PARIS — Takis, a key post-war figure known for exploring magnetic field energy, was one of the avant-garde artists of the ‘60s that was most able to mix art with science, paving the way for all sorts of artistic directions in the ensuing decades, right up to our electro days.

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Post image for Revamped Textile Museum in DC Weaves Together Historic and Contemporary Fabrics

WASHINGTON, DC — When you think of textiles in museums, you inevitably imagine old things: musty rooms, faded colors, grandiose tapestries or thread-bare fragments, and fussy, protective installations.

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Post image for An Aquatic Video Performance Immerses Us in the California Drought

LOS ANGELES — Imagine that you are trying to get dressed underwater but every time you lift your arms the water you’re wading through pulls them back down.

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Post image for The Guerrilla Girls Are Still Relevant After All These Years

CLAREMONT, Calif. — When I first saw the work of the Guerrilla Girls in high school, I had a similar reaction as when I first read Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”: ashamed that something so obvious had to be laid out for me.

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Post image for The Singular Worlds of Artists’ Personal Collections

LONDON — Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, on view at London’s Barbican Centre, draws on the common desire to make sense of people through their objects.

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Post image for In Plains Indians Exhibition, Met Museum  Favors Beauty Over Context

The Metropolitan Museum has mounted a show of 137 rare pieces of art of the Plains Indians, on loan from 58 different international collections.

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Post image for Imagining the Ordinary: Heatherwick Studio at the Hammer Museum

With its new show, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, portrays itself as a kind of exploratory museum.

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