Museums

Still from Amie Siegel's

Amie Siegel’s three-part installation on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Provenance,” traces the rehabilitation of ruined Le Corbusier furniture from Chandigarh, India, as upscale appetences for chic global lifestyles.

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Installation view, 'Ruffneck Constructivists'

PHILADELPHIA — When I first saw William Pope.L’s “Claim” (2009), I was intrigued by its emphatic presence and endless detail. Created for the exhibition Ruffneck Constructivists at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, “Claim” is an enormous wall, about a foot thick, 36 feet wide, and 15 feet tall.

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Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović woke up in the middle of the night having entirely reimagined her then-upcoming exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.

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Lygia Clark in her studio, 1969

As the visitor to the Museum of Modern Art walks across a swarming fifth floor this summer, she will find Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988, the first comprehensive retrospective of the Brazilian artist’s career in America.

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Installation view, 'Amy Sillman: one lump or two'

Considering that I had always thought of Amy Sillman as an abstract painter, I was surprised to encounter, after seeing her mid-career retrospective at the Hessel Museum of Bard College, an oeuvre that was entirely about the body, touch, and the awkwardness of human interaction.

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'Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937' at Neue Galerie

It’s not often that a museum gets to directly respond to front-page, bolded-headline media coverage with an exhibition that both nourishes the public’s curiosity about the reported phenomenon and expands the perception of it as well. Deliberately or otherwise, Neue Galerie couldn’t have timed it better.

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LOS ANGELES — The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, is an exhibition that examines the imperfect influence of patriarchs and fathers on American history and American families.

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Installation view from 'Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism,' Artists Space, 2014.

From Baudelaire’s 1859 dismissal of photography on down, the image-culture of the petit bourgeois “mob” has long served as a provocation to artistic thought, a relationship that reached its most literal apogee in the West with the Pop Art of the 20th century.

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ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, New York — Walking into the Hessel Art Museum at Bard College, an unremarkable contemporary building on a quiet Hudson Valley college campus in Upstate New York, I was unprepared for the dynamite lurking within.

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Post image for The Overlooked Elegance of Japanese Pattern Books

The major difference between this and other exhibitions of Japanese moku hanga (woodblock printing) is that the prints were all made as pattern and design books for the Japanese textile market.

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