Spilling Over: Painting in the 1960s at the Whitney Museum expands the common understanding of a pivot point in American art, while basking unapologetically in the pure pleasure of looking.
Now, again — reacting to what seems like art’s relentless address of injustices, and news of the day — exhibitions reveal a populist engagement with work that has decided to be happy and make pretty.
There is a particular thrill in catching an artist in one of those rare moments when they are radically altering the premise of their own work and walking out on a limb, before the direction’s meanings and effects have become codified within their own practice.
The American artist Miriam Schapiro died on Saturday. Her death brings up enormous issues about feminism, legacy, and about the role an artist plays in how she enters a history she helped to create.