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EssaysWeekend

Some Follow-up Thoughts on Michael Mazur (1935–2009)

by John Yau on December 14, 2014

Michael Mazur,

In the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Looking East: Brice Marden, Michael Mazur, Pat Steir, at the Boston University Art Gallery, John Stromberg opens his essay, “Michael Mazur: A Delicate Balance” with this sentence: “Michael Mazur’s path to his recent paintings based on Chinese art has been less than linear.” Couldn’t this observation have also been made about Marden and Steir?

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El Greco,

El Greco came back from the dead. “The Greek,” his real name, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, moved to Venice and Rome before finally settling in Toledo, where he became one of Spain’s most well known painters.

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GalleriesWeekend

Absolutely Modern: Robert Motherwell on Paper

by Tim Keane on December 13, 2014

Robert Motherwell in his studio

In 1950, when the painter Robert Motherwell invented the phrase “The School of New York,” he summed up its mission as “an activity of bodily gesture serving to sharpen consciousness.”

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Artist André Robillard demonstrating his art-assemblage techniques

In Europe, the self-taught French artist André Robillard is one of the best-recognized practitioners of this kind of art-making, although his achievements are still not so well known in the US, even among aficionados of outsider or self-taught art.

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ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on December 7, 2014

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This week, art rising to the challenge of our times, Instagram CEO’s insane statement, then Jeffrey Deitch’s insane statement, Hans Ulrich Obrist is profiled, Miami’s museums, purpose of Art Basel Miami Beach, and more.

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ReactorWeekend

Weekend Words: Tree

by Weekend Editors on December 7, 2014

Cesare da Sesto,

This week, The New York Times cheerfully reported on “the leafing of New York”: the cityscape transformed by hundreds of thousands of trees planted over the past few decades.

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Post image for The Golden Mean: Dorothea Lasky and the Well-Adjusted Poem 

Dorothea Lasky is the Ello of poetry. She gives us poems that are cute and zany, but on a clean, ad-free platform that is friendly, complex, and interpersonally sensitive. She is poetry’s golden mean between radical and legible, romantic and classical, interpersonal and impersonal: in other words, she is uniquely poised to transcend the poetry wars.

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EssaysWeekend

Can I Be a Witness?

by John Yau on December 7, 2014

Michael Mazur,

I have been thinking about the difficulty of characterizing Michael Mazur in part because, while he became highly celebrated as a printmaker, his paintings have never received nearly the same attention. Once a label is attached, it takes years to remove it.

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David Shrigley's

MIAMI BEACH — “There’s a lot of product going on here,” I heard a woman say into her cell phone at the mega-art fair Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Indeed, $3 billion worth of art is being offered for sale this year, according to the event’s organizers.

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InterviewsWeekend

Beer with a Painter: Judy Rifka

by Jennifer Samet on December 6, 2014

Judy Rifka in her studio, Gowanus, Brooklyn

Judy Rifka and I met 10 years ago, when I was selecting a work of hers for an exhibition. Her studio was dense with paintings, a testament to how prolific and energetic she is.

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