Museums

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PARIS — If you already know that the wizard of entertainment has been swimming in the heart of art, a small boat excursion in the dark sounds more like summertime diversion than enlightening art. And indeed it is.

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Museums

When the Whole World Spoke Pop

by Mason Riddle on August 24, 2015

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MINNEAPOLIS — We do not know what we do not know. That is precisely what the Walker Art Center’s exhibition International Pop makes clear — how much, heretofore, we did not know about the scope and practice of Pop art.

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Post image for Hollywood, Texas: The Movie Myths of Hubbard/Birchler

HOUSTON — The exhibition’s name – Sound Speed Marker – gets at the essence of Austin-based artist-duo Hubbard/Birchler’s work. As moving-image artists, Dubliner Teresa Hubbard and the Swiss Alexander Birchler make self-reflexive film: film about the elements of film.

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Post image for Jesus Looks Like a Lady: A Female Baroque Artist’s Mystical Vision

LISBON — Even as she was the subject of the exhibition The Sacred and the Profane in 1997 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, I had never heard of the Counter-Reformation Baroque (and Bodegón) painter Josefa de Óbidos (1630–1684), before a trip to Lisbon.

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Post image for From Punk to American Folk: Two Takes on Music and Politics

At the center of Folk City is a clue that the exhibit is more about space than about music.

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Post image for Mark Bradford Maps the Suffering of Bodies

LOS ANGELES — Visitors to Scorched Earth, Mark Bradford’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum, are greeted in the lobby by a map that shows the US population infected with AIDS by state.

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Martin Lewis,

Nighttime darkness compresses space and alters colors, making ordinary places both more terrifying and more freeing, changing the social dynamic of those who walk in them.

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Alex Gingrow, detail from “The Disposable Day Desk Calendar Series” (2013-present)

CLINTON, NJ — To the Best of My Recollection is a rich, nasty and spirited show of works on paper by four Brooklyn-based artists in one of the most idyllic spots in western New Jersey.

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PARIS — I particularly admire Pol Bury’s (1922–2005) shimmering, kinetic work when it almost imperceptibly quivers.

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Post image for Barbara Kasten’s Slippery Analog Photography

PHILADELPHIA — Talking about the limitations of photography, painter David Hockney said that art “must deeply involve an observer whose body somehow has to be brought back in.” At the time, he was pessimistic about the medium’s possibilities. Enter Barbara Kasten.

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