Museums

Post image for Weaving Together Current Events, with a Touch of Fantasy

Here we are, it’s June — exam time. A prompt from the art history final: “Discuss an example of a ‘history painting’ that depicted current events. What would ‘history painting’ look like in the present?”

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Post image for The 9th Berlin Biennale: A Vast Obsolescent Pageant of Irrelevance

BERLIN — BB9 is so vacuous, ideologically apathetic, ahistorical, sarcastic, and dehumanizing, it’s a wonder it hasn’t been blacklisted solely on account of its conformity to commodity fetishism.

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Post image for A Houseboat for Artistic Eco-experimentation Docks Among Yachts

SAG HARBOR, NY — Shortly after the 45-foot-long, angular vessel docked at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, a mallard settled into a planter affixed to the bow and laid six eggs.

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Post image for Perfume Bottles, Boats, and Shrunken Heads in a Museum of Everyday Objects

OXFORD, UK — During a recent visit to London, I took a day trip to Oxford for the sole purpose of seeing one museum: the Pitt Rivers Museum. I’d heard that viewing the collection was like entering a 19th-century Wunderkammer, and that it had an impressive collection of shrunken heads.

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Post image for Bringing a Sculptural Platoon of Female Soldiers to Life

DALLAS — In a downstairs gallery the Nasher Sculpture Center, Mai-Thu Perret has created an enclave for her newest sculptural figures — a band of female militants, plus one dog.

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Post image for Finding Love and Community in Nicole Eisenman’s Paintings

One thing that is immediately apparent in Al-Ugh-Ories, Nicole Eisenman’s show at the New Museum, is her streak of resistance.

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Agnes Martin, Irreproducible

by Thomas Micchelli on June 18, 2016

The Agnes Martin Gallery in the Harwood Museum of Art

When a cloud passes overhead, the paintings all but disappear.

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Post image for In Tate Modern’s New Wing, a Broader, More Global View of Art

LONDON — The day began in the Turbine Hall, the 85-foot-tall atrium at the heart of Tate Modern, the most visited museum of modern and contemporary art in the world.

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Post image for Deconstructing African American Identity into Axioms, Photos, and Colors

LONDON — Two things are true: Martine Syms likes both purple and words. As with her website and her publishing imprint Dominica, Syms’s exhibition Fact & Trouble at the Institute of Contemporary Arts is awash in the color purple: Royal purple C-stands, royal purple television monitors, and royal purple exhibition text.

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Museums

The Dicks We Grope to Get Ahead

by Daniel Larkin on June 13, 2016

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A rock-climbing wall is covered with penises at the New Museum.

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