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Cy Twombly’s Remarkable Treatise

by John Yau on December 21, 2014

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A drawing/collage that Cy Twombly made on May 27, 1970, includes three disparate objects: a reproduction of his large, multi-panel painting, “Treatise on the Veil” (1968); a sheet of paper whose dimensions echoed the reproduction, with vertical creases made by folding; and another sheet containing his handwritten signature and the phrase “Study for Veil,” along with the stamped date and the number 3 written inside a stamp containing the artist’s name.

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Ephemera, Wives, Paint: Cézanne & Picasso

by Joe Fyfe on December 20, 2014

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Masters of painting are occupying major venues in New York this winter. Egon Schiele at the Neue Galerie, Matisse cutouts at MoMA. In addition, the rival Picasso exhibitions at Gagosian and Pace are noteworthy, as is Madame Cézanne at the emblazoned, tarnished Met.

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The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, the new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, prompted thoughts of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, though I’m not sure how much acceptance there is in the end.

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Thematic exhibitions present a unique dilemma; if a curator follows a theme too rigidly, the exhibition can become stifling. If applied too loosely, the curator essentially undermines their own role.

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Let’s begin with the obvious: to attempt a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art from across Brooklyn would be not only impossible but foolish, a kind of Tower of Babel of artistic practice. And so the Brooklyn Museum’s eagerly awaited Crossing Brooklyn is not a sweeping survey but a tight, thematic show, focused mostly on one specific type of art making manifest throughout the borough.

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The Accessories of Death

by Claire Voon on December 17, 2014

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While death and dying may not be popular topics of conversation today, mourning was a familiar act that developed into a social ritual in the 18th through early 20th century — particularly in the Western world — with high mortality rates and low life expectancies.

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A Traditional Native Practice, Given Modern Form

by Erin Joyce on December 17, 2014

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SANTA FE — There are many facets to our identities and how we construct and define ourselves; one of the most integral is language.

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In Claude Debussy’s 1910 prelude “La cathédrale engloutie” (“The Sunken Cathedral”), shuddering waves of chords grow and then drown out in tribute to a mythical cathedral rising out of the sea and then disappearing again. In Douglas Gordon’s new “tears become… streams become…” installation at the Park Avenue Armory, the rippling notes are provided each night by pianist Hélène Grimaud, who plays a Steinway encircled by a reflecting pool of 122,000 gallons of water.

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BATH, UK — The small city of Bath has over time become a symbol of classic English gentility and, at first glance, the Holburne Museum conforms to the pattern. But there is a temporary exhibition on display at the moment of prints by the caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson that undermines that whole myth of “Heritage England.”

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A Long, Strange Group Show Trip

by Joseph Nechvatal on December 15, 2014

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PARIS — Inside, at the Palais de Tokyo, is group show as inner wormhole. The metaphoric theme of this exhibition of videos, numinous wall works, and scenic installation art — curated by Jean de Loisy, Daria de Beauvais, and Katell Jaffrè — is the disturbing inner space of a trip.

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